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Permanently Closed - The Southern

402 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - The Southern is a central gathering place where the tallest order of the day is a cocktail, conversation and relaxation.

Taking its cue from the laid back way of southern life, this low-down Bucktown bar offers a deep selection of small batch bourbons, micro-brews, hearty whiskeys and plenty of specialty drinks.

When hunger strikes - as it always does when people get together – Executive Chef Eric Michael satisfies with a menu that raises the bar on bar food. Influenced by southern cuisine Michael uses ingredients from local farmers and sustainable sources for dishes like fried green tomatoes, Johnny cakes with pork confit slaw and Our Famous Fried chicken served daily. For bigger appetites, expect to find soul-satisfying Pork Belly, Crawfish Roll and grilled Shrimp and Grits.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Southern, American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 5:00 pm - 11:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Bar opens at 5pm daily till close and for weekend brunch
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Phone number
(773) 342-1840
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eric Michael
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Private party facilities
Contact our event coordinator at to help book your event from 6 to 250 people.
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Private party contact
Alette Valencia: (773) 342-1840
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Catering options available
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Cross street
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Parking details
Street parking (with meters) and residential parking is available (observe neighborhood restrictions).
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Public transit
North Avenue #72 or Blue Line Damen stop.
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Special events & promotions
We offer event space for parties of 10 to 250, think of us for your next special event with great cocktails and comforting food options.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2016

Very interesting, intimate. The Fireside cocktail is awesome!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on November 20, 2016

The food is tasty. The service is friendly. The wooden tables and booths made for a vibrant date ambiance. On the downside, the menu is small and the prices are high for food that can easily be made at home or ordered at other restaurants for far less.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on November 12, 2016

The Southern makes a great spot for cocktails. The food it lackluster at best.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on November 6, 2016

Service was 👎
Server was not very attentive.
8 people dining... 6 meals came out the remaining 2 meals took over 15 minutes to arrive.
Food is ok. Eggs Benedict lots of sauce little flavor
Chicken and waffles boring.. cold
Eggs and bacon.. bacon was very fatty
Bloody Mary mix yuk
Outside venue nice

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on September 16, 2016

I went here because I was looking for a place where I could have dinner with an old friend from out of town and sit outside. Plus, the food looked great on the website. However, the website has a huge picture of fried green tomatoes which I was looking forward to , and then they didn't have them on the menu. We also kept smelling the grill, but there are no real grilled items on the menu either. The menu is somewhat limited, and the food was okay. But, it was a great place to sit outside, chat, and have a couple of beers.

vipMNnative (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on September 2, 2016

Decent food, and drinks were good. Patio is fantastic, with a great ambiance. Negative for the night was the service. Server made us feel like an annoyance, and there was minimal effort it seemed.

Might try The Southern again for the patio, but odds are we won't be back.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 27, 2016

Appeared to be having an issue with a leaky air vent, which was a little off putting. But the service and food was great, perfect brunch spot! Surprised it wasn't packed?

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on August 21, 2016

Service was not good. Not accommodating for children

vipDBomb (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

I'm from South Carolina, raised on southern cuisine, and the Southern was pretty good representation of the South. Grits were on point!

viplizbiz164 (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on August 6, 2016

The Southern has been a top spot on our list for years -- it's hard to beat their food, drinks and outdoor space. We decided to go for brunch this weekend and were looking forward to old standbys like the fried chicken benedict, breakfast mac n cheese and other tasty items. However, we were so disappointed to learn that there is a new chef who is totally overhauling the menu, and not for the better.

It's essentially a basic menu that you could find anywhere, and nothing decidedly "southern" about it. Our server previewed the dinner menu with us as well, and we were equally disappointed. Where is the awesome burger with pimento cheese?? I can get a regular cheeseburger with cheddar cheese anywhere. What about the fried green tomatoes?? Huge let down.

It should be clarified that I am all for updating menus, adding new items and support a chef's creativity and vision. But this menu is boring, quite frankly.

Needless to say, we didn't end up staying for brunch on Saturday and we went somewhere else. I know we weren't the only ones to change our plans that day. Hopefully they hear our feedback.