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Grassroots (fka Deleece)

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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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
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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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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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4.0  based on recent ratings
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Funtime (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

Nice selection of wines, and cocktails.

Better than expected!

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

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!

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.

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!

vipseniordiner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

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

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.

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.

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

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.