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Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen

283 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Lunch (163)
  • Fit for Foodies (156)
  • Good for Groups (145)

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Famed chef Kerry Simon has returned to his hometown of Chicago to bring his contemporary and flavorful approach to American cuisine.

Situated between the Magnificent Mile and Millennium Park in the heart of downtown, Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen is a Michigan Avenue retro chic restaurant offering Chicago diners a sophisticated yet crowd-pleasing menu staying true to Chef Simon’s preference for homestyle classics.

Enjoy the mouth-watering sandwich sensation that won “Iron Chef America – Battle Hamburger” along with many of Chef Simon’s other signature bites, sips and sweets.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Daily: 6:30am - 11:00am
Weekend Brunch: 6:30am - noon

Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm -10:00pm;
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(312) 334-6700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Scott Simon
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Prix Fixe / Custom Menus available for groups of 10 - 250+
Seated Dinner - 160
Reception - 260
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Cross street
Between E. Lake St. & E. Wacker Pl.
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Parking details
Valet service is available through Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, located next door at 230 N. Michigan Avenue.

$10 - Up to three (3) hours with validation.
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Video Wall
DJ Booth
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipmari (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

A big miss. Would skip it. Dull and slow. Service ok but confused. Not that busy but took forever

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

I visited the restaurant as it was attached to my hotel, Hard Rock Cafe. I ordered the Grilled Cheese and Spicy Tots. The bread was crunchy and cooked well. I thoroughly enjoyed the food. However, it took me forever to get the bartender's attention. This applied again later that night when I returned to get drinks. If you aren't patient, this can become bothersome. Thus, I give service 2 stars and the restaurant overall 4 stars.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on July 10, 2017

The food was almost inedible. The steak sandwich was a whole, tough steak between two slices of bread. I couldn't manage to gnaw through it.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 9, 2017

The food was awesome!! Highly recommend this place to eat!! Fun people watching on Michigan Ave!

OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious! I had a filet that rivaled very famous steakhouses. Creative treatment of side dishes was so much fun. And the value was great. Just such a pleasant surprise find!!! I would definitely come back to this restaurant when I am in Chicago.

vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on July 2, 2017

Went for breakfast. Maybe 12 diners in the entire place so it wasn't busy. Staff was nice but service was slow and waiter didn't really keep us informed if the kitchen was backed up or not. Oatmeal I ordered to come out first took 20-25 minutes with the rest of our food taking another 5-10 after that.

Portions were great for the price and hope the service was just an off day in the kitchen but as I experienced it probably wouldn't recommend to friends with all the other choices in town

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

Loved the vibe! Our waiter was fantastic ! His recommendation for the shrimp was appreciated and devoured !

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 22, 2017

Get the poutine!

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on June 21, 2017

There's nothing worse than bad service and bad food. Oh, and waiting 30 minutes for a glass of water you have to ask for. Sent my first cocktail back only for its replacement to taste worse. Gave up. Quinoa salad tasted like it was prepared 10 hours prior. I had two bites. Gave up again. Didn't send it back, just left it... with the second cocktail. Barely touched. Gave up for good. Will never return.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 15, 2017

Bucket list

vipSueChiTown (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on May 28, 2017

I wanted something light and healthy so chose the quinoa salad, which was mixed with spinach leaves, sun-dried tomatoes and other vegetables. It was good. My friend ordered the burger, but wanted a single patty. It was huge...can't imagine how one could eat a double burger of that size. He said it was good.

vipWyattSmith (Detroit)
1.0  Dined on May 21, 2017


Old tired decor, poor service, food you can get anywhere

Really disappointed.

BTW, even front door was locked on the street entrance.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on May 18, 2017

Not worth the price. Overpriced and boring tasting food

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on May 18, 2017

We met at Chuck's for lunch since it was close to our offices. I was actually surprised by the food. Two of us had the quinoa salad with chicken and it was a filling/flavorful healthy option.

Sparklebear (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on May 16, 2017

I came at 5:30 p.m. before a show at Chicago Theater taking place at 7:30 p.m. Mash potatoes were delivered without a serving spoon and the waiter was no where to be found. I let him know one person was coming a bit later and that we would all have to leave early for a show. it was empty in the dining area, and the server should have been on top of things, unless he was waiting on folks closer to the bar area. It felt like I was constantly looking for him for the serving spoon, or anything else we needed etc. The bowl of mashed potatoes with horse radish was extremely soupy and unappealing. I was really unhappy with the slowness of the services at that period of time. I was just there before show on Saturday, 5/6, and that waitress was in fact very quick and often interrupted us to check in. The mash potatoes at that time did not look like a runny bowl of mush. They need to work on consistency of service and food. Also, as a person who wears two hearing aids, I have to take them out because the music seems a bit loud. I know you want a "buzz" but people should be able to talk to each other.

vipRpm080717 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 3, 2017

Beautifully executed filet mignon and grilled zucchini. I should have stopped there. Dessert platter was a complete disappointment: stale and unimaginative. The mock " hostess cupcake" was tiny with no creamy center and the cookies were if the standard supermarket variety.
Only the cotton candy delivered the flavor and freshness

The steak was a very solid five but the dessert ranked a mediocre 2- not st all worth $14. Service was pleasant but underwhelming.
I saw dozens of impressive hamburgers passing by- definitely my next meal.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on May 3, 2017

I visited Chuck's about 2 years ago and had the Cesar salad w/shrimp which was great. During my most recent visit for lunch, I had the lamb burger w/side salad. The salad was nice, but the lamb burger was dry (cooked at medium well), not seasoned and had an "off" taste with a gritty texture. I thought lamb was more of a fatty meat so I was surprised. Also, the menu description says the burger comes with pickled onions which I imagined to be red or white that would be visible on the sandwich. That was not the case, there were no onions at all on the sandwich. When I asked the waiter, he said they were in the tzatziki sauce, but I could not taste them at all.

Overall, I was disappointed that I spent $20 for a mediocre meal. I tend to stay away from restaurants that can be hit or miss, I will think twice about visiting again.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

4 guys getting together. The Poutine appetizer is ridiculously good!

vipJennie (Indiana)
3.0  Dined on March 31, 2017

Great place for a fun evening out. Not a great place to talk or have aa quiet dinner. Bar was very busy and energetic. Lots of TVs. Funky fun decor. We only ordered the pretzel appetizer and they were just heated up from frozen with a flavorless dip. The beer was cold. The service staff was a bit aloof and unfriendly, but maybe that is the vibe they are going for here. We actually left after the appetizers to go to dinner somewhere else a bit friendlier. I would still recommend this place for drinks after work or as a first stop place for drinks. Food might need a bit of work.

vipRosieN (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on March 31, 2017

I highly recommend the hamburger! Tater tots are great too!