The man killed in a 15-vehicle crash on I-290 was identified as Chicago chef and restaurateur Jean-Claude Poilevey Saturday evening.
Poilevey was a well-known French chef who owned two popular Chicago restaurants: La Sardine, located in West Town, and Le Bouchon, in Bucktown.
Friends and employees at La Sardine confirmed his death, and told NBC 5 they were sitting together at the restaurant Saturday. Both establishments were closed Saturday, and memorial services pending.
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Poilevey was the sole fatality in a 13-vehicle crash overnight Saturday on the outbound lanes of I-290. Illinois State Police said the chain-reaction crash was likely caused by black ice.
Poilevey was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he later died, state police said. The Cook County Medical Examiner could not immediately confirm the death.