What is the cost of dinner?
The cost of our tasting menu is $155/person plus tax and service charge. Front Row Seats are $175/person plus tax and service charge. EL ideas is BYOB and there is no charge for corkage.

How is payment secured?
If we have space on the day requested, an invoice will be sent to you. Your reservation will not be secured until the invoice is paid. If space is filled before your invoice is paid, your reservation request will be cancelled.

Where is EL located?
2419 W. 14th Street, Chicago, IL, 60608

EL ideas is a part of the Douglas Park neighborhood of Chicago and is about 15 minutes from Chicago’s Loop/downtown. We are located at 14th and Western, just south of I-290.

We share our block with The Watering Hole and Mama’s Southern Kitchen. Turn down the dead end street; EL ideas is the only business whose windows look out onto the street. There is no signage.


Is parking available?
Yes, street parking is free, and there is access to a lot on the north side of the street.

What if I have dietary restrictions?
EL ideas accommodates vegetarians, pescetarians, pregnancy, and allergies to shellfish and nuts. In regards to religious restrictions, we accommodate shellfish/pork/beef-free diets. Pertaining to more obscure allergies, please inform us upon making your reservation. Please note that as we are a small operation with a small team, we are unable to accommodate vegan and dairy free diets (though we can minimize dairy).

Please alert us upon making your reservation of any and all dietary restrictions or allergies you or anyone in your party has. Please note: the more information/time we can give to our chefs in regards to preparing your meal, the better we can suit your needs.

What beverages should we bring?
Medium/full bodied whites
Medium/full bodied red
Dessert wines

What if I need a ride to or from EL ideas?
Please be aware that cabs are very limited in the area for your return trip. We strongly recommend downloading the Uber app to your smart phone to order a car.
We recommend driving or taking a cab over public transportation. 

What is the dress code?
No dress code. Business casual recommended.