Pennyville Station - Park Ridge
For a brief period, the tiny town now known as Park Ridge was called Pennyville. That occurred during the mid- to late-1800s when a businessman settled the area that's 14 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Park Ridge native and hospitality industry veteran Tony Antonacci decided to uncover some of that rich history and pays homage to the community's heritage with this restaurant.
Pennyville Station, situated across the street from the Park Ridge Metra stop, showcases an eclectic theme, from the interior to the menu. Historic black-and-white images of the town line the walls, vibrant wall art from Chicago artist Joey Africa brightens up the space, and mismatched tables, chairs, eating utensils and plates offer a folksy vibe.
Executive Chef Jose "Mosquito" Alvarez--who was recruited from Tavern on Rush where he worked for almost 20 years--features a seasonal menu that's approachable, yet creative. Dishes like lemon basil hummus; shishito & corn topped with parmesan butter sauce, lime and paprika; jalapeno chicken (slow-roasted chicken infused with jalapenos and served with wedge potatoes) and pappardelle with braised short rib are only a few of the highlights.