1959 Kitchen & Bar

4.1
151 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Hungry? Thirsty? Come see us in 1959 Kitchen & Bar
With its sleek retro vibe that pays homage to The Second City’s rich history, 1959 Kitchen & Bar features a little something for everyone. Emphasizing sustainable, certified humane, organic regional ingredients, the menu ranges from savory pub fare to more specialty dining options. Drink-wise, choose anything from the latest craft beers and cocktails to the Chicago staples. Whether it’s a pre-show warm-up or post-show nightcap, 1959 is the perfect complement to one of Chicago’s greatest treasures.

~Nightly Specials~
MONDAY- $10 Burger & Beer/Bottled Coke
TUESDAY- $5 Soft Pretzel & $5 Bombers
WEDNESDAY- $5 Wings & $5 Boilermaker
THURSDAY- $5 Flatbread & 1/2 Off Select Wine
FRIDAY- $12 Mystery Bucket & Chef's Weekend Soup Special
SATURDAY- $6 Bartender's Choice Cocktail & Chef's Weekend Soup Special
SUDNAY- $2 Beer $4 Wells & Chef's Weekend Soup Special
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–2:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm–3:00 am
Sun 4:00 pm–2:00 am
Kitchen Hours
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(312) 337-3992
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jacob Solomon
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N Wells St
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Public transit
Red & Brown line are 2 blocks away. (Sedgwick Stop)
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Entertainment
Karaoke every Sunday night
DragCab'59- A live drag cabaret show the last Sunday of each month.
Live Theater available every night in the building
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Wine Wednesdays

Enjoy half priced house wines on Wednesdays in 1959 Kitchen and Bar!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 17, 2018

Ends: September 18, 2117

Availability: Wed 5:00PM-11:30PM

What 151 People Are Saying
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KJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time with a group of more than 10. Very accommodating! Rueben was an outstanding server!

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

Jacob, the chef, created a delicious menu at 1959 Kitchen! My friend and I wanted more of a veggie focused dinner and we were pleasantly surprised about the wide variety of vegetable selections on the menu. Every dish we tried was very well thought out and beautifully plated —each including unique ingredients and flavor combinations that were amazing! Thanks, Jacob!

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

Really good burger! We booked before the show and didn’t have particularly high expectations but we’re more than happy with our burgers.

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w
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The big problem was the calamari appetizer. It was really, really hard and crunchy, with some kind of sweet sauce all over it. I couldn't taste any actual calamari, there seemed to be very little inside of the hard crunchy shell. Not a good version of calamari. Also, they had no beers on tap.

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KO
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really good option prior to show at The Second City. Food was tasty and well priced. Has energetic buzz so gets you in the mood for the fun to come.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Right on the river
Great farm to table

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P
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Had reservations. Sat at table. Then asked us to move to another spot. We ended up sitting at bar. Bartender tried to make amends. Felt very age discriminated. Will not hurry back

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S
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

The food was good and the bar menu was on point for a preshow however, the bathrooms were disgusting!! I would never eat in a place that has filthy bathrooms. Literally feminine’s products were laying on the floor or in the over stuffed cans. I addressed this but nothing was done.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

1959 is definitely more of a bar than a restaurant. If you’re looking for drinks before or after a show at Second City, this is a solid spot. If you’re looking for a nice date spot, not exactly ideal.

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h
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We were a party of 12 last Saturday evening. Four of the 12 of us were served our meal and finished our meal prior to the rest of us being served. One guest did not receive their food until all guests were finished. In addition, the waitress was attempting to give us our bill even before we received our food.

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection of cocktails, beer and wine!! Located on the 2nd floor of Second City, convenient to visit before or after a show!!

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LD
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

My friend and I came here for a bachelorette party dinner before a show. We had reservations so we got seated promptly. However, no wait staff came to our table for at least 20 minutes to get our drink orders. There wasn't even water on the table and we were thirsty! Our waitress finally came and took our drink and appetizer order but didn't ask if we wanted to go ahead and order our meals too. She then brought out the drinks and we told her at that point that we were ready to order the meals. The appetizer didn't come out until the meals came out.
At least the food was delicious, but with the slow service we were almost late to our show upstairs.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my fiancé’s birthday before our second city show!!

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A
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was great and very reasonably priced. Our server was friendly. The dri ks were very good...I had the Makers Mark cherry sour. Our bartender seemed a bit distracted and not as friendly as server. The only complaint was that the table was very sticky. Could use a good cleaning. Other than that there is a cool black box theater style to it.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in for food after watching a show at The Second City and had a great time! This place has amazing food and one of the best Manhattans I’ve had anywhere. We were there on a Sunday and the place was crowded with costume-style karaoke. Lots of fun!

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WB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Minimum menu. No fries come with a burger. Would go back but could be better.

