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1466 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-2215
+1 773-252-1466
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good11%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible10%
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5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Hours
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1466 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-2215
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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

I was warned: it’s not what you think. But when we walked down a dark street, past blacked out windows, and through a bland entryway into an empty, one-room restaurant with blaring underground hip hop and a waft of—something, um, savory?—drifting through the air, I...More

Thank RoamingRadas
Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

Do. Not. Miss. Schwa. We could not have had a better meal and experience during our time at Schwa. The environment is intimate, and while being a fine dining restaurant with intriguing and unique dishes, the atmosphere is so comfortable. Most of the tasting menus...More

Thank Madeline J
Reviewed 20 December 2017

Third time visiting this unique, eclectic restaurant and each time has been a different yet totally mind blowing taste experience! Great service from unpretentious people who also are the same people cooking your food. Each dish is presented with an explanation. Each dish is better...More

Thank radsrusChicago
Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

Schwa is the most unique culinary experience I have the privilege to partake in anywhere. The space is very sparse and ‘Heroin Chic’ - the food is truly the star of the space. Reservations are made over the phone and are a bit nebulous- but...More

Thank Beth F
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

We ate at schwa for the first time Friday night. After years of trying to get in, we're from out of town and was hard to match up openings they had, we made it! It exceeded our expectations. First I have to say this is...More

Thank amy s
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Highly recommend it for a different experience Hard to find, but that is part of the experience Blaring music of various tastes adds to the dark atmosphere bring your own drinks -- again an interesting choice, but liked it! A lot of interesting dishes One...More

Thank switsquid
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The restaurant has a fixed degustation menu. It is creative. I'll say I found four of so of the dishes really outstanding. The rest were pretty good. A couple were lacking. The ambience was for younger people than me --I am in my early 50's--...More

Thank alvafer64
Reviewed 3 April 2017

There really are few restaurants as wonderful as Schwa when it all works out. Schwa and its chef, Michael Carlson, have a tempestuous history. The reservation system (if it can be called a system) has, in the past, required multiple calls to get a person...More

Thank ChicagoOnthego
Reviewed 5 March 2017

My tastiest and most unique dining experience! Upon entering Schwa, I thought I'd wondered into a derelict crack house. The bottom of the walls appear to be painted with cans of black spray paint above which fades into an amateurish ombre. A couple bare bulbs...More

Thank p2cip
Reviewed 7 February 2017

We were looking forward to trying this restaurant but even before the meal was over, I was questioning how this place got its Michelin star. It started fine and the truffle ravioli was good but that being said, some things meshed well, others not so...More

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Reynold M
24 November 2015|
Response from SlymanChicago | Reviewed this property |
Whatever you want. The serving staff, which I recall was all male, had lots of facial hair and tattoos. They were very friendly and casual, so the place is not stuffy. It only has about 30 seats
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Restaurant Details

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Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1466 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-2215
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Northwest Side
  • Neighbourhood: Northwest Side
  • Phone Number: +1 773-252-1466
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