Fort Willow

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$30 and under
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Indigenous flavors and spices converge at Fort Willow; a journey for the senses set amid the nostalgia of a reimagined childhood tree fort. Located in a cozy nook of burgeoning Noble Square, Fort Willow serves chef-driven and aromatic-rich cocktails, small plates and bowls. Menus developed by Michael Kornick, Executive Chef Deirdre Quinn, previously sous chef at Ada St., and DMK Restaurants’ Beverage Director, Scott Koehl, draw inspiration from the roots and traditions of iconic international culinary destinations from around the world.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Bar
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(773) 687-8898
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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TK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

overall great experience, staff, food & ambiance. Will definitely be back.

EB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Portions are small for shared plates. Something to consider when ordering proteins.

c
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

maybe i’m biased because i work for the sister restaurant down the street but i brought two of my friends in for dinner and we were well taken care of! everything was delicious, ellie was VERY knowledgeable and answered all of our questions about the food and cocktails and brought us complimentary shots at the end of our meal! super tasty, nice atmosphere, a perfect experience.

LM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great food. Good drinks (had better). Love the place/ambience! Love the location! Service was adequate, but not warm and welcoming. I would come again and hope for a different server.

TD
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Way too loud?! Noodles very salty. Rest was good

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, drinks and service. Every member of the staff went out of their way to welcome us and were genuine and friendly. The decor and atmosphere was amazing. Plus, the music that was playing was stellar and set a good mood. I’m definitely recommending it to everyone I know.

SF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative cocktails. All flavors were a real treat for the palate. Three small plates for 2, just perfect.

AO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place!!! Best kept secret in the city! The ambience is awesome, super chill and the food was delicious!!

DK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, low key, hidden spot. If you haven't been there, go now.

LI
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place, great vibe. Food was unique and well made and tasted great. Nice bar selection as well.

R
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great place for a date! We split the roasted garlic, Brussel Sprouts, and Noodles. Drinks were excellent as well! Great environment, cool decor, really out of the way spot that worked out great!

E
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I absolutely loved this little hidden gem. The decor and vibe are so fun and unique. Staff was incredibly kind and attentive. The drinks were outstanding as was the food. We were a large group and ordered everything on the menu, which was all delicious, interesting and out of the ordinary. I just wish the food menu was a bit more extensive and had more options. We loved the plates we got and ended up doubling up on dishes because we needed more food but wished there were additional options to explore. I’m not sure how often the menu changes, but since we tried all of the food I think we would come back for a drink date rather than a group dinner date again. If the menu expands or changes we’ll be back in a heart beat to try it!!

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun different drinks. The cauliflower is is must! The bartender was super knowledgeable.

d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool spot, food and drinks were great. I would definitely go again and recommend it to anyone who likes unique interiors and great food.

J
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was so unexpectedly good. Like a hidden gem! Everything we ordered was excellent. The ambiance is something you have to experience for yourself and service was superb. Can’t wait to go back!

AE
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and cocktails were excellent. Fun and unique atmosphere.

b
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Food was amazing, just fantastic!

KH
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar and had drinks and bites - was perfect pre show spot and bartender was super nice

JD
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and cockails. Staff was very helpful with the menu and pairings. Very knowledgable. We got to meet the Chef and he was very friendly and recommended what we should get next. Amazing experience. Will be back again.

D
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Super cute atmosphere and ambience. Creative and trendy. Drinks were great and not overly priced. We did not get any food but I would be willing to come back and try the food another time ! Everything smelled great!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a cool place with cool drinks that a middle-aged married dorks going to a live podcast for Mac Users can feel welcome

m
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drink menu at Fort Willow are great and interesting. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and sophisticated. Great choice !

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The chef on the floor was awesome - he was so hospitable and lovely. Everything else needs work.

EA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good value. Very cool vibe inside and good, intimate date spot.

P
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, they took excellent care of us on a very busy Valentine's Day. Fun cocktails and tasty food.

m
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, good drinks and food is great quality. Service is always excellent. Bartenders and wait staff are very nice. One of my favorite spots

p
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

I would suggest that my friends' children go to Fort Willow. The staff is delightful. The restaurant is geared to a younger crowd. With restaurant week, there was a limited menu. The regular menu is mostly tapas oriented.

AC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere and a cool place to see and hang out

KP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

A little torn on how to rate this place. The food and cocktails were great, but we had to ask for water (twice) before it came to our table. The table height to banquette seat height is way off (should be 10-12 inches, was more like 8 and really uncomfortable.) I couldn’t cross my legs and I had to hunch over the entire time I ate. The music was way too loud as well. My husband admitted after that he couldn’t hear half the dinner conversation. In general, the place seemed confused. The asian inspired cuisine doesn’t match the loud mexican music. And the decor is a bit of a stretch. I’ll be interested to see how long it lasts considering it’s off-the-beaten path location.

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

Came with a group of friends to celebrate my husbands homecoming from Air Force training. Great ambiance and great drinks! We got the flask and it was so delicious! Would recommend!

BB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

May have just been a tough night and I think they were short staffed, but while the food was exceptional, the overall experience was rough. We had made reservations for 4 for 7:30 on a Saturday. 2 of us arrived at 7:15 and were show to a high top with seating for six but only chairs for 5. Another couple joined and took two of the seats, so when the other 2 in our party arrived at 7:30 there was no chair for one of them. One of us stood for 20 minutes. The hostess (who was admittedly pleasant and apologetic) served our table but there were numerous mistakes with the order and timing. The evening was saved by the excellent food and drinks, but I likely would not return.

K
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Service was so slow. Our food was delivered to the wrong table, wine came at different times and had to remind server we were missing them (as we shared one glass tat made it to us). Restaurant compensated us for all the mix ups.

M
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food and drinks were good however service was slow/spotty. This place is more Bar than restaurant and the food was “tapas” but had a very limited selection. It’s a neat looking and fun bar but you’ll be disappointed if you’re expecting a restaurant. Maybe this place will be a hot spot once Lincoln Yards is developed- if it can last that long.

m
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Really cool atmosphere. Unique dining experience at a reasonable price. My only critique was the service - we had to ask for water and ask people to grab our server so we could order another drink/more plates.

FK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for brunch - it was delicious! Maybe with the change in weather it's less busy, but it was nice and relaxing without a big crowd there. Their crowd is mostly at night; bar hours since it's a gastropub. Only curious thing was that the grilled pineapple was cold - like chilled, so guessing it wasn't freshly grilled.

This place is all about small plates to share. If you eat a lot and don't like sharing, it could get costly.

T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place! Went as a date before visiting a local pumpkin patch. The food was great but it was disappointing to see such small portions for how expensive it was. The few bites we had were amazing! + Our server was very nice!

DK
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

A real nice place - but small, noisy and limited menu items (mostly Tapas). We ended up going to another place for main dinner. Drinks were the best - tapas dishes were good but small portion size for the price they charge. It is worth experiencing this place once in wicker park (isolated area) but easy parking available

MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great atmosphere! Will def go again

J
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is great place! I'm glad I found it! Delicious food and wonderful staff!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service great food super cool interior

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