City Works - Vernon Hills

4.5
380 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Our restaurant offers a sprawling craft beer list with 90 local and global varieties, classic American food with brilliant chef-driven twists, and an upbeat, energetic atmosphere. With gigantic HDTVs and state-of-the-art A/V, City Works is the unique pairing of the ultimate sports bar and delightful restaurant. Genuine People. Genuine Hospitality. We live by these words and they remind us to be the best versions of ourselves for each other and our guests. We specialize in hosting the party and we strive to make your day a little better every time you visit. WERE BEER GEEKS, NOT BEER SNOBS. Beer is a drink of the people - so no matter what your taste, we have something for everyone. We're happy to guide you through our lists to help you find a new favorite. Not a beer-lover? No problem, we have wine on draft too, as well as a full cocktail menu. Consider us the unique marriage of the ultimate sports bar and delightful restaurant.

Support City Works - Vernon Hills during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 380 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

While I commented the staff I was a little taken back we were sat at a small table with seven people though some tables were more could be seated and had half the number there. I did book this in advance and felt that should have been better taken care in all honesty so that did not settle well with me

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vipDanL
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

One of the worst experiences ever. Overcooked salmon. Thin and overfried chicken. White and brown lettuce. Poor mask wearing by staff. Horrible slow service from server. I expected much more.

MN
MommysNightOut
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean, great service and great food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our go to spots on a Friday or any night. Food and service was great!

JM
JeannineM
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nina, our server, was fantastic!!!! She was always checking in to make sure everything was perfect. Food and drink were great. We had a party of 12. The serving of food and dessert was timed very well especially with such a large party. We really enjoyed our time!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great spot to hang for drinks or food in Vernon Hills. Good menu, lots of great beers on tap, and quick/friendly service. All staff wearing masks and encouraging patrons to do same when not eating. Did not check vax cards (would have preferred they did) but tables spaced decently apart and tall ceilings made us feel safer. Will absolutely come back.

JC
vipJanetC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening at City Works. Food was delicious and service including our serve, Michelle, was great!

CJ
CobraJock58
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The variety of beers is exceptional and laid out to make choosing a food pairing easy. Along with tasty burgers the entree choices include a wonderful Salmon dish. Recommend when in the Vernon Hills area.

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Lucy2mason
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Nice atmosphere for friends to meet up.

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Mihi81
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s been along time since I enjoyed this kind of juicy food. All the food was excellent, the choices of beer was very cool. The ambience was great for an everyday , upscale sports bar-restaurant. It was great for both adults and kids. My kids very much enjoyed the little sickly sticks they give each kid to play with, kept them busy the whole night. I’m genuinely impressed by this place, and I’m very picky. Will be visiting again very soon.

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Aelya
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great variety for a group of picky eaters. We had a group of 9 and didn't feel rushed. Would eat at again.

CS
CatS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Server, (Amanda?) was great -- attentive, friendly, and helpful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Nina, was fantastic. Attentive, friendly, and had an excellent knowledge of the menu. The food was delicious, and we can’t wait to go back for dinner there again. Perfect for a bite out after a hectic day. The extensive beer menu helped.

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vipLindaL
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great late afternoon meal. We got to watch football and the service was awesome!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. That’s all.

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vipGailH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We were the first to arrive for lunch. The waiter was very attentive, but we wanted time to catch up so we told him we would wave when we were ready. Unfortunately, when we were ready he was no where to be found. We waved our arms high and no one came to ask us what we wanted. We even waved at waiters passing our table and they looked the other way. Then, we our waiter finally arrived, he was rude. I told him one of the plates was chipped and he tossed it aside and disgustingly got me a new one.

The food was very good (we had salads), but the menu is very limited. It is a great place to drink, but just ok to eat.

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BarbaraB
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch location, plus good menu selections. Fish tacos were tasty!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was clean. Staff properly wearing masks. Waitress was ver good.Food came as ordered. Food was very nicely prepared.

