The Great Escape

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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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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Chicago
70 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am annoyed that I have to keep calling Open Table to post my points. I have always agreed to have the points automatically posted and every third time or so I have to call customer service to have them physically post the points. What is wrong with this system?

T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant. Casual. Great menu selections. Always good service.

CS
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A great neighborhood restaurant with excellent ambience, an historic bar, and comfortable, quiet seating. The food is very good and the wait staff, from the front desk to those attending to tables, is outstanding. This is a little gem with a great neighborhood feel.

OT
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My team attended a conference in Rosemont. We were able to go out for dinner. We had different dietary needs. This is a great restaurant if you have different dietary needs, want to talk, eat great food and learn a little history. This restaurant is a historic building and it was fun learning about it. I highly recommend this restaurant.

K
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tasting meal, great choices on menu , & definitely huge servings.

B
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for some place a little different. The Great Escape was it. The service was outstanding. The food very good and very reasonable. I would definitely go there again if I was in the area.

ES
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and a good menu choices. Can't go wrong

LP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

3 of 4 dinners came out cold and and when we talked to the waitress she apologized and had the kitchen heat them but no better. The manager came over to tell us that they have been in business for 27 yrs. Good for them but we will not return.

JB
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good food and great service. Everyone is always pleasant and accommodating.

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Milwaukee
99 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific and really a surprise as we don't get this way EVER! But now we wish we did as food was terrific. Reminds me of several restaurants that have gone the way of the bull dozer and that we still miss. Glad that at least there is one left.

BK
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very consistent Quality. A staple in the community.

n
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and good service. Glad we came.

OT
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Wish I could post a glowing report like the others listed here but tonight was bad. The only redeeming factor? The Bruschetta appetizer. Service was extremely slow and the “prime” rib turned out to be a rump roast of some sort. Tough and dry and it took one hour to get it. I immediately sent it back in exchange for the chicken. This used to be our “go to” restaurant for a great meal but the past three times have been a major disappointment. I actually felt sorry for the owner tonight. His kitchen needs a complete overhaul as far as cooks are concerned. Food lacks flavor and allot of times poor quality. Gordon Ramsey would have a brain hemorrhage trying to rectify The Great Escape.

DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great time and the food is great. They have great service and staff!

PS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great. Recommend the chicken pot pie. Very god service.

LK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The Chicken Pot Pie is absolutely delicious! You will be amazed at the presentation!

T
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice comfortable neighborhood place to enjoy a cocktail and dinner with friends

D
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

BBQ Ribs are one of the best and the boasted chicken is great. Drinks are very tasty and the service is outstanding especially "Karen". She has the special touch in making your time wonderful. Prices are fair and the owner comes around and ask you about your meal. Free parking, Enjoy,

D
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. Great food and service as always!

SW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and always consistently good. Prices are getting a little bit higher for the portion size. Otherwise no complaints.

c
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the history, feel and food.

ND
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always had good experience at Great Escape

CT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. The wait staff are excellent and attentive. Good price for their House wine. Myself, my wife and a friend went twice in two evenings. Had the broasted chicken first night and the chicken pot pie the second. Would recommend both.

R
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there multiple times now. Such great food. Lovely place for special occasions and date nights out.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Stuffed mushrooms were very good. Roast duck was okay - breast meat a little over cooked. Happens often when serving 1/2 duck.

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.

J
Chicago
37 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.

LL
Chicago
46 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.

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.

KJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, Great Ribs,great atmosphere, waitress was very pleasant and not intrusive at all. Highly recommend Great Escape for a wonderful
Evening out.

LC
Grand Rapids
7 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.

D
Chicago
15 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 .

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

Service and food are the best.

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.

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

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

D
Chicago
35 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.

D
Chicago
15 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.

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

Very cozy place. Sehr guter Fisch.

K
Chicago
6 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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