Creative Delicacies at Chicago’s S.K.Y. Restaurant
S.K.Y. Restaurant in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood brings a delicious fusion of influences and ingredients to the table, and the heartfelt story behind the restaurant’s name also doesn’t hurt: S.K.Y. stands for Seon Kyung Yuk—chef Stephen Gillanders’ wife—for whom the restaurant is named. While locals will recognize Gillanders from his preceding work at Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and Intro Chicago, his new restaurant concept is an authentic representation of the chef’s inspirations and creativity. As Pilsen on the Lower West Side of Chicago has become a haven for muralists and street artists, the restaurant fits perfectly with the creative fusion of the surrounding neighborhood.
Plunging past the challenges of any new business endeavor, Gillanders is starting to see the fruits of his labor, with positive reviews and considerable local hype. It’s not hard to see why: recipes like the raved-about Maine lobster dumplings, served with herbs and jade butter, and the carmelized diver scallops served with brown-butter dashi and maitake have endeared the new restaurant to Gillanders. For a more vegetable-forward dish, try the roasted-roots salad— served with grapes, blue cheese and pecans—or the irresistible endive and avocado salad, with Parmesan, mint and citrus dressing.
1239 W 18th St.
Chicago, Illinois, 60608
Cover image courtesy of S.K.Y. Restaurant.