Dinner at Arbor is a Midwestern delight. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, dinner runs from three to seven courses (we picked the five-course option with wine pairing), and you’ll know very little about what comes next for the meal. You’ll be asked a simple “any dietary restrictions?” and from there the menu is in the hands of chef Leonard Hollander. Our dinner started with a blue corn cornbread with coffee butter and bitter citrus grape jelly, but moved quickly onto seasonal dishes like a roasted butternut squash soup with pumpkin butter and compressed pear. Some dishes are inventive—a savory beet panna cotta—while others are more reminiscent of traditional dinner fare, tender turbot with white beans and kale or pork secreto with a celery root mash. Regardless of what’s on the chef’s mind for the meal, Arbor is a place you can come back to regularly, as long as you don’t fall too in love with one particular dish as the menu changes every night. A reasonably priced prix fixe meal with an ever-changing menu with a hyper-local spin makes Arbor a place approachable for someone looking for a delightful meal and pretty plates that’ll nudge them out of their comfort zone just a bit.
Our Midwestern Omakase is unlike any dining experience you have had. The more we know about you, the more interesting the evening becomes. It is an intensely customized dining experience that is worth remembering. Reservations for the Midwestern Omakase can be made via text: 312.292.8347 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Opentable.
Arbor Projects, The Green Exchange, 2545 W Diversey Ave #220
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The environment is relaxing and has an earthy feel to it. When you walk in you immediately feel calm, followed by a greeting from one of the staff members. One of my favorite things is that the specials menu is constantly changing and they never make a same special twice, allowing their patrons to try new flavors every day. Lastly, their coffee is out of the world. My personal favorite is the peanut butter mocha... the second I hear it's on the menu, I'm there!
Every time I go there I have an amazing meal. The quality, presentation and unique combination of ingrediants never fails.
Arbor is a delicious and innovative farm to table experience unlike anything else in the city. Beautiful plating & presentation adds to the creative vibe of the space, while the midwestern omakase is unlike any other in the city (most in Chicago are asian-oriented, as omakase is Japanese in origin). If you've ever wanted to try truly unique dishes, head to Arbor. If you want a next-level chef driven, more intimate experience - make omakase reservations, if you can (only available 3 nights a week, and they only accept a few reservations/night to ensure a high quality experience).
Coffee: The Best - Breakfast: The Best - Lunch: The Best - Dinner: Midwestern Omakase: There is no more enriching dining experience in Chicago. - Even the music is good. The owners and staff may even be the best part. Seriously, just go.
Arbor makes more creative & delicious food than 9 out of the next 10 places you'll eat at. Enticing enough?
I am lucky enough to work in the building and I don't think a day has gone by that I haven't had breakfast or lunch at Arbor. The food is amazing and I'm addicted! It is on par with food I have had a michelin star restaurant. They put detail and flavor into into each dish...and the soups are out of this world! I really could go on and on! If you love good, quality food this is the place! Plus the owners are always there and are always willing to chat with the customers!
I love the staff's friendliness, their innovative menus, and dedication to fresh ingredients. It is such a treat to have this place in the Green Exchange building.
Arbor is a phenomenal restaurant and coffee shop. In addition to their fantastic farm to table seasonal menu, they also blow my mind with their twice daily specials. Every single day, they present completely unique specials for breakfast and lunch. The source of their inspiration is seemingly endless, as a repeat of one of their specials is exceedingly rare. To me, Arbor is the definition of culinary creativity.
Arbor is so hip and unique - great breakfast, coffee, and daily specials to keep you coming back for more!
This venue is totally different than anywhere I have been! You definitely get a culinary experience here.Leo and Chad are the perfect duo. The rest of their staff are so informative and kind.
I have not found a place where I really enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner besides Arbor Projects.
Unique, fresh ingredients with an amazing atmosphere...They grow their produce on the roof, you know you are getting quality eats!
Awesome friendly staff and amazing food every every day! Their day to day menu is outstanding and their daily specials never disappoint not to mention their coffee gives me life!
I appreciate the fact they are creative on the spot. If they run out of something, the final product ends up being delicious anyway.
I wouldn't want to start my day with anything else. I can taste the love each product was made with every time I take a bite. From the daily specials to the breakfast machaca burrito, I have never been dissatisfied with anything Arbor has to offer. A++++
This place is awesome for so many reasons. Their food is incredibly unique, fresh, and you can tell real thought is put into each and every dish. The coffee, breakfast, and everything is a must try.
Innovative food and always fresh ingredients stand out at this great spot. Coffee drinks are also a standout at Arbor, with daily selections of different beans. Overall, awesome place for breakfast, lunch or dinner (Fridays).
Love Arbor! They have a menu that changes regularly with the changing seasons and their food is fresh and delicious. I have had breakfast, lunch and dinner at Arbor and they do not disappoint!!
Five star taste for a three star price. What more can I say.. Ok, creative, passionate, sustainable.
Absolutely wonderful and knowledgable staff, incredibly imaginative menu with on-site grown local produce and products, combined with exceptional beverage pairings with rotating offerings throughout the day. Really elegant and hand-crafted atmosphere. Hits a homerun, but their humble leaders keep innovating and learning on a daily basis and keep striving for better.
This restaurant is warm and inviting. The food is wholesome and nutritious (they even grow some of it in their organic garden!) The building itself is beautiful. And overall, green businesses are most definitely to be respected. They figured out what to do and do it well. I always leave full and pleased with my choice.
These guys are the real deal. They know what they're talking about and love to share their food knowledge. Delicious food.
I watched these two incredibly dedicated young men start Arbor from scratch beginning with a little coffee cart in the lobby of the Green Exchange building. Even then, with that modest set-up, their unwavering commitment to the ultimate in quality food and beverage preparation was crystal clear. Leo and Chad examine every single minute detail of purchasing, preparation, and serving of their menu items before they put anything on your plate. Eating at Arbor is something that will allow you to feel good about the total experience. Chad and Leo source their offerings with sustainability in mind, take care of their staff with a humanist approach, and provide meals to their clients with a stubborn insistence on quality from start to finish. I love this place and the people who make it all happen.
Exquisite farm to table (literally, they have an enormous grow operation in their facility) restaurant that takes a (truly) bespoke and experimental approach to your dining experience. Their lunch menu is no ordinary event either, although they stick closer to their menu during the day.