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Chef Gillanders has a growing collection and an appreciation for antique silver spoons: beautifully unique, yet classic. So when Gillanders and his graphic designer/brother-in-law discussed creating a logo alongside the menu concept-- food that's innovative and unique, yet with a sense of familiarity-- it seemed only fitting to use the beloved antique spoon. Gillanders explained that he wanted to present and prepare familiar ingredients in a modern, innovative way; to re-imagine classic dishes from his travels.


The restaurant design also evokes this approach. Built in1891, the original space was remodeled with Seon Kyung Yuk's vision of a modern and contemporary design combined with existing materials. Therefore the symbol of the shattered antique spoon represents S.K.Y.'s philosophy of just that: a classic spoon, shattered to depict a modern, innovative perspective.  


The initials S.K.Y. belong to Chef Gillanders' wife, Seon Kyung Yuk, after whom the restaurant is named. Gillanders had always envisioned opening his first restaurant in his hometown of Los Angeles, CA. But during Gillanders' tenure at Intro in Chicago, which served as the testing ground for his own restaurant concept, the couple discovered their affinity for Chicago and decided it was home-- and the future home of S.K.Y.


After a year and a half as Chef/Partner at Intro, Gillanders was ready to realize his dream of opening his own restaurant. He and his wife toured over 20 restaurant spaces all over the city when they finally found the perfect location for S.K.Y. in Pilsen, Chicago.  The robust arts culture and community-feel of the neighborhood fully embodies the philosophy of their breakout restaurant concept.

Original storefront of S.K.Y. (June 2017)


The Infatuation
Eater Chicago
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