When you set foot inside Vol. 39, you might feel as though you’re stepping into a decadent cocktail bar from a bygone era. Our menu offerings, from impeccable craft cocktails to small plates, are versions of the classics with a modern twist and a hint of irreverence. Bound vintage law books and tufted leather couches are balanced by delicate details like intricate glassware and hanging lamps crafted from cut crystal decanters. It all makes for an intriguing atmosphere that feels grounded in history, but with a hint of something new to be discovered.
Chef Brian Millman hails from the Chicago suburb of Northbrook, where his passion for the culinary world was established during frequent visits to new restaurants with his foodie parents. Brian continued to nurture his love of food and restaurant culture through his education, which included a degree in Culinary Arts from Chicago’s own Kendall College.
After graduation, Brian laid the foundation for his professional career as an executive chef while under the guidance of acclaimed chef Jean Joho at the world-renowned Everest Restaurant.
As Executive Chef at Vol. 39, Brian brings with him more than 20 years of culinary experience and a passion for the “eat local” movement. He pulls inspiration from classic 1930s era canapés and hors d'oeuvres, imbued with a seasonal touch. When he’s not in the kitchen, Brian can be found gardening, traveling overseas with his wife and son, or rooting on the Blackhawks, Cubs and Bears.
Jess Lambert jump started her career bartending at Blue Hound Kitchen in Phoenix, Arizona, apprenticing under acclaimed bartenders and mixologists. Her move into craft cocktails came via the prestigious Cocktail Apprentice Program of Tales of the Cocktail in 2014.
Jess eventually made her move to Chicago, where she landed at The Dawson and ventured into more complex cocktails before joining Sable Kitchen & Bar. She was instrumental in contributing to Sable’s bar program, which has garnered numerous nominations and accolades.
Her personal honors include a StarChef’s Chicago Rising Star nomination and first runner up placement in the International Sherry Competition 2015. Her inspired cocktail recipes have graced the pages of Vogue, Liquor.com, Food & Wine, Yahoo.com and Chilled magazine.
Now as Head Bartender at Vol. 39, she takes a culinary approach to the cocktail programs, aiming to enhance a familiar sensory experience within each unique creation.