American Junkie Chicago
American Junkie Chicago
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American Junkie Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.americanjunkiechi.com/
  • Phone: 3122390995x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday: 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
    Friday: 3 pm - 2:00 am
    Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 am
    Sunday: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kendal Duque
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether celebrating with family and friends or hosting your next corporate event, American Junkie Chicago is the ideal venue. With event space both upstairs and down, we can accommodate a variety of event sizes and styles.

    Private Dining Menus available upon request.
  • Private Party Contact: Amy Nowaske 8669453503
  • Entertainment: Bringing top of the line live music and DJ entertainment to River North!
  • Special Events: Catch all your Chicago sports on the biggest HDTV around!

    DJs Thursday-Saturday

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State
  • Public Transit: Grand/State Red Line is one block North.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from American Junkie Chicago
Neatly tucked in the heart of River North, American Junkie is a sprawling building with impressive modern details paying tribute to all things American. From the contemporary American cuisine to the all American-made custom furniture and retractable walls and roof, one can only call this place home.
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American Junkie Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Mixed reviews from our group
    CityChic
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    I took a group of out-of-town clients here for a casual dinner. Overall, it's a pretty standard sports bar feel (maybe a little better than your average sports bar since it's massive and there are tons of tvs). Food was okay - nothing terrible, nothing special. There was a group of 5 of us so we asked that for the appetizers they add another piece (ie - for the tuna tartar, 5 rice crackers; for the shrimp, 5 pieces of shrimp) -- neither was done, so not sure if that was a mistake of the server or the kitchen. Also, one of my guests got a bad glass of wine, however the server was quick to promptly take it and replace it. Overall I'd say it was fine, but not sure I'd come back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    I had dinner there and the food was amazing and our server was fantastic! I would definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner/Bottle service
    Mlars
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We went for dinner with a large group on a Saturday night. The service was amazing, accomodating three separate reservations and seating us all close to one another. The doormen and waitresses were all amazing and on point. I was highly disappointed in my meal. Four of us had the Santa Fe Chicken Salad, which lacked sufficient chicken. My salad also had no cheese on it. We also ordered bacon wrapped dates as an app, which were quite good. Others at the table seemed pleased with their meals, but I would NOT recommend the salad.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a bad stop
    SouthLoopSavvy
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    American Junkie has a decent sized menu, great for picky eaters looking for something new. In congruence with its name, it has most of the american standbys you'd want to see on a menu. Cobb Salad, a good burger, and plenty of sandwiches or full sized entrees to choose from. My girlfriend and I split the bison burger (which was good because it was HUGE), some grilled asparagus, bacon wrapped dates, and a few beers. Everything was good, but if you're looking for classic American and would rather not pay $14 for a good burger then head to Rock Bottom next door.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not open as web site/menu indicated
    AmyH
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Had Groupon and arrived for an early lunch- we had plans to be on the other side of town rest of day touring. Arrived at the time shown on the Groupon and validated on the the American Junkie website of 11am. The restaurant seemed deserted and no one around. We waited until 11:30 am - still not open/door locked (we could see through the glass windows and doors/the lights were not on. Disappointing. Tried again next day. No hostess to seat us. Had my 10 year old daughter with me - not an appropriate atmosphere for kids as the music and bar scene started at around 4pm. Pros: Food was excellent Loved the open windows looking out over street Cons: Inaccurate website for hours Not suitable for family dining Music too loud Missing hostess
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My New Fave
    TheMac007
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Went here on a date. We both had great food and good service. It's very hip and young crowd. It was a pit noise but I didn't mind it at all.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Satisfied
    PickyEater
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    This was my first time here. We were looking for a dinner spot close to the Sheraton Hotel & Towers and this ended up being perfect for all four of us. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was fresh and the service was great. This is a good date place or place for groups for people in their 20's-40's. I will definitely be back, especially when they open up the garage windows in the summer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great after-work hotspot!
