MAD Social

4.6
555 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
MAD Social is a neighborhood kitchen and gathering place featuring New American, globally inspired shareable dishes.


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Open daily for Dinner:
Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-3:00pm (Brunch) 3:00pm - 11:00pm (Dinner)
Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm (Brunch Only)
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Phone number
(312) 243-2097
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mariela Bolaños
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Catering
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
$12
$20 past Midnight
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 555 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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AG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MAD Social is where I schedule all my "after work" drinks with friends and networking meetings. It is a great spot for casual conversation and the service is tremendous.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was great she super attentive
Best churros waffles everrrrrrr

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MM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere, was very calm for a Sunday afternoon and the service was excellent!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The female server was awful! She never came by, her favorite word was NO and would ask us a question and answer it as she walked off.
Pretty bad service!

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years’ Eve with our adult children. Great food, service & ambience. Lively!

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JR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere. I've had brunch twice and both times have been DELISH!

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M
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the place was beautiful!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Very good family style dining. 1000% recommend her

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TF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for happy hour and grabbing some drinks/small bites with friends. Ambiance is cozy without being too small. I really enjoyed it! Bao buns and brussel sprouts are a MUST!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Service was quick and attentive!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservation was smooth. Server was great and was attentive. Food came out fast as we had the kale salad and the chicken and churro waffle. It was delicious and would definitely go back.

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AP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had brunch on a Saturday with a friend and loved it!
Great comfortable place and not too loud.
We split the french toast and breakfast sandwich and it was mighty tasty.
Would definitely recommend.

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D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I did not eat this item... but I need to comment that ANY burger being sold for $21 is crazy to me. Now to be fair, I understand it's great. Just saying Mad social miiiight want to consider checking themselves ;).

let me start by saying the bloody Mary was absolutely one of the better ones that I've had. Perfect amount of spiciness and while I unfortunately missed it I understand there's a bottomless bloody Mary bar that ends at 2 PM on Sunday and I think would be well worth it. The atmosphere is open and fun. The place is clean and it's good for a conversation. The server uniforms struck me as interesting. Jean jackets with a purse strewn across. It was interesting... I felt like my waitress was going to leave in the next five minutes. LOL

I had the breakfast sandwich and I think my friend liked a little bit better than me. I thought it was thoroughly mediocre and I will not order it again. Now the chicken and waffles on the other hand... That was pretty good. I think the secret to this place though is there a homemade hot sauce. You put that on the chicken and waffles and it's fantastic. In fact, it's much better than putting syrup on the chicken and waffles. Otherwise the fries were run-of-the-mill and I felt like it was a little bit pricey. But I go again... Probably. I would avoid it... I've been to better though.

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LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was very disappointed in the food. I've been wanting to try this place for a long time and never would have expected the food to be so bad. The burger was dry and lacked any kind of seasoning or flavor. The truffle fries were extremely oily and disappointing. The only good thing about the experience was the cocktails. The service was very basic. The waitress wasn't very friendly at least not with our table. Won't be going back.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Son’s birthday

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BC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food but the seats in the dinning room by the windows were freezing due to the lack of a real wall.

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MK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My oh my. This was such a pleasant dining experience with AMAZING food!

My wife and I wanted to taste so many different items on the menu but we knew we couldn't possibly eat more than three dishes (which was already pushing beyond our limits). We went with the havarti mac & cheese, short rib benedict, and chicken & waffles. I think each of these dishes deserves its own review.

Havarti mac & cheese: This was one of the best mac & cheese I've had. Not only was it flavorful, but what made it distinguish itself from other mac & cheese was the crispy brussels sprouts sprinkled on top. The butter crumb crust also added some extra texture to it.

Short rib benedict: I thought this one was decent, but not superb; however, my wife loved it. According to her, the brussels sprouts "kimchi" (I consider it more like a cole slaw) made it interesting an wanting to go after another bite. The menu description says braised Korean style short ribs, but I honestly couldn't taste much of a Korean flavor from the ribs. Taking my nitpicky comments as a grain of salt, the food was good overall.

Chicken & waffles: I don't think there's much that needs to be said here -- how can you go wrong with chicken & waffles? Chicken breast was cooked to perfection, and the churro waffle added an extra flavor. The chef recommended that it be paired with the restaurant's special hot sauce, but I thought it was also delicious enough without it.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went for brunch recently. Typical American brunch fare. Everything was clean. Just very decent food not spectacular. Drinks were okay too.

