Lokal - Wicker Park

3.9
395 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

This European-flecked neighborhood restaurant gets the urban vibe going with its stylish interior dressed in square tables, white molded chairs, and large canvases of modern art. The lounge area hosts guest DJs who pump up the volume when the lights go down, augmenting the retro feel. At Lokal - Wicker Park, lunch and dinner offer wholly different experiences, but each is worthy on its own. Brunches include: Duck Confit Benedict, Braised Pork Belly, French Omelets; while the dinner menu is more complex (showcasing the likes of NY Steak with truffle fries and apple slaw, Pork Tenderloin with potato pancake and mushroom cream or Goat Cheese Risotto with confit tomatoes, sweet peas and butternuts squash) . Lokal - Wicker Park is lauded for its fresh, first-rate ingredients often supplied by local farmers including Gunthrrop Farm, Nichols Farm, AquaTerra Farms and others.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm -11:00pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 3:30pm

LOKaL Wicker Park Does Not Take Reservations For Saturday or Sunday Brunch
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Phone number
(773) 904-8113
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Art Wnorowski
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CTA Blue Line
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Entertainment
DJs after 10:00 PM

Wednesdays - House Music
Thursdays - Old School Hip-Hop / R&B
Fridays - Top 40
Saturdays - Party Jams
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Special events & promotions
Birth Day, Rehearsal Dinner, Special Occasions, etc
What 395 People Are Saying
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3.6
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3.5
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is great and food is fresh! The energy in the place is amazing. Bottomless mimosa's are a must!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

HORRIBLE wait staff. I made a reservation for 11:30, and after over 30 minutes of STILL awaiting, my party and I had to leave. We kept telling the hostess about our reservation, and she was rude and inattentive. She knew my large party was waiting and instead just kept walking past us to seat other people and would avoid eye contact. How can you make a reservation almost a week before the date for a large party and not have the space available? Rude, lazy & no care for customers. Also, the music was mind-numbingly loud. Go to the Lincoln Park location if you must, but honestly, after my experience with wicker, I don’t want to give this franchise any of my money.

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L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had such a fun and great time. It was my first time here so when I walked into the restaurant and was hit with very loud music I already knew it felt like a good time. Our server was the best and friendly person. Even though it was super loud you were still able to enjoy your time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made reservation for 9am, walked in (door unlocked?) and the guy at the front said they’re closed and they may not open today, and if they do it might be at 10am. Ridiculous

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TS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Atmosphere is fun and energetic with a mix of popular music. Food is good. Service is slow but everyone is very nice

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JT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great environment and the food is delicious! I have a blast every time I visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Crowded and fairly small compared to how popular it is. Still great music and great overall energy and vibe.

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

we had to wait an hour for our table even though we had a reservation

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ES
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My fiance and I loved the bottomless bloody mary brunch option. $15 each is a great deal! We're from Wisconsin, so if we go again we wanna try the bottomless mimosas or champagne. With the drinks and our meal we each spent around $35-40 (with tip). The location doesn't look like a restaurant from the outside but the inside is very modern looking and fun. If you plan on going for brunch it's definitely best to make a reservation since seating is limited. 10/10 would recommend!

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LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I've come here a few times with a reservation and always have to wait at least 20 minutes or so for a table. I get it, since its unlimited mimosas but its frustrating. I always end up with the same server though, and she is great. I'm not sure what her name is. We went there last weekend and it was beyond loud and there were huge parties that were dancing everywhere so you couldn't even get to the bathroom. Staff-wise and price-wise I love this place, everything else I'm not a huge fan of.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 5

Hostesses were rude and unprofessional.

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AH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wait time, even with a reservation, is a bit heavy. However, staff is very friendly.

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ET
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Made reservations but waited 30 minutes before being seated! The food was delicious and love the music.

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l
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

super loud music during brunch. go here if you want to feel like you never left the club last night - in a bad way.

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Way way loud for a Sunday brunch.

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this place! Great food and great music!

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B
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Went for the Saturday brunch. Excellent bottomless mimosas! The service was good and our waiter was attentive. The food was delicious and the portions were plentiful. We liked the music; however, the only concern was the sound level. When asked, we were told they have a “loud & boozy” bunch. We were a little older than the average age there, and it was very difficult to have a conversation. At one point, we texted each other to communicate. Overall, it was great and I’d return but not for brunch.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 1

Not sure if I should even be leaving a review because we didn't eat. Met a friend here for brunch and ended up leaving because the music was so loud we couldn't hear each other or the server. It was a little intense for 11am. I wouldn't recommend this place for brunch.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I always have a wonderful time here for brunch. Only down side is when you book a reservation and still have to wait 20minutes when you arrive. It defeats the purpose.

