Here's the FAQ for the day: Should I consider removing my soffits?
Our answer is: Definitely, and maybe not!
If you can remove them then, by all means, get those puppies out of there. Having an unnecessary soffit is (and we're not being facetious here) like stacking a bunch of empty boxes in your living space and leaving them there for no reason. What a waste! Think of all the Chicago kitchen design ideas you could implement if only those empty boxes weren't there.
Always Eliminate Unnecessary Soffits When Remodeling a Chicago Kitchen