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Appellation, Chicago, IL
Appellation, Chicago, IL
Appellation, Chicago, IL

Appellation

4.4
4.4
186 Reviews
$30 and under
Wine Bar
Join us on October 12th-14th for a special Wisconsin Supper Club Pop-up, featuring some of our favorite classic dishes and amazing Wisconsin cheeses.

An extension of the Pastoral retail store, Appellation offers guests a simple but amazing approach to food and wine with a sense of place, in a warm, inviting space.

The restaurant’s name and menu inspires guests to appreciate the place of origin for each ingredient and wine pairing, as well as the farmers and producers with whom Pastoral has built great relationships over time.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Wine Bar, American, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    - Wine Bar - Tuesday- Thursday 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Open for Drinks Friday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. Open for Drinks Sunday 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. - Dining Room - DINNER SERVICE Monday - Saturday 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m BRUNCH Saturday & Sunday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Dinning room is open for Pastoral Sandwich Counter Service every day from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Phone number
    (773) 358-7181 ext. 290
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Jeffrey Parkin
  • Private party facilities
    Located in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, Appellation serves approachable and rustic dishes with a sense of place. With four different private event spaces a variety of custom menus to choose from, Appellation can elevate any celebration, shower, birthday, or meeting.
  • Private party contact
    Rachel Carlsen: (312) 226-4382 ext. 216
  • Neighborhood
    Andersonville
  • Cross street
    Foster
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    CTA Buses 22, 92, 50.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 186 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseEnergetic

186 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Permanently closed.....so sad:(

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  2. FrankR

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I am already missing Appellation and will surely visit the proprietors' other venue, Bar Pastoral, in the future.

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  3. Mooui

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    They had a limited menu because they are closing soon...

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  4. sueander618

    New York City

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoyed Appellation..... especially the cheese and meat board. Nice relaxed atmosphere. Didn’t like the poutine, but we were curious as poutine gets a lot of buzz. The waiter tried to warn us that we might not like it. Waiter was very sweet. Unfortunately, as we were finishing up, the owner or manager came to each table to tell us they were closing this site next week!

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  5. Michelle

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    LOVE this place! It's great for wine and cheese after a long day at work, celebrations with friends, date night. I've already booked another reservation to take family I have in town next weekend! Great local spot <3

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  6. Jeand

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    To expensive for the sticky tables and meh service.

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  7. MdRA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Appellation is always really good and their food is always excellent. I always recommend it to everyone. If you want to have an excellent wine option (also per glass) and a good combination of tapas and entrees options, this is the place to go!

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  8. Mocakes

    Nashville

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Such a great place for dinner with a group of friends. We closed the place down and none of the staff was bothered about us lingering on.

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  9. AnaS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food! I've been at this restaurant 2-3 times before and always enjoyed the food and the place.

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  10. JenM

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We love coming here for their bottomless mimosas, however, we were not happy at all with the service this last time. In times past, we would have the glass topped off without asking and often. Yesterday we had to ask each time we wanted more and it seemed like the staff were not interested in serving the mimosas. “Bottomless” definitely was not an accurate description of what we paid for. We barely had consumed enough for it to be worth what we spent. Our server took a long time to get to our table and checked in once other than dropping off the bill. The food is always great, so we were happy at least that stayed consistent.

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  11. Ralphmarple

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I thought that overall it was good but based on the cost of the food, I was disappointed to see that the portions were that small. I understand that it’s more of a refined / gourmet experience and I certainly appreciate that, but I would expect to have more than a spoonful size of a lamb chop in my plate for what I’m paying for.

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  12. fancywt

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Scallops were room temperature and tastes like salt accidentally spilled all over them. Fish was HOT. Wine and martinis were underfilled.

