Chicago Chop House - Chicago
Set in a restored Victorian brownstone, Chicago Chop House offers the same downtown steak experience today as it has for more than 30 years. It opened in 1986 in River North, a neighborhood now inundated with flashy, conventional dining options.
Managing Partner Jimmy Lawrence now oversees the restaurant's day-to-day operations, and his aim is to modernize the experience at Chicago Chop House. He's utilizing the skills of veteran employee Executive Chef Hector Villegas--who has been with Chicago Chop House since 1989--who is instrumental in preserving the restaurant’s true "chop house" status by continuing to butcher all of the restaurant’s meat in-house, and pioneering steak trends, such as dry aging.