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Funkenhausen, Chicago, IL
Award-winning

Funkenhausen

4.7
4.7
822 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Funkenhausen is a modern beer hall that serves a soulful mash-up of Southern and German flavors in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. The on-tap selection of German beers offers a full expression of styles, while the wine program focuses on food-friendly, under-the-radar gems from the world’s German-speaking regions. Overhead beams and globe lights create a funky, modern beer hall effect.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–6:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 929-4727
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Mark Steuer
  • Private party facilities
    Funkenhausen can seat parties of up to 16 in our semi-private front dining room. We also offer full buyouts and are flexible with groups of varying sizes. We also have a chef's table (seats up to 10 people) with special menus designed to have the kitchen interact with our guests. Email daniella@funkenhausen.com with any inquiries.
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighborhood
    West Town
  • Cross street
    Paulina
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Chicago Blue line stop. Ashland and Chicago bus stop
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 822 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

823 Reviews
  1. PeterK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We will miss this place greatly. It's sad to see it go, everything about it was amazing

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  2. KarenS

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was, once again, extraordinary! So so sad that they are now closed. Such a shame. We will miss them tremendously!

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  3. ErikL

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always! Funkenhausen will be dearly missed! Wish everyone the best!

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  4. schwabenboy

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was outstanding. We tried a number of items and shared plates. Delicious! Käsespätzle is a favorite and the brussel sprouts were outstanding. Loved the pork schnitzel too. We'll be back, for sure! Go, Funkenhausen!!

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  5. Jacob

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Sad to see this place close. It's been an amazing spot to grab good food and drinks.

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  6. Denise

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We shared a wonderful feast of pretzels with pimento cheese and white bbq sauce, Nashville hot fried oysters, sauerbraten croquettes,wunderbar ribs,French Onion Kaseespatzele , and a luscious cherry chocolate cake roll for dessert. The service and food and ambience were all outstanding! We will truly miss Funkenhause and the many incredible meals we have had there.

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  7. Roguebyte

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food and ambience. Sad to see them close.

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  8. reidz

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Holly and Jami are the best servers and we are so glad to have been able to dine and enjoy all that Funkenhausen has had to offer during its time in West Town. We hope to see the staff soon and can't wait to see what concept Mark and the team create next!

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  9. KenT

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious but the only negative was the dessert. Black Forest case was dry and tasted stale.

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  10. leaningleft

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very sad you're closing. Had many good meals there. Jesse Darnay was a great server. Will be looking forward to Chef Steer's next venture.

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  11. maggie

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was absolutely wonderful - the food was amazing and our server was great. Really sad this place is closing. it was truly a gem!!! can't wait to see what the team does next.

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  12. jamesk

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So sad to hear they are closing at the end of the month! We rearranged our plans so we could visit one last time. Food, drink and general ambiance is terrific!

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  13. PeggyA

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there. Food was great. Service was excellent. Why is it closing again? So good.

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  14. Miranda

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent. Service was slow. Our server seemed rushed and acted as if we weren’t even there. It was very impersonal. We tried to dine here a week earlier and they cancelled our reservation due to being closed for service. We were told they would do something nice for us next time we came in to make up for it, but they did not follow through or even acknowledge it. Overall not the experience I would expect from a Michelin rated restaurant.

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  15. Beth

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love going to Funkenhausen for 1/2 price wine on Wednesdays. The food, service, and ambiance are fantastic. Excellent neighborhood spot, we stayed late (sorry) but that staff was gracious and accommodating. Will definitely be back!

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  16. WarrenS

    Palm Springs

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice meal. Great service

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  17. BigD

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was amazing (thanks Katherine!); food was incredible. GM even came by to make sure everything was ok. We sampled so many things: oysters, crab toast, rye salad, schnitzel (both kinds), ribs, spaetzle. Every dish was just amazing--not one dud in the group. If you have never been to Funkenhausen, RUN don't walk. It will not disappoint!

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  18. Sally

    New Orleans

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    They were busy and maybe staffed a bit light as drinks took a long time and end of the meal they brought out the wrong dessert. I didn’t say anything because we had waited awhile. But, lucky us, the food is great so we didn’t miss the dessert we ordered!

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  19. PeckishInAville

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Funkenhausen was good. Our server was fine and the overall ambience was quite nice. We were a little surprised at a $130 bill for an appetizer, two beers, two pork schnitzels and a shared dessert. We agreed that a similar meal would probably be $90 or $100 at the restaurants we usually go to. Anyway, no regrets, but we probably won't be going back.

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  20. Emily

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came here before the Blackhawks game and to celebrate 3 birthdays. It was fun! Great food and great service. We got a shotski which was fun! 10/10 recommend this place.

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  21. GwenS

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and drinks were great but portions are very small for how expensive the food is. Great atmosphere but it’s VERY loud

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a nice dining experience and we had never had southern German food. Got the ribs and they were a little too salted for my tasting. Also got the pretzel and fries and honestly the pretzel was pretty tough but the fries were great! Our server was also extremely nice and attentive brought water and drinks rather quickly.