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  13. Barnaby

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was the first time that I felt that the service staff, from the door to the table, got everything right. They noted the details built into the reservation, they allowed our guests to arrive later without being bothersome, and they cleared plates together after everyone was finished (not intermittently). There was an air of class and care for a restaurant where casual is the norm (We all were dressed fancier than the staff). This presented a slight Jekyll/ Hyde feel between rumpled cotton and tight service, leaving a slightly confusing personae. The food was delightful and just enough of a portion, but some might say not enough. The menu was simple, fitting on one small piece of paper. It seemed that items on the left were smaller plates or appetizers, and those on the right were entrees. This was a guess. The range of entrees covered the basic bases (one chicken, one veal, one veggie, etc) but the collection didn't seem to be enough to have an inner conflict. The drink menu and wine list was way more expansive which seemed glaringly unbalanced. To be fair, this place is billed as a Wine Bar with comfort food - but most people came for dinner, not just drinks. Other hot spots nearby will have a larger menu of comfort food and beer, if this is your preference. Flavors were light and could use more seasoning. Big open windows face the street and the lively walkers, but s few flies can become a slight nuisance. Prices were a few bucks over what one might expect, (especially for wine) but the quality of food might justify. A good portion of the dining room is a bar with stools. The entry side also has some provisions to take home.

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  14. Swansparrow

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A delightful dinner with excellent wines, cheeses, and salads!

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  15. 2essence

    Chicago

    106 reviews

    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was my first time at Appelation Bistro. The food was delicious. The charcuterie plate for two was presented beautifully. We also enjoyed it that the owner came by with a sample of his family's cheese and conversation about it.

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  16. KC1111

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I had been here one time before and really enjoyed my experience. This time, it was so-so. The first observation was how cold the restaurant was. We asked our server if they could adjust the AC, it was that uncomfortable. Our server wasn't all that attentive - we could have probably ordered more drinks (though we had plenty!) if she'd stopped by more often. I couldn't figure out if she was swamped or was just letting us do our thing, but it was frustrating to ask for the wine list, tell her we were ready to order and ask for the check. The support staff was great, we always had water, our dirty plates were cleared efficiently. I loved the cheese plate, we said "dealers choice" and they came back with a great selection. When we finally ordered, we adored the pork and the burger. The mussels were so-so. All in all, it was a great place to celebrate a birthday.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    My husband and I like to try new places. Appellation has a nice quaint atmosphere, cheese selection was great, burger and risotto were delicious. Not crazy about the fries. Service was just ok. Took a long time for waiter to come back to us to ask if we wanted another drink even though I kept looking his way. Might just be the night we went.

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  18. Stash78

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food. Ended up being ignored by servers towards the end of the meal. (Our original server went on break and swapped with another.) Bottomless mimosas last for 2 hours, according to the menu. We were declined after 1.5 hrs by the server telling us that brunch had ended. Also had to go hunt down the check. The ending of this brunch left everyone in our party with a bad taste for Appellation.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Seated right away. Good selection of food and wine. Server might have been too busy

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  20. Song

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is delicious and the service is excellent. My coffee never got lower than half the cup and food comes out quickly.

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  21. ReeseK

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Quality ingredients were the star of the show. Had a lovely brunch--especially the bottomless mimosas were a highlight!

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  22. LincolnW

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our second visit to Appellation. The first time we were with three other couples and we sat at the table in the front room surrounded by wines. The service was excellent, and the manager (I believe his name was Anter) was very attentive, funny and engaging, discussing the menu and wines etc. Our second visit was with another couple and we were seated in the main dining room. Our server was not very engaging or friendly (did not speak to us except to take our orders) and the service was slow in between courses. The food was good but they did over cook my "medium" burger. We had the crab dip, fries and the chorizo meatballs to start and the chicken thighs, spaghetti and meatballs and a burger for the main dishes. I'd still go back as its a nice neighborhood spot.

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  23. EricQ

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I really wanted to like this place but it seemed like extreme amatuer hour. The bartender was our waiter which led to very long waits for drinks, and ordering, which didn't make any sense, there were only 3 other tables occupied in the restaurant. The cheese plate i ordered was very good since the restaurant is attached to a cheese and wine store. My main course was another story it was horrible. Incredibly over cooked and uninspired. I will not be back unless it were for a drink and some cheese.

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  24. SotiM

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Hamburger not well done;new one cooked well. Small cheese plate offered in the interim. It's all good!

