Chicago native Michael McDonald returned to his old stamping grounds about a year ago to take the helm at One Sixtyblue. In the last year, he has reinvented it from a formal special occasion destination with a heavy French influence into an upscale regular hangout showcasing American seasonal cuisine. “I regard this changing of the culinary guard as a win-win,” Chicago Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel decreed. The affable 45-year-old has worked with some legends, including Jean Joho, ...

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