Public House

4.6
327 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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Public House is the perfect place to watch any big game - with over 100+ beers in-house and a 30-foot HD video screen to catch all the action live.

Located at the corner of State & Kinzie, the 10,000 square foot restaurant and beer hall sits in the heart of River North. Public House offers American fare with a smokehouse twist in addition to mouth-watering libations; house favorites include bar snacks, flatbreads & tacos, soups & salads, sandwiches & plates, multiple choice mac & cheese, and of course, burgers.

On the weekends, Public House transforms into a lively nightlife hotspot where locals and tourists alike unite to enjoy a live DJ, three full-service bars in addition to signature table tap booths, where guests can pour their own beer and shots.

Open 7 days a week, Public House offers a full lunch, happy hour, dinner, late night and weekend brunch menus, in addition to catering & events.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Barbecue
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday: 10:00 am - 3:00 am
Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 am

Weekend Brunch: Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Phone number
(312) 265-1240
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
David Blonsky
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Catering
Public House features a full catering menu for off-site private and public events.
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Cross street
Kinzie
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Parking details
Public House offers Valet parking in an indoor garage for $14. Street parking also available in addition to a self-park garage across the street.
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Public transit
Public House is located 2 blocks South of CTA Red Line"s Grand stop.
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Entertainment
The hop heaven features an unprecedented selection of multimedia capabilities that would make Steve Jobs blush. Ceiling operable windows and an HD video wall to a 27 plasma television spread and laser holographic key board technology. Public House also boasts a photo booth, gaming machines, full Disc Jockey capabilities and a concert quality sound system.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Located at the corner of State & Kinzie, beer aficionados pledge their allegiance to Public House, a 10,000 square foot beer-lovers paradise featuring beloved American, smokehouse fare with an upscale twist, unprecedented multimedia capabilities and mouth-watering libations.

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Public House is a good all-around bar in River North with solid food and plenty of TV's.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service was decent. Hugo the busser however is the reason for the 5 starts. Never let our drinks go lower than half way and whenever the server was no where to be found he took my orders. Will come back for Hugo!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food! We’ll definitely be back :)

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s
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! Fun ambiance, but a bit too loud for a working dinner (surprisingly, even early on a Tuesday night there were many folks who had one too many). That said, I’ll definitely be back next time I’m in town.

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A
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Veronica was the absolute best! She was very attentive and so nice. Food was also fantastic. The chicken wings came out so HOT and FLAVORFUL! It was my 1st time visiting and I will definitely be back!

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AC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town and I wanted to come here just for the cake shakes. I’m glad we also decided to eat lunch. The food was delicious and of course the cake shake was amazing. Service was great. Everyone was very friendly. We visit Chicago often and will definitely be back.

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LD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Attentive and up beat staff💃🏽❤️ Decadent desserts and healthier entree options.

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CK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday brunch and enjoyed my experience. The food was good and the service was great! I was expecting it to be a little more day party vibes, but it was a little bit more chill than that. Overall it was nice time, me and my friends enjoyed the food and drinks!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place to go to for lunch! Near everything and great environment!

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GM
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance . We celebrated a cooleague’s birthday. She was offered a menu of celebration treats ( a selection of “shake cakes”, etc.). She opted for ice cream and cookies with enough for everyone to shar!

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c
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The vanilla stout milkshake was absolutely amazing. It was very expensive ($15) but we shared among 3 people and it was more than enough. The grilled cheese sandwich was also a highlight. Our server was excellent and always on top of everything.

The table where we sat had beer on tap, and you could serve yourself. However, we arrived later at night (9pm) and it was VERY busy and loud. If you’re going to this restaurant and want a more dinner- and conversation-based experience, don’t go late, as it is more like a bar.

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s
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Plenty of food choices & beverage choices. All tasty. Good portions and pricing. Highly recommend, would return sgain

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RH
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our time spent at Public House. Nice environment. Friendly staff. Upscale yet also casual/comfortable. Unique menu with ample choices. Returned the next day, to relax and watch the plethora of sporting events on the MANY t.v.’s. Fun, relaxing, trendy, sporty, casual place to enjoy food and drinks! Highly recommended. Thanks, Public House, for helping to make our stay in Chicago a very memorable one.

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Y
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Reserved a seat for 2 and they put us at a high top in the bar! It was EXTREMELY NOISY! To the point we could not even carry on a conversation. Food and service was great but we should have been slotted in the dining area, especially when reserving a table ahead.

