About


Over the past 12 years Boka Restaurant has become one of Chicago's most beloved restaurants. Chef Lee Wolen's seasonal American food is framed by Simeone Deary's timeless design located in the heart of Lincoln Park.

Boka originally opened in 2003, and was the first Boka Restaurant Group property for owners Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz. The restaurant became the foundation for the company: An alchemy of great design, warm hospitality, and amazing Chefs. The restaurants rich history includes 6 consecutive Michelin Stars.


Since his time at Boka, Chef/partner Lee Wolen garnered a Michelin Star in 2015 and 2016, "3 Stars" and "Chef of the Year" by the Chicago Tribune, and "Chef of the Year" and "Restaurant of the Year" at the Jean Banchet Awards.

  • MICHELIN STARRED 2011–2016
  • JAMES BEARD NOMINEE 2016 & 2017
    Best Chef: Great Lakes
  • JAMES BEARD NOMINEE 2016
    Outstanding Pastry Chef
  • PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR 2016
    Chicago Tribune
  • Pastry Chef of the Year 2016
    Jean Banchet Awards
  • #8 Phil Vettel's
    Top 50 Restaurants in Chicago
    Chicago Tribune 2016
  • RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2015
    Jean Banchet Awards
  • CHEF OF THE YEAR 2015
    Jean Banchet Awards, Chicago Tribune, Eater
  • Top 100 Restaurants 2015 & 2016
    OpenTable
  • Best New Chef, Great Lakes:
    People’s Choice Nominee
    Food & Wine 2015
  • 30 Chefs to Watch
    Plate Magazine, October 2015
  • Rising Star 2015
    StarChefs