The Lucky Monk

4.7
2687 Reviews
$30 and under
American
PLEASE NOTE THIS RESERVATION IS VALID FOR INDOOR DINING OR THE HEATED ENCLOSED PATIO. IGLOO RESERVATIONS MUST BE BOOKED ON THE SEPARATE OPEN TABLE LISTING "THE IGLOOS OF THE LUCKY MONK."
When you name your restaurant after Trappist monks who've spent centuries perfecting their craft, you're serious about your beer. That's why we hired a master to craft our house brews and why our beer list spans the globe. With everything from refreshing pilsners that match the lightness of our thin-crust pizza to dark, rich ales that stand up to our decadent burgers, you're certain to find a new favorite at The Lucky Monk. We're sure that our Prime beef burgers — served with hand-cut fries — will be the juiciest you've ever had. Our other house specialty is pizza. It is crisp and generously topped with fresh ingredients. And we round out our menu with vibrant, flavorful salads; a handful of classic, satisfying American entrées; and some sweet surprises.

Support The Lucky Monk during COVID-19

Offers

  • Happy Hour is BEER Again!

    Multiple dates available

    Sun - Thu 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Fri - Sat 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Experience the TLM Social Hour with $3.5 House Beers and 1/2 Off Appetizers from 3pm-6pm, Mondays-Fridays!
  • Happy Hour is BEER Again!

    Multiple dates available

    Sun - Thu 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Fri - Sat 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Experience the TLM Social Hour with $3.5 House Beers and 1/2 Off Appetizers from 3pm-6pm, Mondays-Fridays!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2687 people are saying
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vipSara
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

First time trying shrimp tacos with a street corn salad accompaniment...amazing! Never can pass up the hot pretzel appetizer!

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vipMarkT
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my first visit to The Lucky Monk. My wife had eaten there a couple of times but we had never gone as a family to dine. I had a mental picture of a bar/brewery establishment but was pleasantly surprised at layout and ambience. We started with appetizers and I had a beer brewed in-house. The appetizer was a sampler of the pickle fries, cheese curds and parmesan truffle fries. Each of them was perfectly cooked, crisp with out being crispy and I am not exaggerating to say they each ranked among the best of their respective category. The cheese curds were light and crisp, the fries had an ideal amount of truffle oil and had shaved parmesan versus grated and were delightfully crisp. The pickle chips were perfectly breaded. These were accompanied by a trio of sauces, that while delicious were hardly needed given the quality of each appetizer. Three of the four of us ordered burgers that were generous in size, perfectly constructed and ideally cooked. My wife and I enjoyed the Peppercorn Bleu- delicious peppercorn patty with caramelized onions, bleu cheese and served on a fresh pretzel bun. Delicious!! My son took on the Smoke Daddy IPA BBQ burger...and the burger won. It was bigger than his head and was stacked with yummy onion strings. He indicated it could have had a bit more of the BBQ sauce, but was very, very good. My daughter had the kid's Fish "n" Chips and she devoured all of it. A perfect portion for her. I also had a cup of the delicious Chicken Poblano Chili, which was another clear winner- tender chicken, white beans, sour cream and cilantro all combined to deliver exactly what a winter day called for; warm and flavorful goodness. The topper of it all was the attentive service from Colin and the entire staff. Extremely personable and knowledgeable and always right there when we needed him. The other staff supplemented as needed to insure we had what we needed at all times. Engaged the manager after dinner to extended our gratitude; he was equally great

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Seank
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere with friendly staff, will go again.

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NormaR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

THE SERVICE WAS OUTSTANDING, AND I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND LUCKY MONK TO MY FRIENDS.

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vipPhilB
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, outstanding service and food....

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Cakeman
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Everything was as the last time we ate there, just that the taste of the food was less than good. Wait time was reasonable, service was great! Prices were reasonable. It will be a while before we go back. Hopefully the food issue will be corrected.

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Rick
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent from apps to main dishes. Their beer selection is broad, with their own beers being very tasty. Social distancing, masks, and sanitation were all good too--felt very comfortable with their practices. Will definitely be back.

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vipjessicaC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

had a great valentines day at lucky monk! the valentine's day menu was delicious and well worth the price. loved the champagne and chocolate strawberries! best Brussel sprouts around!

