161 N. Jefferson St,, Chicago IL 60661
- (312) 850-2663
Chef Joel Nickson founded Wishbone Restaurant at 1800 W. Grand Ave in July 1990
with 23 seats, nine stools, and a half dozen paintings by his mother, Lia Nickson.
His “southern reconstruction cooking”–Dixie standards like
baked bone-in-ham, blackened catfish, and Carolina crab cakes,
prepared with a minimum of heavy oils, deep frying, or added sugar–
with its mix-and-match menu of side dishes such as sautéed spinach,
mashed sweet potatoes, and macaroni and cheese, caught on fast.
A second Wishbone was opened in 1992 with 170 seats at 1001 W. Washington–at a time when Chicago’s West Loop seemed an uncharted territory, Wishbone was an early participant in the emergence of the neighborhood from a commercial area to one of the city’s culinary hot spots. In October 2018, after 27 years on Washington Blvd, Wishbone relocated to 161 N Jefferson Street and continues to serve Chicago and the West Loop made from scratch food at affordable prices.
Max Venue Capacity 400
ATM Machine On-site
Public Space Wi-Fi Available
Valet Parking Available
Student Group Friendly