The Lucky Monk

4.7
2651 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 - Sat 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 8:30 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 - Sat 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 8:30 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 2651 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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vipAwestrike
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
1 review
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!

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CAO1025
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Very disappointed. Did a reservation online with my name phone number and email. I asked to be put in an igloo. When I got there they told me I didn’t make the reservation at the right place that instead of the monk I had to go to the igloos at the monk website??? So I said to the girl do you have my information there? And she said yes. I asked why they didn’t call me she just looked at me like a deer with headlights in her eyes! So then she brings somebody else over and he’s quoting prices for the igloo that aren’t even on the website he had no idea what the cost was???
Will not be going back there for $18 hamburgers
After ordering a burger for $13 I got charge $16. They charge me an extra three dollars for coleslaw. When I told them there was nothing on the menu that said coleslaw was three dollars he said anything that wasn’t french fries was an additional three dollars. I said great show me where it says that again he looked at me like a deer with headlights in his eyes. Very inexperienced staff not accommodating food was just average. $18 hamburgers we’re just too much money with coleslaw

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GinnaL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very safe, clean and great food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They do a really good job social distancing and take your tempature at the door..food was amazing service on par

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so attentive. She gave us good recommendations and was very friendly. It made our night out very enjoyable.

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JeremyS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had to wait roughly 20 minutes after my reservation for the staff to clean the table/area. It was a bit long for a sanitizing session but it is appreciated. The food was amazing! Drinks are mixed well. Cozy/comfortable ambiance. Was my first visit to this place and I'd definitely go back to try more menu items.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

It was just so blah. Food was soggy and bland. I was bored and ate down the street afterwards!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great times at the ‘Monk, for New Year’s Eve. They had a table for us with very short notice and the food, drink, atmosphere and service were just outstanding. Always a great choice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good service even better

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RobinK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Our food was not as good as it usually is. Fish and Chips was really bad but pretzel was awesome.

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JoeW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely will go back

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vipAnniversarylove
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We opted to sit in the bar on one of the high top tables. Great decision. The bartender was also our server. Nicest man you will ever meet. Service was wonderful and we never felt overwhelmed by being checked on. He came at just the right time and felt bad he wasn’t checking on us a lot. We told him no worries we were doing great and appreciated his time. Food was fabulous. Atmosphere wasn’t loud and we could hear each other talk. Wonderful place to go for dinner.

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vipsuzanneh
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and good food

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mari81
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my sister here for the first time and she LOVED it! She’s a very picky eater so I was happy that she liked it so much! The wings and burgers are amazing!! Quite honestly, everything that I’ve tried here is always really good!

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vipFabioH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing burgers. Been coming here since 2009 when they first opened. Consistent quality.

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MelissaK
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Lucky Monk was a welcome surprise. It was our first time eating there and with the new restrictions, we were looking for a place that had a heated patio. The patio was a little dark, but we made do. The food was outstanding. I thought $13 was a bit much for the 2 shrimp tacos, but the elotes that came with it was outstanding. The burgers were enormous and my 3 kids loved their pizza. Their dinner also came with milk, a chocolate chip cookie and dipping sauce. They were ecstatic. All in all, I would definitely go there again.

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MardiL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good!! I've never had fried pickles, so very yummy!!! Brussel spouts, RIGHT ON!! And that burger, WOW! Best I've had in a very, very long time. Will definitely come back SOON!

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RW430
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Service was good too. I love the soft pretzel

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vipLaurieG
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yesterday was mild weather for December so we were able to enjoy lunch on the patio. The new heat lamps are great!

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vipSunniC
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service! Very clean and safe eating!

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SueSews
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our temperature was taken as we walked in. Rachel was our waitress and she was fantastic. Food was great. We ordered a giant pretzel for an appetizer which was just delicious. I felt very safe since Rachel was the only one we had any interaction with and she wore her mask the whole time.

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ElizabethF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, our waiter was phenomenal! We chose to be seated inside and everything was spaced out due to covid and our booth had plexiglass behind us which was pretty nice. I ordered Swiss mushroom burger and I got to try their mac and cheese🤤 I definitely see myself coming back here, prices are reasonable.

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ClareM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and cocktails toi

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first time eating at Lucky Monk so was expecting typically bar/restaurant experience. Was pleasantly surprised evening during Covid restrictions being in place. Social distancing was followed for all inside dining. I think menu was shortened which i sense most often the case nowadays. We both got different burgers which were prepared perfectly and quiet good. Some really good upgrade options including truffle fries, side salads, fried pickles. All the other dishes passing by being delivered to other tables also looked tasty. For a casual but upscale dinner with good food, full bar and what I was told are quality microbrewery beers (not a beer drinker myself), would hesitate to come back.

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vipDavidF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We always enjoy coming here, and they have responded well to the virus restrictions.

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viptruittrg
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly service with safe dining environment

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DKTHEPROMOTER
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service as usual ! Tried the shrimp tacos tonight - they were delicious!

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vipGordy
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable experience. Service and food spot on.

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vipMeghan
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great lunch on the patio of The Lucky Monk. Delicious food with very kind and courteous service! Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will not be able to enjoy a dinner out until the governments stop with their ridiculous covid rules. It's very easy, if your scared or vulnerable stay home.

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bjason
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was really good. Beautiful night to be on the patio.

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vipGordy
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appreciate Lucky Monk dollars.
Like the outdoor patio.

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vipElmjam
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. The outdoor heaters really help.

Our server Lindsey was terrific.

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vip10SNE1
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love dining at The Lucky Monk on their beautiful heated patio which overlooks the pond. Food, beer sampler and service were excellent!

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vipToniT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate on the patio on a beautiful November Saturday! It was a little breezy which made the shades blow and they were quite noisy. Very minor compared with what’s going on in the world right now! The food was excellent as was the service!
One small complaint which I’ve noticed in many restaurants is they take great care to wipe down the tables but completely neglect the chairs!

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KevinD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful day for food and drinks out on the patio

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viptruittrg
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice heated patio for outdoor dining

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 2651 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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