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KW
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, but a bit pricey for what we ordered. They are known for their beer and desserts, but for the price it was not that tasty. The service was great, and the noise level was good. We went for lunch.

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JD
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great fish tacos and goo happy hour specials made it a good option for an early dinner or late afternoon cocktail.

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p
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Public House is a great restaurant to take your friends too and enjoy good food and good shakes.

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r
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The cheeseburger was delicious! French fries and chicken sandwich were also good.

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JL
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for lunch. Our appetizers and meals were good quality and priced accordingly for the area. We ordered cheese curds and guacamole to start and two kinds of tacos, a Wagyu brisket sandwich and the bbq flatbread for mains. No complaints on any but would skip the guacamole on another visit. Portions were ample enough and we choose to skip dessert. Our server and assistant were excellent and very attentive.

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MH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Group of friends from out of town

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AL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service!

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JL
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to meet a friend for happy hour after work- $3 fish tacos were amazing. Also $6 glass of wine was great. Felt bad for my friend because the only tacos on special are the fish and that’s not her thing. Would definitely go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We needed a place for brunch with a friend who was in from out of town and who’s hotel was downtown. Bonus that it was easy to make reservations since she had to be done by a certain time and there was outdoor seating. The waitstaff was great and attentive and the food was good.

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DL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for pre-concert dinner and drinks, menu had a great variety, huge beer selection, cake shakes looked amazing, but we were too full from dinner! Service was fast and friendly!

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T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fish tacos and sangria were great! Fun atmosphere on a Friday night def will be back

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JK
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and it had great service! It was just very loud and crowded at the time we went. If you’re looking to catch up with a friend, I don’t recommend this place because I was screaming the whole time.

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EO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Public house is great but the hostesses are always rude when I’m there. Wait staff and food are fine

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OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for making her day special! She loved it. I love you guys!

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LM
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Public House is an excellent restaurant to bring out of town visitors. The location is easy to get to, waitstaff is friendly and efficient, the food is well-prepared, and the menu provides a good variety. The crowd is very friendly, too. I love the beer selection.

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SM
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE CAME HERE ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF A FRIEND WHO SAID THEY HAD A GREAT CAKE SHAKE. IT WAS TRULY THE MOST DELICIOUS TREAT TO HAVE, I WOULD DEFINATELY GO AGAIN AND GET ANOTHER FLAVOR AND ORDER THE EXTRA SHOT. YOU'D BEST GET A RESERVATION FOR EVENING OR GO AT LUNCH TIME DURING THE WEEK IF YOU WANT A TABLE.

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f
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Pretty nice spot. Casual and modern. Good lunch spot and good party spot on the weekends.

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JC
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a good time. Early birthday celebration for my husband's 65th. Beth was very sweet. Took good care of us without hovering. My husband loved the mussel bowl! Large portion with spicy tomato broth. My flatbread was very tasty. Thin and crisp and much more than I could eat in one sitting. After dinner Beth brought hubby a cakeshake with a sparkler, complimentary to birthday boys. As a bonus, showing our key card to the Kinzie Hotel next door, where we were staying, got us a 20% discount. Nice evening!

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Went for a guys weekend to eat, drink and have fun
Food was nothing special - burger average, steak tacos not great, apps decent, Mac and Cheese was best part.
Restaurant vibe is upbeat, fun, great for watching a game with lots of TVs
beer taps at each table and asked waitress to explain how they work: she said only worth it if you drink alot (that's it) - still have no idea how they worked and we didn't utilize them (a reason we picked the restaurant).
We were all excited to try the place - probably wouldn't go back.

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MK
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing music selection!!! The dessert is a must-have. Try your best to save room for it!

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VA
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress made us laugh a lot she was amazing, the food was amazing as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, energetic atmosphere with good food and drinks!

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DF
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Great vibe. Not too loud. Interesting beer mix. Great selection on menu. 3 negatives.... Calamari was swimming in grease.... Lettuce wraps were not worry the price, they should be appetizers.... When someone asks for a glass with bottled beer, bring a chilled glass not one at room temperature.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I had a blast! I always wanted to come here, but this time I came and food was amazing, service was amazing too! I will be coming sometime soon! The burgers tho!

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went on a weekday afternoon. Very quiet. Cute space with good food.

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s
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great location to meet friends. menu good choices, good bar list.. very loud though...

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EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Public House was a very great night out. Only wish I took a bit more advantage of the many drink options they have there. The food was hearty, homey, and delicious. Number one thing you have to do is get the cake shake. So I advice saving some of the main course for later and leaving room for a filling dessert.

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