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About Permanently Closed - Bull and Bear

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Located in the heart of Chicago’s River North District, steps away from the Financial District and Merchandise Mart, this luxury multi-media destination casts a strong presence where it sits nestled on a busy city street corner. Bull & Bear is fully equipped with state-of-the-art viewing capabilities, a complete lunch, dinner & bar menu, extensive wine and cocktail list and first-of-it’s kind drinking amenities, The Personal Table Tap.
Bull & Bear utilizes classic lounge materials with a modern twist to establish a lounge atmosphere with a sports essence unique unto itself, offering unparalleled viewing from the stoic travertine bar to the handcrafted tufted leather banquette seating. The elements of the space are highlighted by indirect lighting which illuminates the verticality of the back bar and brick walls in a soft warm glow without compromising the views.

431 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday:1130-2am, Saturdays :10am-3am, Sundays: 10am-2am
Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm.

Cross Street:
Hubbard and Wells

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 527-5973

Website:
http://www.bullbearbar.com/

Entertainment:
Multi-media destination
State-of-the-Art Audio Visual Equipment
HD projection screen
HD Broadcast Television
High speed Internet access – WIFI
Featuring 25 plasma screen TVs
40ft. tickers with customizing capabilities
Plasmas and HD projector with customizing capabilities ideal for corporate presentations

Catering:
Executive on-site chef and experienced catering staff. Bring the Bull & Bear experience to any off-site occasion whether it be an elegant 3 course to a backyard tailgate BBQ.

Parking Details:
On street parking and valet available during all hours of operation.

Public Transit:
Directly across from the brown line. Cross streets run along all bus lines.

Executive Chef:
David Blonsky

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bull and Bear - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.0

service

3.8

ambience

3.8

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (204)
Vibrant Bar Scene (190)
Great for Lunch (170)
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Hot Spot (134)
Neighborhood Gem (109)
Great for Brunch (89)
Great for Outdoor Dining (66)
Fit for Foodies (57)
Late-night Find (53)
Special Occasion (18)
Kid-friendly (10)
Casual (8)
Live Sports (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Bar Seating (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Great Beer (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Business Meals (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
People Watching (4)
Romantic (4)
Fun (4)
Good for a Date (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Authentic (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2016

We went for brunch during the bears game and it was awesome! Their brunch deal is unbelievable! The service was awesome, they made sure our drinks were full and were very friendly! They had raffles going on during the game as well. This was our first time there and we definitely found our new brunch spot~

Tags: Outstanding Value, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Live Sports, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2016

Had a wonderful 21st bday brunch for my daughter. The food was fantastic and the service great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2016

We arrived, showed our opentable conformation email and were told that it was an error- no table for us. Instead of putting us on the top of the waitlist, they put us at the bottom and had us wait at the bar. It wasn't until I expressed how disgusted I was with both opentable & bull & bear that the issue was actually dealt with. Terrible costumer service and obviously a huge disconnect between the restaurant and online service. Get it together

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value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2016

The ambiance of this bar scene was really modern yet laid back and casual. The food here is so different yet so amazing. I absolutely loved the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. Being an out of towner, I've come here twice and each experience was great. No bad things to say whatsoever. The back seating is by far the most favored and we really loved sitting in those booths. We have made this spot a tradition and will definitely be looking forward to returning.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Live Sports, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Outstanding Value
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2016

Fantastic sports bar. Great acoustics system and DJ who plays great music during sports commercials and then immediately shifts to the game audio once the game comes back on.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2016

The waitress was very good and was efficient and friendly. We were seated in the back and crowd of people hung out around 2 tables having drinks--this created a lot of noise making it difficult to carry on a conversation with our friends. Seems that this large group should have been kept in bar area since they were just drinking and not eating.

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food
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food4
ambience4
service5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 11, 2016

Was out for a bears game, got tucked into a corner away from the fun. Food was pub staple- what you would expect from a bar!

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food3
ambience2
service3
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 25, 2016

Great all around. Solid food and service.

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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2016

Bull & Bear get enough credit for the awesome brunch they offer. So much variety and flavor, with incedible Bloody Marys and mimosas. My whole family loved the food, but our waitress was also attentive and engaging. Great spot for a group or a brunch date!

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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food4
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service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2016

The service and food took so long to come out! Once it got to the table it was delicious. I was late coming back from my lunch break because of the timing of the food and service combined. I'll probably be back, but definitely not on a lunch break.

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food4
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 17, 2016

Terrible service. Our waitress forgot to put in half of our order and made what was going to be a very memorable introduction of friends a very complicated brunch as half of the party got their food 35 minutes before ours due to the restaurant's error. The service got progressively worse and the food was mediocre. As much as I used to like this bar, I won't be back and it's off my list of places I would ever recommend to others.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 17, 2016

The brunch was AMAZING! A very fun drink menu, including a "mule bar" and sangria pitchers you can customize. One of the most extensive brunch menus as well. Would highly recommend the house made pop-tarts--ours came with one savory (crab cake) and one sweet (peach cobbler). Great service and friendly staff as well!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 30, 2016

Great food and great service. Location is also very good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2016

Overall the food was good, but our service was lackluster. It took us nearly 2 hours to have lunch.

Tags: Good for Groups
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food4
ambience3
service2
value3

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2016

I came here for lunch and appreciated that the kitchen was willing to make me steak tacos (from the dinner menu). The steak tacos were tasty but not enough food. The service was really slow and the restaurant wasn't crowded at all. I don't plan to come back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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food2
ambience2
service1
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 9, 2016

The service was great and the food came out perfect. The truffle fries were great and the Kobe sliders were delish.