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DT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Had high expectations to enjoy a Second City pre-show meal.
I knew the menu was limited but believed the convenience of eating in the 1959 would be a great thing.
If this were a volunteer server or a non-profit restaurant I would think the experience is worth the lack of service and food quality.

The server was totally unaware of the menu.....explained things wrong, then over-billed.
Even though the theater itself serves the beer I ordered at dinner on tap, I was presented a can of that beer and not even offered a glass from which to drink.

The Kale salad lacked the ingerients on the menu......it was a bowl of rough kale, that is all.
The salmon was of poor quality; probably farm raised wirh plenty of skin and gray meat.

The vibe is good. The restaurant is nicely laid out.

If you want a meal before the show, there are many other great food spots in this food lovers town; go there instead.

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K
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The cauliflower kung pao was delicious! As was the chocolate pudding dessert.

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CM
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in from out of town for a Second City Show and ate before the show. Prices were very reasonable and food was yummy. A bit crowded before show so we got there at 6 and just in time with reservations.

Show has good food too so save room for beignets at show.

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LH
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Very disappointed. It’s a stretch to call this a restaurant. It’s a bar-pure and simple. Noisy, subpar service, limited menu. Not recommendable as a restaurant.

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EW
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed 1959 before our Second City show. They got us in and out quickly to enjoy the show. The Kung Pow cauliflower was one of the best things I ate during our week long vacation....and that is seriously saying something.

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AM
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a casual dinner and drinks; and played a card game before seeing a show at Second City Theater.

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p
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner before going to a show at the comedy club. Nice place!

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KD
New England
17 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We made reservation as we were attending a Second City Show and didn’t want to rush around. Very limited menu... server recommended Cauliflower app and then returned to tell us they were out of it. The beets were meh... salad was plain. Burger was actually good. We would not return, especially now knowing there are many options to eat on same block w far better menu selection.

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LM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great entrees, nice wine and lovely dessert. We had dinner at 1059 before seeing a show at Second City. The whole experience was great fun and will make a great story of our trip to Chicago.

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J
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great artisan inspired basics, fries, burgers. Peaceful eating in quiet convivial space.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Please bring back the specials menu!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

No vegetarian options,cauliflower entree made with beef bones :( and vegetarian pasta entree was not available!

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R
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We ate early so we didn't have server problems as others have mentioned. Overall it was a great experience. The cheeseburgers are fabulous.

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

Family dinner prior to 2nd City show.

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OT
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Extremely limited menu. Service both slow and not very good. Bartender got drinks mixed up. Food was average at best. Prices high relative to value of food. Would not go here again.

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ST
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We chose 1959 due to its proximity to Second City comedy club (same building). The 1959 menu is EXTREMELY limited. It’s mostly a bar (we are not big drinkers at all) and the food offerings are limited and a bit funky. My wife normally likes very plain fare and she was very disappointed in the choices. She ultimately chose the chicken strip appetizer which was dry and spicy. On the plus side, our waitress was very nice, attentive, and accommodating. But overall, I don’t think we will return to 1959 if we’re in the area again.

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EO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We came for dinner before a show at Second City. Sustainable food (yay), but really limited menu.
Our waitress was only moderately interested in helping us. The restaurant gets crowded due to it's proximity and good Yelp reviews, however, it didn't live up to the hype.

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B
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Very limited menu. Service was fair at best. A cool idea being right at Second City but it seems like they really weren't even trying to make this a nice place or experience. A decent place to grab a drink but not much more.

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E
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I chose this because I thought they would get me in and out in time for the 11:00 show. However, when we arrived for our 9:30 reservation, we had to wait 20 minutes to have our order taken and it was absolutely deafening. (I laughed when your survey termed it “energetic.”)

However, the food came quickly and it was delicious. We got out in plenty of time and the noise level dissipated the closer it got to show time. As a result, I would recommend it, but with the cautionary note about the noise.

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TR
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food but incredibly small portions and overpriced for the amount of food that you get. Drinks were good but also overpriced. That would have been okay except the service quality also dropped off midway through our visit.

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SA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

❤️ this place...perfect for pre-show dinner. Traveled from San Francisco to celebrate a big bday & stayed with my fabulous friend who lives a block away from Second City...She’s also a super scrabble player!

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r
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Ordered Burger well-done came out as rare as could be. Didn't want to wait for another one so dealt with it. Fries do not come with the burger so ordered fries. they came out halfway after the burger was done very late. The fries were excellent though. Pretty good selection of craft beers

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JS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was a great place to eat before a show. Good food, good drinks, very nice staff and the decor is lovely.

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DF
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Wasnt set up for a date environment and the menu didn't match what was represented online when I made the reservation on this app. It was a very basic cheap bi-fold, paper menu with basic bar favorites and nothing I would consider decent dining for a date or couple wanting a good meal. More like a happy hour Pub scene so we left and went to nearby Sushi Restaurant.

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