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State and Lake Chicago Tavern

1050 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
Led by award-winning Executive Chef Nathan Sears, sleek contemporary gastropub State and Lake Chicago Tavern combines the flare of artisanal American cuisine with the warm, welcoming vibe of a neighborhood pub. Named after the iconic intersection in the heart of the city, State and Lake Chicago Tavern serves up new twists on bistro fare, with an emphasis on featuring the finest locally sourced and wholesome ingredients. Offering Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night and Weekend Brunch, Chef Nathan Sears's menu is composed of small plates and larger entrees. Artisanal beer selections – many from the Midwest – pair gracefully with the fare as does State and Lake Chicago Tavern's extensive wine list and handcrafted, classic cocktails.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
BREAKFAST Monday-Friday: 6:30am-11am
LUNCH Monday-Friday: 11am-4pm
DINNER Monday - Thursday: 4pm-11pm, Friday-Saturday: 4pm-2am, Sunday: 4pm-10pm
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Phone number
(312) 239-9400
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nathan Sears
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Cross street
Lake Street
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Parking details
Valet parking is offered through the hotel:
0 - 3 hours: $17
2 - 8 hours: $28
Over 8 hours: $65
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Public transit
Red Line: State and Lake
Brown/Purple/Green/Orange Line: State and Lake
Blue Line: Clark and Lake
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FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Live Acoustic Music 10PM
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Special events & promotions
If you are interested in booking a private event, please contact our Catering Department at (312) 239-9517 or by email at
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

State and Lake Chicago Tavern is an ideal location to enjoy a breakfast event, business or girl’s luncheon, or a plethora of events including after work receptions, rehearsal dinners, or corporate dinners. A warm rustic space filled with organic colors and vintage elements.

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What 1050 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJimB (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Good experience. Good food, good service. Ambience very nice.

CBVAL (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We loved the service and food! It was so convenient to come here after a show at the Chicago Theater, and we were pleasantly surprised at how great everything was. We would definitely come back (with or without kids).

VictoriaM (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

State and Lake Tavern was great to stop at for a filling bite right after we checked out of the hotel. Their brunch options were amazing. I highly recommend the potatoes -- everything my girlfriend and I had was delicious. Service was attentive but not hovering, and the entire environment was moody and dark; perfect for date night. It has a beautiful ambiance and is a more low-key environment than The Roof.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Great location for theater, good food and wonderful service!

mrrab (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

I really enjoyed the sandwich menu. A good selection of not the normal choices.
Good atmosphere and good food.

Fit2eat (Louisville)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Very enjoyable experience for brunch! I had a glass of wonderful champagne and the sirloin and eggs with a side of pimento. Everything was wonderful. My husband had the white chocolate french toast which was so decadent and the hot chocolate which was amazing! Our server, Jorge, was so friendly and helpful. Over-the-top service! Highly recommend this place.

justaregularguy (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Stopped by for pre theater dinner. Pub food was ok. It met our needs. Nothing special but very convenient for our evening.

PattyD (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

I had been to State and Lake Chicago Tavern a few years ago and recalled a good experience. I suggested it for our dinner after a show with some friends recently. I was very disappointed in my meal choice, as was one of my friends. 3 guests were pleased with their meals. I ordered a "salmon salad" and it was the weirdest thing I have ever eaten. And not in a good way. Strange combination of ingredients that did not go well together. One friend ordered a "beet salad" and it was mostly cabbage and hardly any beets. She did not like it. We did have roasted brussel sprouts appetizer that was very good, as well as a big pretzel with mustard (also good). Bottom line--order the burger. It looked delicious.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Pre theatre meal

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years Eve

SleepyHollowMomOf2 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Menu is extremely limited. Food was mediocre. Short rib was good, but had over powering dill flavor. The butternut squash pasta looked unappetizing & there wasn't any squash in it. It wad just ok. Our server had the personality of a wet noodle. She was not excited to be there. We wanted a cozy table for the 2 of us & ended up at a tiny table with no legroom next to the hostess table. The whole dinner we overheard the hostesses gabbing & gossiping. With so many great places to eat downtown, I'd rank this pretty low. Only plus us a great location.

2scoops13 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Was a pre-theater dinner for us. Very enjoyable, good food, good service. Our server made sure that our food was served promptly. Also, met a local celebrity there. Fun time.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

My son and I went before the show at the Oriental Theater. It was very convenient and close to the theater. We were very impressed with their specialty cocktails. Burgers were done just right.

SkinnyMinnie (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Menu was very limited and ordinary. Food offerings were expensive! We ordered 2 adult entrees, 3 appetizers, 1 kids entree, and a few drinks... $200+... ouch!! Guess you pay for the convenient location. If you can... eat somewhere else!! Nothing special!!

nicko4 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

The food seems like it has strange combinations but they all work and they are different and delicious. The restaurant is beautiful and it has a great looking bar. I went there on a client luncheon and both my client and I said we would be back. The staff was extremely attentive and helpful. A gem on State Street.

RBEll (Louisville)
3.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

Everything was fine - nothing was exceptional. The beer choices were almost all IPA’s and, while I know that is what is trending, I would love it if bars also stocked for more diverse tastes. We did like the porter and the stout, but they were the only two darks on tap. Service was, again, fine but nothing beyond normal.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Need whole food plant based menu item that is hot. Very nice decor, convenient location and good service

vipScribbler (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

We went to State and Lake Chicago Tavern prior to seeing "Wicked" during the holidays. It's a nice alternative to the usual very busy, very loud pre-theater restaurants in the area. By contrast, this is small enough that it was quiet and conversation-friendly. Food was good, many options for different tastes, and the service was fine; the food came plenty quickly and we even had time for dessert. The only small thing that was off was that the bar didn't appear to have much in the way of traditional alcohol, while it was heavy on the beer. They didn't have Hendricks Gin, for example, which isn't exactly exotic. They didn't have Belvedere or Chopin vodka, either. So those little things seemed odd but they didn't spoil the experience. We'll remember it next time we catch a show in the Theater District.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

All three of us are celiac, gluten-free, all ordered the cauliflower risotto. None of us are picky eaters so it’s remarkable that all 3 of us found the meal not palatable, seriously terrible, no taste, like cream of wheat. We ordered 2 orders of fries and ate those before our theater time. Service was okay but that’s the first time I couldn’t eat a meal served to me, and likewise for the 2 others in our party. Won’t be returning there.

vipDinnerwithfamily (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

The menu is a bit limited in selections, but the food is good.