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Permanently Closed - Bull and Bear

145 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Groups (204)
  • Vibrant Bar Scene (190)
  • Great for Lunch (170)

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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday-Friday:1130-2am, Saturdays :10am-3am, Sundays: 10am-2am
Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm.

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Phone number
(312) 527-5973
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David Blonsky
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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.
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Cross street
Hubbard and Wells
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Parking details
On street parking and valet available during all hours of operation.
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Public transit
Directly across from the brown line. Cross streets run along all bus lines.
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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
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
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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~

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 6, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2016

Great all around. Solid food and service.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  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.

vipMelissaS (Chicago)
1.0  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.

MehganK (Chicago)
5.0  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!

AnnaM (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

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

vipOliviaG (Chicago)
2.0  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.