The Great Escape

4.2
128 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

Discover a true Chicago gem at The Great Escape. This casual favorite features some of the city's finest steaks, seafood, chops and more in a setting that captures the Windy City's unique history. The Great Escape hails back to 1889; the Bar and Banquet room are part of the original structure. The bar itself was hand-carved by the venerated Chicago Bar Company.

No stranger to colorful characters, The Great Escape was once frequented by one of Chicago's most notorious icons, bootlegger and gangster Al Capone. Today, the restaurant is a family favorite, featuring hearty fare, with an onsite banquet hall and catering. The facility is uniquely green, with a 108kW wind turbine on the property that generates over 100 percent of the restaurant's power supply, ensuring that future generations can continue to experience its warmth, hospitality and delicious creations.

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I had a very nice time at the Great Escape, 3 of them were first time guests. They enjoyed the food very much and plan on returning.

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J
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good as was the service. Visit there often and try different entrees. Never have had a bad meal.

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LL
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good "old-time" restaurant - Nothing fancy, good home cooked food. I think they really know how to do a steak. Good portions.

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GG
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The service appears like we were a bother, needs to smile more and make you feel welcome.

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LC
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose the Great Escape because it was close to our hotel and we wanted a good sit-down meal in a relaxing environment. The restaurant wasn't busy at 7 PM on a Sunday evening, but unfortunately we had a table of folks nearby who had a very elderly lady with them who evidently was hard-of-hearing, so the speech levels were extremely high and rather intrusive into our dinner conversation.

That said, our meals were delicious, and our service was excellent. I enjoyed the historic building and reading about its history in the menu, as well as the information about the windmill. Neither of us thought the lobster/crab bisque soup was worth the $3 upgrade, but we did enjoy all of our food. I especially enjoyed my filet with shrimp--both cooked perfectly!

We live out of town, but we are going to recommend this place to our Chicago friends. It was a lovely meal, and a nice environment.

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D
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful get together at the great escape . The food and the service is always great and never disappoints that is one of the reasons we always come back .

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P
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food are the best.

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BD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I prefer to eat at local family owned it restaurants as opposed to chains and this restaurant did not disappoint . I chose it based on proximity to our hotel and couldn't be happier. Staff was very friendly, service was impeccable and the food was delicious. The waitress took time to share a bit of history and stories about the restaurant.

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Disappointing. We go there all the time and we brag about this restaurant all the time. This time the restaurant was way, way over crowded. You couldn’t move without banging into one another. They ran out of clam chowder soup at 6:30 and the food was disappointing. Will go there again but never a Saturday

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h
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

it was very cold at the table we where sitting at steady breeze blowing on us from ceiling vent

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D
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best ribs and chicken combo, you can't miss at this place. Drinks are large and priced right. Enjoy.

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D
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Great Escape. We come in at least once per month good food and great service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very cozy place. Sehr guter Fisch.

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K
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The daily special fish dish was awful. Three of four in our party ordered it and no one enjoyed it. The Lobster Bisque was barely lukewarm had un-cooked vegetables in it. Very disappointing to say the least.

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ND
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A good food, good menu of assorted items, bar and friendly service. Highly suggest for a place that has mature people with an interest in eating at a casual restaurant.

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E
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I've been here several times and never disappointed. Service is excellent and plenty of food for the value.

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DJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice neighborhood place. Good food and the people are all genuine. Nice place!

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JT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to The Great Escape for a long time. It really is one of our favorite places to eat.
We went on New Years Eve. Service was still great as usual, food was great as usual.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a Christmas dinner with friends and the meal was wonderful the atmosphere was festive the dinner portions were large and the martinis were delicious! Our waitress very friendly Pricing reasonable I can go on ..

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food portion size was small for price on sandwich. Otherwise was good time as usual

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D
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great ribs

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

Service was great. Food was not hot and was good not great.

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D
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The great escape has a diversified menu with reasonable prices. Service is usually good but we found our waitress Diana to be outstanding. First by recognizing we just walked in and were still a bit unsettled and saying let me give you a minute before taking your drink order. Felt recognized as a person. She was prompt and attentive through out the meal. We difinitely will be back

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is supposed to be known for its baby back ribs, but they were nothing special, without a lot of flavor. The fried pickle chips were amazing, the salad average, and the filet of poor quality. One member of our party had the broasted chicken and said it was delicious. So, a mixed review. The waitress was over-the-top, making comments about what beautiful babies my son and his girlfriend might someday have. Awkward and unprofessional!

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p
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just started coming to the Great Escape for my birthday, and have been there five times since then.
I love the chicken pot pie and my husband thinks the pork chop and BBQ ribs are outstanding. The prices are reasonable and the restaurant reminds me of times when restaurants were restaurants...quiet..friendly service. I recommended this place to a few friends and they have come back several times. There should be more of these in the Northwest area.

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b
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been there a few times now and the food and service are always very good.

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FR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Food was great and very fairly priced. Great bbq sauce! Staff was extremely nice. Great service. Definitely recommend!!

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S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They always do a great job!

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B
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious prime rib and twice baked potato. Very attentive service.

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TF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ordered calamari as our appetizer and were not disappointed. It was cut thicker than we usually get but it was prepared perfectly and very tender. I had the chicken pot pie and was so happy with my choice. It was so awesome for anyone looking for some old fashioned comfort food. My husband had the bass special and said it was just average, nothing special but not bad. The broasted potatoes he ordered were very good. Great neighborhood dining spot. Lots of options on the menu to appeal to everyone.

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JT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to The Great Escape many times. The food is always good and the service excellent.

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OT
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

No frills spot. Food was good and the value made sense. It reminded me of an old, family-style steakhouse.

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L
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We have been here before and not had a bad experience. This time, we had a reservation but didn’t get seated until 30 minutes after- we had a toddler and a diabetic in our party. No apologies, no rush to seat us. Then we had no server and waiting 15 minutes for anyone to acknowledge us. Again, no apologies. We ordered dinner and then were told they ran out of what we ordered. Could not get any worse. Will not be returning. Very disappointed.

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D
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We often come to this restaurant good food nice neighborhood atmosphere definitely will be back

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D
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It is a great place to have a good reasonably priced meal. Service has always been outstanding. One of the main reasons we go to the Great Escape they have managed to serve items we thoroughly enjoy especially the stuffed mushrooms. It is definitely a neighborhood gem.

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Casual, good service, nice menu selections, great for a quick and tasty bite

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OT
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Saturday night out.

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r
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The building was pretty cool, and the staff was friendly and attentive. The food was lower quality than expected; more like diner food as opposed to a sit-down restaurant.

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J
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value for both food and drink. My wife had sea bass and I had BBQ pork chops. Both of us were more than satisfied quality and quantity of the meals. Server was very friendly and attentive. A definate "go back to" restaurant.

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JE
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

expected the food to be of higher quality - taste. chicken breast sandwich was bland - noodle dish with shrimp and cheese looked and tasted liked they used velvetta cheese.

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