The Boarding House

Chicago, IL

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Cuisine Description

The menu is Mediterranean driven, pulling from regions such as Southern France and Italy. The flavors are very wine friendly and pair well with a global wine list. 

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Wine List Description
Our wine program is globally focused. It is both representative of classic wine regions, like Bordeaux and Burgundy, but also features boutique artisans and producers.
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Riot-Worthy Dish
Wine Enthusiast editors asked America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2013 "which dish would start a riot if it was taken off the menu?" Their riot-worthy dish is…
"Crispy chicken thighs with green garlic pistou, fingerling potatoes and garlic confit."

Perfect Pairing
The artichoke and grilled octopus panzanella, paired with a fresh and lively Venica & Venica Ronco delle Cime from Friuli.

Wine Events
We host monthly themed wine-tasting events in the cellar.


Alpana Singh, MS, proprietor of The Boarding House, was named Wine Enthusiast's Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers for her innovative approach to wine. Check out this exclusive video of the 40 Under 40 stars:

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