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The Boundary Tavern & Grille

4.6
100 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Great Beer
  • Live Sports
  • Casual
The Boundary is a popular neighborhood sports bar serving more than just bar food. A great atmosphere for Sunday Funday to Hawks playoffs to ISU parties and much more, we have a selection of over 120 craft beers, and serve up modern American food to keep you fueled during the big game.

With a neighborhood bar vibe, The Boundary instantly makes you feel welcome, offering a fun atmosphere for Sunday Funday in the 'hood', late night drinks, lunch on the patio, and great service anytime.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Burgers
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Hours of operation
Monday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 1am*
Thursday - Friday: 11:30am - 2am*
Saturday: 10am - 3am* ˆ
Sunday: 10am - 12am* ˆ

* Late night limited food menu begins at 10pm
ˆ Brunch available Saturday and Sunday until 3pm
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Phone number
(773) 278-1919
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Isidro Soto
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Cross street
Damen St.
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Parking details
There is valet service available after 5:00 PM during the week and after 12:00 PM on weekends.
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Public transit
Blue line CTA stops at Damen and at Division El stops. #50 Damen bus has a stop at Damen and Divsion. #70 Division bus has a stop at Division and Damen.
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Entertainment
26 flat screen HDTVs for any sports lover's perfect viewing experience.
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Special events & promotions
Space can be sectioned off in the restaurant/bar dining area for a semi-private event. Contact us via http://www.boundarychicago.com/private-parties-pages-202.php for details.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 100 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great variety on menu. Something for everyone! Cozy fireplace.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Slow service but very friendly. Food is a good value. Not amazing, but great for the price.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Blackhawks game

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was EXCELLENT!!! Nice selection of beer and cocktails. Tons of TV's for Sports viewing.

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1.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was just okay. Bloody Mary bar was just okay. I went with a group of 8 for brunch and our waitress was no where to be found the majority of the time we were there. I would understand her absence if the place was busy, but we were one of 3 groups in the whole restaurant. When we did see her she was too busy chatting with other staff or on her phone to ask if we needed anything. While we were there, a customer (who was obviously too drunk to stand) puked on the wall and al over the women’s bathroom floor-there was no hurry to clean it up.

Overall, I’ve heard great things. I was excited to try a new Iowa bar in the city, but you could not pay me to go back.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Such a fun night and our server was FANTASTIC. Thank you

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Always a fun place with a great menu and sports on numerous TVs.

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3.0Dined on July 30, 2017

Our food was good, but the service was terribly slow. We can't even figure out why it was so slow because the restaurant was predominantly empty. Even when the sever dropped off our check, it took ten minutes to get a pen so we could split the bill.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2017

The Boundary was not busy when we arrived and I thought it was a great spot for a large group.

The food was your basic bar type food. The drinks were probably the best part of the meal.

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1.0Dined on June 13, 2017

The food at the table next to looked great! We were seated right away, after 10 minutes the hostess came back and asked if we had a server. We didn't and she said she'd get one. We waited another 10 minutes before leaving with no one coming by with a water or menu. I'd understand if it was busy, but we were 2 of 4 people in the place. Again the food looked good, just never got a chance to try it.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2017

We were looking for a place that took big groups on a holiday. Boundary didn't disappoint with outdoor seating, a great brunch menu, & top notch service.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2017

I absolutely love going to The Boundary just because I get to slam on their amazing burgers while drinking a beer to some live baseball or basketball. Unfortunately this last time I went, they had a low food stock. Burger buns were switched out (I'm guessing they had run out), no tater tots, and no giant pretzels. Pretty bummed since I brought a friend there for the first time.. Overall though, I'll continue coming to The Boundary just because its super cozy and the staff goes above and beyond. Super friendly! Plus the set up is perfect for watching your everyday live sports.

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1.0Dined on April 13, 2017

I will not recommend this place to anyone but people who has no where else to go to. It started when we walked in, the host was not pleasant (wrong job to be in). After we ordered, drinks and food didn't take too long (best part of the night). The food was bad. Clam Chower was terrible. Steak salad had a piece of hair in it. Meatloaf was okay (edible). Chicken pot pie was good. Our server was nice and friendly at the time, until............ we paid the bill. She thought we didn't tip and ran to her manager and presented him with 2 receipts that didn't have tip on it. But little did the manager know, she didn't provide him the third receipt that's worth more than 25% tip. He blindedly came to our table with those two receipts and asked what was wrong with the service. We were all confused. Then we asked where is the third receipt? He went back to her and came back to apologize. It's unacceptable when the manager doesn't have that knowledge to actually review this whole story before coming at us like that. It totally ruined our night. He offered to get us a round of drinks, but that doesn't fix anything. Good luck The Boundaries..

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2017

A table wasn't ready for us, but they righted that wrong by giving my friend and I the first round of drinks for free without me asking. Very friendly of the manager who did that.
However, I found it somewhat in poor taste to turn off a muted Chicago Blackhawks game to blast the Rachel Maddow show at a loud volume on a Tuesday night. I think people at a bar would much rather watch the local hockey team than listen to politics!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Nice space. Good food and great beer selection.

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2017

Was looking for a quick bite for brunch. We were seated when we got there and service was good. TV's were huge. Would try coming back here on a game night.

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3.0Dined on December 9, 2016

What you'll get here is a grown up version of a frat party. Lots of booze, sports, and not so healthy but totally delicious food. Great place to go as your last stop of the night or want to watch the game, but it's not a place I'd recommend if you're going on a date or trying to catch up with a friend.

