The Duck Inn - Chicago
Former Four Seasons Chicago Executive Chef Kevin Hickey left his post of almost 20 years to join forces with Rockit Ranch Productions (Rockit Bar & Grill, Sunda, Underground) to open two chef-focused projects. Bottlefork is his effort in River North, and The Duck Inn is Hickey's tribute to his old stomping grounds of Bridgeport.
The South Side neighborhood--which is also home to the Chicago White Sox baseball team--desperately needed a restaurant of this caliber and Hickey built one that's chef-focused as well as neighborhood friendly. He's carved out an award-winning eatery from a long-time tavern that was around long before Prohibition.
It's been updated with many modern accents, yet you can see the original interior intact, which gives it an old-timey feel. The signature dish at The Duck Inn? It's duck, of course. Hickey's version is slow roasted on the rotisserie, and it comes whole and paired with duck fat potatoes, kale and apples and pears all under a luscious duck jus. It's recommended for at least two diners and must be ordered at least 48 hours in advance.
To get an idea of the menu, guests are also encouraged to reserve the four-course chef's tasting menu. It may be paired with craft beer or wine.