HENRI Chicago

Henri Chicago
HENRI Chicago

We were a match made in restaurant heaven. Henri is…Elegant yet comfortable. Upscale yet unpretentious. American yet French. With service that is crisp, knowledgable, precise yet still engaging. Dishes that are innovative, exciting yet satisfying. In addition, the designers chose a sea green, chocolate, and white color palette, with chandeliers. Just like my blog design! A definite match.

chicago skyline
Chicago Skyline from Michigan Avenue at Monroe

American architect Louis Henri Sullivan (1856 – 1924) moved to Chicago in 1873 to take part in the building boom that took place after the Great Chicago Fire. Then he moved to Paris to study at the École des Beaux-Arts and later returned to Chicago where he became the famous architect known as “the father of the skyscraper” and a mentor to  young designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright.

Henri Dining Room
Henri Dining Room

Sullivan’s work includes the terra cotta ornamental facade of the building that houses Henri on Michigan Avenue. His pursuit of the bold, with a vision unique, his embrace of modernity, and commitment to innovation are the inspiration for Henri and Chef Chris Gawronski.

our starter – to share

Fourme d'Ambert Ravioli
Fourme d’Ambert Ravioli

quail egg, porcini, asparagus, knob onion, walnut

Fourme d'Ambert Ravioli
Fourme d’Ambert Ravioli (quail egg)


Henri Chicago
The Wines

Agrapart & Fils Champagne Brut “7 Crus” NV – 7 Crus is a blend of grapes from seven different villages around the estate’s base. Bracing minerality with a supple, creamy texture.

Comte Armand Bourgogne Blanc Condemaine 2009 – Stylish, crisp, rich ripe fruit, toasty vanilla, opulent. Great food wine, pairs especially well with the chicken.

Nevertell Pinot Noir Cold Heaven Winery 2009 – Made from fruit sourced somewhere in the hills of Santa Rita in Santa Barbara, California. Winemaker Morgan Clendenen won’t say exactly where, hence the name Nevertell. Explosive berry fruit and spice, rich and lithe.


Spring Greens at Henri
Spring Greens

citrus, chèvre, pink peppercorn vinaigrette, pine nut

Soft Shell Crab at Henri
Soft Shell Crab

porcini, green garlic, crayfish, sauce Americaine

Roasted Foie Gras at Henri Chicago
Roasted Foie Gras

burnt peach panna cotta, foie gras mousse, pecan butter, gooseberry, currant

location, location

18 S. Michigan Ave.
18 S. Michigan Avenue

detail, details

Henri Chicago
Henri – Attention to Detail


Poularde a la Chevaliere
Poularde a la Chevaliere

truffled chicken, veal terrine, sunchoke, fig, lardon, haricot vert, summer truffle


escargot, garlic scape, portato puree, sauce chivy

Rabbit Cassoulet
Rabbit Cassoulet

sausage, confit, bacon, loin, fava, heirloom beans


Cheese Selection at Henri Chicago
Daily Cheese Selection

truffle honey was a terrific accompaniment


Jivara Chocolate Cremeux
Jivara Chocolate Cremeux

raspberry coulis, hazelnut financer crumble, cinnamon ice cream

Strawberry Mousse at Henri
Strawberry Mousse

coconut dacquoise, lime curd, almond ice cream


Henri Chicago
Au Revoir Henri

On my next visit I hope to have lunch on Henri’s patio, across from Millennium Park, enjoying a pissaladière and a glass of rosé while enjoying the architecture and bustle of the City…

Michigan Avenue
Au Revoir Chicago

18 S. Michigan Avenue

5 thoughts on “HENRI Chicago”

  1. What can I say? This, this is the epitome of fine dining. How wonderful – did they have little stools for your handbag? I always love that!

    I thoroughy enjoyed this post! What a sumptuous meal. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I would be very, very happy dining here! There is just that small problem of the Pacific Ocean and half of Continental United States in between it and me 🙂 !

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