My friend had the pancakes and I had the burger. Burger was pretty good but have to say the meat was a little dry even though I ordered it medium rare (but came very medium, almost medium well). Pancakes were a bit gummy.

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KT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I was a group of female family members for Sunday Brunch and we found the food to be delicious and creative. We were welcomed when we came through the door and that energy continued with our server who was attentive and friendly. We had a lovely time and highly recommend MAD Social for anyone that likes good fun,good food, and good service.

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NA
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We've been to Mad Social a few times for dinner and the food never disappoints. This time around we brought the whole family for brunch and we had two thumbs up from everyone! The food and cocktails are delish. The burger was outstanding! Everything was outstanding! Love MAD Social!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

The chicken in the chicken and waffles was bland. Like no flavor at all.
There was corn in the Havarti mac & cheese ... total turn off.
The waitress was nice but the food needs a remake or to be more classic. I was really disappointed.

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AV
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Not happy. We had 5 in our party and we ordered 8 dishes. We sat down at 6:30 we ordered all 8 sharing dishes at around 6:40. By 6:45 they served the first dish and it seemed like every three minutes another one was coming out. We felt like we had to shove the food down so we could clear a spot for the next dish to come. It got so ridiculous that at one point we had to asked them to hold the last two dishes because there was no room on our table for any more to be served. Our server should have staggered our order so we could at least enjoy what we were eating. We were paying the bill be 7:15. They served so fast that we all felt sick from pounding down our food to make room at the table. Sorry we will not be back.

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L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch spot! Good food, great service, Sunday Funday!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual simply wonderful all around! Took a friend who’d never been before and he loved it. Keep up the good work!

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KN
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had a birthday brunch at Mad Social on Saturday, and I along with my guest found this restaurant tab idem gem. The food was delicious and the automosphere is great! I think the pancakes and hamburger are probably the best I've ever eaten! However, the pork sausage is not very good. It has a weird texture and looks undercooked but supposedly has prosciutto in it. I would like a good old fashion greasy sausage link rather than these weird patties. The only other thing I would change is the fact that there is no place to hang your coat unless you are sitting my the door. Me and my guest had to sit on our coats, which was extremely uncomfortable given that we were sitting on stools. Other than those two things I had a really good cowrie nice and would go back again.

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GF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really exciting menu items and really good food. Ambiance is fun and exciting but also isn't crazy loud, which is nice.

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TM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the chicken and waffles... OMFG!!! it was SOOOOO good. i Highly recommend not only this dish, for sharing or solo, but also this restuarant for amazing creative food that is most definitely made by people who love to cook food for other people.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the bacon wrapped dates, Mac and cheese, chicken and waffles. Highly recommend! Great meal, great service. There wasn’t a lot of room in the restaurant, def crammed in but great experience.

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J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delish...and no prob finding parking. It's near the Wndr (pop-up) Museum if you plan to go there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious!

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is always spot on! Service is efficient . But , could use a little more personality.

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l
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered several plates to share. The Bao, Pillows and Brussels Sprouts were outstanding. The burger was good. Our waitress was very helpful and attentive.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food and great ambiance

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TR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, carrot cake dessert was amazing!

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CC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We saw it in yelp ... decided from pics to try it out. We were heading to Bulls game ... Food was great !
We had Peking duck buns were amazing - braiddd short rib ravioli was really good !!! My wife’s kale salad was ehh ok she said i had the burger it was good but little too salty - we had the charcuterie with prosciutto and it was good !!! We had a few other things and all was good - definitely would go back and give it a try Valet was $12 right outside

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We just moved to the neighborhood, and this was our first time here. We absolutely loved it and can’t wait to go back!

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w
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Decided on this spot last minute for date night and it was absolutely worth it. Truly one of the best burgers I’ve ever tasted and the chicken lollipops...YUM! I couldn’t recommend this place more. It was a bit loud, so difficult for intimate conversation and the seating is almost communal so expect to be in close quarters on a busy night. We still loved the place and would definitely go again!

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DW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, great ambiance and quality friendly service. Try the Chicken & Waffles!

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KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was overpriced and not very good. Loud techno music at 6pm is lame. Service was decent

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