Chef Erick Simmons of MK - Chicago, IL

868 North Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 482-9179
Hours: Sun-Thurs 5:30-9pm; Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10pm

Michael Kornick's MK is a bastion of Midwest contemporary American—that is to say, dishes with a seasonal bent and a focus on local produce. But it's global, too—you're as likely to find buffalo steak as you are Moroccan olives or lobster with curried cream; it's a menu that is eclectic in a familiar way. The restaurant is an airy, stylish space, with a look that's a bit modern ski lodge, a bit warehouse-chic, thanks to its River North location. The wine program, run by 2008 Chicago Rising Star Sommelier Josh Kaplan, is one of the city's best affordable lists. As Josh says, the list is made for drinkin'—and asking him to guide you in that pursuit will make your dining experience all the better.

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