About Us

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 L 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! 

Our mission is nothing less than an exceptional dining experience in every way: great food, a phenomenal wine list, outstanding service and the perfect ambiance to enjoy it in. Come on — come over to my house, The Kinzie Chophouse.
— Susan Frasca, Owner

Susan Frasca
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


Colleen Morris
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.  

 

 


Bob Reinke
Senior Manager, Beer & Spirits Director

Bob Reinke has over thirty years of experience in the restaurant industry. Beginning in Fontana, WI. Bob got his fine dining start while working at The Abbey on Lake Geneva’s private dining room, The Tour du Bois. He has been a part of Chicago icons including the The Grill on the Alley. Bob handpicked Kinzie Chophouse for the next step of his journey, thrilled be part of a 26-year-old restaurant with a great history.  

Bob enjoys running marathons, cooking and tasting fine wines. To Bob, the best part of the The Kinzie Chophouse is the people. As a family man, he believes the Kinzie’s family is one you won’t find anywhere else and they are what make each experience at Kinzie’s something memorable for everyone. 

Carolyn Orlando
Events Manager

Carolyn is a recent graduate from Columbia College Chicago with a major in public relations. Throughout her schooling she worked at restaurants around the city and grew to love the fast-paced industry. Carolyn also interned with the Magnificent Mile Association under the marketing and events department and promoted the district while contributing to the planning and execution of major events around the heart of Chicago. As her first career post college, she is overjoyed to apply her knowledge and gain more experience by joining such a wonderful group of professionals that make up the Kinzie Chophouse team.