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P
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Way too loud, couldn’t even talk to the other people at my table. Good food though! Just club level loud music

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Restaurant was empty when we arrived for our reservation but we were still not seated right away. One of our five people hadn’t arrived yet. I do understand this policy when restaurants are busy, but there were only two other customers in the entire place. Additionally, our order was wrong and our wait service was inattentive.

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HW
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

waiter delivered terrible customer service and when we asked for a manager she told us she was the manager. However, after asking the other waiter she called the "real manager" to speak with us.

Our appetizer came out the same time as the food and after that we did not need it. It took over 15 min for the waiter to come and when she did we asked if she was our waiter, her response was "I guess so". She also did not want to bring our second pitcher of mimosas because she said it had been 90 min, however, it took 20-25 min for us to even order the food or the mimosas. Also, we wanted to order the second pitcher soon than we did but it took us forever to find her because she did not follow up with us through our dining time.

Terrible service, I do not know the waiter's name but she her hairstyle was a bun on top with long weave in the back. The real manager was friendly.

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CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had dined here multiple times before and thought that this time would be better with a reservation. However, even though my reservation was at 1:45pm and we arrived at 1:20pm in case there was availability earlier, we didn't get seated until 2:45pm. The place was so loud that we couldn't even hear each other talk. Alot of our food orders were messed up too, and just overall wasn't great. The menu prices were higher than the prices on the website as well. There's really no point of making a reservation, because their reservation system is a first come first serve (as long as everyone in the party is present) - no matter if you made a reservation through opentable or not.

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NH
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Too small of a venue to accept reservations. Didn’t honor anyone’s reservation. Was sat an hour after scheduled timing with slow service, likely because included gratuity.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was SO good and they give you a carafe of bottomless mimosas which is nice, but there’s a lot of orange juice so next time I’ll probably pay $3 more to do bottomless champagne.

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Had an 11:30 reservation and wasn’t seated until 12:30. It’s a great value but wouldn’t go back. Felt unorganized.

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K
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

music was too loud to even hear the server, no ac on an above average hot day (upper 80s)

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I went there to meet my friend and they were not open, so we went up the street.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Had reservations and couldn’t get in. Line was out the door and even with reservations, we were considered with the people outside.

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MM
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great setting... music is super loud so its hard to hear your friends talking. Unlimited mimosas were a hit. Great spot for brunch with friends if you can beat the sunday crowd. Make sure to make reservations.

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l
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

We were delivered another tables order and after 5 minutes we finally caught the waitresses attention and alerted her to the mistake. She and the manager then proceeded to pick up the lukewarm plates and redeliver them to the correct party. This was unsettling to see, as it made me question if my food was fresh. I won't be returning to this restaurant.

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LG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

I had to wait almost an hour after my reservation for a party of 10, due to them being small and crowded. Overall, we had a blast. The food and drinks were awesome. Music on point!!

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AO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The wait can be a bit long but its still a really fun place.

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J
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation at 9:00 am on Saturday but when we showed up, they said they weren’t going to open until around 9:30. I don’t understand how a restaurant takes reservations for times they won’t be open, even though they should have been open according to all sources. It was embarrassing to show up with friends from out of town and not be able to eat at the spot of our choice.

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MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

I might have a different review if I visited at night, but for a Sunday brunch it was loud AF. Sorry if I'm stereotyping but no one in the restaurant looked the type to enjoy the style of music being played. And I don't think they had air conditioning. Absolutely couldn't wait to get out of there. The only silver lining was the quantity of food for the price, and the Nutella Frittes were in fact awesome. But not enough to outweigh the overall experience. No plans to ever go back for brunch.

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OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you’re doing weekend brunch, it’s fun but be ready for loud music and be ready to shake your shoulders a bit

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AS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had a reservation and when I got there it was still a 45 minute wait so our group left. Very disappointing.

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JH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bottomless brunch. Would recommend the steak & eggs

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F
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a CardiParty in both the bar and my mouth!!

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RO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our server was amazing but the restaurant had no air conditioning or it wasn't working so the entire 3hrs we were there we were sweating. My shirt was wet. Our waiter was sweating too. He did bring a pitcher of water and tons of champagne. I have been to Lokal plenty of times and the music and food is great but this time I was miserable because of no air.

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