Onward Looking to Elevate Rogers Park Dining Scene

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Onward Chicago Executive Chef Patrick Russ.

Rogers Park foodies have been getting to know the newest addition to the neighborhood’s fine dining scene, with the recent opening of Onward Chicago.

Located at 6580 N. Sheridan, in the same building as the Hampton Inn, Onward will offer a top-notch culinary experience, with a friendly neighborhood vibe, according to Executive Chef Patrick Russ.

“We’re going to be the restaurant for everyone,” Russ said in a recent interview.

The restaurant currently offers lunch and dinner seatings, with a weekend brunch coming in the new year. The cocktail lounge features a more casual “bar food” menu.

The dinner menu strays from the traditional appetizer and entrée breakdown, instead offering a selection of individual smaller plates, larger shareable dishes, and snacks.

With plans to change the menu seasonally and frequently offer new specials, don’t expect to get bored of their selection, Russ said.

Onward Chicago also plans to work closely with Loyola University Chicago to create a positive impact on the Rogers Park community, Russ said. Staying true to Loyola’s environmental sustainability mission, they have partnered with WasteNot Compost in an effort to keep their environmental footprint to a minimum.

Russ said he also hopes to host Rambler events for students and alumni.

With ownership ties to the former three-Michelin-starred Grace, Onward Chicago likely will attract diners from all over the city. But Russ said they want to be part of the neighborhood.

“We’re in Rogers Park because we wanted to be in Rogers Park,” he said.

Russ said he and the Onward staff are focused on building a welcoming community restaurant.

“We’ve been welcomed in, we just want to give back to the neighborhood really,” he said.

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