Named for a move from Argentine tango, Boleo brings the dramatic flavors and sultry beats of South America to the best rooftop in the Loop for Chicagoans to enjoy year-round. Forget the 15-hour flight: All it takes to get to Boleo is a 15-story elevator ride to the top of The Kimpton Gray Hotel. Up here, the curated playlist never ends and the savory aroma of Peruvian and Argentinian street food perfumes the air, while our massive retractable glass roof keeps the vibe warm no matter the season.
Born and raised in Saint Charles, Illinois, Chef de Cuisine Franklin Perdue brings more than 13 years of experience to Boleo, a lively South American-inspired rooftop lounge atop the 15th floor of The Kimpton Gray Hotel in the Loop's Financial District.
Chef Franklin's interest in culinary arts started at a young age. Some of his favorite childhood memories involve meal-planning, grocery shopping and cooking family dinners with his father. Chef Franklin credits the time spent alongside his father as fostering his passion to become a professional chef.
Prior to joining Boleo, Chef Franklin spent nearly half of his life in various kitchens throughout Illinois, including training at Michelin-starred restaurants in downtown Chicago. As Chef de Cuisine of Boleo, Chef Franklin draws inspiration from his fine dining experience and passion for reading the latest culinary trends. He enjoys creatively infusing global flavors into traditional dishes to offer a more modern, eclectic flare.
Chef Franklin resides in the Glencoe suburb of Chicago. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his two daughters, hitting the gym and frequenting the many nature preserves and parks in Illinois.
A native of Chicago, Head Bartender Sam Garcia initially pursued a career in academia that would foster his passion for film and comedic writing before finding his home behind the stick.
In 2009, Garcia earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Rhetoric with a Minor in Cinema Studies from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Upon graduation, Garcia continued the industry gigs he'd picked up during college, including bartending, line cook and floor manager positions at The Cubby Bear, Murphy's Pub and O'Callahan's. He also tried his hand at improv and enrolled in the writing program at famous sketch comedy club, The Second City, but discovered he was ultimately drawn to the controlled chaos of the kitchen and pursued a professional career in bartending. Often called a "jack of all trades" because his appetite to learn has led him to dabble in nearly every front-of-house and back-of-house position, Garcia also worked as a bar-back and bartender at Rick Bayless' acclaimed Mexican restaurant, Leña Brava, before joining the Boleo team in 2016.
At the helm of Boleo's vibrant cocktail program, Garcia curates a spirited and playful beverage menu infused in the Latin flavors of Peru and Argentina. He has helped Boleo earn numerous accolades, including “Best Chicago Loop Bars” by TimeOut.com, "Best Rooftops" by Thrillist.com and "Best Rooftop Bars" by Conde Nast Traveler. In 2018, he earned the title of Chicago's "Punch King Champion" in the prominent Punch Kings Competition and was selected to guest judge in 2019.
When he's not shaking cocktails, Garcia can be found writing comedy, spending quality time with his nephews and nieces and relaxing with a yoga class after a long shift.