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  23. PaulW

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Funkenhausen is one of my "go to" restaurants. It's always a great time, with an eclectic menu and a nice beer selection. There's a fun energy at the restaurant and the wait staff is attentive. As an aside: the ricotta dumplings are fantastic. I wish I could bring home about a gallon's worth of them.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    well first off, the food was fantastic and worth the trip alone. we had the schnitzel, big pretzel, french onion spaetzle, & salted caramel pot de creme - all were truly delicious. nobody would have thought otherwise of course, given the pedigree of those involved, but I was really just blown away by the whole experience. we sat at the bar - drinks were only okay I would say but nothing egregious. bartender seemed a little scattered and forgot about a few drinks but nicely comped us for them in the end. it’s still in early stages and finding it’s footing but I will definitely and gladly return to funkenhausen again :)

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall We had a pleasant experience nothing that stood out One downer was The Waitress didn’t have much of a smile and she did t seem friendly. I asked if there were any options for bread to go with the a rich southern style German meal. She replied almost with an annoyance that they didn’t have bread/rolls to offer except for some rye bread . :-/ The 1/2 Chicken dish came with no veggie sides yet it was seasoned to perfection and possibly almost overcooked. The Beer prices were overpriced ($11 for a standard IPA) I’d give this restaurant an overall rating of 3.2 stars out of 5.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I understand that this was probably a busier Tuesday than normal due to Valentine’s Day but we ordered four dishes and only received two in the two hours we were there. The pork shoulder and spaetzle came out within minutes then we waited an hour to receive the rest of our meal which was schnitzel and Brussels sprouts. I had to ask to get our last two dishes to go and they finally came out. Staff was nice even to comp a round due to the long delay but we weren’t informed on what was going on with the delay. I’ve had great experiences with this place in the past and will try it again in the future with a hopefully better experience.

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  27. Lili

    Chicago

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Was excited to try this place. It didn’t stick out to me but I’m glad to have been there. Food was ok but for the price, it’s not worth it. Won’t be returning.

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  28. reidz

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jamie kid server was wonderful and full of fun and energy and great wine recommendations

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wanted to try out Funkenhausen as a part of Chicago Restaurant and we were certainly not disappointed! The atmosphere was great, not to mention the phenomenal meal we had. We’ll definitely be back!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Chicago restaurant week

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  31. MyraR

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delish! Neighborhood favorite. Just have to remember how filling some of the dishes are! Love sitting in the bar area. Obsessed with the green tiles. Service always top notch. The usual standouts for me and go to dishes are the Scallops with pork belly and the Spare Ribs (fyi full order plenty to share, you’ll likely have leftovers)! They also have a nice happy hour menu. A fave is the Piggy Plate. If you like smokey food, the chicken wings are full of flavor.

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  32. TedK81

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    At the suggestion of my son & his fiance we stopped by Funkenhausen to try their Restaurant Week menu. The appetizers were just okay. Kale salad is kale salad and the Big Pretzel was underwhelming. The 2nd course dishes were much better. The Spaetzle Cacio & Pepe was very good and my Knackwurst was quite good. The main courses were the best of the night. I had the Pork Loin Schnitzel and my wife had the Zucchini Schnitzel. The breading on the Zucchini Schnitzel was very light and honestly, if I saw this dish on the menu I would have taken a pass. I am glad that Funkenhausen offered this as part of their Restaurant Week Menu. The only quibble we had was with the wine pairings. The wines paired with our meals were execellent, but if you are going to offer a wine pairing with the meal, then by all means make certain that you offer a glass of wine with each dish. Slipping in a glass of milk stout with dessert is lame, especially if you don't drink beer or don't care for milk stout. Fortunately, we were able to give our milk stouts to the couple sitting next to us, otherwise, it would have gone to waste. Next time offer a wine pairing or a beer pairing for the entire menu.

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  33. AllieF

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great atmosphere, great cocktails, friendly service and diverse menu

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  34. LivF

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for happy hour and loved everything! The half price cocktails were great and our host was so friendly.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was great; however, a manager rudely approached us and told us we needed to pay as there was another party waiting for our table. If we were lingering unnecessarily, fine — the problem was I still had half a drink left and another person in my party was still eating her dessert and also had half of her drink left. This ruined the entire experience for us. We won’t be back.

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  36. megsteg

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this spot for a modern take on classic German cuisine! Ambiance is fun and I love sitting near the kitchen to be near "all the action".

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  37. Anna

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dining experience at Funkenhausen was one that we will not be forgetting anytime soon! The service was nothing short of amazing, and the food surpassed any expectations we may have sat down with. We left with smiles on our faces and bellies full of wine and schnitzel :) Thank you, Funkenhausen!

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  38. raimondr

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our son spotted the restaurant on social media and since we’re German wanted to give it a try. Atmosphere is great, love the German touches. The food was incredible, excellent Schnitzel and the crab toast was killer. The Sauerbraten croquettes were excellent as well. A bit disappointed in the serving size of the Käsespätzle, they were excellent as well but for the price and the fact that their pasta would have expected more. My son and I were going to split the dish since we had two courses of appetizers, five different ones, but I’m glad we ordered two of them. Beer selection is very good as well. Service was awesome job well done.

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  39. NancyM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was so fun for date night! Funky ambiance, delicious and unusual food, and not obscenely priced. Hidden gem!

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  40. Nick

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food that didn’t take too long to come out in spite of it being full on a Friday night. The schnitzel was perfect. Can’t wait to come back and try more of the menu, everything we had was great.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Funkenhausen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 929-4727.

Funkenhausen is rated 4.7 stars by 822 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Funkenhausen

1709 WEST CHICAGO AVENUE, Chicago, IL 60622

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross street
    Paulina
  • Neighborhood
    West Town
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–6:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Chicago Blue line stop. Ashland and Chicago bus stop
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Mark Steuer
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (312) 929-4727
  • Private party facilities
    Funkenhausen can seat parties of up to 16 in our semi-private front dining room. We also offer full buyouts and are flexible with groups of varying sizes. We also have a chef's table (seats up to 10 people) with special menus designed to have the kitchen interact with our guests. Email daniella@funkenhausen.com with any inquiries.
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