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Good Measure, Chicago, IL

Good Measure

4.8
4.8
26 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Good Measure brings a refreshingly rebellious spirit to the edge of River North. Located just beneath the Chicago Brown Line stop, this retro dive is the place you've always looked for but could rarely find: A bar with amazing food, music, cocktails, and most importantly, an inviting atmosphere.​

Housed in what was once a turn of the century tailor shop, Good Measure pays tribute to the building's history, combining precision and craft. Design firm Siren Betty draws inspiration from the eras of Rockabilly and American Punk with classic checkered floors, vintage art, red neon, and studded leather barstools. In a soundscape made up of Naked Raygun, Fugazi, and Bad Religion (just a few of our favorites), partners Sophia de Oliveira and Chef Matt Troost will ply you with classic cocktails and cult-inducing dishes.

We invite you to come by and escape your everyday routine. You are welcome.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (312) 600-9268

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Matt Troost

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Cross street

    N. Franklin St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Right under the Chicage Ave Brown/Purple Line train stop, and steps away from the Chicago Avenue bus stop at Franklin.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

What 26 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Chicago

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. JP

    JessP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Get. The. Burger. Any of them. You won’t regret it! Great service and cocktails too.
  2. BJ

    BenjamenJ

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great GF options
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect mix. Music, cocktails and designer bar food.
  4. CK

    ChristianK

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing, and very romantic but casual for the 1st time. The staff was very nice from the front door and food was excellent for a smaller location. I would def recommend to anyone and will be back.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Cute little spot. I'll be back again!
  6. J

    Jeannine

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Bolognese fries...how I have missed you. Excellent service. Good drink choice. Simple menu, but well executed. Wish the biscuits were just a bit bigger because they are delicious. The highball machine was a welcome surprise.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and staff are both equally outstanding. We will absolutely be back.
  8. V

    Vi93

    Milwaukee

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Would be a great spot to grab a drink with friends, but the food was also fantastic!! Even the kale salad was a hit. Can’t wait to come back!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great drinks, great service. There’s no place like it in River North!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    It really depends on what you are going for. This is a bar with food that would be decent on a night out drinking. Not if you are looking for a restaurant with great food. Food was decent but nothing I would go back for. And I left with a bill that was just as high as nicer restaurants with better food.
  11. PW

    PriscillaW

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Where do I start? The photos are a bit misleading. The outdoor dining area is really just a patch of grass with a low fence around it. The food was VERY salty. We made the waitress aware when the appetizer was brought out, but the entrees came out just as salty. The drinks were phenomenal so shout out to the bartender. However, our night was ultimately ruined when a couple was seated next to us—they placed a can of mace on their table with the nozzle facing our table. Needless to say they were white and we were black. I doubt that we’ll ever return.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    They did a great job in accommodating a large group of us for our get together while maintaining appropriate health and safety precautions. Professional and great staff! Appreciate it.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is always great.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Loud and bad seevice
  15. LJ

    LisaJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, great service, great staff! I would recommend this for a happy hour with friends.
  16. BB

    BusinessBrat

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Loud, fun, happy vibe! Cocktails were DELISH and my meatball sub was very tasty 😋
  17. JZ

    JZMjzm

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2019

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Food was just OK, waitress was uninformed and didn’t seem to mind. Consensus: no reason to come back.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were looking for a quick bite to eat, nothing too pretentious or fancy yet with good quality food and a decent atmosphere. This little hole in the wall neighborhood bar fit the bill perfectly. Loved the old fashioned bar vibe; great bar drinks, limited food menu but the burgers and Nashville fried chicken we tried were memorable. Service is unpretentious and efficient. The music was loud but gives the place an energetic vibe. We had no trouble carrying on a conversation in our booth.
  19. BS

    BillS

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Came in on Saturday and the bartender could not have been more rude. My girlfriend and I usually love this place, I don’t write reviews, and have been here about 10 times, but this experience had us almost not wanting to go back. The fried chicken was good as always, but they were out of rarebit cheese dip. Seriously? Anyway I hope they step their game up because I really liked that place.

    Good MeasureResponded on August 24, 2019Thank you so much for all the times you've joined us and for providing this feedback on your last experience. We strive to make each guest of ours feel welcome and appreciated every time they join us. We are so very sorry to have failed in this regard on your last visit. We'll be reaching out privately in hopes to welcome you back to Good Measure, soon. Thank you, again. - The Team at Good Measure

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was very elevated for bar food and the vibe was fun. Unfortunately it was not very busy but it seems like it has a lot of potential and still trying to get recognized. Highly recommend.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good burger and meatball sub. Suppli was delicious.
  22. AA

    AlexA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Nice restaurant with very good food and very nice cocktails - only minus was a bit high music
  23. RM

    RobM

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rarebit made the meal, although everything was both interesting and great. Fantastic Ska and Punk era playlist too.
  24. PL

    PaulaL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We just moved to River North and are on the hunt for a good "everybody knows your name" restaurant/bar as our go-to. The food here, though limited, was wonderful and the service exceptional. The cocktails were outstanding and the ambiance was quirky and fun. However, the music was unreasonably loud. I am all for fun and energetic but this was unnecessarily blaring.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Creative, delicious, and just what we needed. The beer and a shot was fine too.
  26. MB

    MonikaB

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went for a quick bite on a Saturday night before the fireworks show. Food was good, cocktails were tasty. we were nicely surprised it was actually quieter than we expected from a popular place like this (maybe it's because it was a long weekend and people were out of town?)

FAQs

Good Measure is rated 4.8 stars by 26 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Good Measure

226 W Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60654

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N. Franklin St.

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Right under the Chicage Ave Brown/Purple Line train stop, and steps away from the Chicago Avenue bus stop at Franklin.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matt Troost

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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