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Act One

223 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Groups

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Act One is a restaurant that is attached to a theater and celebrates the stage, which is where it also derives its name. The walls are decorated with photographs and props from famous plays, operas and musicals throughout history. In addition to being physically connected to a theater, Act One is located near a couple other stages, which makes it a hot spot when any productions are being put on by either local acts or touring troupes.

Act One's menu is put together with American classics. Appetizers include pulled pork sliders, BBQ chicken wings, warm soft pretzels, fried calamari, Cajun tater tots and a mac and cheese with bacon and sundried tomatoes. Act One's options for meals are split between sandwiches and large plates. Some of the popular items include a pot roast with mashed potatoes and a house-made fish and chips.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
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Phone number
(773) 381-4550
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
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Parking details
$5 valet provided on select show nights.
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Public transit
Half a block east of the Morse stop on the red line
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Live music every Tuesday night - No Cover!
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

The waiter was excellent. Wish I could remember his name.

danmiller (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 7, 2016

Ample portions of good food, attentive service that's not intrusive. Cozy environment. But why must the hard-rock music be so darn loud?

Missy (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

My husband and I got married at Mayne Stage about 2 years ago. We live in the neighborhood and we always enjoy the food and service.

vipJean (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on October 17, 2015

Its near the theatres and red line in Rogers Park, and in the same building as Mayne Stage. Good comfort food and salads along with full bar and decent wine list. Won't find better in the neighborhood.

vipRandyontheglobe (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on October 12, 2015

I recently went for Act One as it seemed like an okay restaurant from the descriptions that I saw. The night we went there was no show - and there was a Cubs game - so the crowd and atmosphere was, frankly speaking, nothing but a cheesy sports bar. With four TV's, and a menu of mostly sandwiches and bar junk, it was definitely not my cup of tea for dinner. Even in the category of sports bar, the food wasn't that great.

danmiller (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on October 8, 2015

We're enjoyed the walleye sandwich on a few occasions, and each time the food was very good+ Portions are large, and come with a side salad and slaw.

Decent wine list, generous pours.

Overall price: extremely good.

DateNight (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on October 3, 2015

Food was edible but disappointing. Fish'n chips : fish was very dry, fries too much vinegar. Salmon also was dry, veggies were ok nothing special but ok. I might come back for a late night drink but not for dinner. Location was convenient to the theatre.

LizM (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 18, 2015

The staff at Act One never fails to please. Our server, Dale, was extremely pleasant and attentive, anticipating needs and making sure we were satisfied. The food's always good, and the service is great. I've never been disappointed at Act One!

danmiller (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on June 25, 2015

After we ordered a bottle of wine, our long-suffering and excellent waitress, Samantha, returned and informed us, "We're out of pinot grigio." The only dry white alternative was an over-oaky Calif. chardonnay.

After a third member of our party joined us and ordered a vodka martini with a particular brand of vodka, Sam once again had to apologize for the bar, because it was out of that brand and would Stolichnaya do?

Sam's empathetic good nature got us beyond those setbacks, and the walleye was excellent, the salad entree was excellent, and the pot pie was excellent. The atmosphere is friendly, the noise level was one decibel short of "too noisy," and the rest rooms are clean.

smoozey (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 27, 2015

The atmosphere is perfect for the neighborhood and the food is always great!

Doug1943 (Portland)
5.0  Dined on March 22, 2015

We were visiting our daughter who is a Sophomore at Loyola Chicago and feasted for Sunday Brunch at Act One at the MayneStage (just two stops up the Redline from Loyola). My wife and I loved the Corned Beef Hash and Roast Beef Hash, respectively, and our daughter's burger was delightfully drippy and delicious looking. The pub setting is delightfully done, and the brief tour of the performing space left us longing to return for a performance on a future visit.

RoyJ (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on March 14, 2015

We had a great time going to dinner and then the theater afterwards. The food was unbelievably good and the service the same. Returned after the show for deserts and drinks. Highly recommend.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on March 8, 2015

Their brunch is delicious and their Sunday night trivia is the best bar trivia I've found in the city. Their semi-nightly live music acts are cool too.

Treebaum (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on March 7, 2015

Calamari was fantastic, blackened salmon was just right, and the warm brownie ala mode was a dream. Our server, I believe his name was Matt, was friendly and just attentive enough. I would go back! No one in our group had negative things to say. The later it got the louder it got.

Kyleb (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

Went on Valentine's day for their special. We ordered the Mac and cheese as our appetizer, which was splendid. The salads were salads, but when the New York strip steaks came with mashed potatoes and sweet potatoe wedges- holy cow it was delicious.
My only are of improvement would be the chocolate truffles for dessert were too much for me to handle. A regular chocolate cake would have worked just fine. Either way I highly recommend this place!

Robbyn (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 10, 2015

If you are not going for a show or live music, plan to go early as it can get really loud in the pub area if that's not your plan. That happened the first time we went, and it was still good food/drinks/service. But this time we went around 6:30 and it was laid back and a great date night location. Really good craft beer selection and great location (half a block off the Morse Red Line). So great to have a pub with good drink options and a decent variety of pub foods options in the heart of East Rogers Park.

vipAaargh (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on October 31, 2014

It's a bar, with decent enough food, some interesting beers - very nice people.

vipOldRPer (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on October 25, 2014

In addition to having the best music space in the city the Mayne Stage has food that is way above your basic pub grub. Their panko breaded chicken in lemon sauce is perfectly cooked, their fish and chips are outstanding and their chicken pot pie is certainly better than my moms which was Banquet. They also have great burgers and all of it is served in a beautiful Prairie Style bar/dining room.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on October 24, 2014

Very convenient for going to event at Mayne Stage. To be fair, it has improved progressively since it opened some years ago. They've improved the food so that it's generally above the "bar food" level. I expect Act One will continue to improve. This past Friday evening we probably just had an "off" experience. The food was just ok and the service was uninspired.

eat2dance (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on September 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.