    pramilad
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Was here for an early dinner but can see this as a must-have for after-work Happy hours!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sports and ambiance
    sturn
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    I brought my date to American Junkie to watch the Illinois game. It was a Wednesday night, the restaurant was not particularly busy and we were able to get great seats with immediate service. This place is quite nice and the food was really good. Wednesday night promotion was 1/2 price wine bottles; their selection ranged from house to high-end with a decent selection of styles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not sold
    DanielleVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I like American Junkie a lot. However, each time I have ate here the food has just been so-so. The one thing they do well is a burger and sweet potato fries. You should skip appetizers and the flat breads.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • decent bar food, a tad salty...perh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    decent bar food, a tad salty...perhaps to sell more beer. Pleasant surroundings
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ladies night out
    Krad5
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Went for the first time with a few friends and we had a great time. Our waitress was attentive and very friendly. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and for watching sports
    Michluvs2dineVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Enjoyed the Hockey game at American Junkie. Great views of TVs and really good atmosphere and food too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very creative dishes. Half
    Izzy
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Very creative dishes. Half price small plates during Happy Hour. Very attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much easier at lunch!
    GMarie
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Took a friend on Wednesday for lunch and it was great. Service was top-notch and the food came out warm and fast. Much better experience than the snotty crowd on a Friday night at 7pm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was better than the food
    Hellookitty
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Went here during the night of the opening Olympics ceremony it was pretty crowded and loud. However it is a bar so that is certainly understandable. Our waitress was great and vert attentive even though she was busy. The food was not bad, but nothing to rave about. I would say the yummy description did not live up to the name. Also rather pricey for fair tasting bar food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, crappy service
    restaurantweeknewbie
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Probably due to restaurant week but our server was sweet but unattentive. They first stopped n't 15minutes after we were seated never were asked if we needed more drinks, but as much as we didn't see her through our meal, our check was ready 30 sec after we asked
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh
    kmass
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    have to admit - was trying to choose from a variety of river north spots for restaurant week lunch to celebrate a friend's birthday, and was disappointed. lunch for 3 of us took at least an hour and a half - we were late getting back to work. we did not order complicated items - only one of us did the restaurant week deal. service was incredibly slow for food, and it was not crowded at all. my friend's grilled cheese/soup was barely warml, and my salmon was cooked well but could have used some more flavor. they were kind to give us a free birthday dessert, but that also took forever. i know this spot is more well known for it's late night bar atmosphere, but for being in river north with the work lunch crowd, it is not a place i'd suggest.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great seafood!
    Debred
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Had a reservation for 7 pm on a Saturday, first time there, good service, great chowder and lobster roll, husband really liked the burger and sweet potatoe fries, noise level increased w.hile there, couldn't hear each other toward the end of our visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • American junkie gone wrong
    Chicagofoodie
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The presentations of food and service are great. Good place for dates or groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    This was my first time at this restaurant. It was pretty over priced for the quality of food. I would consider this good "Bar Food" not restaurant quality. Steak was over cooked but they promptly replaced it with one that was adequate. Do NOT get the spinach dip. There is virtually no flavor, it tasted like canned spinach. It was strange to me that there was no drink menu and I sat with no drink for quite a while. I was drinking $12 cocktails so id imagine that she would want to increase the tab but never asked me if id like another. Simply just skipped over me and cleared plates.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Times
    gr8tnight
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    The food was outstanding, 5 of us each ordered different entrees and everyone was very happy! Must go on Thursday for the fireball over ice YUM
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very loud but good food.
