Once you enter Aba (302 N. Green St), Lettuce Entertain You’s rooftop patio and restaurant in Chicago’s Fulton Market District, we guarantee it will feel like you’re in the Mediterranean. Aba (which means “father” in Hebrew) is an extension of Chef CJ Jacobson’s first restaurant, Ēma (which means “mother” in Hebrew), incorporating its Mediterranean-style of cooking with an emphasis on raw and cooked protein.

The rooftop patio at Aba brings a whole new meaning to “patio season.” Chicago’s newest patio has 220-seats and is also equipped with string lights and greenery.

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aba's patio

Now onto the food.

Top Chef CJ Jacobson takes his California roots and mixes it with influences from across the Mediterranean creating a menu that’s designed for sharing, so be a good table mate because, sharing is caring. We were lucky enough to get a first taste of Chef CJ’s menu, so here’s how we’d do it:

Start with –> mezze dishes like Muhammara with roasted pepper, walnut and pomegranate molasses, Artichoke Hummus with sunflower seed tahini, cherry tomatoes and sunflower sprouts and the Everything Jerusalem Bagel with whipped honey labneh, za’atar and lemon zest.

everything bagel from aba

Next, head to the Mediterranean Butcher section –> Enjoy humble cuts like Roasted Bone Marrow with grilled scallions, anchovy salsa, rosemary and balsamic and prime cuts including Skirt Steak Shawarma with za’atar, chili, lime and frites and Char-Grilled Lamb Chops with garlic, burnt oregano and freekah.

beet tzatziki

Try seafood and raw, you’ll understand why it’s our signature –> It’s almost too pretty to eat, but we recommend doing it anyway. Enjoy raw favorites including Charred Lamb Tartare, Tuna ‘Tagliata’ and Yellowtail Dolmas and seafood specialties like Toasted Sesame Shrimp and Sea Scallops with roasted Romanesco and fig chermoula.

image of fish with peppers in a bowl

Now onto the hand-crafted cocktails from Lead Mixologist Liz Pearce who created a cocktail program that spotlights ingredients from the Aba kitchen, like the El Gallo Margarita with Lebanese Arak, reposado, licor 43, Aperol and lime and the Blueberry Spritz with blueberry cordial, Beefeater gin, Chareau, lime and bubbles. A list of reserve cocktails feature higher-end spirits, like a Pina Colada with a 15-year rum, while large-format “Groupies” are served in copper watering cans for six to eight people. Read: these are PERFECT for patio drinkin’.

purple cocktail garnished with a lemon wheel and mint on top of a marble table at aba


LEYE Wine Director Ryan Arnold curates a list of Ancient Civilization Wines from Morocco, Israel, Greece and The Canary Islands that include rare and highly-sought-after wines like 1990s vintages of Lebanon’s coveted Chateau Musar.

four pink cocktails garnished with lemon wheels and a copper watering can

Want the inside scoop about what’s cookin’ at Aba? Follow them on Instagram at @abarestaurant. For a behind the scenes sneak, follow Chef CJ at @bigceej

Reservations are available by calling 773-645-1400 or by visiting the website at abarestaurantchicago.com