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Making Czech Chic

January 12, 2015
Bohemian House

For many, the term bohemian brings to mind the inimitable Virginia Woolf set, rakishly down-and-out Parisians, or even the overdone and ubiquitous ‘chic-shab’ hipsters now found in neighbourhoods worldwide. But in the case of Bohemian House, one of Chicago’s hottest new restaurant openings, the word (nay, entire concept) is referring to its very roots in Eastern Europe and the Czech Republic... formerly known as Bohemia – aha!

Expect to find updated incarnations of Czech classics from up-and-coming chef Jimmy Papadopoulos - who cut his teeth at Schaumburg steakhouse Sam & Harry’s - such as bone marrow and steak tartare with watercress; horseradish, sourdough and grilled chicken paprikash with pickled peppers, kale and fluffy potato dumplings. There are cheesy sugar-dusted puff pastries and plum ice-cream for your sweet tooth and heartening Czech drafts like Praga Dark Lager to pair with the wholesome spread. The boho picture is made artfully complete with walls of mismatched china, rustic wooden beams and chintzy chandeliers. Now all that’s left is to say ‘na zdraví’ to a true Bohemian!

11 W Illinois St / River North / +1 312 955 0439 / dinner daily /