To make a reservation, please email us at and include in the subject line the number of guests, a mobile phone number, and the date you are requesting.

We offer dinner service Tuesday through Thursday at 7 pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 5:30 pm and 9:30 pm, with some exceptions. Please be prompt. If you are flexible or have back up dates, please specify them in the body of the email.

Alternatively, you may call us at 312-226-8144, Monday – Thursday from 11am to 7pm and Friday 11am to 5:30pm. If we are not available, please leave a message. Please note that email is preferred.

For additional information, please see this list of frequently asked questions.

We are now accepting reservations through March. Please contact us to request a reservation.

Last Minute Availability:

Friday, February 6th at 5:30pm

Friday, February 6th at 9:30pm

Wednesday, February 11th at 7pm

Thursday, February 12th at 7pm

Valentine’s Day at EL ideas

We are now accepting reservations for Valentine’s Weekend.

Saturday, February 14th has completely sold out, but seats are still available for both seatings on Friday, February 13th.

EL ideas will be offering a premium menu for both our 5:30 and 9:30pm seating times on Friday and Saturday.

Please email for pricing and to book a table.


** Keep an eye on our Twitter (@ELideasChi) and Facebook accounts for news on openings!