“The Japanese word shokunin is defined by both Japanese and Japanese-English dictionaries as ‘craftsman’ or ‘artisan,’ but such a literal description does not fully express the deeper meaning. The Japanese apprentice is taught that shokunin means not only having technical skills, but also implies an attitude and social consciousness. The shokunin has a social obligation to work his/her best for the general welfare of the people. This obligation is both spiritual and material, in that no matter what it is, the shokunin’s responsibility is to fulfill the requirement.” – Toshio Odate

With a ten-year pedigree in Japanese cooking under our belts, in 2002, we embarked on a journey to be “shokunin” by bringing the best Japanese-inspired cuisines to our guests. One year later, we opened Sushi X, the first restaurant in Chicago solely focused on providing quality sushi via delivery.

Along the way we questioned nearly every aspect of our delivery service – from the moment our guests place an order, to the packaging, to the quality of our condiments, to the speed in which our food is delivered. Since opening Sushi X we’ve built an awesome clientele, implemented a dynamic dining area to accommodate our ever-growing patronage, trained numerous chefs who’ve gone on to build their own successful ventures, catered hundreds of exciting events, all the while staying hugely popular in our flourishing West Loop/West Town neighborhood.

Our fundamental thoughts on the guest experience and cuisine have not changed and can be summed up as exciting, delicious, and affordable. Maintaining that goal, however, requires creativity, hard work, and a crew of ambitious people who are passionate about innovation in both the culinary and business arts.

We are proud of our team, and our work—and despite thirteen years of success, still deep in the honing process. To remain committed to bringing the best Japanese-inspired food to your table and at your home, is our goal, and we strive for nothing less.


Thank you so much for your patronage,
John, Theresa, and Daniel