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
108 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (59)great for outdoor dining (48)fit for foodies (29)great for lunch (27)good for groups (22)kid-friendly (20)notable wine list (12)great for brunch (11)special occasion (11)late-night find (10)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (6)scenic view (6)romantic (5)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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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  • 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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  • Great Find!
    LetsEatOutTonight
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
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    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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  • Very pleasant surprise
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I had heard of and passed by but not eaten at Fuel. Following a cub game we decided to stop in wilmette for dinner and were able to get in to try it. We were too tired to drink (had been a long, hot afternoon) but just wanted a good, healthy dinner. The food was much better than we had anticipated. Not only was it healthy, it was also gourmet level complex, interesting and delicious. We will be back very soon and bring friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Nice downtown dinner
    csoriano
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We found the Local Chicago searching for a spot near the Hancock tower to grab some dinner before heading to the 95th bar. We tried shared a lobster salad (a little on the small size, nice dressing), the fish&chips (not really outstanding) and the cheeseburger (really nice, meat was great). It was also good to have a choice of local beers! Overall the restaurant is good but not great (aka I'll not necessarily repeat for that prize). There are several spots downtown where you can have some dinner for really much less and same quality.
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    late-night find
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  • PangurBanVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    A local gem in historic Riverside -- Well worth a visit
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Good
    frequentflyermomVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Service was fine. Lots of comfort food. A bit pricey for what it is but portions are larger. meatloaf was especially good. Pot pie had flakey crust but we've had better. House salad was good--dressed well. Good beer, wine, cocktail selection. ot a 'destination restaurant" but a hood choice if you want casual and pretty well done food.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mark
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    My wife and I recently had our anniversary dinner at The Local Chicago. We really enjoyed it and look forward to going back again soon. The service was great, and the wait staff very attentive, without being intrusive. We were greeted with a "Happy Anniversary" (which we had mentioned when making our reservation online). They have an excellent wine list, uniquely presented to you on an iPad (so you can read more about each wine). We had the crabcake appetizer (very good), prime rib (prepared exactly how my wife asked - the best she's ever had!) and BBQ ribs (very tender, melt-in-your-mouth, practically falling-off-the bone meat). Dessert was an absolutely delicious Oreo Mint Ice Cream Pie. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorial Day Burger
    janschoiceVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    The Local is a great place to go when you live in a highrise without a balcony or grill - to get a burger and eat outside. The patty appeared to have been hand made from fresh ground beef and was served on a thin brioche bun with all the standard accompaniments, including fries and slaw. The ice tea was freshly brewed. Service was attentive and friendly. We'll go back to this place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Noisy Night out
    JiuJitsugirl
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Was looking for a nice relaxing dinner with good comfort food. Our waiter was exceptionally friendly and apologized for the noise. Even though it was Saturday night around 7:30 there were families with many very young children who screamed and cried throughout dinner. I thought I was in Chucky Cheese. Ambience was sterile with nothing to soak up the sound. Food presentation was non-existent. Slabs of meat thrown on a plate. Bar scene looked fun and funky but I would not go back for dinner.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 71 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 135 reviews are from the The Local Chicago reviews archive.
  • Really great comfort food
    Chicago2VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    "The Local Chicago" offers upscale comfort food", and they do it well. Four of us dined their last Saturday evening, arrived a little early, enjoyed a cocktail at the bar, and were seated promptly at our original time. Our server was very well informed on the menu, and was attentive but not hovering throughout the meal. My wife had the salmon, I the seared tuna, and our friends the scallop dish and lobster quesadilla offering. We all thought our dish was very good. We had a table near the front windows and enjoyed the view of Delaware Street to the lake. They do have outdoor dining but due to the weatherit was not serviceable at the time of our visit. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PangurBanVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Always good and something for everyone. When told they were looking for a relaxed place near the Drake we recommended The Local to the staff of a visiting President.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Magnificent for miles
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Great American food in the Magnificent Mile. Good wine selection. For appetizer we had the lobster quesadillas and the jalapeno corn bread, abd we loved them. The quality of the meat was excellent, the Meat Loaf and the Prime Rib were some of the best we have ever had. And the Chicken Pot Pie is outstanding. If in Chicago this is a must.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.