Chicago Chop House first opened its doors in November 1986 by Henry Norton. A successful Chicago restauranteur, Norton’s previous launches included Easy Street in 1959, Alfies in 1966, Gate of Horn in 1968, Le Pub in 1971 and Shuckers in 1978. With his investment in the landmark brownstone building, Chicago Chop House was his first venture into Chicago’s steakhouse scene.
His first challenge was to come up with a menu for the fledgling enterprise. He hired Bill Farrahi, a former chef at Café Bohemia and a partner at Shuckers; he was adept at preparing a wide variety of meats and game, including moose, bear, buffalo and elk. Bill recalls that he and Henry got the idea for a 64- and 48-ounce porterhouse from Café Bohemia— and so the legend was born.
In 2017, Chicago Chop House was purchased by Chop Hospitality. The building was completely renovated, and the menu updated. The new ownership also added nightly music that plays to the restaurant’s vintage take on unpretentious steakhouse ambiance. However, Chicago Chop House stays loyal to its roots, still offering the grand porterhouses introduced by Norton and Farrahi.
Lining the walls of one of Chicago’s original steakhouse are more than 1,400 historic photos featuring iconic Chicago sports, entertainment and political personalities, including photos of every Chicago mayor. Outside, you can’t miss our black 1938 Buick Touring Car with suicide doors — a perfect keepsake photo opportunity.