Kevin Pang | June 23, 2013 | Chicago Tribune
The team that brought Blackbird, Avec, The Publican and Big Star to Chicago will add a new restaurant to its roster this December. It will be called Nico, a seafood-focused Italian restaurant at the forthcoming Thompson Chicago hotel in the Gold Coast.
Heading Nico’s kitchen will be Erling Wu-Bower, currently of Avec. Wu-Bower has spent the last month in Philadelphia working under Marc Vetri, among the most highly regarded chefs of Italian cuisine in America. Wu-Bower said the food will center around handmade pastas, crostinis, crudos and grilled seafood.