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Bohemian House In River North Is Closing; Has Been A Bib Gourmand Pick 4 Times

Known as "BoHo," the restaurant opened in 2014 at 11 W. Illinois Street.

Bohemian House

CHICAGO — The Czech restaurant Bohemian House in River North announced Monday morning it is shutting down.

Located at 11 W. Illinois St., it opened in 2014 and was named a Bib Gourmand restaurant multiple times, recognizing it’s affordable choices. 

“After four-and-a-half years, having earned four consecutive Michelin Bib Gourmand Awards, routine national recognition and a host of Chicago dining accolades, it’s bittersweet for us to share that today, we are closing the doors of Bohemian House in order to focus on other projects,” the restaurant posted on Facebook. “We are grateful for our incredibly hard working staff and management that made all of the above possible.

“We built something completely new to Chicago’s dining scene, centered around community and the Bohemian experience. We hope that you enjoyed dining with us during the past four years as much as we enjoyed hosting you.

“We want to give a heartfelt thanks to our loyal customers, regulars, family and friends who have supported us over the years.”

In 2014, co-founder Dan Powell said the restaurant’s menu was inspired by his Bohemian roots.

“We’re trying to fill a void that we think that River North has,” Powell said. “The key element is it’s just a very casual space. The reason we wanted to do something Bohemian and casual is because Bohemian people are very welcoming in their heritage and it’s all about community…We want this to be a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the rest of River North.”

Powell and business partner Markus Chwajol both worked in the medical industry, and met “while working on a case a few years back,” Powell said.

Both have familial roots in Bohemia, today a part of the Czech Republic, and Powell says they bonded over a shared passion for entertaining and a desire to open a restaurant someday.