Theory Chicago

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Our goal is to make Theory your home away from home. Theory is a cozy, upscale sports lounge with an emphasis on comfort, good food, and great service. We can accommodate groups from 2 to 200 and have a private room available for dining and corporate events. Our menu features american cuisine with southern and Mexican touches. we hope to see you here soon.

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vipRecentEater
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Theory once again is an amazing place to play Tuesday night trivia. Came out with two tables and 14 people this week!

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vipRecentEater
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Theory is one of the best trivia spots in the city, hands down. Really love coming here every week. Great food, great trivia host, and an all around fun time!

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vipRecentEater
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DYSLEXIC DIG BICKS

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TheFella
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for The Office trivia night. Trivia started at 7:30 and get there at 6:15 to take advantage of the happy hour deal which is pretty good. Dinner and a margarita for 17 total and then 20 with tip. $5 dollar beers too which is always nice to knock a few bucks off normal price beer. This is a fun place to go but I would say only for trivia, not for an actual night out with friends. 7/10

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roy1
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Website pictures and description were very different from the actual bar. Music so loud and expletive filled, could not talk during dinner. Too bad, I was looking forward to going here.

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RainbowGoddess
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to watch the All Star game. The food was delicious (we especially loved the pretzel appetizer), the energy was good, the staff was very attentive and friendly, and we had a blast playing the trivia game.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! Manager makes everyone feel like a regular. Gets noisy....it’s a sports bar, so don’t complain.

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vipRecentEater
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love doing Tuesday night trivia at Theory. The owner and his staff do an excellent job making sure it is a fun and welcoming experience for everyone. Nice outdoor patio for when weather behaves. Good food, good selection of alcohol choices, and good prices for River North. Also close to the Red Line stop!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at Theory! The staff are wonderful and make it the best neighbourhood sports bar with awesome appetizers and ambiance.

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SerraL
New England
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food and drink selection. Fun place to watch Game #1 of Stanley cup with the B's. Music was a little loud, but celebration shots for every B's goal made up for it. Highly recommend the food there, a little more upscale than a "regular" pub, but prices were great.

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MichaelK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

In a city where service doesn’t seem to be a priority, Theory delivers and then some.

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ReginaldS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food and music was good. However, I was with a group of 6 other people, and I repeatedly asked the servers to put all of our orders on separate checks. They completely ignored my requests and when they brought the check, everyone's order was placed on my check anyway. They totally disregarded my request and did what they wanted to do. I will NEVER go back there again.

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Tessa
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was great! Only complaint was that the music was a TOUCH too loud for before 9pm.

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Foodie10
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joel the owner is very hospitable & they do a great job promoting the big sporting events. I spent Saturday there for the Masters. Great time! Thank you.

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Anne
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food amazing people, love the Mac n cheese flat bread!

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LindaA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

excellent service...great place to meet up with friends

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AdnanD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greeting was nice. Had reservation for lunch and asked for quiet table and they accommodated. The mac & cheese bites appetizer was the best I’ve ever had. The mac & cheese was actually liquidy cheesy noodles on the inside and fried up pretty great. Buddy had the Southwest chicken salad, I had a buffalo chicken wrap and our other buddy had a grilled cheese I think. His seasoned fries were awesome. My tater tots were bland but fried up crispy. Old Fashioneds were on point. What appeared to be either the manager or owner stopped by the table a few times to make sure everything was cool and thanked us for coming in. Being a somewhat hard place to get into he really didn’t have to do that so it was appreciated. Our waitress was also great about checking in and offered up some suggestions when we ordered. Heard the place is pretty cool at night, so I’ll have to check it out again. I’ll definitely come back for the food.

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DanL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to get together with friends! There are lots of tvs around and they can practically show any game going on. The tv sound wasn’t on so it was also a good time to just catch up with friends. The bartender and wait staff were great. We never had to call someone over and it seems they always knew when we needed help. The food was awesome. This should be everyone’s go-to bar!

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GailB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Theory! Best pickle chips I’ve ever had. Everyone was really nice and food was delicious!

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vipDonahuejacque
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic!!!! Recommend this place to everyone

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great time. Brought 4 kids under 10. Didn’t have a kids menu because t food was excellent along with service. Would visit again.

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vipBradM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice sports bar, very good food, great service. Took good care of us.

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vipSuzieQ
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Six U of Iowa alumni and their daughters enjoyed a Roommate Reunion at Theory tonight. As always, Joel was an outstanding host, greeting his fellow Hawkeyes in Black and Gold Style!! We had delicious pitchers of sangria, tasty shrimp appetizers, and avocado toast. I had the hole in one burger, and others enjoyed the fish tacos, one of the salads and two had the avocado toast entree. We had a great time, excellent service by Brian and our amazing waitress. Don’t worry- you don’t HAVE to be an Iowa alumni to have a good time and great service at Theory!!💛🖤💛🖤Go Hawks!! Thank You Joel!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, the staff is always so friendly and the food is delicious!

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vipBhentwins
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed Theory. Great for friends getting together. It is a sports bar so lots of tvs and conversation along with a nice mix of music. The food was absolutely delicious. We had the cheeseburger, blackened chicken sandwich, and grilled cheese & tomato soup. Drinks were good & our waitress was fun and friendly. Parking was not easy on a Friday evening but we will return.

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rosA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

THEY HAVE GOOD FOOD AND THE SPECIALS ARE GREAT. THE OWNER IS SO NICE. GOOD PLACE TO EAT AT

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vipTraciW
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for brunch. Food was fantastic! It was quiet but we were told it depends on what sports are on TV. It’s either very busy or could be quiet. With that variability I’d recommend a reservation either way to secure a table. They did a great job meeting my request in my reservation notes. Very friendly staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to watch a game!

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vipBrittanyS
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There are a lot of tvs for every sports fan. Great food and there is a bottomless mimosa options for brunch. Great service and the manager was very friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love this place for Tuesday night trivia! Awesome staff.

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ChristaH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was awesome. Great staff and great food. Will definitely be coming back.

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JohnC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner for four couples; only one of us had been there previously. Very friendly, helpful reservation staff. Our group changed 2-3x so reservation shifted between 8-12 people and they were patient with us.

Our server was wonderful - she was very personable and service was great. Food was very good - certainly not just pub grub. Certainly a great place to catch a game - TVs everywhere. Great experience - we'd definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! Definitely my favorite place to catch a Patriots game

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DanB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We flew in from Boston and wanted a bar to watch the patriot game. This place was awesome. Full of patriots fans lots of big screen TVs The owner came over and introduced himself and was very friendly. The cheese burgers were amazing!! I will go there again

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joel was an AMAZING host again!! What a phenomenal place to be while in Chicago. Certainly a "must go" while in town. Thanks Joel and Theory staff, ya'll rock!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Joel is awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Great view and food to watch a game but, music very overpowering.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The place is hopping and the food is great. The owner comes by a lot to thank you for coming in.

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RGG10
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went with some friends before the Champions Classic at the United Center. Decent bar food and drink list. Great service and set up inside. Would recommend.

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Theory Chicago does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Theory Chicago also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 644-0004.

Theory Chicago is rated 4.7 stars by 194 OpenTable diners.

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