Welcome to Travelle
Situated on the second floor of the luxurious Langham hotel in an iconic skyscraper designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe that once housed IBM regional headquarters, Travelle is located along the Chicago River in the heart of downtown Chicago. A play on the word travel, Travelle is a casually elegant restaurant, lounge, and bar featuring Seasonal American cuisine. Dishes feature ingredients sourced from around the country, utilizing a connection with some of the finest farms, ranches, and orchards in the nation.
Alongside a carefully curated 1600-bottle wine list, Travelle boasts a beverage program that highlights skillfully crafted classic cocktails. Influenced by the romance of the digital age, architect/designer David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group creates a modern environment that conveys history, sophistication, and nostalgia into the 124-seat restaurant and 81-seat bar and lounge that overlook the Chicago skyline and river.
Chef de Cuisine
Born and raised in Beijing, Qi acquired a B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature at Peking University. After graduation, she moved to Chicago to pursue her culinary passion and earned her A.A.S. in Culinary Arts at Kendall College. Prior to joining the Travelle at The Langham team, Ai spent time in the kitchens of the highly regarded Chicago restaurants Acadia, Sixteen, and Boka. In 2015, she was a National Finalist of San Pellegrino’s “Almost Famous Chef” Competition.
“I started my career working for some of Chicago’s highly acclaimed chefs,” she says. “I have witnessed the kitchen discipline, the dedication to the craft, the persistency. When I create a new dish, I try to look at the timeless, classical dishes and flavor pairings, then work with seasonality and gorgeous presentation while showcasing intriguing flavors and unique textures.”
Classically trained in French cuisine, Ai mastered many cuisines, drawing inspiration from her memories of cooking back in Beijing. Her love of food blossomed at an early age as she helped her grandmother prepare meals in her kitchen. Ai’s parents were also skilled at cooking, and she often helped create and modify an array of different recipes as a child.
“Hospitality for me is creating unforgettable memories,” Ai says. “I want to take my guests on a journey of the world with me to experience tastes from every culture made with local and seasonal ingredients. I strive to create lasting memories and flavors that will keep bringing our guests back to dine with us.”