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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 20, 2016

We went here for dinner after a long week at work. We drove from the west into the city so our commute was just over an hour.
We were seated in the back and the problem was that the back sections were primarily rented out for after work get togethers. So all of the booths actually had people standing around them with their drinks. This meant that we were sitting in the middle of what felt like an over crowded bar at night. Many people actually set their drinks on our table and were leaning on our chairs as well. The problem was that we went for a dinner date and the place is advertised for their food. Maybe we just got placed in a bad spot, but having reserved the table earlier in the week and stating there were just two of us, you'd think they wouldn't seat us in the middle of a party.

Tags: Good for Groups
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food3
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service3
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 13, 2016

beer taps at large comfortable booths

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 8, 2016

It was our first time and we went for a quick Mother's Day Brunch. The food was good and so where the drinks. The only complaint was with our waitress. She was never around and it wasn't just for our table but our whole section. The bus guy was more attentive. I actually watched the manager tell her to get to her section. If I could have tipped the bus guy I would have. Other than that it was an enjoyable experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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service2
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 22, 2016

I got the Blt sand which and it was delicious! The setting was fun and our service was great!

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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 17, 2016

Our server was good, attentive enough that we weren't waiting on things but not too much in our business. The food was really good, and the mimosas were exactly what I wanted. Will definitely go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 2, 2016

Great food

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 28, 2016

The food was excellent and the servers were nice.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Food was amazing. Service was amazing. The vibe was amazing. Drinks were amazing.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2016

Thought it would be more hyped for the super bowl

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2016

First, I had a reservation for a few days in advance... maybe a week even. The night we arrived, our table was by the kitchen door so we ate with a horrible view. Second, their grill or something was broken so the menu was so small... Mostly just sandwiches. It was restaurant week! They couldn't call tables with reservations and let them know? They said they could call public house and check if they had an opening. Horrible solution. Didn't get offered a free appetizer or a thing. Super dissapointed and never fussy. Wanted to leave upon arrival but the staff at the table was decent and not their fault whoever is running the restaurant has no clue.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 22, 2016

We came here for restaurant week but just ended up ordering off the regular menu. The mac n cheese was AMAZING!! I almost took an order to go. Good beer list also.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 16, 2016

Came here for a late lunch with friends. This place is owned by DINEAMIC Group which also owns my favorite local restaurant Siena Tavern (as well as others). I knew the food would be good and it was. Very casual sports bar type restaurant. Would definitely go again for brunch/lunch. Very friendly staff as well.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2015

Great decor. Greeted with a smile and sat right away even though we were a bit early. The waitress was great to introduce us to the menu and favorites.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 11, 2015

I visit Bull & Bear regularly with co-workers and visiting business partners. It's our river north go to because it's not too fancy and not too much hipster and every time it's delicious.

-Menu choices are unique and plentiful

-Ambiance is great, service is always spot on & fun

-prices are super reasonable

-delivers on delicious each time we visit

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2015

I'd heard good things about Bull and Bear. I'd tried to get reservations a few times, but given that I usually plan at the last minute I hadn't succeeded until last Friday night. My friend and I ordered burgers, and mine was perfect (medium rare). My friend's, however, was well done, and since she'd ordered medium rare as well, she was unhappy. Without her saying anything, our server not only noticed my friend's irritated expression and asked specifically about the food, but then insisted that they remake the burger. The manager came out and apologized, the new burger was perfect, and all this despite every seat being filled.

I'm looking forward to returning and trying other things from the menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2015

I expected more for the prices, not much selection, smelled better than it tasted. I had meatloaf with bacon around both under done. A day later and my stomach still feel it.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2015

Sad to say that the restaurant seems to be showing some wear and tear. Ripped seating, a little tired and not as energetic.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 13, 2015

The food and service was outstanding. The place is loud, very loud. So if you looking for a place for a quiet dinner, this is not it. But it would be a great time for an after office happy hour or get together.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2015

I always come for the nachos, but they were subpar on Sunday. Cold, and very little meat/cheese. A bit of a let down considering how much I've talked them up.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 21, 2015

Given the prices, this was a disappointment. Noteworthy were the Bloody Mary and the patio which was lovely by itself but given the location of the restaurant, nothing to get excited about. Chose it for Father's Day as something new to try. My breakfast biscuit sandwich was dry and ice coffee had more water than coffee. Service was slow and, given that we had a father at our table on Father's Day, completely aloof. Bummer.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 20, 2015

The decor is beautiful, and resembles the online photos appropriately. The table side tappers only offer two beers - Bud Light and Stella Artois. It is cost effective if everyone at the table is drinking from them, otherwise order from the bar as it's cheaper.

Truffle Mac & Cheese is awesome! Brussels Sprouts are definitely something I'd have again. I enjoyed the apps more than the entree, but it wasn't bad at all

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 19, 2015

Nachos are superb... Layer after layer of meat and cheese topped with a mound of guac. My favorite in all of Chicago!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 29, 2015

The bar was very loud, which is fine for most people, but my voice doesn't carry. This happens at most bars, so it wasn't really a turn off.

THE FOOD. The truffle mac n' cheese was SO GOOD. My boyfriend and I split it, and it was a huge portion perfect for us. He said it was the best mac n' cheese he's ever had, and I can see why. The sauce was different from other mac n' cheeses-- I'm guessing that was the truffle. Super creamy. I would go back just for that.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 24, 2015

We had calamari as an appetizer - heavy breading, very flavorful, just the right amount of crunch and the ramoulade sauce was very good. for my entree, I ordered the skirt steak upon my daughters recommendation - it was very interesting, complex, a bit over powering, definitely rich. I believe next time I will try something else, maybe a burger. a very popular spot in a hot neighborhood!!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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