New American Restaurant and Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant · Wicker Park
1466 N Ashland Ave (at W Le Moyne St), Chicago, IL 60622, United States
Closed until 5:30 PM (Show more)
  • Tue–Sat
    • 5:30 PM–10:30 PM
$ $ $ $
Wine, Cocktails, BYO
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Based on 57 votes

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    AFAR Media
    "Michelin Star food."(4 Tips)
    Eric M.
    "Amazing byob pre fixe place that plays rap music"(4 Tips)
    Adam B.
    "Loved the quail egg ravioli and the pizza cotton candy!"(3 Tips)
    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    "just surprises like pizza cotton candy w"(2 Tips)
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  • Sean M.

    Crazy. So good. Top 5 Meals of my life

    Sean McEntee · February 19
  • Tyler M.

    Well worth the wait to get a reservation, reasonable prices for what you get. And BYOB!

    Tyler McPheeters · November 30, 2014
  • Eric M.

    Amazing byob pre fixe place that plays rap music

    Eric Munn · October 24, 2014
  • Jawwad A.

    Way more fun in groups of four/six vs. two. Bring a lot to imbibe while you have one of the best dining experiences of your life. And don't forget a gift for the awesome staff!

    Jawwad Akhtar · October 17, 2014
  • Elizabeth W.

    The most amazing, delicious, beautiful, interesting & mind-blowing dining experience I've had yet!

    Elizabeth Wypasek · August 22, 2014
  • Chefs Feed

    Andrew Zimmerman, chef of Sepia, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Tasting menu. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 5, 2014
  • AFAR Media

    Once you indulge in all that is unique and wonderful about the place, then you can settle in and indulge in the Michelin Star food. Read more

    AFAR Media · August 4, 2014
  • The Wall Street Journal

    This Wicker Park foodie gem is all about Michael Carlson. Nine-course meals served over the world kitchen's rap-metal soundtrack—the best "tasting menu" in the city. Read more

    The Wall Street Journal · August 3, 2014
  • Chicagoist

    Dinner at Schwa is always a unique evening, but among the caviar truffles and uni ice cream, there are a few old school gems that really hit the spot. Read more

    Chicagoist · August 1, 2014
  • FacePaulm R.

    expect the unexpected

    FacePaulm Revere · July 23, 2014
  • La Dolce Vita

    One Michelin star

    La Dolce Vita · December 16, 2013
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

    BYOB. No menus, just surprises like pizza cotton candy w/ buttered popcorn soda, or tagliatelle and rabbit liver sauce. – Green Guide Editor

    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle · November 25, 2013
  • Amanda G.

    A totally fun experience! Inventive cuisine served by a fun waitstaff. It might be the only fine dining experience you have where you'll hear hardcore rap and heavy metal.

    Amanda Gilmore · September 26, 2013
  • Yangzhi Z.

    Simply an outstanding experience. Great food and even better service. Truly unlike any other restaurant you will go to.!

    Yangzhi Zhao · August 14, 2013
  • Adam B.

    Loved the quail egg ravioli and the pizza cotton candy! Witty commentary was appreciated too!

    Adam Bear · June 7, 2013
  • Rui L.

    One of the top three meals I've had in the past two years!! This isn't your typical Michelin star restaurant! Awesome food and chefs :)

    Rui Li · April 27, 2013
  • Kristi T.

    Hidden gem, owner/chef does what he wants with reservations. Food was like out of a show...amazing! No menu, we had 7 tastings. BYOB. If you can get in it will be the best place you eat in town!

    Kristi Twito · February 15, 2013
  • Adrienne P.

    Treat this as someone's home and not a restaurant and just sit back and enjoy what you are about to experience.....and if your lucky one if your courses will be the lobster with smoke dish..

    Adrienne Petrino · November 29, 2012
  • Jeff

    2013 - 1 Michelin Star

    Jeff · November 15, 2012
  • Alex R.

    The only place where you can have a high end, fine dining experience while listening to hardcore rap. Schwa is an absolute must, do whatever you have to in order to go.

    Alex Renshaw · September 20, 2012
  • Sharon

    Quail Egg Raviolo

    Sharon · June 6, 2012
  • Chicago magazine

    The most unlikely BYO in town. The kitchen team double as waiters and serve some stunners: ravioli with liquid quail egg yolk and buffalo, and sous vide antelope loin with antelope ragù. Read more

    Chicago magazine · May 8, 2012
  • Emily G.

    I love this place the food is unreal. The experience is surreal

    Emily Guadagno · January 25, 2012
  • Meghan K.

    never experienced anything quite like it, never will experience the same thing again. worth every penny.

    Meghan Keyes · January 2, 2012
  • Aneta A.

    When the folks bringing your food are the same ones preparing it in the kitchen, you know there's some serious pride and accountability on the line when that plate is set down.

    Aneta Allen · October 18, 2011
  • Dee F.

    Amazing. Fun atmosphere. Rabbit top 5 dishes of my life.

    Dee Fornelli · August 12, 2011
  • Tanner R.

    Amazing is the only word to describe this place.

    Tanner Rubin · August 4, 2011
  • Todd S.

    4) expect loud music to be playing5) make a reservation at a 2nd restaurant as your backup in case Schwa cancels on you6) bring good wine to go with your dinner

    Todd Shissler · July 29, 2011
  • The Feast

    Schwa is a strange one, that's for sure. A nondescript restaurant with odd hours, service run entirely by kitchen staff, and BYOB—but some of the most amazing and inventive food you'll ever eat.

    The Feast · June 9, 2011
  • Stephen M.

    Best. Restaurant. Experience. Ever. I love this place

    Stephen Minutolo · August 20, 2010
  • Jonas M.

    One of the best meals Ive ever had in Chicago was here.

    Jonas Moskowitz · March 17, 2010
  • Leah R.

    Why the hype for this restaurant, you may wonder? Because it is fucking awesome. And relatively affordable. If you get a reservation, they'll suggest wines for you to bring. Eat here... if you can.

    Leah Ray · January 30, 2010
  • Sara F.

    It's my'll just have to call and hope for the best....

    Sara Fasolino · January 27, 2010
  • Cy H.

    This place is the shit. Period! Eat here Now!

    Cy Hodgson · January 16, 2010