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livetoeat
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

City Works has never let me down. Love the ambience and the service is fantastic. The only negative is that the menu has been pared down quite a bit due to COVID so some of my favorite dishes are no longer offered.

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Jude
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The Ribs were overcooked, dry and nearly inedible. The waiter did nothing to make it right - finally brought BBQ sauce after repeated requests. By then the other guests were finished with their meals. We were celebrating a Birthday and there was no effort - like a candle - in the $9 dessert. With so many dining choices in the immediate area, this was a disappointment.

MB
vipMBOSS
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprisingly excellent. Food was better than I expected, and the service was phenomenal. Can’t believe how good this place was!

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vipLorieS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Awful- just awful. Waited over 20 minutes for a server to show up when we arrived. The food was mediocre- my husbands pulled pork was dry and served without any sauce or condiments. We will not be dining here again- not worth the hefty price of the meal.

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vipTimothyH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great vibe, excellent service and food awesome too! great/smart team approach to new realities of eating indoors - will be back!

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MaryH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was very attentive and the food arrived in a timely manner. VERY disappointed to see the menu has changed...specifically the tenderloin sliders have been eliminated...bad move...they were great!

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vipBrendanF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great server.

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vipSimpleDiner123
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

All the food was good as expected and our server was excellent. Comfortable seating and a good place to have conversation despite the TVs running.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday was amazing there

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StephanieP
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time at City Works and definitely will be back. Lively atmosphere, good menu for all types of appetites, great selection of libations. Waiter was the perfect level of attentive, not too over the top. Chicken Tacos were delish! Queso appetizer was really good, with a little tang. We were a party of four, everyone ordered something different and everyone loved their meal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went to watch a football game and have a drink. They had a very good NA beer for me and decent wines for my friends. It’s not loud like sports bars, and the cheese curds were quite good. Recommend

KL
vipKimberlyL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

1st time here. Beers were pretty good but the food & service were mediocre at best. We sat at the bar with about 5 others. It wasn't that busy. We had to beg to order Food & more drinks. The chips with queso were terribly stale & so we're the croutons /parm crisps on the salad. Basically everything crispy was just stale. The tvs though would be great for wanting to watch multiple football games.

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vipPhyllisD
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

City Works in Vernon Hills has quickly become one of our favorites. It is a sports bar etc so the noice level is energetic. The food is very good. The service is excellent and masks are worn by staff and servers and guests when they walk through the restaurant. It is great to see they take the safety of staff and customers seriously.

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StacyR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall1food4service4ambience4

We came in for the advertisement music Bingo Nov 2 7-9 pm . I invited my group of girls from my book club. We show up and the waitress says no Bingo. Im kinda embarrassed and upset that I planned this. The waitress says well thats marketing fault. I felt that was inappropriate attitude and nothing said even a we sorry. It had already ended. I double checked before I planned this night out. Other then the food was good. Very sad!

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vipAndy
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was good, server was great! The chili was spicier than I wanted it to be but I still want to order it again. Menu is a bit limited in my opinion.

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cfa48
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with an out of town guest. The food was great, as was the service. We really enjoyed playing DJBingo also. Glad to see they have reopened following their pandemic closure. Welcome back...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious EXCEPT for the cheese curd tomato sauce. Awful.

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QueueW
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an excellent time and the staff was attentive and exemplary. 😁

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

They service was terrible and the food was worse. Maybe it’s not a brunch place? Soft boiled eggs were boiled hard. Food was cold and took forever. Had to cut frittata with a knife and and with effort. Tasteless to bat. Just a place not worth the trip

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great service. Friendly staff. Accommodated my special request.

DA
DebbieA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a good time playing djbingo, this was our first time and will more than likely go again.

PY
PaulY
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Mostly fine and drinks, food, and service were pretty good. Our biggest issues were that bar drinks came out very slowly and food came out a little staggered. For example, about 10 mins after all meals were served, our final side dish arrived.

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City Works - Vernon Hills is rated 4.5 stars by 380 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.