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IsmaelG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great our waiter was on point with our food and service. We really enjoyed the ambiance of the building and of course the food was delicious and the beer was really great also.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They created an excellent Valentine's day menu and experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess were quick to sit us.
Servers were on point.
Drinks were great and food was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and lovely to talk to, socially distant for those who are cautious. An overall Vibrant experience with phenomenal food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Experience was good food was tasty, service at times slow but still good.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was slow, food came out cold. Manager seemed annoyed when I told him about it. Will not return

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SteveR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Valentines Day. Nice special menu, attentive server. Reasonable value.

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vipMyronW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good and service was quick. 2 hour time limit but we were done in 90 minutes.

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SusanS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server I think his name was James was outstanding! He gave great recommendations on the menu and checked on us several times. The one surprise was that the placed as fully occupied. I know indoor dinning has reopened, but every table was filled and didn't seem like they were following the guidance.

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gailm
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great appetizers and pub fare. Even took a Growler home!! Will be back with more friends .....

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was great. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great attitude and awesome food. Amazing place to have special occasion.

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vipRandallG
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It’s was okay.

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Lindzer
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wish some of the things that were on the menu weren’t taken away. Also, wish some of the specials on the Valentine’s Day menu were on the regular menu.

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JoFo
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservations for 7:15. We were seated by 7:17!!
They were so friendly!! Took our temperature and seated us right away. Food was awesome and so was service! Had the cheese curds-Sooo delicious. Also had the Turkey burger. It was very tasty!! Would recommend this restaurant!!

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Ryan
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kiley was a great bartender, would recommend again. Definitely will be back.

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ChiragR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service from Gabriella. Only complaint was that the entire area was not shoveled...easy for someone to slip and fall....

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LindaG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the server was very prompt and helpful. Spacing felt very COVID safe. All and all a great evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time having family night. Thanks again!

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RyanB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Great food, great beer, great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Waitress was nice... brought birthday desserts for our 2 girls and fixed an item. So good to get out!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our waitress Gabriella was amazing! She was knowledgeable and so helpful when ordering and customizing. The food was very good! Of course everything looks different with Covid, but they did a great job of spacing and making reservations.

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vipTeriS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you Lucky Monk for a fun energetic atmosphere. The Chicken Chili soup was AMAZING. Servers were very friendly and attentive. Fun music and sports playing.
It was nice to finally feel a little normalcy in this crazy world.

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jasond
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing presentation. Service was fantastic..Gabriela was our server! First time there and will definetely be coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Chicago place: the best burgers, fries, and beer.

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AlanC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was great as usual, service this visit was lacking,

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and quick service! Would recommend and will go again. Their smash burger was excellent but I’m not sure it’s a full time menu item, should be!

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BrianW
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I've eaten at the Lucky Monk before, but it had been several years. I dined with my girlfriend, and we had a positive experience. The giant pretzel appetizer is delicious! Make sure you share though, because it's YUUUUUUUUGE

As a vegetarian, my options were very limited for my entrée. That's okay, I knew that coming in. I tried the Vegan burger. I have to admit - it was not my cup of tea. Again, I kind of knew that going in, so no worries. My girlfriend had the swiss bacon burger. She was very satisfied. The French fries were lit, fam!

The service was excellent. Our server knew that my girlfriend didn't speak English, so he did his best to accommodate her in Spanish. Big plus! Also, he could tell that I wasn't enjoying my Vegan Burger. When he saw that I only ate a couple bites of it, he took it off the bill without me even asking. What a guy!!! It definitely earned him a big tip.

I look forward to going back to the Lucky Monk after Covid is over. It's a great location for a happy hour or drinks with friends. Just stay away from the Vegan Burger unless you're hard core.

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vipAwestrike
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, excellent service at a great price

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HowardL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The wait staff was friendly and attentive. They have done a great job of creating a safe environment during this time of pandemic. Also, they have a several seating options for their guests.

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RyanB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been there several times recently. Love that they are open for indoor dining through all this and just a great place.

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StephanieC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We had a good time on the heated patio. Only thing was that it was definitely colder than the 60 degrees I was told they get it up to in there....we saw our breath! It was probably in the 40s in there. Would probably be better if they had 2 rows of ceiling heaters - one row above the one set of tables and the other row of heaters above the other set of tables instead of one row right in the middle of the rows of tables. We still enjoyed ourselves though!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Lucky Monk using the Order Online button. The Lucky Monk also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 898-0500.

The Lucky Monk is rated 4.7 stars by 2687 OpenTable diners.

The Lucky Monk does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/the-lucky-monk/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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