Look Inside Michael Jordan’s Steak House, Now Open

The lush Michael Jordan’s Steak House opened last night on the Magnificent Mile. Located inside the historic InterContinental Chicago, the restaurant attempts to balance fitting into an already gorgeous space while not feeling limited by it. When you check out the slideshow below, take note of the bridge. It’s the first thing you’ll probably notice when enter the space, as it juts across the lobby, connecting the second floor to the main dining room. Sure, the two staircases on either side already get you to the dining area, but they aren’t nearly as dramatic as the bridge. That basically sums up this place.

As you’ve probably noticed from looking at the menu, Michael Jordan’s Steak House doesn’t really try anything radically different. The steaks are huge, the salads are based on classics, and the wine list is vast and heavy on reds. As executive chef James O’Donnell has mentioned before, that’s kind of the point. The restaurant isn’t trying to reinvent the model, as it has an ideal location and the greatest living athlete’s name on the sign.

If the restaurant has any angle, it may be a slight embrace of some Southern dishes. The shrimp and grits ($14) dish is described as being a favorite of Jordan’s. Also, O’Donnell is enthusiastic about some of the fish courses, especially the pan-roasted halibut which features a smoked pecan romesco.

It’ll take time to see how it fits into the already crowded steakhouse culture of Chicago. But for now, take a look at our slideshow of the space, along with some shots of what you can expect to eat.

The steakhouse opened last night on Michigan Ave. 
And, yes, that is a bridge that crosses the entire lobby; it is new. 
The bridge connects guests with the main dining room. 
The room features dramatic views of the lobby and of Michigan Ave. 
Served with Wisconsin Ader Käse Reserve blue cheese fondue. 
The stacked salad is served with watercress, opal basil, and a chervil vinaigrette. 
The salad features 23 ingredients. Guess what number Jordan used to wear for the Bulls? 
Served with a maple-black pepper glaze and watercress puree.
The 38-ounce steak is dry-aged for 28 days. (Note: The steak was cut up for the media preview.)
Served with smoked bacon, sweet onions, and lobster broth. 
Served with bourbon-pecan butter and a maple-black pepper syrup.
At street level, the bar features a condensed menu and more of a focus on cocktails.  
Cognac, Mint, Lemon, and Champagne
Look Inside Michael Jordan’s Steak House, Now Open