Peru, Peru. My heart's lighthouse.

Steven Patrick Morissey – Musician


Monday: closed

Tuesday – Thursday: 5pm – 9pm

Friday and Saturday: 5pm – 10pm

Sunday 5pm – 8pm

Sunday Brunch – COMING SOON







Our Chef is preparing new Brunch. Coming Soon!









Welcome to Via Lima!

Visitors to Via Lima won’t need their passports, but will want to bring their appetites as they embark on a whirlwind culinary tour through the Peruvian inspired menu. The restaurant is the creation of owner Eni Cadena and is a tribute to her late mother, Teresa. It was in her mother’s home kitchen, where traditional Peruvian cuisines were labored and finessed for her great uncle and siblings. Eni hopes to share the fruits of her mother’s loving labor through family recipes at Via Lima.

Guests can also experience contemporized Peruvian mainstays such as ceviches, lomo saltado (stir-fried steak) and aji de gallina (chili pepper chicken). In addition to a wide selection of wine and local beers, Via Lima’s bar offers a dozen cocktails made with pisco, a Peruvian brandy.

The earthy decor of the 2,600-square foot restaurant include flourishes like globular light fixtures that look as if they were grown in the forest rather than manufactured. Original wall art and varied shades of Via Lima’s signature color purple, including a purple llama, prominently adorn the wall. The lush, inviting space offers an 80-capacity dining room with table, booth and bar seating, perfect for any special event.

Eni is proud and excited to bring Peruvian cuisine to Chicago’s North Center community. The restaurant’s dishes have a rich history taking disparate cultural influences from the many migrants of Europe, Asia and Africa through — or via — Lima.

Our Team


Eni Cadena  Concept Creator

Eni comes with a strong entrepreneurial proven-track record in the automotive service industry overseas. Since her return to the USA in 2008 she has worked on a few real estate complete gut and rehab projects while trying to figure out her next venture. Despite a downturn in the real estate market, she was able to pull thru successfully. Although she initially was set up to start a gift store in what is now Via Lima’s location, back in 2013 she decided to make a 180 degree change. The culprit was a cookbook! In 2007 while visiting her native Lima, she came across a cookbook that had exceptional pictures of Peruvian food. As she perused thru the book, she remembered the times her mom made those dishes and how she missed them. This time around, while still trying to figure out her next permanent venture, she pulled the same cookbook. Now with a sparkle in her heart that this would be the right thing to do, she hired a consultant to show her the ropes of the restaurant industry in Chicago.

Eni loves new challenges, has a curious and happy-go-getter attitude which has helped her navigate these new waters. She is grateful to have found so many talented and knowledgeable people with a strong background in restaurants. Together with her current chef, general manager and dear sister Maria, they have rescued some of her mom’s old recipes to be part of the menu they are serving. Eni graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Economics and has a Masters in International Administration from SIT. Eni has intentionally decided to be the general manager’s trooper as she continues to learn about the industry.

Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good.

If it doesn’t, it is of no use.

  • For the better part of three years, the empty storefront at 4024 N. Lincoln Ave. has been a neighborhood curiosity, particularly when a “coming soon” gift shop never materialized. Eni Cadena, who bought the building, a former dollar store, in 2011, apologizes for the confusion but thinks Via Lima, the Peruvian restaurant she aims to open in mid-March, will prove worth the wait.

    Date : 20, January
    Time : 11:00
  • NORTH CENTER— Via Lima gives Chicago another choice for Peruvian food tomorrow. The 80-seat dining area will be for weekend brunch and dinner. Check out the dinner menu here. Owner/chef Eni Cadena has used family recipes in the menu, and they’ll serve a slate of cocktails that include pisco.

    Date : 22, June
    Time : 9:00am

Via Lima

4024 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 773.348.4900

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