About Theory Chicago

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.

9 West Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
State & Hubbard

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 644-0004

Website:
http://www.theorychicago.com/

Entertainment:
Daily Sporting Event
Dj's on Weekend

Catering:
For Catering inquires please contact Holly at 312-644-0004 or Holly@theorychicago.com. You can also visit http://www.theorychicago.com/private-events/ for more catering information.

Parking Details:
There is limited street parking available. Valet service is available during all business hours. $14 for the first 3 Hours - $17 for 4 or more

Public Transit:
State & Grand Red Line Stop.

Executive Chef:
Steve Silva

Private Party Facilities:
We can accommodate groups from 2 to 200. perfect for all occasions including getting together with friends and corporate groups

Private Party Contact:
Holly: (312) 644-0004

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We Would love to work with you - Please contact Holly@theorychicago.com to book your event today.

Theory Chicago Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.7

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Live Sports (10)
Fun (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
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Bar Seating (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Casual (7)
Great Beer (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good for a Date (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Authentic (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
People Watching (1)
Cozy (1)
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great place. Joel is awesome.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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

Tags: Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Live Sports, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Live Sports
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food, great service, tasty Bloody Marys

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Went with friends that we haven't seen in awhile and wanted to watch the Monday Night Football game, have dinner, and catch up. The sport watching experience is top notch (e.g., lots of nice TVs with good views from everywhere). The volume on the game seemed a little loud at first, making it difficult to talk, but I either got used to it or it was turned down because I only recall it being an issue right after the game came on. The food was very good and the staff was very attentive (e.g., never had to ask for another beer, etc.). The manager or owner stopped by when we came in, during our visit, and when we were leaving to thank us for coming and to make sure we had a good time. It was very genuine and a nice touch. I had never been to Theory but I'll likely be back. Good food, good service, comfortable setting, and a good time.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This is the best sports bar in town!! The staff is so nice and accommodating. The menu is diverse and has something for everyone. It’s the best place to be for game day, so lively and fun!!

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

This is by far my favorite bar in all of Chicago. The management and staff are so friendly and helpful, and the food is delicious.

Would highly recommend to anyone.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

If you are looking for good bar food dining with some upscale twists, good value, great drinks this is a great place to meet up with friends to catch and not feel hassled.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 2, 2017

This is my favorite sports bar in the country. We stop in every time we are in Chicago. The food is excellent and the service is fantastic. The owner recognizes us every time we stop in and couldn’t be more accommodating. It’s like having a neighborhood restaurant and bar away from home.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

This plays knows service....the owner is active in thanking patrons throughout the evening and genuinely grateful for the business. One of the best experiences I have ever had in a restaurant/sports Bar. GO HAWKS!

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

A group of friends and I were visiting Chicago from Canada and made reservations for dinner after reading reviews online for several places. We received a call 2 hours before our reservation stating that they "didn't know if they'd have a table for us" because they were busy. When I called back no one answered, I left a message and also didn't receive a call back. We arrived at the restaurant and did have a table, the food was ok, but I do have to say the service was awful. Our server was rude, impatient, and had no manners. We also chose this restaurant based on the reviews and photos online as it looked like a good spot for a nice dinner, this was not the case. There was some sort of event that they neglected to mention when I made the reservation so there was very little seating, people were bumping into us throughout our entire meal, and the music was so loud we couldn't even have a conversation. Lastly, one of the members of our party didn't enjoy her food at all, and the customer service skills of the waitress in this situation were disappointing to say the least. If you're looking to just grab a drink and don't want to talk to anyone this place is for you, but I would not recommend this place for a meal.

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 (Portland)·Dined on August 9, 2017

More like a sports club than a sports bar. Very loud music and the vibe really wasn't business appropriate at all. Would be fun with good friends but not for talking.

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

We loved this restaurant, 3 adults and 2 teens, I booked online as it had good reviews and only around the corner from our hotel, it didn't disappoint, good menu and good value, a little noisy but it was a Saturday evening.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 11, 2017

We are huge Bloody Mary fans, the bloody bar was awesome! The food was also amazing!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great place to watch a game. The food was awesome. The drinks were fantastic and the staff was incredibly friendly!

Tags: Great Beer, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Sports
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Kimberly Angie and the entire Team over at #theory are simply amazing Great food music and ambiance!!! #repeatcustomers #gowarriors

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We were for vacations with family and friends from
California , but we really love this place in
Berry way. Thanks Theory thanks Chicago

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Good great for sports bar!!!
Server was extremely friendly and attentive!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Had a lot of fun celebrating my dad's birthday!! Music was way too loud, we had to scream across the table.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 11, 2017

My food did not come out with the other food and the server offered me an appetizer while I waited. I didn't need an app., but thought the gesture was so nice! We went there for trivia and so the noise level was on and off moderate. Food was delicious and thought it would be a great place to go back for trivia and/or watch a sports game!

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Great food and the staff and owner were so nice and friendly. One of the best places in Chicago!

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 22, 2017

I started coming here for Patriots games and has become by go to for Happy Hours, dinner, drinks etc. Excellent staff, the owner Joel is beyond amazing. It has become my home away from home. Food is great, anything from healthy salads & flat breads to fried mac and cheese bites. Also great if you have a small private party, very cool back room!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 15, 2017

I reserved a table for 10 and more people showed up than expected. The table next to us was empty so they let us use that one too. The food and drinks were good. A couple people weren't happy with the service, but I thought that waitress did fine.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Food was great. We were there for brunch. $5 mimosas yes please. Place wasn't much to look at but it was pretty quiet and the service was excellent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2016

Came here after work. Our server Gabby rolled out the red carpet for us! She was very knowledgeable regarding the menu and made amazing suggestions based on the preferences of everyone in our party. We will definitely come back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 11, 2016

Service was outstanding! Food was as well. Played great music!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value, Bar Seating, Fun, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2016

The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. I'm always quite pleased when able to come to Theory always a great experience.

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 4, 2016

We went with our children and did not realize it was a bar where they check IDs to enter. Still a good time. Just a heads up.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Background music playing too loud, "energetic" noise level not good. Weekend visit to Chicago with another couple, picked Theory for dinner & to watch specific football game. We were only ones really watching any of the TVs, but they wouldn't put our hometown football team, WMU Broncos, on the largest TV screen near our table, instead of 2-hr pregame of Chicago Bulls basketball. No audio from TVs, so having pre-game/studio shows on pretty stupid. Food just so-so. Did I say music too loud? Couldn't really have conversations without shouting.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2016

Fun Trivia night. Food was much better than I expected to get at a bar. Good vegetarian tacos.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2016

We wanted a place to watch The Game and Theory did not disappoint. The food was great and so was the atmosphere. There are tv's everywhere with every seat having a great view. I highly recommend Theory.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 19, 2016

We had a Fabulous time watching the iowa Hawkeye game. Food and drinks were good and the Service Great. It was nice seeing the owner there greeting everyone and making sure everyone enjoyed themselves. I highly recommend !!

Tags: Fun, Live Sports, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2016

Food was great, loved the music!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2016

Although it was a Cub game night, the Open Table site said the noise level was moderate. It was loud. Probably not the best choice on our part.

Tags: Fun
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