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Marc Jacobs

President and Partner

Marc Jacobs is the President and Partner of Antico Posto, Beatrix, Ema, Foodease, Foodlife, L. Woods and Mity Nice Bar & Grill.

Marc began his career with Lettuce Entertain You in the fall of 1991, as a banquet server and busser at Bones (now L. Woods). After being cross-trained as a server, host and line cook, he was offered the opportunity to go through management training upon his graduation from UIC in the summer of 1995.

Two years later, Marc was transferred to R.J. Grunts, and was quickly promoted to general manager where he worked side by side with Rich Melman on the re-development of the restaurant.

From 2001 to 2015, Marc was imperative in the development and re-concepting of Antico Posto, Foodlife, Mity Nice Bar & Grill and L.Woods. He also oversaw and led the opening process from beginning to end at Di Pescara, Foodease Market, Beatrix River North and Streeterville, and Bea’s Market, a fast casual market.

Now, Marc is thrilled to be combining his passion for food and design with his vast experience in restaurants in his latest concept, Ema, a Mediterranean restaurant featuring a light, California style of cooking in River North.

In his free time, Marc enjoys spending time with his wife Vanessa and their three children, traveling, and visiting new restaurants.


Marc Jacobs

Michael Giles


Michael Giles is a Associate Partner of Beatrix River North, Beatrix Streeterville and most recently, Ema. With a strong passion for food and operations, Michael has worked for several restaurant groups in multiple cities including Minneapolis, San Diego, Portland and now in Chicago.

Michael started at Lettuce Entertain You in August 2010 where he was a part of the Scoozi team. He quickly became the General Manager, and just three years later, Michael led the opening team at Beatrix River North. Finding success in the concept, Michael was influential in the opening of its second location in Streeterville in October 2015. Just eight months later, Michael is now a Partner of said restaurants, in addition to Ema, a Mediterranean and California-inspired restaurant in River North.

Michael oversees daily operations, food quality and ongoing training and development of the management team. Working closely with the chef team to facilitate new and creative ideas, Michael is constantly focused on hiring and developing his management teams and growth in all three concepts.

As a Gold Coast resident, he enjoys checking out new bars and restaurants, exploring the city and playing ice hockey. He also enjoys travel, especially visiting his native hometown in Minnesota, and spending time with family and friends.

Michael Giles

John Chiakulas

Chef Partner

John Chiakulas is Corporate Chef of LEYE and Chef Partner of Beatrix, Antico Posto, Foodease Market, Foodlife, Mity Nice Grill and L. Woods!

His journey with LEYE began at Ambria in 1981, rising through the ranks from fish butcher to becoming Executive Chef of Scoozi! when it opened a decade later. His experiences traveling through Italy awakened his imagination and enthusiasm for Italian cooking; these skills translated well to his extensive experience at many LEYE restaurants, including Tru, L. Woods and Wildfire.

John was instrumental in the redesign of Foodlife in Water Tower Place and pushed the envelope in developing Foodease into what he now considers a “chef’s playground” because of its diverse offerings. In 2011, he teamed up with the Lettuce Consulting Group to bring his creativity to clients nationwide.

John is now the Chef Partner of Beatrix and was here for every step of its creation. He is “hungry for more” in his leadership role, always thinking of how he can bring Beatrix and his other projects to the next level.

John Chiakulas

Susan Weaver

Chef Partner

Susan is the Chef Partner of Beatrix, Mon Ami Gabi, Café Ba-Ba-Reeba, Stripburger and Community Canteen. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, her passion for food and travel developed early in life when she spent two years traveling in Europe and working at quaint restaurants in the Mediterranean.

After her travels, she spent time working in kitchens in Boston, Houston, Chicago, Toronto and New York. She joined LEYE in 2003 as the Culinary Director for Mon Ami Gabi and Café Ba-Ba-Reeba!

In 2012, she partnered with Marc Jacobs to build LEYE’s newest restaurant, Beatrix. Together, they created Beatrix’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menus with unique ingredients and profiles with many dishes influenced by her past travels.

Susan Weaver

Rita Dever

Chef Partner

Rita Dever is Corporate Chef of LEYE and Chef Partner of Beatrix. A native to the Northwest, Rita grew up surrounded by an abundance of natural food and beauty. Her early years as a chef had her traveling all over the world.

