A one-of-a-kind, single-venue restaurant serving up the best in steak, seafood and homemade pasta dishes. This woman owned and operated steakhouse is a gem in the Chicago restaurant scene!
An authentic Chicago neighborhood restaurant, The Kinzie Chophouse is nestled in the River North neighborhood. Steps away from the Merchandise Mart and tucked under the el tracks, we are both a local favorite and a repeat destination for visitors to the Chicagoland area. We welcome guests to a warm and cozy dining room—complete with excellent service, impeccable food and jazzy background tunes to blend together for a true Chicago experience.
In our 25th year of business in 2016, Kinzie Chophouse brings you old favorites while mixing in new concepts and food trends!
Owner, General Manager & Chef
The Chicago Tribune’s dining critic, Phil Vettel, named Susan Frasca “1998’s Quickest Empire Builder.” The Frasca Hospitality Group is Chicago’s largest female-owned restaurant conglomerate and an important presence on the Chicagoland restaurant scene.
The Kinzie Chophouse’s comfortable, yet sophisticated atmosphere is the perfect backdrop to a fabulous experience. In 1998, when Susan purchased the restaurant, the scuffed up walls, harsh lighting, sagging floors and dingy exterior were hiding the amazing jewel of a dining spot that it would become. “I wanted a place where people could feel comfortable pulling up a chair and calling it their second home. Whatever it took, it just had to be done. So we brought in our own ‘Trading spaces’ troop,’ laid down a new floor, bought all new tables, chairs, redecorated, brought in a new staff, installed atmospheric lighting and new artwork and completely up scaled the tone of the guest’s dining experience,” says Frasca. The result is a total transformation that has put The Kinzie Chophouse at the top of the restaurant list for both locals and Chicago visitors.
The Frasca Hospitality Group continues to be a leader and sets the standard for fine dining in Chicago. The Kinzie Chophouse will be celebrating its 25th year milestone in early 2016!
Kinzie Kitchen Team
Supervisors: Alvaro Zamudio, Jose Ramirez, Miguel Castillo
Senior Manager & Wine Director
Colleen recently returned to Chicago after a 5-year position as Front of House Manager on the Boston Harbor, at one of Boston's largest outdoor venues. This experience gave her the confidence in high volume dining keeping elevated customer service a priority. She has 15 years of restaurant experience beginning in the western suburbs of Chicago managing a local restaurant continuing on to bartending throughout Chicago.
Colleen heads up the wine program for Kinzie Chophouse alongside the owner, Susan Frasca. She has an undergraduate degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing from IADT – Chicago. Bringing her customer service and marketing skills to the table, she is excited to be a member to the Kinzie team.
Michael James Allen
Michael possesses over ten years of experience within the hospitality industry and has worked with various restaurants throughout Michigan, New York City, and Chicago. He first came to Chicago to pursue study at Columbia College. Upon graduation, he began gaining managerial experience first within the retail industry, before moving into restaurant management.
Michael manages the bar program and craft brew initiatives at Kinzie Chophouse. He strives to bring hard work, genuine dedication, and a sense of humor to everything he does, and he is excited to be able to apply those traits as a member of the Kinzie Chophouse family.
Bar Spirits Manager
Heather has worked in the hospitality industry for over twenty years and has experience in restaurants here in Chicago, as well as Hawaii, Florida, Costa Rica and New York. She is originally from Bedford, New York and has earned both a B.S. in Photography Technology and B.A. in Communications studying at University of Hawaii, Daytona State College, and State Univ. of New York at Albany. After working several years in the Photography Industry, Heather’s passion for food and wine brought her back to the restaurant scene, and she is thrilled to be apart of the Kinzie team.
Heather co-manages the bar program with an emphasis on spirits and creativity. She believes that dining out should be a celebration of excellent food, drink, friends and family!