Good Measure

4.4
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17 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Loud and bad seevice

LJ
vipLisaJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BusinessBrat
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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vipJZMjzm
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 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 Measure
Responded on August 24, 2019

Thank 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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good burger and meatball sub. Suppli was delicious.

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AlexA
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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vipRobM
Chicago
4 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.

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PaulaL
1 review
Dined on July 19, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MB
vipMonikaB
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on July 6, 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?)

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Good Measure does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar.

Good Measure is rated 4.4 stars by 17 OpenTable diners.

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