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Blackbird

4.7
3848 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
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Critically acclaimed Blackbird is home base for Executive Chef Paul Kahan, winner of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in 2013 and Best Chef of the Midwest in 2004.


Chef de Cuisine Ryan Pfeiffer joined Kahan in the kitchen in 2015, and together they craft elegant and imaginative Midwestern cuisine, showcasing farm-fresh ingredients to create a menu both classic and utterly approachable.


Managing Partner and Owner Donnie Madia and Architect Thomas Schlesser crafted a unique and timeless atmosphere in 1997, earning the James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design and Best Restaurant Design Graphics in 2002.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday–Friday: 11:30am–2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday–Thursday: 5:00pm–10:00pm, Friday–Saturday: 5:00pm–11:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 715-0708
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Paul Kahan, Chef de Cuisine Ryan Pfeiffer
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Jefferson
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Parking details
Valet is available for $14 during dinner service, and for $10 during lunch service.
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Public transit
Clinton Green Line;
56 Milwaukee Bus;
8 Halsted Bus;
20 Madison
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Caroline Mogavero, our Private Event Coordinator, at 312.496.0012 for more information.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

The completely private dining room can accommodate up to 48 guests for a seated Luncheon or Dinner and up to 80 guests for a Networking or Cocktail Reception.

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What 3848 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Great place wish they had a rate a value, 25 bucks for lunch at a place like this, crazy deal! Great place great job!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Awesome birthday dinner. We had the 10 course tasting menu which was fabulous. Restaurant did an excellent job getting us out the door for the theater without ever feeling rushed.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent! The tasting menu with the wine pairing was fabulous. The service was great.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent tasting menu. Every bite was near-perfect. The wine pairing was exactly right as well. An expensive meal that was worth every penny.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This place was incredible. The service and the food were outstanding. The service was very tentative and personable. The food was top ten best places I have ever eaten. I cannot wait to come back.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Our server was lovely and went out of her way to help accommodate food allergies. Service was extraordinarily slow but that is better than being rushed. My dishes were delicious. Noise hard to take.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Worthy of a Michelin Star. 10 course tasting menu was fantastic. We will be back.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The food was great! The timing of the food was well off. We sat at the bar over lunch hour as it was less formal. Started off great with out appetizers but there was about a 20-25 minute wait until we received our main lunch meal.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Couldn't have had a better experience. from the moment we walked in the door and were greeted warmly to the moment we grudgingly left for the night, every aspect of our dinner was superb. the staff was attentive but not overbearing and professional yet friendly. The food was creative and delicious and an experience unto itself. Truly a top notch destination and not just for "foodies" but accessible to all.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Incredible food and service experience. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Extremely friendly staff and a wonderful server. Excellent cocktails to start. The tasting menu was creative and unique, very interesting presentations and accompanied by nicely selected wine parings; the wine pairings were rather unexpected also. Not an extremely intimate seating arrangement; When the restaurant fills you will be seated very close to the folks next to you so be 'ok' with being part of your neighbors' experience as well. Overall, we had a great time!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

It was awesome as always

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Had another superb dinner at Blackbird last Saturday. The restaurant was totally packed with people - hard to get through the door and initially a little off-putting, however we were quickly shown to our reserved table by the extremely gracious and friendly staff. Despite being so busy, the servers never seemed rushed or over-stretched, and everything proceeded at a nice pace - prompt service but with appropriate pauses in-between courses. The dishes were all beautifully plated and presented. The food itself was excellent as was the case on our last visit. Some interesting finds on the wine list which has been very thoughtfully put together, and offered with genuine enthusiasm and insightful advice. All in all a great experience. My only comment would be that this is not the place to come if you want to have a private or discreet conversation due to the close proximity of the tables and the noise level. However for all other occasions it's great !

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I went here with a group of friends before a show. Food was delicious. Portion sizes were just right to leave a bit of room for dessert which was perfect because dessert was maybe the best part of the meal. Everything from food to service to ambience was terrific! I would definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

This restaurant is incredible. It is the best dining experience. The service is the most attentive and in-depth service I have experienced in a restaurant. The food is creative and attractive and enticing. The restaurant is elegant, contemporary and wonderful. Each time I go there, I am thrilled with the overall service.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

From the service, to the food, dining at Blackbird was an exceptional expereince. They continue to provide a high end, culinary and dining expereince. One of the best in Chicago.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Simply the best eats, every time. Blackbird is hands down my favorite restaurant in Chicago.

