Welcome to Intro

Intro is an innovative, casually upscale restaurant located in Lincoln Park. Led by Executive Chef Stephen Gillanders, Intro offers an a la carte menu while also introducing up-and-coming talent from around the country to Chicago. Visiting chefs, mixologists and other culinary professionals work in full collaboration with Chef Gillanders to create the best menu possible.  Designed to evolve, anything can happen at Intro.

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Intro at Bites, Blooms & Bordeaux. Lincoln Park Zoo

Get ready to stroll, sip and savor tastes and floral fragrances at Bites, Blooms & Bordeaux, a summer evening of wine, music and gourmet bites set amid the zoo’s lush gardens. The evening will include: -Varietals and blends from leading winemaking regions -Paired gourmet cuisine by Mon Ami Gabi, Intro, Wolfgang Puck Catering, Vanille Chicago & Tigerlily Events -Conversation with Lincoln Park Zoo’s horticulture experts -Live music The event is priced at $79 ($69 for zoo members); VIP package: $110. Tickets must be purchased by July 27. Register today! => Lincoln Park Zoo Friday, July 29th 6pm

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Chef Gillanders’ Korean Menu

Korean Menu ~ Begins Thursday, July 7th Recently returned from a trip to South Korea, Chef Gillanders is excited to present a special feature menu at Intro, inspired by Seoul’s markets, local restaurants, street vendors and culinary culture. Serving up his perspective on modern Korean cuisine, the dishes are available as a pre-fixe menu or for the guest to explore a la carte. Fluke Sashimi Soy Rice Wine Broth, Shiso Oil, Pickled Asian Pear, Toasted Pine Nuts Foie Gras Bibimbap – Charred Asparagus, Shiitake Mushrooms, Ginger Crumbs, Scallions Charred Hanger Steak Fermented Red Chili Butter, Lime, Crispy Rice Clusters Black Berry […]

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How do we throw a party at Intro?

Earlier this year, we were thrilled to be part of Chicago Magazine’s Secret Supper Series. More than 100 guests gathered at the restaurant to mingle in the kitchen with Chef Stephen Gillanders over Journeyman Distillery cocktails before sitting down for a five-course dinner with wine pairings. A portion of the evening’s proceeds benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  

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Cellar Night Sundays at Intro!

Join us for dinner on Sunday evenings and enjoy no corkage fees! Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just a casual night out, dust off that special bottle and toast to free corkage!

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Happy Summer from Intro!

Intro has become a culinary lab for chefs and a place for adventurous diners to expect the unexpected. Striving to create the best menu possible, this journey has brought great fun and surprise to our team and guests! Executive Chef Stephen Gillanders—he’s our guy! His residency and cuisine was so warmly welcomed by our guests we asked him to stay onboard and lead the team. Since then, he has instituted a delicious, versatile a la carte menu, which evolves seasonally and is always available. Still interested in visiting chefs? Stay tuned! We will always complement Chef Stephen’s menu with visiting chefs as we […]

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