Since 1995, the restaurant space at 59 W. Hubbard St. has been a destination for great French food, first from Brasserie Jo (the James Beard Foundation's Best New Restaurant in 1996), and then Paris Club (rechristened Paris Club Bistro & Bar two years ago).
Well, adieu to all that. Paris Club Bistro & Bar served its last meal Saturday, and construction is already underway to convert the space into Il Porcellino, a casual Italian concept.
Paris Club Bistro and Bar
Hubbard Street is parting ways with Paris Club Bistro & Bar, which opened in 2011, and making way for il Porcellino, a new Italian concept from the same parent company Lettuce Entertain You. The new spot—from R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman and chef Doug Psaltis (RPM Steak)—is being billed as a "rustic everyday trattoria."
The name is a nod to the 17th century Florentine bronze sculpture of a wild boar that's said to grant return trips to Florence, Italy, to tourists who rub its nose. Menu highlights include a selection of antipasti, focaccia pizzas and housemade pastas.
This Christmas Eve, enjoy celebrated French classics from Paris Club Bistro & Bar’s dinner menu alongside a handful of festive Christmas specials. After you’ve had your fill, top off the evening celebration in true Parisian style with a traditional homemade dark chocolate and hazelnut Bûche de Noël. Please call Paris Club Bistro & Bar at 312-595-0800 for reservations.
Join Paris Club Bistro & Bar for Chicago’s new French Food Festival, “A La Carte Chicago” which runs November 9 to the 19 and features a special prix-fixe menu for just $44 (plus tax; gratuity not included). Enjoy such bistro classics as Burgundy Escargots or Soupe à l’Oignon, a decadent Pumpkin Risotto or Steak Frites, then top it off with the Gateau Basque with cherries or Salted Caramel Profiteroles for a sweet ending.
Celebrate Beaujolais Day this year with a premier tasting event at Paris Club Bistro & Bar. The walk-around style tasting features the release of the latest vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau alongside the more esteemed “cru” vineyards of this famous wine region, showcasing nearly two-dozen different wines. Nibble on charcuterie and fromage while chatting with some of the industry’s best.
Join Paris Club Bistro & Bar as they host a Wine & Swine dinner this October. This five-course event will feature a whole Slagel Farms pig prepared several ways and will pair all Alsatian wines—handpicked by wine director Ryan Arnold—with the classic porcine-centric cuisine of this region of France. Look forward to such dishes as Pork Rillette with sage and thyme, Choucroute—the classic dish of Alsace with sausages and sauerkraut—and Prime Chops with Apples and Pork Belly.
Join Paris Club Bistro & Bar as they throw a deliciously fall-inspired wine dinner as a kickoff to autumn! This multi-course event will pair several mouthwatering wines—handpicked by wine director Ryan Arnold—with the classic French bistro cuisine prepared by Paris Club’s own chef de cuisine, Chris Kuziemko.
With dirt-cheap taco joints and trailblazing temples of haute cuisine—and everything in between—Chicago has one of the richest, most diverse, most satisfying food scenes in the United States. Of course, the city has hometown staples like deep-dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches, and Chicago-style hot dogs, all of which are worthy of indulgence, but this is also a town where you where you can taste the flavors of the world.
This summer, celebrate National French Restaurant Week at Paris Club Bistro & Bar running July 13 through July 19. Enjoy a glass of wine, an appetizer and a classic bistro entree, all for just $35 (plus tax; gratuity not included). For the first course, choose Burgundy Escargots or the Little Gem Salad, then opt for Grilled Trout or Prime Steak Frites for the main event.