// M IS FOR MARISOL

THE MCA’S HOTLY AN­TIC­I­PATED RESTAU­RANT IS SET TO BE THE CHICAGO FOODIE DES­TI­NA­TION FOR SUM­MER.

Michigan Avenue - - CONTENTS - BY AM­BER GIB­SON

The MCA’S hotly an­tic­i­pated restau­rant is set to be the Chicago foodie des­ti­na­tion for sum­mer.

Part of a ma­jor re­design for the Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art’s 50th an­niver­sary, vi­brant new restau­rant Marisol is poised to be­come a des­ti­na­tion in its own right. Here’s the scoop.

The Name: Marisol Es­co­bar (1930–2016) was a Venezue­lan­french artist known for play­ful wooden sculp­tures blend­ing pop and folk art, in­clud­ing por­traits of Andy Warhol and John Wayne. Warhol and Es­co­bar were close friends, and she ap­peared in his films The Kiss and 13 Most Beau­ti­ful Women. In 1968, she also gave the MCA its first art­work, Six Women, ini­ti­at­ing the mu­seum’s now world­class col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary art.

The Inspo: “Marisol was an in­de­pen­dent, spir­ited, bril­liant woman and artist,” says chef

Ja­son Ham­mel. “The strength and hu­man­ity in her work res­onate with [me] as a chef.”

Set the Scene: Art, food, and de­sign in­ter­twine to in­spire di­a­logue and com­mu­nity in a warm, invit­ing space. Im­mer­sive works by Bri­tish artist Chris Ofili in­clude win­dow etch­ings and a mas­sive mu­ral cen­ter­piece.

Dig In: “We’re cook­ing with depth of fla­vor, bright­ness, and color to ac­cent the nat­u­ral forms of in­gre­di­ents,” Ham­mel says.

Drink Up: Nat­u­ral wines com­ple­ment the lighter palate, while an ex­ten­sive aper­i­tif list is ideal for be­fore or after mu­seum events. 205 E. Pear­son St., 312280-2660; marisolchicago.com

Soon-to-open MCA restau­rant Marisol will beckon with art­ful dishes like dry-aged beef with spring onions and black cur­rant vi­nai­grette. 65

From chef Ja­son Ham­mel (ƛƨƭƭƨƦ ƫƣơơƭ), tempt­ing op­tions at new MCA restau­rant Marisol (ƛƞƥƨư ƫƣơơƭ) in­clude prawns roasted in wal­nut oil with Tar­divo radic­chio (ơƞƫƞ) and steamed sword­fish with sun­flower seeds and English peas (ƛƨƭƭƨƦ ƥƞɵƭ).

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