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A peek at Chicago's newest gastro hot spot

Chef Kevin Hickey, who spent the last 18 years cooking at Four Seasons hotels around the world, has teamed with Rockit Ranch Productions to open The Duck Inn, a “gastro tavern and dining room” in Chicago. Housed in a pre-prohibition-era tavern, The Duck Inn was inspired by Hickey’s grandmother, who operated a nearby diner of the same name during the depression. The new space is divided into a bar and dining room. As you might expect, the bar offers elevated bar food such as Foie Gras Tamale, a Chicago-Style Duck Fat Dog and a Hamburger Sandwich. The dining room has a seasonally inspired a la arte menu and a chef’s tasting menu. A highlight is a Rotisserie Duck For Two. When things warm up, an outdoor space will have porch seating, which will overlook a working garden. The Duck Inn sits on the border of Chicago’s Pilsen and Bridgeport neighborhoods and across from the newly announced Eleanor Park. A great chef in a cool space at an up-and-coming location makes this a must-see restaurant.

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