HOW SWEDE IT IS Modern Cooperative 1215 W. 18th St. One of the pioneers of Pilsen, Modern Cooperative is a design destination without any attitude. Born of a love of midcentury-modern furniture and a mantra of reclaiming and repurposing, the gallery like space owned by Tiffany Paige and Mike Biersma is stocked with a mix of vintage Danish furniture, modern Scandinavian-inspired accessories and a well-edited selection of pieces by more than 100 local artists. Since Paige and Biersma opened the space in 2013, they have expanded it to include two streetfront properties, a sale basement and a workshop space where they host events and classes with their roster of artists. CREATIVE POSSE From music to photography to dance to sculpture, Mana Contemporary is a destination for artists of all disciplines. ART TALK Mana Contemporary 2233 S. Throop St. The ever-expanding creative mecca that is Mana Contemporary is working overtime to put Pilsen on the grid as a destination for the arts. Inhabiting the nine-story industrial George Nimmons-designed warehouse on the corner of Throop and Cermak, the multiuse space is home to dozens of artist studios, classrooms, gallery spaces and more, and serves as a working and exhibition space for artists of all mediums—from Grammy-winning contemporary sextet eighth blackbird to renowned dance-meets-improv-meets-music troupe Lucky Plush. Mana, you have our attention. GREAT DANES Scandinavian style and local craftsmanship reign supreme at Modern Cooperative. HIP SPOT 2419 W. 14th St. The ﬁ rst time we met Phillip Foss he was in stiff chef whites dishing out fancy food at the Palmer House Hilton’s Lockwood. The next time he was selling us one of his tasty meatball sandwiches off his MeatyBalls truck. These days Foss is the brains behind EL Ideas, an off-the-beaten-path BYOB restaurant in Douglas Park just west of PIlsen that features some of the city’s most creative food. (Don’t just take our word for it—the restaurant has earned a Michelin star.) Foss is nothing if not versatile. At EL Ideas, the passionate Foss taps into his classical culinary training and a ton of imagination for the 13-course menu, which ranges from the traditional (lamb with ﬁ ddlehead ferns) to the inventive (french fries and ice cream) to the downright wacky “culinary cocaine,” a mix of dehydrated coconut and lime. This isn’t a typical restaurant and we couldn’t be happier. 114 INTERIORS SUMMER/FALL 2015 MODERN COOPERATIVE PHOTO BY MIKE HARI EL Ideas GOOD EATS Chef Phillip Foss in his culinary plaground, EL Ideas. His innovative approach makes ﬁ ne dining fun.