Welcome to Gino’s North. Our
reputation is built upon selecting and preparing quality ingredients and
serving them to you at affordable prices. The staff strives to make your
experience one that you will cherish and inspire your return to Gino’s North.
We are one
of the longest continually operated businesses in the idyllic Edgewater
community of Chicago. The site of today’s Gino’s North was opened in a former
fresh produce store in 1940 by Greek-born, Howard Street restaurateur Frank
Meltiades Nichols who dreamed of opening “Chicago’s
Most Exquisite Cocktail Lounge”
named it Snow Drop Cocktail Lounge after the 1880’s statue ‘The Snowdrop” by
Swedish-born sculptor Peter Hasselberg of which a large-scale reproduction is
still prominently enshrined in the illuminated niche behind the bar. Nichols
also commissioned artisan craftsmen to hand-construct the custom-built
woodwork, paneled walls and cozy booths, dramatic cover-lit plaster ceiling,
and serpentine-shaped bar also still existing today. Other niches behind the
bar then featured aquariums and cages with songbirds.
Nichols died in 1972, succeeding owners Paul Wenger and Georgiana Schinagl
strove to maintain his dream of an elegant lounge and supper club. In the 1990’s,
it was renamed Gino’s North and the original steak, chicken, and lobster fare
were replaced with authentic Italian specialties. Longtime cucinare Peggy
Gelsomino, who only recently retired after nearly 40 years, lovingly melded our
customer base of neighbors, friends, and visitors into the family that we know
Our ‘best kept secret’ moniker stems from our previous non-descript exterior
façade that precluded many a daily passer-by from knowing of our existence. In
2014, the current co-owner and area resident Steve Kilian installed the now
present and more welcoming streetscape façade and also restored interior
furnishings to their original luster.
years ago, while streamlining kitchen operations to better serve our customers,
we ceased offering deep-dish pizza in order to exclusively focus on the time-tested
Chicago favorite. Our ever-popular thin crust pizza is still made with Peggy’s
Our handcrafted pizzas are individually made to order on
traditional wooden pizza peels from kitchen-made dough and pizza sauce, and
fresh ingredients. We pay homage to pizza’s historical roots in Chicago by
serving ‘square-cut’ slices and also serve Royal Crown Cola, a staple of
Chicago pizzerias since the 1960’s, as any local pizza aficionado will attest.
to pizza, we offer an exceptional selection of pasta dishes with kitchen-made
tomato sauce, sandwiches and salads. All of our meals are cooked to order to
bring you the freshest flavor. We have a full bar with affordable wines to pair
with your favorite meal.
of our Edgewater community and gladly support our neighbors ,Sacred Heart Schools, the Chicago Mosaic
School and Edgewater Artists in Motion Gallery, and the annual Edgewater Arts Festival.
of our entire staff, we hope you’ll enjoy the environment of classic elegance
seldom seen in contemporary establishments along with our delicious meals and
exquisite cocktails. Welcome to Gino’s North, Chicago’s Best Kept Secret, where you’re always among friends.
Steve Kilian and Stephen Mendoza