Located at 6580 N. Sheridan in the ground floor of Hampton Inn, Onward is the brainchild of Michael Oleszewski, the former owner of Grace Restaurant, one of only two Chicago restaurants to earn a three-star rating from the Michelin guide.
Join me this Friday, January 4th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., for a complimentary sampling of Onward’s amazing food offerings and a free beer, wine, cocktail or soft drink.
Mike paid tribute to his roots by returning to Rogers Park and Loyola University, where he received his undergraduate degree in the 1980’s. He is joined in this venture by his daughter, Morgan Ashley Oleszewski, who also is a Loyola alum, having graduated from the undergraduate school in 2016 and the business school in 2017.
Onward’s Executive Chef, Rogers Park resident Patrick Russ, previously worked as the executive chef at Alpana Singh’s former downtown restaurant, Seven Lions, and as chef de partie at Next when that restaurant received the prestigious James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant.
Onward provides a unique opportunity for Chef Russ to shine a bright culinary light on his neighborhood. Chef Russ is particularly fond of the pastas made on premises. He offers three noodle dishes on the menu, including a royal trumpet tortelli served with shaved burgundy truffles. If that’s too fancy for your taste, you can opt for a burger. It’s griddled with smoked cheddar, Nueske’s bacon, and “stinger” sauce.
Expect local ingredients at Onward with seasonal menus and playfully presented dishes balancing flavor and texture, while enjoying a meal in Onward’s elegantly appointed dining room with a barrel vaulted ceiling and fireplace.
Please join me this Friday as we cut the ribbon on this fabulous new restaurant in our community!
Follow Me on Friday is one of my efforts to encourage my constituents to sample some of the 49th Ward’s finest restaurants, pubs, businesses and festivals. About once or twice a month on my Facebook page, I post the name and location of a local restaurant, pub, business or festival where I’ll be hanging out after work on Friday. The establishment offers specials for all my Facebook followers and their friends. It’s a great opportunity for you to check out one of the fine local 49th Ward businesses you may not have visited before.
Previous Follow Me on Friday locations include Ethiopian Diamond II, 7537 N. Clark; Waterfront Cafe, 6219 N. Sheridan; the Caribbean American Bakery, 1539 W. Howard; The Glenwood, 6962 N. Glenwood; Bruno and Tim’s Lounge, 6562 N. Sheridan; Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse; the Common Cup, 1501 W. Morse; The Fish Keg, 2233 W. Howard; El Famous Burrito, 7047 N. Clark; The New 400 Theaters, 6746 N. Sheridan; Rogers Park Fine Wine and Spirits, 6733 N. Clark; Poitin Stil, 1502 W. Jarvis; Northside Community Resources, 1530 W. Morse; Felice’s Roman Style Pizza, 6441 N. Sheridan; Lighthouse Tavern, 1236 W. Chase; Royal Coffee Chicago, 6764 N. Sheridan; the Greenleaf Arts Center, 1806 W. Greenleaf; Taste Food and Wine, 1506 W. Jarvis; Badou Senegalese Cuisine, 2055 W. Howard; Morse Gyros and Chicken, 1335 W. Morse; Den Den Restaurant, 6635 N. Clark; Bop ‘N’ Grill, 6604 N. Sheridan, El Pulpo Loco, 6619 N. Clark; R Public House, 1508 W. Jarvis; the Glenwood Dance Studio, 7017 N. Glenwood; Twisted Tapas, 1146 W. Pratt; La Choza Mexican Grill, 7022 N. Clark; Rogers Park Social, 6920 N. Glenwood; the Pottawattomie Park Picnic in the Park, 7340 N. Rogers; Audio Archaeology, 1324 W. Devon; VZN Eye Care, 6814 N. Sheridan; Hops and Grapes, 6816 N. Sheridan; SP Kebab, 6808 N. Sheridan; Devon Heartland Health Center, 1300 W. Devon; The Oasis, 6809 N. Sheridan; Ireland’s, 6511 N. Sheridan; McDonald’s, 6740 N. Clark; Oak Street Health, 1541 W. Devon; BMO Harris Smart Branch, 6556 N. Sheridan; True Nature Foods at the Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood; Pub 626, 1406 W. Morse; Su Taqueria El Rey del Taco, 7138 N. Clark; The Side Project, 1435 W. Jarvis; NovaCare Rehabilitation, 1214 W. Loyola Court; Leona’s, 6935 N. Sheridan; Capt’n Nemo’s, 7367 N. Clark; Cunneen’s Bar, 1424 W. Devon; Lakeshore Community Partners, 6443 N. Sheridan; the Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard; Rogers Pier, 6800 N. Sheridan; Safari Lounge & Ethiopian Cuisine, 7124 N. Clark; Clarke’s Diner, 6431 N. Sheridan; the A&T Pancake House and Grill, 7036 N. Clark; Anytime Fitness Chicago-North, 1346 W. Devon; Theater Above the Law, 1439 W. Jarvis; Blaze Pizza–Loyola, 6550 N. Sheridan; Caffé ArrivaDolce, 6451 N. Sheridan; the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, 7363 N. Greenview; the State Farm insurance office of Nick Kosiek, 7051 N. Clark; Red Sea Restaurant, 2043 W. Howard; Bulldog Ale House, 6606 N Sheridan; the Kermes Street Festival at St. Jerome Church, 1709 W. Lunt; I Dream of Falafel, 6558 N. Sheridan; Nodd Pottery, 7063 N. Glenwood; Midnight Mac & Cheeserie, 6981 N. Sheridan; the Heartland Cafe Bar, 7006 N. Glenwood; TJam Kitchen, 1418 W. Howard; and El Garcia, 7517 N. Western; South of the Border, 1416 W. Morse; Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, 6568 N. Sheridan; Urban Warrior Fitness and Wellness, 1546 W. Howard; Argo Tea Cafe, 6576 N. Sheridan; El Campeon, 1200 W. Greenleaf; Hampton Inn Loyola Station, 1209 W. Albion; Anto Pizza Chicago, 1547 W Jarvis; Redwood Literacy, 7007 N. Glenwood; and Le Piano, 6970 N Glenwood.
Join me this Friday for some fine dining at Onward!