Rita completed culinary school in Paris, trained with her mentor, Madeleine Kamman in New Hampshire and opened restaurants in Los Angeles, Maui, New York and Seattle as a Sous Chef at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

In 2008, she came to Chicago and joined LEYE as Corporate Chef. Working closely with Rich Melman in the test kitchen, the two collaborate daily on creating new dishes and innovating existing menus for all LEYE restaurants. It was Rita’s creations in the “Lab” that sparked the fire for Beatrix.

Now, as Chef Partner, her culinary experience has come full circle. Her Pacific Northwest whole-foods mentality drives each dish at Beatrix, bringing a “taste over trend” philosophy and healthful twist to each dish.

Rita Dever

Janet Kirker


Janet Kirker grew up in Champaign, Illinois and developed a passion for food at a young age while spending time in the kitchen with her mother and grandmother. Preparing food for holidays and celebrations year after year sparked not only her interest in cooking, but enticed Janet to learn more about the culinary arts.

Janet’s first job in a professional kitchen was as a dishwasher at a local catering company, and eagerly worked up to a cook position while growing with the company throughout high school and college. Janet received a B.S. in Restaurant Management from the University of Illinois in 1993, and a Culinary Arts degree from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in 1995.

After school, Janet held various positions such as the Assistant Pastry Chef at Tabla in New York City, Sous Chef at Café Lucy in Napa, Sous Chef and Executive Chef at Charlie Trotter’s, and the Culinary Director at The Chopping Block in Chicago.

In 2012, Janet joined Lettuce Entertain You as the Executive Chef at Foodease, where she helped expand the concept through menu creation and operations. Janet is part of the opening team of The Market @ Beatrix, where she brings delicious, healthful and homemade food to the new Streeterville restaurant.

In her free time, Janet is passionate about all things wine, vacationing, visiting local farmers markets, and spending time with her husband.

Janet Kirker

Yasmin Gutierrez

Executive Pastry Chef

Yasmin is the Executive Pastry Chef at Beatrix. She studied Culinary Arts at the Illinois Institute of Art with an emphasis in pastry and continues to take classes at Chicago’s French Pastry School.

She began her career as an intern at Bittersweet Bakery on the north side of Chicago. A few years later,  she joined Lettuce Entertain You’s Foodlife in Water Tower Place where she became the pastry chef and also oversaw Mity Nice Grill and Foodease after just two years. Now, Yasmin oversees the pastry program both at Water Tower Place and Beatrix.

Her specialties include cupcake creation and design, coffee cakes and birthday cakes.

Outside of the bakery, Yasmin plays soccer and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Yasmin Gutierrez

Omar Chavez


Omar Chavez was born in Mexico, and moved to America in 1990 where he joined Lettuce Entertain You as a dishwasher and line cook at Tucci Benucch. Nine years later, Omar was promoted to Sous Chef, and quickly after to Chef at Wildfire in Chicago and Lincolnshire. Finding his way back to the city in 2011, Omar was Chef at Paris Club, Hub51, and was a part of the opening team at Beatrix in River North.

Omar’s favorite part of being a Chef at Beatrix is getting involved in cooking and teaching others, while also staying busy and focused. His favorite Beatrix menu items are the Skirt Steak Chimichurri and Tuna Crudo.

When Omar is out of the kitchen, he likes to spend time with his two sons, bike, and cook.

Omar Chavez

Joe Mishler

Sous Chef

From Plymouth-Canton, Michigan, Joe moved to Chicago to attend the Cooking Hospitality Institute of Chicago – Le Cordon Bleu. He began his food career as a line cook in the Chicago suburbs, and since has explored many restaurant positions. Joe spent time in Florida working at Chef Allen’s, then at twice nominated James Beard Award Chef Chad Johnson’s SideBern’s. During his time at SidebBern’s, Joe was featured at Bern’s Winefest. Next in his career, Joe returned to Chicago to work under Chefs Chris Pandel and Joe Frillman at Balena. Joe is excited for his current role as Sous Chef at Beatrix, with plans to move to the new Streeterville location.

