Medici Story

The first Medici opened in 1957 in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, near the University of Chicago campus, but was not successful.

After a fire in 1962, Hans Morsbach purchased it for $1,700. There was not enough money for a new sign, so the name has remained ever since.

Medici eventually became a hit, has survived for more than 40 years, and has evolved to become a beloved institution.

When Hans wanted to establish a new Medici in Normal, he was eager to choose this spot. “Other Ports” was previously at this location and the owner, Bob Steinman, did not want to sell. Yet, as both Hans and Bob are experienced at restaurant operation, they realized their ideas could converge.

Hans and Bob decided to form a partnership. Rounding out the ownership is Paul, Hans's son. Paul was always on hand in several other restaurants Hans owned and has known Medici in Hyde Park all his life.

The owners are very pleased to have settled in Normal where local citizens, the Mayor and City administration have been very helpful. We are happy to be part of the refurbishing of this district.

While Medici in Hyde Park enjoys much popularity in the University and Hyde Park Community, Hans has long entertained a more spectacular vision of his “Dream Medici.”

Medici on 57th is located in a dry district, and the possibility of having a delicious drink in an amazing atmosphere, where his passion for woodworking and people could meet and join forces was a pinnacle achievement for Hans. Medici in Normal fulfills his aspirations and he proudly stated this at an opening party he hosted for friends,

“This is a beautiful restaurant and if somebody else had done it, I would be jealous.”