For over 20 years Michael Olszewski has built a successful career as a prominent real estate developer, working closely with the City of Chicago as a court appointed receiver and licensed developer. He also services nonperforming real estate assets for institutional lenders, governmental entities and Wall Street Firms, having liquidated over $1 billion in real estate assets. He is also a licensed real estate broker in the states of Illinois and Wisconsin with offices in each state.
According to the MLS, for the past decade Olszewski has ranked number two in total value sold and has sold over 2% of the total market share. Following an outstanding restaurant experience with his wife, Olszewski’s passion for fine dining was ignited. He was inspired by how the balance of food, hospitality and service could truly transport and change one’s perspective. He aims to deliver such an experience to diners from around the globe as Co-Owner of Yūgen in Chicago. Upon falling in love with gastronomy, Olszewski forayed into the restaurant industry as Owner and Operator of Chicago’s former Grace, where the restaurant earned a coveted 3-star rating by Michelin Guide, among numerous other accolades worldwide.
At Yūgen, Olszewski’s goal is to establish the contemporary Japanese concept as a recognized destination for one of the most enjoyable dining journeys in the country. Working alongside Co-Owner and daughter Morgan Olszewski, Executive Chef Mari Katsumura and other seasoned industry veterans, he is motivated by Yūgen’s powerful leadership team. As Yūgen’s sole investor, Olszewski is proud to support his colleague’s creative ambitions.
Olszewski is dedicated to creating an environment that allows for a memorable experience at each and every visit. As a goal-oriented professional, he thrives off the challenge of combining the creativity of the restaurant industry with finance. Outside of his career in real estate development and restaurant ownership, Olszewski enjoys spending time with his wife, children and his network of close family and friends.