Theory Chicago

4.6
190 reviews
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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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Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

RG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

RE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SL
New England
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

MK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

RS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

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.

T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

F
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

A
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

AD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

GB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

BM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

SQ
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

B
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

TW
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to watch a game!

BS
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Love this place for Tuesday night trivia! Awesome staff.

CH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Joel is awesome.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

RG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place for trivia on tuesdays and to watch the patriots! Staff and owner are super friendly and will take good care of you!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bar to watch Iowa Hawkeyes, excellent food and fun atmosphere! We make sure it is part of our annual girls weekend!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to watch a ballgame. The owner, Joel, is a great guy who really appreciates your business and treats everyone with respect. The staff is incredibly nice and welcoming.

OT
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, tasty Bloody Marys

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