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2.0Dined on April 2, 2018

I came here on a Monday and it was very slow inside. The service was almost non existent and our waitress came to our table 2 times in the 2 hours we were there. In addition, I asked for a variation on the margarita and asked to use a higher end mezcal instead of tequila and I was questioned by the bartender if “I was sure” that’s what I wanted, because in his opinion it tasted like moonshine which is definitely not the case. I heard a lot of great things about this place, but sadly I didn’t get that experience, not even on a slow night when more time could be had to touch the tables and provide better service was missed.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Tables way too close together. Otherwise great!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great food and phenomenal service! Great recommendations from the waitress, and she made a nice accommodation for my shellfish allergy, as well as adding an extra scoop of ice cream for dessert. Also, I wanted to try an after dinner drink but wasn’t sure - bartender came out and helped pick a trio of drinks to try, off the menu!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

As usual, Blackbird exceeded our expectations, the food and service were both spectacular. It is one of our go-to places in Chicago, and every time we go we are amazed at the creativity of the food, the beauty of the presentation, and the outstanding service that brings it all together. Thanks to the whole team!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We had the tasting menu and wine pairing- everything was really creative, beautifully presented and tasted so good! Staff were excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great as usual.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Phenomenal! They really know what they're doing with their flavors. Highly recommend the ten course meal. It was well worth every cent!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We had the prix fixed menu at $125 and it did not disappoint...10 courses. The presentation, color, aroma and taste were all perfect.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Excellent food and service! Tables are too close together and the restaurant is too noisy to make it an enjoyable experience. The proximity of the table doesn’t match the high quality of the food.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

We enjoyed our Brussels sprouts appetizer and both entrees: sturgeon with gnocchi and pierogies. The pavlova for dessert didn't work for us...pavlova should have layers of meringue & the "bacon jam" overpowered the other flavors with its smokiness.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We had a wonderful experience on a very busy Saturday night and again on Sunday night. The service is impeccable and the food of the highest quality in terms of imaginativeness, preparation and presentation. The minimalist decor is beautiful. Can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The name carries weight for a reason, service, food, and experience can’t be beat

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

All I can say is.... Amazing! Amazing! Amazing ! from start to finish. The service was absolutely incredible. They all made us feel very welcome and just like a member of their family. The food was so good and the portions were just right. Great wine list and wonderful ambiance. I look forward to returning very soon. Try it.... you will love it! Cherie

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I was expecting something much more jaw dropping. The service was great but the food wasn’t anything to write home about in average. We did the tasting menu and maybe two or three items really stood out. I would argue not worth the money for a second visit... but glad we went!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

A great value for the food, service and experience. The presentation of each plate was interesting and well done, but the service throughout the meal was great.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Found on a list of “places to dine alone” while traveling- it was close to the hotel (mariott) and was billed as an affordable Michelin star. Service at the bar was great, staff & my seatmates were friendly - food was worthy of the star. Would reccomend for a special occasion or for dining on the company dollar ;)

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Very enjoyable except tables too close together.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Blackbird is my favorite place for lunch in Chicago. $25 fix price 3 course lunch menu. Ask the server to do a wine pairing for your meal, let them choose the wines for you. You will be glad you asked.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

One of our Chicago favorites. Incredible food and staff

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Went to Blackbird for a nice intimate dinner to celebrate my birthday. The food and service were outstanding and the bartender did an excellent job with our drinks.

We did the tasting menu which was 10 courses and a good sample of most of the things on the menu; it was great!

Our waitress was very attentive and knowledgeable about the food.

My only issue would be with the space itself. The seating area for the restaurant is rather small and since they are always busy you'll end up squeezed into seats between other patrons for most of your meal. They/You literally have to move the table to get out of your seat. In addition our reservation was at 8:30 but we didn't end up being seated until a little after 9:00.

Well worth the wait though. I would definitely recommend.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food was good, not amazing, not mind-blowing. Good.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

foods are good but too crowded

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Food was great! Service was just ok. Made a big deal about the credit card call ahead in front of everyone, which was the exact opposite of the point of giving a credit card ahead of time.

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