Joe comes from a long line of ‘food loving’ people. His family owns a small drive-in restaurant in Northern Michigan, Mishler’s Drive-In. He always has loved exploring the world and culture through food. He explains that through food, he can explore without having to leave the kitchen.

Outside of work, you can find Joe practicing martial arts or combat sports, exploring new restaurants with his wife, Rachel, reading books about food, and learning how to make ad hoc “at home” recipes. He believes in keeping food simple, but making it delicious.

Joe Mishler

John Economos

General Manager

John started with LEYE nine years ago at Di Pescara in Northbrook, IL. Since then, he has managed Petterinos, Reel Club, Foodlife and Foodease Market.

John has a serious passion for music and developed the playlist for Foodease and Beatrix. The ‘eclectic’ music selection at Beatrix varies with each meal period and will be updated monthly with new tracks.

John also has a love for beer and cocktails, especially Metropolitan Brewery’s German Lagers. John worked with skilled mixologists in addition to the chef team to create our fresh-squeezed juice cocktail program. Aside from cocktails, John is a true coffee enthusiast, specifically Beatrix’s Nitro and Cold Brew Iced Coffee offerings.

One of John’s favorite dishes at Beatrix is the Chili & Chocolate Glazed Salmon, paired perfectly with our Pineapple-Habanero Margarita.

He also enjoys going to concerts and spending time with his wife, Jenny and son, George.

John Economos

Kevin Singer


Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kevin Singer has been in the restaurant business since he was just 15-years-old. Working at a local restaurant throughout his teenage years, Kevin had the opportunity to experience a vast number of positions from dishwasher to host, and to bar back to server.

In 2015, Kevin moved to Chicago, and was immediately drawn to Lettuce Entertain You. With a strong interest in a growing restaurant, unique food, and a fast-paced environment, Kevin found his home as a Manager at Beatrix Streeterville. Kevin’s favorite part of the job is that it always keeps him moving, and he is constantly meeting new people every day, all while eating some great food!

In his free time, Kevin enjoys sailing, watching movies, and spending time with his fiancé who he looks forward to marrying in October 2016!

Kevin Singer

Thalia Krick


Thalia Krick grew up on a lake in small town Minnesota. With a significant influence from her parents and grandparents, Thalia’s love for cooking and exploring in the kitchen blossomed at a very young age.

Thalia studied Biology and Agronomy at Iowa State University before following her deep passion by attending Kendall College for her culinary degree. She began her journey at Lettuce Entertain You in 2008 where she was a cook at Foodlife, to then revamp the catering program at Water Tower Place. Three years later, Thalia was promoted to Manager at Foodease, and also assisted in the opening of Beatrix River North.

Now, Thalia is excited to be a part of Beatrix’s second location in Streeterville, where she is the Manager of The Market @ Beatrix. There, she thrives on discovering new retail products, seeking what the latest trends in cooking are, and learning from those that she meets and works with.

In her free time, Thalia loves to travel, visit family, ski, volunteer, check out new markets, restaurants, and bars.

Thalia Krick

Henry Estes


Growing up working at his father’s restaurant, Henry knew he wanted to be in the hospitality industry at a young age. From washing dishes to running full-service caterings and events, Henry held numerous positions before continuing his education at the University of Illinois- Champaign Urbana where he studied Hospitality Management.

While at school, Henry broadened his knowledge for restaurants and hospitality by working in restaurants on campus and gaining experience as a Teaching Assistant in the hospitality program. During his junior year summer break, Henry began his career with Lettuce Entertain You as an Intern at L. Woods. Upon graduation, Henry became a Manager at Big Bowl in Lincolnshire where he gained even more experience.

Henry is excited to now be working in Chicago, and fulfilling his dream of being part of an opening team for a new restaurant. His favorite part of the job is the guest experience; from the service to the food, and to when they leave the restaurant satisfied and happy!

In his free time, Henry likes to check out new restaurants in Chicago, watch sports, travel, and spend time with his friends and family.

Henry Estes

Kathryn Sabol


Kathryn Sabol was born and raised in Chicago, and began her restaurant experience when she was just 18-years-old. In her position as a hostess at Bridge House Tavern, she was able to not only learn more about the industry, but also discover that this was a passion for her.

