Act One
Act One

Act One

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.maynestage.com/the-pub/
  • Phone: 7733814550x
  • Hours of Operation:
    TUESDAY-THURSDAY: 11AM-11PM
    FRIDAY-SATURDAY: 11AM-12AM
    SUNDAY: 11AM-11PM
    BAR OPEN UNTIL 2AM
    CLOSED ON MONDAY
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Attached is Mayne Stage featuring a performance space that reflects the unique and diverse history of Rogers Park. We present a variety of terrific acts in our 250-seat multipurpose venue. Now, with a recent multi-million dollar restoration and renovation project, the entertainment and dining venue is poised to be a magnet for significant development in this north-side neighborhood. In addition to live performance, and utilizing its state-of-the-art audio and video systems, the venue offers space for studio recordings, rehearsals, educational programs, corporate events and private parties.
  • Special Events: Live music every Tuesday night - No Cover!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wayne
  • Public Transit: Half a block east of the Morse stop on the red line
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $5 valet provided on select show nights.
A word from Act One
Act One Pub is Chicago's favorite northside pub, featuring new cuisine in a strong and masculine, yet comforting setting among expansive polished woods, handmade stained glass, and low, romantic lighting, Act One has garnered rave reviews and a loyal following for its devotion to seasonal, local fare.


Drink specials:
Tuesday - $4 select drafts
Wednesday - 1/2 off bottle of wine
Thursday - Specialty cocktails $5
Sunday - $3 Mimosas and Bloody Mary's | $4 drafts
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Act One reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (18)vibrant bar scene (10)good for groups (8)hot spot (7)great for lunch (7)fit for foodies (5)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (4)great for brunch (3)romantic (2)special occasion (2)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Healthy, happy, on time for a show
    eat2dance
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We sat outside before the show last Thursday with two tables full of different folks eating different ways (vegan, burger lover, dieter, health conscious omnivore, beer connoisseur, no caffeine, you get the idea). The flatbread got us all off to a good start (salty but tasty). We sampled the menu from Salad Nicoise, to sandwiches, salads, one entree (no memory of what that was). Server got us separate checks, which endears her and gets better tips. Loved the big root beer float dessert. The cheesecake was small but yummy. Will certainly return before the next show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nice Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Good, tasty food. Friendly people. Very good service. Place seems to continue to get better.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Concert Venue
    Julie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My girlfriend and I had a great experience and the staff (Matt and Christopher) went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and where to go to get a great seat for our concert for the evening to see The Fixx. Act One is lucky to have these guy's on your team.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hip Rogers Park dining and music
    niteowl
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Me and my girlfriend took her two young daughters and used the reservation system, which worked like a charm and when I added their ages in the special requests, we found when we got there that Wall-E was playing on the TV facing us! A nice touch. The food was very good (my girlfriend did experience some stomach discomfort from the pot roast melt she shared with me although I did not. It was rarer than I normally get it, however.) They were very accommodating to our family needs, although they seemed a bit understaffed as it took a little longer to get our server's attention. They always have world-class musical acts, and Jeff Brown did not disappoint. I wish the room would quiet down during performances, it's always so loud. A fun place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too loud
    lmary14809
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I will never return on a Sunday at dinnertime. I wanted to leave, but we were too hungry. The burgers were ok, but the sound level was horrible
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sadly lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Second time at this restaurant. First time wasn't great, so I thought of give if a second chance. I wish I hadn't. Greeted by a staff person at the door who said he wasn't the host but handed menus to me and my friend and told us to go sit anywhere. It took 6 minutes for anyone to acknowledge us with water or drink requests. The food (basic breakfast fare -- eggs, sausage, etc) took 20 minutes and then my eggs were cold, the sausage overcook and the English muffins quite un-toasted. The server was pleasant enough, but I don't quite understand the delay in service since I counted only 15 people in the place and 2 servers, 2 bussers, a bartender and a host on duty. It's too bad because physically it's got appeal and the location is perfect.
