Althea is Bringing Upscale, Plant-Based Eats to Michigan Ave.

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Althea is Bringing Upscale, Plant-Based Eats to Michigan Ave.

Roll out the red carpet — Chicago is getting the celebrity chef treatment, this time with a vegan twist.

Come late September, Matthew Kenney—a chef known around the world for his plant-based culinary books and (count ‘em!) the 16 animal-free restaurants he owns around the globe—will make his Windy City debut with a brand-new Michigan Ave. eatery, Althea.

An Upscale Feast

Gone are the days when most people’s idea of fine dining meant a steakhouse. Matthew brings with him a certain je ne sais quoi when it comes to fancy feasting, and he’s got the chops to back it up — the man has 25 culinary ventures, including LA’s Plant Food + Wine, and the highly-anticipated Double Zero in Philadelphia on his resume.

A Sip Above

When it comes to Althea, here’s what you’re in for — views of the Magnificent Mile from the 2,000 square-foot space’s windows plus clean, bright décor. And word on the street is there’ll even be a “rippling Lasvit glass wall, which can transition the space into a private dining area”.

Set up on the seventh floor of Saks Fifth Avenue in the spot formerly known as Sophie’s, this new good-for-you restaurant is sure to be a hot spot for health-conscious eaters — and drinkers, too!

If the menu is anything like Althea’s West Coast predecessor Plant Food + Wine, we’re in for quite the treat: dishes will be sourced from the finest organic ingredients in California and beyond. In addition to staples like Kelp Noodle Cacio E. Pepe (snap peas, pea sprouts, and crispy oil cured olives), Spicy Udon Soup, and Kimchi Dumplings, guests can also expect to wet their whistles with on-brand libations.

Beer and wine will be vegan, organic, AND biodynamic, and cocktails will be made with the same caliber of organic produce that’s used for the food. We’ll definitely drink to that!