Public House

4.4
373 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Come celebrate with us this Valentine's Day! We'll be serving our normal dinner menu, in addition to February's specialty cake shake to enjoy with your loved one or best friends!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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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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KL
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Easy to locate. Enjoyed our time.

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SO
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It's a good experience if you are looking for some casual, loud & fun place to dine. There is a DJ who plays some good tunes & the food is tasty. Would recommend!

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PA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I have been to Public House a total of 4 times now. I have always been impressed with the timely service and the excellent food. The most recent visit was a little disappointing. We were a party of 10 and they were great in accommodating us in a large both. Our server was nice but seemed overwhelmed with the number of tables she was serving. She ended up taking 25 mins to take our appetizer and drink orders. But overall I am always happy with the food and the environment at Public House.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 2nd time here and it was just as delicious this time. I had the BLT with avocado, he had the blackened fish sandwich. We would get them both again, yum!

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CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great but crowd was loud! Bears game might have played into that! I was surprised to see babies in there - outfitted with massive noise canceling headphones. Chicken burger was fantastic and sweet potato tots yummy too!

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C
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food in a casual atmosphere. We sat in a comfy booth with views of the many TVs while the college football games were going on. Service was spot on and the energetic crowd added to the ambiance. Fun sports bar vibe.

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OT
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

The food and service are always good, but I don’t understand how they can be listed as a sports bar when they will not put on the sound for a major bowl game (peach bowl) rather listen to the game than music. Went to a more accommodating bar

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed it thoroughly
Great menu, nice place and nice staff

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GM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service. Who could ask for anything more????

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was delicious, highly recommend the mussels. Only issue we ran into was there was no kids menus for my little sister.

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SM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was really good. We had a booth that was a bit cramped for six. Some of food arrived very cold. Great mimosas. Monkey bread was just ok. Great Mac & cheese.

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SC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Food!! Amazing Service! Cake Shakes and Fries were Phenomenal!! Wonderful Experience!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent sports bar!!

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LP
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I booked a reservation for a party of 5 to sit in a booth 2 months before throwing our 50th birthday party for a friend. About 2 hours before a reservation I received a call that said they didn't have a booth because of some other private function and we would be seated at a high top in the bar area. It was super disappointing because it was so casual it didn't even feel special and it just felt like we went out to grab a drink at bar.

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OT
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great evening. The food was great and the service was even better. Our server Chrissy was great, she was helpful, attentive and so nice. She made sure my daughter had a great birthday dinner. Thank you

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great option for brunch. Food was pretty good, lots of delicious sounding options. Would highly recommend the seasonal cake shakes!

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S
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was perfectly portioned and delicious. But what really hooked us was the exceptional service provided by Addie and the other staff.

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SD
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visited from out of state and found on the web. Loved the experience. Don’t forget to try the desserts.

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C
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a nice late lunch. Deviled eggs are awesome!! Very good burger and salad. Thanks for gluten-free!!!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun atmosphere, great food. Would definitely go back!

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VM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing .. great birthday brunch

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L
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Made a reservation weeks in advance for a party of 8, only to be squeezed in to a table clearly meant for 6. However, when inquiring to the manager, he did move us to an appropriately sized table and threw in a few desserts - really clever/cute cake shakes including one made to look like the grinch. Good service from the manager!

Waitress, on the other hand, was slow to respond, to refill drinks, and to provide things asked for.

Food was good. Not 5 stars, but definitely worth a return trip.

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CW
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy our dining experience. Food was delicious 😋. Service was good. My BLT plus turkey was amazing. Two people could easily share this meal.

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here every time I visit Chicago. I would not miss the awesome beer or cocktails. I personally loved the Old Fashioned cocktail. And just love, love the boozy cake shake. Do make a reservation, especially on weekends. The service was outstanding and friendly. There are multiple TV's with sports showings. The menu is fantastic, there is lots of good pub grub and more.

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CO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They said they were a sports bar. We called to verify we could get a good table to watch a college football game. When we arrived the table had obstructed views and there was no sound for the game.
This is not a sports bar.

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DS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!!! I had the southwest salad...best salad I’ve ever had! Brussels sprout appetizer was also amazing!

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KB
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The public house was absolutely great and even though some of my friends were underage they still treated us with respect and made my birthday one of the best. Not only was the service great, but so was the food. I highly reccomend this place.

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AE
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved there Mac and Cheese!! I always drive up to Chicago for my birthday and eat here!

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OT
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Good food, but service is SO slow

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Came in on a Thursday evening before a show at HOB. Glad I made reservations because the place was full. Unfortunately, I wasn't greeted when I stepped up to the host/hostess booth. The girl behind the booth seemed very preoccupied and wasn't very warm or inviting once she finally acknowledged me. I was a bit early, but the table was ready and was seated immediately.

Our server was prompt and welcoming at first, but then once initial drinks and appetizers were ordered she went MIA for quite sometime. The food came out quickly and everything we ordered was delicious. We weren't checked on again while we dined, which was disappointing. We flagged our server down for the check at the end.

If you're going, go for the ambiance, location and food. Don't except super attentive service on a busy night.

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KB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cake shakes!

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MD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was attentive, our server Victoria provided suggestions. She said they were known for their smoked wings and they were delicious! It came with a side of BBQ, Buffalo and dipping sauce for carrots and celery. We came in on a Tuesday and they had a special for a burger and beer for $10. It came with a side of sea salt fries. That was equally as good. For the finally, their famous chocolate cake shake! Oh my, this dessert was 3 in 1! The shake had a beer stout mixed in and it complimented the chocolate very well. I would recommend experiencing Public House for a weekday lunch date. I hear, it can be packed on weekends and especially for brunch. I would come back.

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you guys so much for making my birthday special ! Special thanks to my server Beth and food runners for great service ! Had a great time !

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LH
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so good and the atmosphere was fun, although it is loud.

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A
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service. Fun menu with options for everyone. Cake shakes are a fun treat.

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AP
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

delivious. the bubba and I ate the cheese curds and burgers. delightful. will be returning soon.

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TB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time there, thought very good food and had a great booth for six people. It was a little loud on side we were on but overall I really enjoyed it. Beer slightly on high price side, but normal for area.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Friendly service, food came quickly. I got there 45 minutes before my reservation, and with an additional guest. The hostess not only got me a different table to fit my party, but she got me seated before my scheduled time. All this on a busy Friday night. Great job.

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OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food had huge portions. It was extremely loud so advice would be don’t go if you want to talk at a normal volume. But the food was good and server helped change the tv to a different game.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I was able to be seated quickly during a busy day and time. I was disappointed that it was characterized as a sports bar yet, there were not enough televisions to televise all games the patrons wanted to watch. I sat on the side of the bar opposite of the game I wanted to view. I purchased food and prior to understanding that the channel would not be changed. I had to watch from my phone, which could have been done elsewhere without spending money at Public House. While they have tv’s, you may not want to choose this restaurant if your goal is to watch a particular sporting event.

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