    heathr416
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    It was so loud in there I couldn't even talk to the person I came with. Amazing food but so loud !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • i went there with wife and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    i went there with wife and 4 kids durning NFL playoff's my bad. We had res at 5 got the table at 5:45. Service was very slow and when got the food 50% was wrong and other problems such as no silverware , mustard and kethup. note manager did a good thing and comp the 2 pizza that were totally wrong
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  • Let down
    MsblyssVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Overall great place.. The food came up short not for the lack of flavor but I ordered the rock shrimp as a appetizer and I think they gave us 3 shrimp and the rest was tempur lemons a peppers and about 4 pieces of calamari very good not worth $12 bucks
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I will definitely be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    American junkie was a random open table find that I am so glad I found. The food is tremendous as well as our awsome server Mando he helps us through the entire menu he gave us awsome recommendations on not only food but drinks. The vibe is awsome as well as the music. The octopus was to die for. On Sunday nights they give fifty percent off for the industry discount. I'm telling everyone about this place and can't wait to come back. Thanks for everything Mando.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Even though your website shows
    Miltowngirl
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Even though your website shows the restaurant looking fun and outstanding....we had NO idea that it was going to be 40 TV's and so loud you couldn't talk to your friends without leaning into their face. This is a sports bar. Period. Not good for dinner and conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sports bar
    pcljelmd
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    If you are looking to watch a game this is the place. Big screen tv's cover all wall surfaces. Big crowd when we were there so it was very noisy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RUDE STAFF
    Hospitalitylover
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Hostess were extremely rude. They did not want to help told us it was a 15min wait that turned into an hour and a half just to be told they couldn't seat us at all. If you are not dressed to impress your not welcomed at this establishment. I will never go back and will inform all my hotel and concierge friends not to go as well.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All around a great place to
    Alyssa
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    All around a great place to grab dinner and drinks or just hang out by the bar. Food is delicious - you have to try the grilled octopus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good sports bar with bad food.
    shanghaijbVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Nice place to watch sports, have a drink and hang out with friends. Service was good and efficient, but forget the food, it comes directly off the shelf of a supermarket.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • America Junkie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Food was ok, server was friendly, hostesses/first impression was not so great. I told the hostess we had a reservation and gave her my name, it must not have registered because they marked my as a no show on open table. She first showed us to a bar table right in front of the door and asked if it was ok....uh, no. About 50% of the restaurant was empty...and we had a reservation...so I expect to be sat at an actual dining table that is not directly in front of the door when it is below freezing. She found another table, and while she was not rude about it, she was certainly not very friendly about it either. Restaurant resolved no show issue on Open Table. I would go back if someone really wanted to go, but would not be my first choice.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food, but poor service
    dinerQ
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    The food was great, but the service left something to be desired. I had made a reservation yet the hostess referred us to the open seating area instead as she was more interested in talking with the other hostesses. Additionally, although the waitress started off strong she decided to take a 20 minute hiatus, which delayed our departure. Overall I would potentially consider going back because of the food, but I would be hesitant to refer a friend there as the service certainly curbed the experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • American Junkie Food and Drinks
    HRC818
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    This is not the first time I have been to American Junkie. Me and 6 friends had met up for drinks and food. They service was fantastic!!! we had a waitress and she had 2 helpers with her. The food on the other hand had high points and low points. Over all its a place to hang out with friends for apps and drinks.. before you go upstairs to the night club party.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blunderful Evening.
    R2d2
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Poor service. Forgot our appetizers. Wine came half way through entree. Looks like a great place but extremely bad experience. Incompetent but cute(?) assistant manager only made things worse.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lousy manager!
    henk
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    I have made a reservation three weeks in advance to watch the Bears play the Giants. When eventually got there with a business partner, we were told that our table was taken by other people who were then unwilling to leave. Instead of providing us with an alternative the manager told us to wait until the game was over!?! What a loser... We left the shack and found a much better place to watch the game and enjoy good food and beers. Thanks for giving away our table!
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  • Good Spot in River North
    mbt725
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    So River North has many options and American Junkie is pretty good. Not my favorite River North spot, but I tried it for the first time for dinner after work and I would definitely go again. Service was really good and very attentive, plus they were great at making recommendations. We split a flatbread for an appetizer and it was ok, but the sliders were really tasty! The ambiance and design of the restaurant are really nice...it was a nice night so they had all the windows open which made it great to sit back and enjoy some after work drinks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good, service a little
    Pittsburgh
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Food was good, service a little slow and noise level was pretty significant for any kind of conversation but enjoyed being there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good, not great,
    KaklaxVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Food was good, not great, and expensive for what it is.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pork Belly Sliders - enough said.
    Ozzie2ChiTown
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    But I will say more. I was surprised to see how low ratings AJ got on OT, but getting a reservation was easy so I was happy. This was my second time here and was blown away by their food again. The place is loud but worth it for the food and a game. My only complaint was they didn't have the lamb chop lollipops on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.