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For 2
Date
Sun, 2/25
Time
9:00 PM
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Grassroots (fka Deleece)

3.9
1193 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
Grassroots is a family owned neighborhood eatery featuring simple, yet delicious farm to table comfort food, in a warm, inviting atmosphere adjacent to the Mercury Theater and just four doors north of the Music Box Theatre. Our new chef, Tony Albanese, comes to us with true "farm to table" experience as he was lead banquet chef at Heritage Prairie Farms. Most recently he was sous chef at Tessori. He is excited and proud to bring his blend of "farm to table" new American and classic Italian cuisines to Grassroots.

We serve dinner every night, and brunch Saturday and Sunday.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Breakfast
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday : 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
Saturday: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(773) 325-1710
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Josh Hansen
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Private party facilities
We rent out the entire restaurant for private parties but are also able to accommodate parties of 10 to 30 guests in the main dining room, depending on the date, time, and budget.
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Private party contact
Lynne Wallack: (773) 325-1710
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Cross street
Grace
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Parking details
Street parking, Valet during theater shows
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Public transit
The Sheridan red line, the Southport brown line and the Ravenswood brown line are all equidistant to the restaurant. The 22 Clark St. bus is one block away on Clark and Irving Park Rd.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1193 People Are Saying
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3.9  based on recent ratings
3.8
food
3.8
service
3.9
ambience
3.7
value
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70% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Funtime (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

We very much enjoyed the diverse choices, especially for appetizers.

Nice selection of wines, and cocktails.

Better than expected!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Good food. Service a bit slow. But to their credit, it was a weekend night prior to a play and a movie show. So lots of people to serve in a short amount of time

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Capdineout (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Had a fantastic brunch - the homemade croissants were a standout favorite! Wonderful meals for kids, too. Always one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants!

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vipSpritey (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Perhaps it was just an off night, our waiter was also the bartender, someone else brought the food and at first gave us the food for a nearby table. The restaurant was not the least bit crowded. At the end of our meal we ordered coffee. It was awful, made me think of office coffee at the end of the day when someone forgot to turn the pot off, When asked he did take it off the bill.

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vipKbug (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

Dined here before a movie ar the MusicBox - we were late, they were so nice! They brought our food quickly, so we didn’t miss the movie opening. And the food was delicious - fresh, creative, satisfying and right-priced. Must try the sweet potato carmelized onion tart. Cocktails were good. Service was above excellent - attentive and fast without being intrusive. Will definitely go back!

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vipseniordiner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Good food and excellent service, perfect for pre-theater.

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Lizzie (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Liked the personal welcome by the owner, and his investment in our enjoying ourselves. The food and drink were very well-prepared and tasty (fried olives) and savory tart and seafood linguine. The waiter was friendly and helpful but seemed a little harried. Would definitely come back especially after a movie at the Music Box. Like the transition from Deleece to Grassroots.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Went there because it was close to movie theatre. Food was very good - we had soups, salads, appetizers, and dessert. All good - no complaints. Server was knowledgeable and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

The place was clean. Very small menu without many options. The food had no flavor. I would not say it is a bad place to go, it was simply not what I expected

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vipMlr2619 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Located adjacent to the Mercury Theater, Grassroots provides an excellent dining experience before a show. The restaurant was crowded, and it took a while before our dinner was served, but the staff did make certain that it arrived in time for us to catch the performance. The dishes are creatively prepared and served, and the pastas are homemade (perhaps accounting for the relatively long wait.) If you give yourself 90 minutes before the show, you should be able to enjoy an excellent dinner without feeling rushed. Reasonably priced and definitely recommended.

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Nicki (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Great place to eat before the Theater. Only have to park once. Good food, service and friendly staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

If you like Brussels sprouts get the appetizer. Delicious! Had the arugula and Fig salad. Also enjoyed the margherita pizza, chicken sandwich and tuna tacos. Everyone in our party was happy and satisfied. Would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Lovely Christmas prix fixe food and cocktails at a great price!

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Not really impressed with the food. The service was good.

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OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Great spot for a casual dinner. Kid friend;y with great food options and good prices.

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BruH (Northern MI)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

The staff at Grassroots was incredibly welcoming and accommodating. We had our 2 year old daughter with us, and the staff did everything they could to make sure that we all enjoyed our meals. Thank you for being so family friendly!

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JeanneO (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

We enjoyed Christmas Eve dinner here. Very kind service and a very good dinner in a quiet setting after the theater.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Great menu with plenty of options for any party. Perfect for our dinner before The Christmas Schooner at the Mercury Theater.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

The restaurant was loud and the wait staff was not attentive, not even the host as we walked through the door. Our waiter seemed overly stressed and rushed and did not tell us about the wine specials. The food was ok. Our calamari was over done and overly crunchy almost to the point of being inedible. The steak tacos were good. Having been to the restaurant when it was Deleece and greatly enjoying it, it was a huge disappointment to experience Grassroots.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Great interesting menu and beverages.
The fried olives were a first and such a treat!

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PeteandDex (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

Tuesday night meal before Mercury Theatre. Glass of red for wife, sazerac for me. Both good. Shared the roasted brussels: delicious. Also split salad and salmon dish. Everything excellent. Service was great. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Solid, fresh food with normal portion sizes. Perfect atmosphere for lunch.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

We enjoyed our salad and pizza very much and loved being able to walk into the theater without having to go out of the building.

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vipKris (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Had the most comically slow lunch here - over 2 hours. We waited to order, to get drink refills, to get food, to get the bill. ..it was a long wait for everything, and no apologies were made by the staff. It wasn't busy at all when we were there. The food was fine, but not great. While my friend was talking, a server came and took her plate away with food still on it - she wasn't done eating, and the server never asked.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

The restaurant was very crowed when we arrived and they seemed to need more help. They seemed surprised to have so many guests. The prefixed dinner was good.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

Had dinner after attending the Christmas Schooner matinee at the Mercury Theater. Great environment, warm and cozy, good food. Would definitely go again!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

took a long time for food to arrive, and once it did it was cold, not even warm. the place was not very busy, so no reason for the long wait for the food to arrive

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was wonderful and the service was outstanding! We went after a show the Music Box so it was the perfect location and pleasant surprise to find this gem just up the street! Plus it takes reservations which is hard to find in that Southport corridor area! Can't wait to go back for brunch!

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nurse (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

We took our 3 granddaughters there after the play Christmas Schooner at Mercury Theater. It was perfect for all of us.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Super disappointing... waited 15 minutes to be seated (with a reservation). Ended up being seated at a table tjat was open the whole time we waited to be seated. Waited 25 minutes for our breakfast. Eggs were way over done to the point they had brown pan marks on them. Shrimp on my salad wrre under done and not edible. Coffee was not well made and bitter.
Quite disappointed!!!

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