After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in Hotel Administration and Beverage Management, Kathryn managed a dining room in a yacht club in Maine, and later moved back home to Chicago to continue her career as a restaurant manager at Beatrix Streeterville.

Her favorite part about working at Beatrix is being able to make a difference in a guest’s day. When Kathryn’s not in the restaurant, she enjoys reading about wine and developing her knowledge. She also likes to explore Chicago’s restaurants to enjoy all the city has to offer.

Kathryn Sabol

Cara Yaffe

Divisional Marketing & PR Manager

Growing up in Long Grove, Illinois, Cara has always had a passion for food, writing, and technology, and knew she wanted to pursue a career one day that would entail all of those elements. Graduating in 2012 from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN., with a degree in Journalism and Business, she began her PR and marketing journey at a Chicago public relations agency focusing on restaurants and local businesses.

Realizing that her true passion and excitement was in restaurants, and also ready for more growth and opportunity, Cara joined the Lettuce Entertain You family in the summer of 2015. Now, Cara proudly oversees the marketing and public relations for Antico Posto, Beatrix, Bea’s Market, Ema, Foodlife, Foodease, L. Woods, Mity Nice Bar & Grill, and Rotisserie Ema. Her favorite part of the job is how every day is different, as well as having the opportunity to express her creativity across multiple different brands that she truly believes in.

In her free time, Cara loves checking out new restaurants around the city, traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with family and friends.

Cara Yaffe

Krista Rominger


Krista joined the Lettuce Entertain You family in 2014 as an office manager in the Lettuce Parties & Special Events department. Originally from Naperville, and a graduate of Illinois State, Krista has grown up surrounded by the Chicago restaurant scene. Krista has learned so much about what it means to find the perfect space and atmosphere for a client and is excited to be sharing her expertise in special events at Beatrix.

Being a part of the Beatrix team is very exciting for Krista. She is able to focus on some of her strongest qualities - organization, planning, and execution of special events. Krista enjoys meeting new faces, forming relationships, and creating memorable experiences for guests.

In her free time, Krista loves to weekend brunch, attend sporting events, and spend time with her friends and family. Krista currently resides nearby Beatrix, in Chicago’s River North.


Krista Rominger

Christine Cossette

Catering Manager

Christine Cossette’s first job in high school was filling cannoli in a bakery. Looking for a bustling city and more opportunity, Christine moved to Chicago and got a job at Lucky Strike Lanes in Streeterville. There, Christine quickly worked her way up from a cashier at the bowling desk, to to the administrator/sales assistant and then eventually moved into event sales.

Christine joined Lettuce in the summer of 2016 and is now the Special Events and Catering Manager for both Beatrix and Ema. Her favorite part of the job is putting clients at ease by letting them know they are in great hands, so all that they need to do is enjoy their celebration!

In her free time, she likes to make as many quick trips back to her hometown of Norwood, Massachusetts to visit her family. She also loves spending time with her boyfriend, trying new restaurants and traveling.

Christine Cossette

Veronica Paredes

Office Manager

Veronica was born in Ecuador and moved to Chicago in 2002. She began her career in the restaurant business at the age of 16 waiting tables and assisting with food prep at her aunt’s café in Otavalo City.

She joined Lettuce Entertain You ten years ago as a hostess at Foodlife. After earning her degree in Business Administration and General Studies, she worked her way up to become the Office Assistant for Foodlife and Mity Nice Bar & Grill. At Beatrix, she loves combining her past experience working in restaurants with her business degree as the Office Manager.

Outside of work, Veronica enjoys cooking delicious meals for her husband and daughter, watching movies with lots of popcorn, and keeping up with the latest fashion and make-up trends.

Veronica Paredes


Coffee & Bakery:

Monday - Friday: Opens at 7:00am
Saturday & Sunday: Opens at 8:00am


Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00am


Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm


Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
*lunch menu not served on Saturday and Sunday


Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm

Beatrix Market:

Streeterville Location Only
Monday - Friday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed


Open Daily until close


671 N. St. Clair
Chicago, IL 60611


Parking is available in Northwestern Memorial Hospital Garages A, C and D for $11 (for up to 7 hours.) Please visit host stand to receive validation.

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