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  • Toni
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My steak and broccoli were cooked to perfection, and the mashed potatoes were full of flavor. I was quite pleased with my meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Polly
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I invited my daughter and her boyfriend for dinner.Everything was great until more people arrived and our waitress didn't appear as often. My daughter's boyfriends dish was too spicy and instead of sending it back I suggested bread. Well! I was really surprised when the bread appeared on the check. Of course it was taken off because I explained the problem to the waitress and I also told her I was not going to pay for the bread!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden gem
    princessbrat
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My server on a Thursday night made me feel like he could make anything happen. I am cleansing and am limited to the food I can consume but together we were able to find a dish that would work. He was attentive to my preference of un iced water and would swap out waters that had been refilled with ice water. To me the service makes a restaurant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll be back
    conqueroo
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    From out of tow. Locals recommended Act One. We tried it prior to a show at Mayne Stage. The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful and we opted for comfort food (it was cold and raining in the summer) which hit the spot. We will be back next time we're in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 180 reviews are from the Act One reviews archive.
  • Act One, Rogers Park
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Good food, fun atmosphere. Close to theater. Friendly servers. Outdoor tables when weather allows. Nice indoor tables by windows with good street views.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience even better flight
    FoodCritique
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Love this place. Inside mayne stage theater, act one is fit for foodies. A neighborhood gem we enjoyed the experience as well as a flight of beer. Definitely recommend to try it and mayne stage!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find for neighborhood
    PaperdollVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We were there for dinner before going to TimeLine Theatre. It was a great choice for location, right be the Red Line, and the steak sandwiches and sweet potato fries were very good. The best part was the welcome that we got from our wait person - Samantha. She was very helpful - my husband tasted beers before he ordered and she was attentive and charming. Ask for her!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Before or after theater treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We found Act One on Google Maps, then discovered it was an Open Table subscriber. Walking distance from both the Red Line El and the Lifeline Theater. Nice, quiet, wrought iron tables outside or a large, lively bar scene inside. My fish and chips was delicious and very generously portioned. My husband enjoyed the turkey wrap. The couple that dined with us liked the extensive beer menu. The servers were very friendly and knowledgeable. Already looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We had dinner before a WYCC show featuring Fareed Haque and co. We had great service, good food and drinks! So glad we ate in the restaurant before the show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers Day Brunch - 4*
    dianaefc
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a great Mothers Day brunch here. Excellent service (if a little slow; it was busy, after all), good to great food, nice atmosphere and bottomless bloody mary's! This is a great neighborhood spot that I think people over look because they think it's just a bar attached to the excellent Mayne Stage. But it's a good restaurant in its own right! We'll be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Table Reserved/Ready Upon Arrival!
    MmmFoooooooood
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I needed to make a Mother's Day reservation in the northern Chicago area and was running out of time! I wasn't sure about making a reservation at a restaurant I had never been to, but Act One had great reviews so I thought I would give it a shot! I was really happy I did! When I arrived, the table was already reserved and ready for us! It even had a "Reserved" sign with my last name on it, so I was impressed by that level of organization. The food was also delicious for brunch! They had a bottomless brunch option, which included an entree and unlimited bloody mary's, mimosas and beermosas -- at a really good price! All in all, I would go again and recommend Act One to anyone who was looking for a nice Sunday brunch with friends or family
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Thebob
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We were pleasantly pleased with everything. We liked the location and were surprised as how good the experience was
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bottomless Mimosas saved place
    brunchfanatic
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The service was poor, slow. Only good thing was the mimosas as it took forever to get our food. Was sadly disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was good, service lousy
    cliff
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We ate at the restaurant because we were going to DOG1 at the Mayne Stage - great bluegrass. It was Trivia night; which we didn't know at time of reservation. Ended sitting at the smallest table; cramped corner. It filled up fast; service was slow. i enjoyed my sandwich - pot roast…very good. Maybe a bad night; would go back sit at a different table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good pub grub
    JayTman
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Had a good meal before a show at Mayne Stage. Chicken Pot pie was more like a chicken stew with a puff pastry on top, lots of vegetables in it. Burgers also were good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as always
    Ralph
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Act One is the perfect place to eat before or after a Mayne Stage performance. Quality and convenience are great. It's pub grub, but nice pub grub. Good craft beer selection, though not as good as a specialty place. Friendly if hurried staff. Been there many times and have never been disappointed. Definitely the best place in the neighborhood, though there's not much competition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bottomless Brunch-enough said
