The Local Chicago
The Local Chicago

The Local Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thelocalchicago.com/
  • Phone: 3122808887
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 6:30pm - 3:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Travis Strickland
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Delaware and Mies Van Der Rohe
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is offered through the Hilton Suites Hotel on door North of our main entrance. Valet parking is $12.
A word from The Local Chicago
In the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile & Gold Coast, The Local Chicago provides an elevated dining experience within walking distance of the city’s greatest shopping and attractions. Proprietors Matt Moore and David Flom, veterans of the acclaimed Chicago Cut Steakhouse in River North, strive for The Local Chicago to be a home away from home. Specially sourced ingredients are used to elevate American comfort food favorites that deeply satisfy. The menu changes seasonally, but standout favorites are the chicken pot pie, bacon-wrapped shrimp and grits, a show-stealing jalapeno corn bread and, borrowing a page from sister restaurant Chicago Cut Steakhouse, sublime USDA Prime steak. From the dining room guests can view the “from-scratch” exhibition kitchen, watching as chefs roast succulent rotisserie chickens and Berkshire pork racks in the restaurant’s majestic red & gold Rotisol. Rounding out the visit is a jaw-dropping wine list delivered via ipad.
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The Local Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (62)great for outdoor dining (43)fit for foodies (28)good for groups (22)great for lunch (22)kid-friendly (19)late-night find (13)hot spot (11)special occasion (10)notable wine list (10)vibrant bar scene (10)great for brunch (7)scenic view (5)romantic (3)Show More
  • Best meal in Chicago!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We were exhausted from our third day of trekking around Chicago and just wanted a good dinner not too far from our hotel. I happened upon Local Chicago on the Open Table app and the place seemed adequate, we were so tired that our standards for the evening were pretty low anyway. Much to our delight, Local Chicago was wonderful! Hands down, the best blue cheese salad that I have ever had! Yummy Chicken Pot Pie, Skirt Steak and the desserts... Holy Moly! a cast iron skillet baked chocolate chip cookie with an ice cream sundae on top. The wait staff was efficient and friendly, but it was the manager, Ryan who really endeared us to Local Chicago. This place is not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • traveler20LL
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food and service were excellent, although the noise level was quite high. The window tables -next to the outdoor area - were nicest. We would eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Local was wonderful
    Roots
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Service was outstanding. Our server recommended a fish special that was literally the best special we've ever had anywhere. The manager inquired about our meal and experience with genuine interest. The food came quickly, the check came timely, really an overall winning experience. Thx for the referral Scotty Z, spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Local Chicago ...
    CateVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    ...is comfort food gone provincial. Try the chicken pot pie, it's winter warming for The Windy City. Great, friendly service and affordable prices. You will walk out full and happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfort food, busy place
    Travel2EatVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We came here for dinner as we were staying in the Streeterville neighborhood. Good menu. Entrees do not come with any sides, so we ordered grilled asparagus. The person I was with had the red snapper special, which was very good. I had the short rib special, which was just the short ribs (including the bones). Not much meat there. Good thing we ordered the vegetable. Very loud - all hard surfaces, nothing to absorb sound. It was busy maybe because it is in a Hilton hotel on the street level. Would go here again, but maybe just for a burger and a beer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ribs, chops, ho hum
    FrankieVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The service was excellent and friendly. The manager even came by to chat. But the food... well, those who said it was fit for foodies do not know what a foodie is. The daily fish dish was pretty good. The ribs were pretty good, in fact, way too many of them for one person. But the cole slaw was inedible... I had asked for a second cup of it since it is served in a little sauce dish, tiny. But then it tasted like it was 3 days old. The fries were pretty good. The coconut shrimp is batter fried and pretty OK. House salad nothing to write home about. This is basically a ribs, chops, and chicken spot. Nothing to recommend it in terms of "cuisine."
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • not bad
    theatreguyVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Enjoyed dinner here, but beyond the lobster bisque, nothing was exceptional. lobster bisque (for two of us), simple entrees (for all three of us), bottle of wine - $80/person - somewhat expensive for what we had
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  • Never again! Loud overpriced!
    ChiDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We stopped in for dinner since the reviews all sounded good with some friends. Maybe with the doors open to the outside dinning area it would be better for noise levels. It was so loud that we could not hear each other and the room was only half full. The food was way overpriced. Maybe a warning would be no prices on internet menu. Come on.. close to $20 for half of an Amish chicken (it's a chicken) with no sides included. Never again! There are so many great restaurants within 3 blocks.. don't make this mistake!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Local Gem
    doverdiner
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We were in Chicago from Boston to drop our daughter off at UChicago to start her Freshman year and happened across The Local. We made reservations through Open Table (felt a little foolish as it was a Monday night) and it was a good thing we did. The place was packed and we soon found out why. To start, we were led to the best open table in the restaurant--without having to beg for it! Our waiter was there instantly and informed us that his asst manager wanted to treat us to a bottle of wine. Which happened to be our favorite pinot. These folks are clairvoyant. We were there for a 'light' dinner and ordered the burgers. Perfectly prepared and timely served, by the best waiter we've experienced in years. This is a must do again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ButchRyder
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Very nice feel and good service. A little pricey, but understandable, given the location. Very nice wine selection, presented on a tablet computer (handy). Slight glitch when meat loaf entrée came cold, but recovery was prompt and attentive (good server, Chelsea) and followed by free dessert. Surprised to see a couple of families with pre-teens, but there were no apparent issues. Everyone seemed quite comfortable. Really, a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JakeandElwoodVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great neighborhood spot. Servers are excellent and food is good too!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    DowntownDotVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We keep returning for the food and the "feel" of The Local Chicago, where you feel welcome from the moment you encounter the first person on its staff. I'm told the rotisserie chicken is terrific but can't help but order the shrimp and grits or the ribs or the salmon whenever we go. Hate to see the weather turn cold and have the outdoor dining area close but we often get a table by the big windows streetside and can enjoy our meal and watch the people walk by.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great casual city meal
    Barbara
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This is a nice place to have a delicious, affordable meal just a block off of Michigan Avenue in the shadow of the Hancock Tower. The entire staff was extremely friendly and helpful, the atmosphere was casual but still felt like a nice evening out for us and the food was abundant and delicious. My husband is on a low sodium diet and they accommodated that request with no problem. As we left the restaurant, everyone including the young man clearing the table, wished us a pleasant evening! Thanks to everyone for giving us a really nice dining experience!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Labor Day Lunch
    MangiaVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Could not have found a better place for a relaxed Labor Day lunch. Collin immediately welcomed us and made us feel at home in this charming neighborhood gem. Lobster quesadilla and lobster salad were outstanding. If there is a better rack of ribs in the city, I certainly have not found it. Ribs were meaty, tender and well spiced w the Dr Pepper BBQ sauce. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Gold Coast neighborhood place
    love2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The outside dining area is fabulous. We had outstanding service and the food was delicious. Can't wait to go back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PangurBanVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great local gem openned early and late with high quality comfort
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Wonderful patio, wine list and late night. Full menu and prices great for Gold Coast. Hopping bar scene and celebrity sightings, too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Restaurant in a great area
    Giff
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have eaten here twice within the last three weeks and have enjoyed it both times. We have walked by this place several times as we usually stay in the neighborhood but never ate there until recently. The food is good and there are a number of items on the menu at reasonable prices. Service has been wonderful both times. We will return again in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Peaceful Family Lunch
    PangurBanVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    With the grandchildren in we took to The Local one of the true gems and a place the grandparents love. We went there knowing a 3 and a 6 year olds would and the adults could enjoy a GREAT meal. Shortly after we sat down without asking the kids were give apple & carrot starters which all much happier. The adults enjoyed and so did the kids in this quiet relax place. NOT A KIDS PLACE BUT GREAT FOR KIDS.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice mix of tasty comfort foods
    DowntownDotVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The rotisserie chicken is great as is the meatloaf and shrimp and grits is our favorite but you can't go wrong with the salmon and the New York strip is perfection.... Get the picture?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great for late night dining
    VictoireVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Our plane was late arriving into Chicago and we knew the Local would be open for dinner. ( We had been here last year for a great breakfast) Great food Great staff My only complaint....the silverware is worn out ( it was last year) and I worry about pieces of the silverware flacking off into my food.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PangurBanVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is truly a neighborhood gem that has become the place to go for relaxed comfort food that is always better than mother used to make.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool.....
    HonestTom
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    ...describes the decor, the view and, unfortunately, the temperature as the air conditioning froze my wife out. Food was opposite- hot and delicious. Nice to have food served at the right temperature and very well executed. We had comfort meal- pot pie and meatloaf- and they were stellar. Would return- but sit outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go to The Local NOW!!
    DaddyyesVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    From the moment that we placed our feet inside of The Local, we were treated like rock stars. They have serious comfort food and they use quality meats. Ryan, who wasn't even our server, treated us like we were his family. He went out of his way to make us feel comfortable. These guys are attentive and friendly. The food was amazing!! Chicken pot pie, oysters, whatever, they do it right!! If you don't dine here, you are really missing out. I want to check out their brunch. All of my out-of-town guest want me to report back to them on how brunch tasted. Thank you Local Chicago!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My daughter and I were doing a fun shopping, dining and entertaining evening out before college orientation at DePaul University. We are local, but I am always surprised by the little gems at every corner ! Everything was perfect! The hostess was cute and attentive , the waitress was so sweet and awesome, the food was superior. Candles at the table for ambience ? That would have been my only suggestion :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awsome dinner in the loop
    LoopMeal
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I was so impressed- the service was great, food was out of this world. Large portions- I split with my uncle who I was treating in town from London and the split plates were bigger than a meal. It was great they split the plates for us though which I really appreciated. I would go again and my uncle was properly impressed.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • PangurBanVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    GREAT COMFORT FOOD -- Every Thursday they do traditional Thanksgiving dinner which is becoming a tradition with me.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Melvin
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Every time we come here we make sure to try something different. Each time its been great!. It was my wife and my 25th wedding annniversary and with out a second thought they sent us dessert on the house. Great wait staff and we decided its our FAVORITE place to eat in the city. Comfort food with a kick!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best sidewalk seating
    TSheldon
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Their setup for the sidewalk seating area is the best I've seen in Chicago. Food and service were great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • All good accept the service
    ARR3VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Our experience was pleasant accept for the service. Once seated a watress told us there is confussion and no one returned for even a drink order (20 minutes) as the wait staff constantly breezed by our table. Food was good. We would return...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Foodie4lifeVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I expected much better from the creators of Chicago Cut Steakhouse. I do not know what they put in that burger, but it was awful. I am not sure the meat was fresh and there was some gelatinous goo in it. One server seemed to really welcome new customers and give them thoughts and highlights of the menu, my server did not. The fries were great, though. Not at all a similar experience as Cut.
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  • A GEM!!!!
    PangurBanVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The Local is a local GEM with high quality comfort food and a great door space. It never fails to please.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 61 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 152 reviews are from the The Local Chicago reviews archive.
  • Expensive drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The food was OK. The drinks were expensive and weak
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find!
    LetsEatOutTonightVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    In the heart of Downtown! Dined with a group of 4 and we all ordered different. None of us were disappointed! Highlights were the started we shared: Chips w/blue cheese sauce and Lobster Quesadillas. Another great share item: Skillet Cornbread. I had a Seared Tuna entree salad, very tasty and lightly dressed. Had room for dessert (Apple Crumble w/ice cream-out of this world!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One ice cube = "Chicago Neat" = $2
    mharvey816VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food was interesting, though unremarkable. But what killed my desire to return was being charged an extra $2 for my Jameson per drink, apparently because I had asked for only one ice cube. This appeared on our bill as "Neat - add $2." Everywhere else in the world "neat" means no water or ice. $2 is excessive, and should have been disclosed at the time I ordered my first drink. And this isn't like ordering a soda. You don't get more with less ice. The amount is already measured out in a jigger, or should be. Thanks for giving us a reason to avoid this place next time we are in Chicago.
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  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Blue cheese potato chips were delicious. Steak is great. Risotto is undercooked and still a little bit raw even when they recooked it.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was poor particularly given the cost. Disappointing.
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  • PangurBanVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The Local has become the truely local relaxed place that always has good comfort food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service
    SteakHouse
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The food was good but the service was outstanding. Great first time experience
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • overrated and overpriced
    cityplaceVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This restaurant is very close to our apartment but we haven't been there before because the menu didn't excite me. The restaurant was very busy on a Tuesday night. I can't figure out why. My husband and I split a $l2 Caesar salad that was mediocre. The salmon with the quinoa and spinach was good but not as good as some other places where it costs less. Our waiter was inept. So many other better options in the neighborhood, Doc B's, Lux Bar for example have better menus, better food and less costly. I'm glad we tried it once -see no reason to go back.
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