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Public House

4.5
272 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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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Busy and loud, but wow...great food and service. Two of our group had burgers and thought they were very good. Sweet potato tots and parmesan fries, both excellent. I had the steak tacos and they were so flavorful! Great list of beers, wine, etc. Pretzel appetizer was tasty, but a small portion for the price of $9.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I had my after-graduation gathering here for food and drinks. The food was great and the cake shake is to-die-for! I highly recommend it. My friends, family and I really enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Excellent service. Excellent food! Love it

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We went around 9:00 on a Saturday and had made reservations. It was very crowded but that was expected. We sat outside which was nice since it was very loud inside. We got the Cubs Cake Shake for dessert and that was definitely the highlight of our meal! It was a great way to end the night!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The food was great, huge portions, well seasoned and delicious. Service was average, will definitely be back for another meal.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Food was amazing!!! Service was a little slow--but I think it was because our waitress was serving the whole bar section. Cake shake was DEFINITELY worth the drive. I will definitely be stopping by there again for their dessert. Would recommend going for either dinner and drinks OR apps and dessert. If you eat full three course you will be so full!!!!!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Saw an add on Facebook for the Cake Shake and had to have one. But there was 7 of us so we all tried one vanilla and a chocolate We came to Chicago for the American Beauty Show from the Detroit area

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Made a great Last minute decision to dine at Public House. Service was quick and accurate, and I've yet to try a dish there that I don't like! Delish!

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1.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Don't do the Wednesday Special Burger+Beer. The burger is terrible.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Boyfriend & I went for dinner on a Sunday night; wasn't crowded, service was good. The mac & cheese was delicious, and the chocolate boozy milkshake with the cake on top is insanely good & not overly-sweet!

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We were there for brunch and it was fine. Might be more exciting for dinner. And if we had gotten the cool milkshakes with cake on top. One highlight - deviled eggs with bacon were awesome!!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Cool spot!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Fun place for a Special Event, food was tasty as well as the drinks. Loved the Cake Shake.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Food is delicious! Grilled chicken sandwich and pulled chicken salad were so good. But anything I have had there is very good.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Great time meeting family the evening before a family wedding. Good food, cocktails and beer. Visited twice over the weekend as location is great, next to hotels.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Everyone was very kind! Great boozy shakes :)!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Awesome place!!!!! Food, service, ambiance was excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Had a wonderful time

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Went with 4 middle school kids - loved the ambiance and the milk shakes. Thanks

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Fish tacos were outstanding

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We purposely went for the cake shakes which
I saw on Instagram. They were exactly as advertised and delicious. Wonderful cake shake for $15. Before our shakes came we had the deviled eggs and brussel sprouts - both very tasty.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Was good but really went for the milkshakes and they didn’t Mt disappoint!

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

I think your French fries are the best in the city! The group I took there loved the environment and the food!

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Fun place and decent food, service was ok and they were out of a bunch of food and drinks options which was a bummer but overall good vibe

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We liked this place so well we went 2 days in a row on our trip to Chicago. It was the perfect spot to take a group to watch March Madness, and the service was great. We never waited for anything. The wait staff was great. And they even were awesome about refilling our water glasses in between many drinks :) LOL.

Thanks Public House for making such great memories and being a wonderful place to watch Loyola make it to the Final Four and Kansas University as well. Wish we could come back this weekend for the next round.

Keep up the great work! Cheers. Only thing better would be if you poured Bombora Vodka! It's at other spots in Chicago...talk to someone about getting that great vodka in and then you'd be perfect!

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Good place for brunch if you like a sports bar atmosphere. Food and drinks good. Unfortunately the waitress was in a foul mood.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We made a reservation for some post shamrock shuffle Bloody Mary drinks and they did not disappoint! We were running behind due to street closures and they held our reservation for an extra half hour, which we sincerely appreciated. Perfect spot for Sunday Funday!

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Service was horrible, we waited so long for the waiter to get our orders and she forgot to get the menus twice. Nothing was done when the party group next to us was doing some very inappropriate things. They were practically having sex right infront of us.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food was great! Sweet potatoe tater tots- to die for!! Cake shake was pretty yummy too. I enjoyed going out to such a great place! Would recommend for a good bite!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Went to watch the NCAA games & have food & drinks. For earlier games, sound was on, music turned on during commercials. Later games did not have sound. Music was decent. Started to get really crowded & they take away bar stools and tables around 11.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Food was good, typical river north bar food. Not for dates, just for LADS

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Amazing!!!!

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We were super excited to celebrate a birthday here. Most guests were from out of town. I made a reservation weeks in advance for 8 guests. When we arrived we were squeezed in a booth in a corner. There were other open tables but were told we could not move. It was disappointing.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Really good food and drinks, but service was incredibly slow. When we arrived the host told us there was a reservation after us at noon so we would need to wrap up by then. Um... Your website allowed me to make a reservation for 10:30am, so that's your problem if you booked another reservation too soon. Just weird. We ordered food at 10:45 and it took OVER AN HOUR for the food to come out. Our orders were not complicated - 8 orders of things like omelets, parfaits, etc. They didn't kick us out of our table at noon since our food arrived at 11:50, but it was frustrating because it was a beautiful day and we wanted to get out of there just as much as they wanted us to. A few of our breakfasts came with english muffins or bagels which were dry, so we asked for jelly and cream cheese which they charged us for. This was all for my friend's birthday which we let the waitress know. No birthday dessert or anything which is fine, but would not recommend for a special occasion. Also FYI if there's a major sports game on they crank the volume up so not the best place for conversation.

UPDATE 4/2/18: The general manager contacted me after seeing this review, she was apologetic and offered to bring us in for brunch. We came back in this past Saturday and it was a TOTALLY different experience. Excellent service, food came out quickly and was delicious again!

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1.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I made a reservation for my birthday to have one of the specialty stout milkshakes. There was zero point in making a reservation because when we arrived, the girl said that there were private events going on and that my reserved table was not going to be given to me until after the private event left. The wait staff and the hostess were rude. We had to wait for a first come, first serve bar seat, in which when we actually sat down, the area was filthy. A random waitress told me there was no bar tender at the bar we sat at, so she "could serve us if we wanted her to." Um...of course we want a server! That was a stupid thing to say. Overall, this bar is for 21 year-old, immature millennial not for the 30-something, working crowd.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

We had the shakes. They were pretty good especially the seasonal one!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Fish tacos, pulled pork nachos were delicious!! Great place for group gatherings.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

I had a very good experience here. The food was fantastic. The waitress was for nice and helpful and informative. I am going back as soon as possible.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Bloody mary skewer is awesome. The best chicken wing I've had.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great mac n cheese & deviled eggs.The restaurant was quite loud on a Friday night.

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