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3.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Great beer selection, typical barfood but well executed. Went to watch an Iowa game with family. Crazy loud. Impossible to have any conversation. No reason to have the volume that loud during a football game.

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4.0Dined on October 1, 2016

Overall we had a good experience, but it seemed like the staff had been a bit overwhelmed from the previous football crowd. Our food was a bit cold and the waitress seemed very flustered.

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2016

This is the second time dining at The Boundary and again, they did not disappoint. Our waitress always stopped at our table to make sure my date and I were doing well. Regarding food, I took her recommendation on trying one of their burgers which in one word I can describe as AMAZING. Hands down, the best burger I've tried in a while. Will definitely be visiting again, soon!

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2.0Dined on March 29, 2016

The Boundary used to be one of my favorites in the neighborhood. Unfortunately I won't be visiting again. Chalk it up to personal preference but we much preferred the interior before they remodeled. The comfortable booths are gone replaced by high top benches/tables. I don't know what the motivation was but it looks like they were going for more capacity. The service was painfully slow in spite of the fact that there weren't too many other patrons. The staff was friendly but it appeared they had our server covering half the restaurant. Our first drink order took 15 to 20 minutes to arrive. The server proactively offered to comp that round of drinks but they did indeed bill us for them. The food was good but not outstanding. The service was slow the entire visit. All in all, it's not a good value and the service leaves a great deal to be desired.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2016

pretzel bites with dipping sauces was great. The dough was cooked just right, soft and a little chewy.

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2016

The Staff was SO accommodating and friendly. We had a great table where everyone could see the game. There is a cozy table by the fireplace which is also a good spot I think. The prices are very reasonable and the space is clean and a fun environment.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2016

I met on a "date" here and the place has a great space for entertaining with friends and family. I would recommend for that. Not so much for meeting someone on a date (My own fault). Good prices on appetizers and a huge beer selection. Check it out if you can.

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3.0Dined on November 1, 2015

They refused to honor our reservation. That was bad.

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2015

The steak and eggs was amazing!

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2015

I've been to the Boundary a few times now and it has yet to 'wow' me. It's a great spot for game watching and drinks but the food is nothing special.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2015

I had lunch on The Boundary on Saturday with my dog. We sat on the patio. They have large dog bowls for guest dogs and other dogs to quench their thirst. The food was good. The tater tots were perfectly crispy on the outside. Our waitress was super sweet and nice. I'll definitely be back to dine al fresco with my dog.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2015

Decent food and service but since half empty reservations obviously not needed. But it was a weekday so......

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2015

We were looking for a place for lunch today and believe it or not it is hard to find a good lunch spot in this area. Most places don't even open until 5-6pm. Finally found The Boundary and we lucked out and found a good spot to park right out front with no parking meters so that was nice!

The restaurant was not busy at all which could be expected at 1pm on a Monday. We were happy to find a nice booth by the bar and had great service. The waitress and bartenders were awesome. Another great thing about the service is that they have one of the chefs (I'm assuming he was a chef, judging by the white jAcket) bring out your food!

The menu was super easy to read with not an overwhelming amount of options. So many of burgers and wraps sounded good I wasn't sure what to order. I did end up getting the chicken wrap. It was great!! But next time I would like to try the scrambled egg burger. Boyfriend got a burger, he said it was okay (looked good to me tho).

The prices were a bit high but normal for the area. They have a bunch of beers on tap and in the coolers and a nice bar to sit at. I can't wait to come back and try a burger and some beers. Oh yeah, And the cheese curds are AMAZING.....definitely not a Wisconsin cheese curd but I actually liked the soft, crispy-ness of these curds better.

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2.0Dined on January 16, 2015

Not the busiest spot for a Friday Happy Hour but a nice restaurant and good location and friendly staff.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2015

I've lost track how many times I've been here. It's one of our favorite spots in the neighborhood. Keep up the good work.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2014

Great place/space to watch an NFL game. The funny videos during the commercial breaks makes this place unique. Good service. Good ambience. Good beer selection. Average food

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4.0Dined on November 26, 2014

Blackhawks HQ bar, excellent selection of beers and food is above average bar bars. Cool booths, lots of TV's.

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4.0Dined on November 16, 2014

Great food and a good place to watch a game. Lots of tvs. Nice fireplace too.

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4.0Dined on September 26, 2014

Went to the boundary on a Friday night early and had a good time. Because we didn't order any alcohol upfront, the very attentive waitress became very not attentive. Given that our bill was 50 dollars and we had planned on ordering wine with our meal, we didn't since the waitress was such a high ticket snob. We went elsewhere after dinner and had a few drinks. Not to mention dessert, do they have dessert....I guess not, we never were asked. Will we be back, can we make this waitress isn't there?

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5.0Dined on September 4, 2014

Absolutely great food, great atmosphere. Went for a friend's birthday and would definitely go back again!

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3.0Dined on August 17, 2014

Almost like you are intruding on a close group of friends if you are not at the bar, this place is good for an easy-going beer drinking group but I would not take an older couple (my parents) here. The staff all hung out at the end of the bar while we were seated at the front so people walking by would see that some people were actually there. It is a very big place so not very cozy, making you feel like you are not cool because you don't work there or know anyone that does.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2014

Great food. Great service what more could you want and brunch that offers champagne bar(fix it yourself mimosas). AWESOME!!!

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3.0Dined on July 4, 2014

A bit nicer than your typical sports bar. Upscale bar food. I had the chicken salad and it was quite good. Lots of TV's for sports viewing. The staff was friendly.

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