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  25. Antonia

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is consistently good and the staff are all so accommodating and kind. The wine list is exceptional and the place, overall, has such a warm feeling. I am a fan

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  26. Drew

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent organic and specialty foods, well presented in an open concept space with a cool vibe. I appreciate the high quality food, and that the staff are knowledgeable about the ingredients and products. I learned about a few cheeses I had never tried before during the meal. It would be great if the noise level could be brought down a bit.

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  27. Eggy

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely awesome. Great atmosphere, great wines, and superb service. The cheese plates are incredible.

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  28. EdJa

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I left a less than stellar review about 4 months ago regarding service, once again we had a less than lovely evening. The food is what brings me back, but guys, get it together. we were served a plate with a giant chip on the top, blatantly obvious had the staff attempted to look at what they were serving; would have expected an apology from the server, instead a replacement plate was dropped in front of me without a word. On clearing the table the server dropped my knife onto my shorts, again without an apology or let me get you some soda and a fresh napkin to wipe off. At over $100 for two people with only two cocktails should expect a more refined staff experience.

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  29. Sarah

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It took a long time for the food to arrive so I suggest ordering a few courses. Food and service were good. A few dishes were pretty small in comparison to their cost.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and very accommodating for vegetarians.

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  31. CarolS

    Chicago

    76 reviews

    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great fresh frittata served with wheat toast and the most delicious homemade blueberry jam! A great place for brunch with friends.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Have been here before. Excellent service; suggestions for wine and food were spot on.

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  33. Abby

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Appellation was fantastic as always. We went on a Tuesday when they offer retail price on the wine. We shared a number of small plates and the French Cheese Slate. They were so kind to accommodate our pregnant friend who could not have unpasteurized cheese. I highly recommend this spot and I will be back soon.

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  34. LizW

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The brunch here is incredible! The chef is delightful and creates a wonderful delicious brunch. Perfect place for an easy Sunday morning brunch with mimosas. Highly recommend getting a couple of things to share. I love this cozy little restaurant!

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  35. ELBR

    Chicago

    48 reviews

    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Pleasant place to enjoy good food with friends. When cheese is an important ingredient, they won’t disappoint.

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  36. LindaD

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed it but at one point it was SO loud I just wanted to leave. The front room is just an echo chamber. Excellent cheese and meat boards to gmake with the wine!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant has promise, if they can improve their kitchen service. Brunch for a party of four arrived 45 minutes after we sat down over a duration of 15 minutes instead of all at once as would be expected at a restaurant. One person's meal appears to have been completely forgotten by the kitchen staff. Crispy potatoes were inedible as they were burned, but server did remove them from the bill. Please note that the restaurant was not at all crowded during our brunch but server provided the excuse that the kitchen was "slammed". Additionally, only some time after we had ordered did the server inform our party that what we had ordered, which was still printed on the menu, is no longer being offered at the restaurant.

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  38. likesgoodfood

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great selections of wine and cheese, great wait staff, delicious and unique main dishes. Has a good happy hour on Tues-Thurs with wine flights. Glad we found this place!

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  39. WeekendFunzies

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful brunch with inventive meal items. The ricotta fritters with passionfruit curd were excellent. Great energy in this space and accommodating staff.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always the best. Great wine, great cheese, great food, great people.

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Google Map for Appellation

5212 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Foster
  • Neighborhood
    Andersonville
  • Hours of operation
    - Wine Bar - Tuesday- Thursday 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Open for Drinks Friday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. Open for Drinks Sunday 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. - Dining Room - DINNER SERVICE Monday - Saturday 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m BRUNCH Saturday & Sunday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Dinning room is open for Pastoral Sandwich Counter Service every day from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Wine Bar, American, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    CTA Buses 22, 92, 50.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jeffrey Parkin
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (773) 358-7181 ext. 290
  • Private party facilities
    Located in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, Appellation serves approachable and rustic dishes with a sense of place. With four different private event spaces a variety of custom menus to choose from, Appellation can elevate any celebration, shower, birthday, or meeting.
  • Private party contact
    Rachel Carlsen: (312) 226-4382 ext. 216
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