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    On Saturdays and Sundays, you can get an entree and bottomless Bloody Marys, mimosas, or beermosas for $20 from 11-3. I went there with a group of friends, 11 people total. We were there for 4 hours drinking. No one got mad at us and they kept bringing the drinks.the refills were fast and our server was so sweet. The breakfast was delicious and the drinks were strong! My husband and I live around the corner and this is the place we frequent most in Roger's Park.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food with a touch of service
    Table4two
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    My wife and I chose to visit Act One because we were attending a nearby show and the theatre recommended it to us. We ordered the loaded potato skins as our appetizer. The portions were adequate, but the potato skins weren't exactly loaded. Plenty of potato was left uncovered and the potatoes were a bit dry. My wife ordered veggie wraps with a house salad. The salad had a good variety of vegetables and my wife had a house vinaigrette which was a bit sweet for her liking. Her veggie wraps were outstanding though and she was quite satisfied. I had the special chicken breast with mashed potatoes and a vegetable medley as my side. Every part of my meal was delicious. We finished with a "Sonic limeade" for dessert which was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow Rush
    sjm22
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We went to Act One for a concert. Dined before the show. Servers were overwhelmed with the number of tables and therefore, the "Slow Rush". Bartender was slow too but, I sure this was due to the number of people that arrived at around the same time. Food was good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't have wine or a drink;
    kimbark
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Didn't have wine or a drink; I am sure there are great choices as the menu is varied with great choices. Don't know about lunch because we were there late afternoon early evening. What I do know is the service is attentive but relaxed. It was a bit too noisy to chat---we are seniors and have hearing issues. But we liked the youthful vive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Act One Wins
    OutandAbout
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Excellent food, charming atmosphere, good service (incluidng valet for $5) and very good drinks. Smallish menu outside of appetizers and sandwiches, but well prepared and satisfying. Will be back
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Philly
    PhillyVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Always a great restaurant ....great service and wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Found!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    I have been here many times. If you want great entertainment and great food at terrific prices, this really is the place for you.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly staff. Ready with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Friendly staff. Ready with our reservation even though I called saying we'd be 15 min late. Were able to handle a short turn around for us to get to a play.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday brunch
    oldfogey
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    Decent selection, reasponably good food, very good ambience., good wine and beer selection, inexpensive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    Denise
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    The food was well worth the money, my however my skeak over cooked ;( We spent about $60 on 2 ppl I expected to payless but the food was so good and well seasoned I didn't mind. It's definitely is a neighborhood gem. With good weekdays drink specials. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great date night!
    jval1821
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    The place has great food, great romantic lighting, friendly staff, and live music that wasn't over powering of our conversation. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice bar
    Sixpac
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    Great service, pretty good food and a great place to listen to up & coming local artists. I'll be going back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Date Night
    Schmckane
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    I took my husband to Act One/Mayne Stage for his birthday. We had never been to either so it was a shot in the dark. We were pleasantly surprised. The food menu had just enough to chose from and there's something for everyone. They have awesome beers on tap and bottled as well as a great wine list. All of the food was delish and the service was friendly and prompt. It wasn't overly crowded or loud. I'd definitely go back and I highly recommend it for both dinner and a show. The only thing I didn't like was trying to find parking. But, that's not the fault of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbearably noisy
    clp126VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    The food was good enough--we had salmon and a chopped salad--but the room was so loud that it was next to impossible to carry out a conversation with anyone more than a foot away. We were a party of six and all had been to Act One before, but everyone agreed that the noise level was worse than ever before, which was kind of strange, because the restaurant was maybe only 3/4 full. It was a relief to walk outside.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Free entertainment up front in Pub
    archyVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    We heard the Kelson Twins, a duo of youthful (teen) acoustic guitarist and singers who write much of their own stuff. They harmonized beautifully. Great selection of craft beers (on tap and in containers); very good range of Belgian brews. Surprisingly good food — walleye fish and chips with vinegar salt on the fries; great fennel & sausage thin flatbread appetizer; superb scratch-made dark chocolate pudding. but oldish coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really fun place
    karlynVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    The service, food, bar and live music makes this place exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went to Act One for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    We went to Act One for lunch so not at all sure how it changes at night but can assume quite a bit. Friendly place, good food, service just good, not great, convenient location. I'd go back again if I'm in that neighborhood, and I'd sit outside if the weather permitted.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Performance
    NAM2013
    Dined on 6/2/2013
    The venue is great, performance by Brazilian pianist was superb, service terrible.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.