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Act One

Act One Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.maynestage.com/the-pub/
  • Phone: (773) 381-4550
  • 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 & Promotions: 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 - $8 bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Mary's and BeerMosas
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Diner Reviews
  • "My steak and broccoli were cooked to perfection, and the mashed potatoes were full of flavor. I was quite pleased with my meal."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Good food, fun atmosphere. Close to theater. Friendly servers. Outdoor tables when weather allows. Nice indoor tables by windows with good street views."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were pleasantly pleased with everything. We liked the location and were surprised as how good the experience was "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The service was poor, slow. Only good thing was the mimosas as it took forever to get our food. Was sadly disappointed. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Always a great restaurant ....great service and wonderful food."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "I have been here many times. If you want great entertainment and great food at terrific prices, this really is the place for you."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Decent selection, reasponably good food, very good ambience., good wine and beer selection, inexpensive."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "The place has great food, great romantic lighting, friendly staff, and live music that wasn't over powering of our conversation. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 9/3/2013
  • "Great service, pretty good food and a great place to listen to up & coming local artists. I'll be going back."
    Dined on 8/6/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "The service, food, bar and live music makes this place exceptional."
    Dined on 7/6/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2013
  • "The venue is great, performance by Brazilian pianist was superb, service terrible."
    Dined on 6/2/2013
  • "There were 8 or 9 of us going to the performance at The Mayne Stage, so a big heavy meal was not in the cards. Act One, was just the perfect place for a wonderful salad and delicious sandwich. A few minor glitches, but they were corrected, and we all enjoyed our dinners."
    Dined on 5/25/2013
  • "Pot roast was real good. Great to have when going to Mayne Stage."
    Dined on 5/24/2013
  • "Great place to grab a bite before a Mayne Stage event. Really busy on this Friday evening, but service was timely and friendly. Pub food menu is a bit limited, but all our selections were great, especially the Walleye Fish 'n Chips"
    Dined on 5/24/2013
  • "Stopped at One Act before the play Last Fall. Service was attentive and friendly. Fun place to watch the interesting people. Food was good and served hot. We shared several appetizers all very good. Main dishes including a burger, flank steak sandwich and fish & chips all solid. We would return when in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 5/18/2013
  • "We have been here many times and the food is always good. Nothing fancy but more than pub food with some healthy options. One of the best best in this area, which has limited choices, and near some of the theaters as well as being adjacent to the Mayne Stage. When we come for theater and music in Rogers Park, we come here for good eats."
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "Some issues with service. Beer did not arrive until after we got our entree. Brought cup, not bowl of soup, although this was replaced. Waitress was friendly (and apologetic)."
    Dined on 4/26/2013