Marco Santi’s always dreamt of opening a restaurant. Strong Italian roots on his dad’s side combined with his mom’s Louisiana touch, cooking and food played an important role. Marco’s life has evolved through different careers and passions, but that restaurant always remained in the back of his mind. One day, he seized an opportunity to work and receive training at Gibson’s and finally opened up ‘Marco’s Northside Grill’ in Highwood almost 4 years ago. Listen and learn more about Marco’s family history in this town, the inspiration for his menu and how he remained dedicated to his lifelong goals and what it took to realize them!  Marco’s Northside Grill is powering through the Covid-19 pandemic with modified hours, delivery and curbside options. They also feature some awesome specials on the weekends. Learn more at and follow them on IG @_marcosnorthsidegrill_. They are located at 329 Waukegan Ave, Highwood!