The South Loop's fine-dining options will expand with the opening of Tribute, a classic-yet-modern American restaurant coming to the Essex Inn (800 S. Michigan Ave.) on May 1.
Brandon Baltzley, one-time chef de partie at Alinea and, very briefly, chef at Mado after Rob Levitt departed, will head up the restaurant, whose 100-seat dining room will boast unfettered views of Grant Park. General manager and partner Simon Lamb says the feel will be casual, prices moderate and service outstanding.
Looking forward to this one opening. We think Michigan Avenue (especially the restaurants on Grant Park) should have a better offering of restaurants. It is a beautiful area and hopefully this can start a trend of new and better restaurants coming to this strip.