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The concept was initially inspired by DineAmic Hospitality Partners, David Rekhson and Luke Stoioff's, travels throughout Greece, where they acquired a newfound appreciation for the natural Greek lifestyle. Following their trip, the hospitality group opened LÝRA in West Loop's Fulton Market neighborhood and now brings the Greek Cuisine and world renowned superstar Chef Athinagoras Kostakos to the Western Suburbs.
Violí has partnered with the Greek culinary superstar, Chef Athinagoras Kostakos. The award-winning, internationally-acclaimed Chef will apply island cooking techniques. Simple dishes with bold flavors that rely on the quality of their ingredients rather than overly complicated sauces are a highlight of the cuisine served.
The menu highlights fresh seafood, sustainable proteins, and local vegetables, with a focus on whole ingredients and from-scratch fare. The restaurant incorporates the true wellness ethos of Greek cuisine. Violí expands on LÝRA’s lineup of fan favorites with the addition of classic Greek taverna-style dishes with a thoughtful approach. The restaurant also places a focus on roasted, baked and braised items traditionally found in tavernas all over Greece.
A Mykonian escape in the Chicago suburbs, Violí encompasses a 6,300-square-foot interior and an expansive four-season, 1,300-square-foot outdoor pergola patio. Violí represents a Greek taverna—casual and approachable, with shareable plates and a friendly vibe. Like its big sister, LÝRA, Violí's name is inspired by an instrument, one often played by performers on the streets of the Greek islands. This is a small nod to a piece of nostalgia from the DineAmic partners’ travels to Greece throughout the years. The beautiful curves of the violin also inspire some of the custom art installations in the decor, which is led by a warm and inviting light color palette. Sculptural wood-workings reminiscent of the curves, strings and bow of a violin will be a focal point. A rectangular main bar adjacent to an elevated main dining room anchor the space, with a smaller room available for additional seating or private dining. The outdoor space is most unique: a four-season outdoor pergola patio with retractable guillotine windows, infrared heat lamps, and an outdoor garden that blooms year-round.Explore Private Dining