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City Winery Chicago Crafts New Wine for Lincoln Park's Newly Opened Centre Street Kitchen

Posted on February 14, 2020

Chicago, Ill.—City Winery Chicago is proud to announce the launch of its Centre Street Kitchen Cabernet Sauvignon, an homage to the new Lincoln Park restaurant Centre Street Kitchen, 1224 W. Webster Avenue, the latest entry in Big Onion Hospitality’s restaurant portfolio. The wine, created exclusively for Big Onion Hospitality, is now available at all eight Big Onion restaurants where customers can purchase by the glass while they dine or by the bottle. Of the ten current City Winery locations in the country, this collaboration marks the first collaboration with an unrelated hospitality group to create a private label wine.

The new cabernet sauvignon is a versatile wine created with grapes from Mendocino, California and includes flavors of dark berries, black cherry, currant, spices and light notes cedarwood that can be enjoyed year-round.

“Centre Street Kitchen is the perfect place to kick off this collaboration with Big Onion Hospitality,” said Luis Ortega, City Winery Director of Wine Sales. “We love the restaurant’s commitment to being open to new ideas and its focus on philanthropy. Plus, its location in Lincoln Park allows us to hit a neighborhood with a demographic of people who love wine.”   

Centre Street Kitchen, which opened on October 4, 2019, is an American restaurant designed to promote positivity through philanthropy, innovative food and drink and impeccable service. Its chef-driven menu showcases modern dishes with locally sourced ingredients, vibrant, global flavors, and modern cooking techniques. 

"We couldn't be more excited to begin this adventure with our new partners at City Winery,” said Dave Brown, Big Onion Hospitality Group Beverage Director. “Centre Street Kitchen's unique vision deserved a unique wine, and the generous way they allowed us to participate in its creation was such a great experience that you can't help but taste our excitement in every bottle."

The Centre Street Kitchen bottle label, designed by City Winery graphic designer Sarah Foote, features a black and white antique map of Chicago from the 1800s, inspired by the same map featured on a shadow box wall at Centre Street, where restaurant staff members can recycle wine corks to create an interactive work of art.


In the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Centre Street Kitchen opened its doors in October 2019. Serving dinner, lunch, and brunch, the restaurant features a globally inspired menu designed by Big Onion Hospitality Corporate Chef Jim Heflin and Executive Chef Monica Riley. The restaurant bridges the two passions of Owner Erik Baylis—hospitality and giving back—by curating a dining experience that also embraces positivity and community; guests have the option to participate in a donation wall in the restaurant that commemorates the names of those who have battled cancer, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting Never Had a Bad Day Foundation, a nonprofit providing monetary support to pediatric cancer patients and their families. Baylis, a cancer survivor, is owner of Chicago-based Big Onion Hospitality and president of Never Had a Bad Day Foundation, which he helped co-found in 2016 with the goal to raise $7 million with Centre Street Kitchen partnership. Restaurant hours are Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to midnight and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to midnight.


There are ten City Winery locations in the U.S. including the recently opened location in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the forthcoming location in Hudson Valley, New York. Opened in 2012, City Winery Chicago is a fully operational winery, restaurant with outdoor patio, concert hall and private event space located in the heart of the West Loop at 1200 W. Randolph, in the historic urban Fulton Market district. Once a refrigerated food distribution warehouse, the 1911 building has been transformed into a contemporary 33,000 square foot haven for those passionate about wine, music and culinary arts. The décor evokes the romance of being in wine country, from the exposed stainless steel fermenting tanks and French oak barrels, to the aroma of fermenting grapes. The West Loop’s only fully operation winery has produced dozens of in-house wines sourced from vineyards in California, Oregon, Washington, Argentina and Chile, including a Wine Enthusiast 92-point 2015 Verna’s Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir. With more than 400 unique producers from around the world City Winery is recognized with 2014 and 2015 Best of Awards of Excellence “for having one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world” by Wine Spectator. The globally inspired, locally sourced, wine-focused food menu is conceived for pairing and sharing. The concert hall accommodates up to 300 guests, all seated at tables with complete beverage and dining service, ensuring a comfortable “listening room” experience enhanced by a state-of-the-art Meyer Sound system. Riedel is the official and exclusive provider of glassware, showing City Winery’s commitment to enjoying quality wine in a quality vessel. American Airlines is the Official Airline of City Winery. For more information, please visit


Founded in 2011, Big Onion Hospitality is a Chicago-based group of restaurants and bars owned by veteran restauranteur Erik Baylis. Properties include Centre Street Kitchen, the group’s new flagship restaurant; Fatpour, a craft beer bar and restaurant with locations in Wicker Park and McCormick; Hopsmith, a tavern in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, as well as a location in Nashville; Woodie’s Flat, a dive bar and grill in Gold Coast; The Irish Oak, a pub in Wrigleyville; and Brunch, a breakfast and brunch restaurant in River North. The Big Onion Hospitality mission is “to make each and every guest feel as though they are walking into our own personal home.” For more information, visit

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