For over 25 years, Jim Lasky has been a fixture in the Chicago restaurant and bar scene. Starting in 1985 with the original The Hunt Club in Lincoln Park, Lasky has created or owned some of the hottest bars in the city, including Gamekeepers, one of Chicago’s first true sports bars.
In 1991, Lasky developed Hi-Tops next to Wrigley Field, which was groundbreaking in the combination of sports and dining. In 1994, all things came full circle when he reopened The Hunt Club in the Gold Coast on Rush Street. During this time, Lasky developed The Southern, a restaurant & bar on North Avenue in Bucktown.
Outside of the restaurant & bar industry, Lasky developed Red Star Outdoor, a billboard company that became the fastest growing billboard company in the Chicago area. In 2004, he sold his interests in Red Star Outdoor and reinvested his capital in GolfNow.com, an online golf tee time company in the Illinois and Michigan markets. After five years, the Golf Channel/Comcast purchased the company. In 2015, Lasky co-founded Maple & Ash in the same location as The Hunt Club, after the space went through a complete renovation.