The original Pleasant House is an 1800s cottage that still looks out on the rolling green hills of rural Yorkshire, England. In the 1950s and ’60s, the Jackson family called Pleasant House home. In 2011, husband and wife Art and Chelsea Jackson opened Pleasant House Bakery, a small pie shop specializing in Royal Pies—their own variety of handmade, artisanal meat and vegetable savory pies. In 2016, they expanded their signature British-inspired, locally sourced menu in a new location, Pleasant House Pub, which also features a full bar and cafe. Art and Chelsea are co-chef/owners of Pleasant House Pub.
Pleasant House establishments have earned such accolades as “Outstanding Restaurant” (Chicago Tribune), “Best Neighborhood Eatery” (LTH Forum), and “Rising Star Chefs” (Star Chefs), and have been featured in Bon Appetit, Check, Please!, Martha Stewart, Food Paradise, and other local and national media. Eater name Royal Pies one of “25 iconic Chicago foods.” Art has worked at such lauded restaurants as Les Nomades in Chicago and Fifth Floor in San Francisco. He graduated from Illinois State University and attended Kendall College. Chelsea is a writer and editor, and pastry chef for Pleasant House. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and Kendall College.
Pleasant House has been featured in Bon Appetit, The Atlantic, Martha Stewart, Serious Eats, Star Chefs, and many other publications, and on television and radio programming including Check, Please!, Food Paradise, Food Porn, Windy City LIVE!, NPR, WBEZ-FM, and more. Read about our many awards and past coverage on the Pleasant House Bakery website.
A lot of people are saying some very nice things about Pleasant House Pub, too:
Hungry Hound (ABC7), British Cafe Moves to Pilsen, Expands Offerings (February 2017)
TimeOut Chicago, 2016 Best Restaurant in Pilsen/TimeOut Love Chicago Readers Choice (November 2016)
Pierate Pie Reviews, "Chicago Get These Royally Good Pies" (September 2016)
TimeOut Chicago, "The Best French Fries in Chicago" (August 2016)
Chicago Tribune, "Savory Pies, British Beer Star at New Pleasant House Pub" (July 2016)
Eater, "Chicago's 25 Most Iconic Food Dishes" (July 2016)