Kevin Boehm

Restaurateur

Chicago

Kevin Boehm knew he wanted to be a restaurateur by the time he was 10. And after dropping out of the University of Illinois to open his first restaurant, Lazy Daze Café, in 1992 in Seaside, Florida, he got on-the-job training by opening and selling restaurants. He had four restaurants under his belt before the age of 30. In 2002, Boehm teamed with Rob Katz to form Boka Restaurant Group. The dynamic duo opened 10 Chicago restaurants in less than 10 years, including Stephanie Izard’s Girl & the Goat and Little Goat Diner. The young restaurateur was named “40 Under 40” in Crain’s in 2010, and has passed his introductory sommelier exam. When he’s not coming up with a new chef-driven restaurant, Boehm sits on the board of trustees of the Hope Institute, the largest autism network in the U.S.