Kevin Hickey was born and raised in Chicago’s iconic south side neighborhood, Bridgeport. His family has been a part of the Bridgeport business, political and social community for over five generations. He began his professional career in the restaurant business while a high school student at De La Salle Institute at his uncle’s restaurant in the Gold Coast. This led to an over 30-year career that began to take shape when he attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout and later when he began working for Four Seasons hotels and resorts in Beverly Hills. Eventually his career with Four Seasons took him to Dublin, London and Atlanta before coming back to his native Chicago in 2004. First at The Ritz Carlton Hotel as Executive Chef and eventually the Four Seasons Chicago as Executive Chef & Restaurant Director where he led his team to two consecutive Michelin Stars and AAA Five Diamond status with the restaurant Seasons, and eventually opening the acclaimed restaurant, Allium.
Chef Hickey’s highly anticipated Bridgeport venture, The Duck Inn opened in 2014. The Duck Inn is a neighborhood Tavern and Dining Room that is housed in a pre-prohibition era tavern that has continuously operated for almost a century. It showcases Chef Hickey’s seasonally driven, modern American cuisine as well as an extensive beverage program filled with craft beers, contemporary cocktails and a creative wine service. In November 2015, The Duck Inn was named as one of the “Best New Restaurants in America” by Esquire Magazine, awarded a coveted Bib Gourmand by Michelin inspectors 4 years in a row, named to the Top 10 restaurants in America by USA Today and chosen as Restaurant of the Year by Eater Chicago. The Chicago Tribune named Hickey, Chef of The Year for 2015.
Kevin Hickey lives in Bridgeport with his family on the street he grew up on.
Chef Hickey is also actively involved in several philanthropic organizations including the Greater Chicago Food Depository and The Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago.