Chef Carol Wallack
A “surfer girl from California,” chef Wallack found her calling while at the beach. “I met a girl who was a chef for the original Spago,” she recalls. “Two weeks later, I found myself working for her.” Chef Wallack's love of food led to her role as sous chef at Los Angeles’ Camelions and then as a private chef for Hollywood sets, which included actors such as James Garner and Jack Nicholson.
Chef Wallack left L.A. for Chicago to open Deleece, the acclaimed Wrigleyville restaurant known for amazing food with great service, which she operated and ran for years before opening sola.
While the beach may not be on Chicago’s Lincoln Avenue, chef Wallack’s highly original sola is an oasis featuring the fresh, bold flavors of the sea with Hawaiian and Asian influences.
When developing sola, chef Wallack crafted the kind of restaurant in which she would want to dine – serving her favorite foods and flavors in a classic contemporary setting. Four years after opening, sola continues to receive rave reviews.