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Blackbird

4.7
3920 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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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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 3920 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great food for my wife's birthday. Love Blackbird!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Enjoyed the Sturgeon, a delightful fish that very few restaurants serve. The service was excellent and friendly. A very cool dining venue. We live in CA.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Delicious food! Everything is perfect!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Always one of my favorite lunches in the City. The service is fantastic, so even if you are enjoying a wonderful 3 course meal you can enjoy it in less than an hour.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic meal for just $25. Not sure anywhere else in the city beats that value!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Tasting menu was delicious! And very nicely presented. Tables are close together - but people are so friendly, I had some great conversation with the tables next to me.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Loved the food and thought the $25 lunch was a bargain. Service was efficient but not friendly.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Went for the $25 prix fixe to try out this newly Michelin star restaurant. Can say it was an overall underwhelming experience. The service and decor was outstanding, but the food left much to be desired.

I had ordered the falafel as the appetizer, the whitefish for the entree, and the matcha tiramisu for dessert.

Falafel: delicious and probably the best dish out of all 3. Nicely deep fried, flavorful, and savory. The dish was balanced with some acidic fennel, dill, and grapefruit.

Whitefish: fish was tender, but the whole dish just tasted like bacon. Didn't feel too memorable.

Matcha Tiramisu: nice green color, but zero matcha taste. The chocolate caramel ice cream over powered the dessert. I felt it was way too sweet. I was hoping for more of a strong matcha taste in place of a strong brandy/coffee taste with traditional tiramisu. Also, the amount of "cream" to lady finger ratio was pretty extreme. Every bite was essentially a mouth full of "cream".

Worse offender was the hanger steak, which my companion ordered. Probably the toughest and chewiest piece of meat I had ever eaten from a high end restaurant. The dressing creme fraiche was overpowering and took away the beefy taste we were looking for. I had cooked hanger steak at home and it was never this tough. Even Benihana's hibachi steaks were more tender and flavorful.

Maybe dinner is different, but lunch was definitely a let down.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We want to try this restaurant becasuse the reviews, the beef was incredible, the sturgeon is like the main dish and also was incredible. We recommend this 100%

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was a culinary experience. Servicer was knowledge and friendly and efficient. Only thing I did not like was tables were way too close. Sorry, but it was uncomfortable listening to the next tables conversations.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We were 4 and took the tasting menu of 10 courses and the wine pairing. This was absolutely wonderful. Very creative cuisine, very well presented and well described by the staff. Wine pairing was perfect but the size of each glass a little bit low. The only negative note is the level of noise which is very high especially when there are a large group at a table near you.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

My favourite!

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

Very disappointing service. Never going back again. This was my first and last visit to Blackbird.

First, I was unable to order the tasting course due to dietary restrictions, and the server would not allow other members of my table order the tasting menu. The only option was for all four of us to order or no one. I understand why it is difficult for a kitchen to mange a course menu, but other Michelin Star restaurants usually ask how we would like the courses spaced if the table is ordering differently.

The biggest issue for me was related to what should have been a simple task...paying the bill. When we ordered, I ask our waiter, George, for separate checks between the two couples. When the bill came it was not split, so I politely asked again. When the checks came back, the bills were not split correctly, but they were close enough, so we didn't say anything. Then when we paid, he charge the bills to the wrong cards even though we clearly separated the checks and cards. He acted like he did not want to fix them, so I had to ask him to fix the charges. When he returned, he made the same mistake again!!! George disappeared and 20 minutes later another staff finally showed up with corrected bills. It was extremely unprofessional for George to simply disappear. While waiting I had to extend parking 30 minutes and pay more. George never returned to apologize. I reluctantly left a tip, but now I really regret it.

Splitting and paying a bill should be an easy task, but they seemed to struggle multiple times. The food was good, but their terrible service left a bad taste in my mouth.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great ambiance, impeccable service, lovely menu. Blackbird was a memorable meal and I can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Delicious tasting menu, wonderful experience, and great service! Thank you again!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Blackbird was incredible! I didn't do the tasting menu, but the a la carte items were amazing. Would recommend the beef tenderloin entree, as well as the shrimp and lobster and wagyu beef appetizers. We had a friendly, attentive server, and the noise level was manageable.

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Overall food was OK. Service is slow and has been slow every time I go there (I have been there probably 3 times) and last time I remembered why I hadn’t comeback. Service is just not good.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Blackbird is a great spot in a city that has many good restaurants.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Love this place. It never disappoints. Paid $400 for tasting menu with two drinks. It's not cheap but love going here.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

10 out of 10 would do it again. I have been bragging all week to my friends. It is a small space, so don't think you are going to bring your biggest purse/work bag/ backpack with you and comfortably fit. Oh, and parking is tight. However it is great place for a quick but satisfying lunch or a nice relaxed dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Excellent value for gourmet American cuisine with great value

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Prix fixe lunch special is a great deal with 3 great options for each course.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Stupendous.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

The restaurant was a a little cramped for my taste. The tables along the both were on top of each other

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

My seasonal tasting menu is great! Service was very thorough!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Fantastic in every aspect.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Probably the best meal I’ve had in my life...at least top 10!!! The food was amazing, so carefully curated and balanced. The wine was superb. The wait staff was perfect. So great!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Fantastic meal, from appetizer to desert. Everything was incredible.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The tasting menu has changed significantly since last year - now with more delicate asian flavors perfusing the meal. Great balance of sweet, savory, acidity and salt! They still have a perfect touch and a thoughtful wine list to match. Paired the seasonal tasting with a 2013 chateauneuf du pape.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Went for my fiancé’s birthday and got the tasting menu with wine pairings. Everything was absolutely fantastic, from the food itself to the waiter’s through explanation of each pairing. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Can't argue with all the James Beard awards, food is really special. Room is very loud and it was difficult to carry a conversation at times. Also very expressive. We enjoyed our evening at Blackbird

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

I had no idea when Blackbird was recommended to me by a very prominent chef in St. Petersburg to eat at ( David Benstock). I got halfway through my meal and texted him that this was in the top 5 meals I have ever had. He laughed and told me about the Michelin stars and James beard awards. Truly a great experience. I would rate it as epic. I would fly to chicago tomorrow to eat at blackbird again. Thank you for the experience. It will not be forgotten.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Skatewing: yum.
Halibut: yum yum.
Service: Above and beyond.
Wine choices: excellent.

As always, the attention to every detail of our meal is as meticulous as can be.
Overall, an outstanding dining experience.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Our experience at Blackbird is always outstanding, so we keep returning. The menu is relatively limited, but offerings change frequently and there are always tempting choices. The white tuna and marinated tofu were excellent appetizers; the Amish chicken and sturgeon with fava beans were wonderful entrees. The staff proposed good wines by the glass and gave attentive and professional service. We left very satisfied. Our only wish is that the noise level were lower and the tables a little farther apart, but in Chicago, that is unrealistic. We look forward to a return visit.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service, serene decor. A favorite.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

2 Birthdays

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

The Endive salad and the skate wings were our collective favorites.
The crispy potato basket was a delicious surprise.
The skate wings were sautéed to perfection.
Yes had the grilled octopus and it was very tasty as well.
The restaurant is very crowded and the noise level makes it almost difficult to visit.

Splendid meal. Can’t wait to come back.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Creative dishes impeccably prepared and delivered. Right-sized for a satisfying meal.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The food is fun well adjusted for the season and just amazing!

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1.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Too contrived. Drinks lackluster; strong does not mean tasty. Food uninspired, so-so. Desserts overly salted. Not a pleasing experience. Will not come back.

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