Tradition

4.4
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117 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Tradition is Chicago’s newest Gastro Pub in the heart of the Loop. With a wide variety of classic American fare and elevated bar bites, drinks, and comfortable decor, Tradition is your spot for a quick lunch or a late night downtown. Check out our extensive draft beer list and monthly specials!
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.0
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4.0
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4.1
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4.1
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was awesome!!

MB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

The food was bland. And I had a hair in my food. They apologized once, but didn't take it off the bill or say anything later on. The waitress also came over to fill our drinks at the end, and the place was not busy at all. Disappointing since it's close to work.

FG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Shrimp tacos were disappointing. Very noisy—understandable for a pub in a Friday afternoon. Slow service.

s
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good. It is definitely more for the after work crowd who like a lot of noise. Noisier than I would have preferred, but dinner and drinks were very good.

S
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

For the young!!!
4 65 yr old ladies ate here pre-there. The food and service was very good. The noise level was unbearable. Was a shame as we really enjoyed what we were eating but rushed through to get out of there. I've eaten in many restaurants with mediocre acoustics but never this loud. Can't recommend for that reason.

m
Atlanta
33 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

This restuarant completely misrepresents itself on OpenTable. if you're looking for a rowdy sports bar, head here, but if you're looking for someplace to grab dinner with friends - where you can actually hear each other - keep looking.

L
Chicago
110 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

This was my 3rd visit to Tradition. The food and beer was excellent. Service was ok and it was super loud, but totally worth it for the beer and food!

JB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch spot!

TW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was a little iffy, but not horrible. Waitress forgot what our drink order was and brought incorrect beverages. Also, having someone other than the waitress bring out the dishes makes it a question and answer session for the guy as he has no idea who ordered what. Also the waitress put a card on our booth on who it was reserved for before we were finished. Not a good move.
Food is pub type, and very well done! This is more of a casual dining place, great for coworkers and friends, or for business with people you know well(as in this case ). Not expensive, so good on a budget as well.

MB
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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Food and service were very good!

AZ
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Slow service but nice
Too LOUD and could hardly hear conversation- try some noise abatement panels

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service. Food is delicious

B
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I love their Arugula shrimp flatbread and they took it off their menu. The chicken avocado bacon flatbread was ok, but sad to lose my favorite. Then the service was slow, no refills for drinks and took forever to get check. However they were quick to take away empty plates.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great burgers and good ice tea. Looked like a great beer selection, but I did not have any since it was a business lunch.

OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good menu, with a variety of pub grub and healthier choices. Good beer menu. My only complaint is that the kitchen closes in early evening, so you can’t come here late or linger for more than a drink or two after work.

DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tradition never disappoints. Great beer selection, tasty food and fantastic staff. Will be back soon

TH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met up with old work friends and we all had a wonderful time. Great beer and food and excellent service.

CH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for lunch in the loop! Nice selection of lunch fare, great salads. Perfect pint!

JC
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Location, food, and service are always great. That's why I keep having my lunch meetings at Tradition! Keep up the great work!

JH
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Went with a group of 6. Everyone liked their food and those who had never been to Traditions said they would come again.

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We stuck to the appetizers but they all have great flavor. BBQ wings and buffalo chicken sliders are always a must when we visit.

JW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The hostess was rude, the waitress was okay. Shrimp tacos were delicious, but won't be coming back.

KJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pre/post theater place! Good food and service

M
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was disappointed to learn that open table reservation for 8 people is equivalent to a 2 top. Was not notified before arrival so had no choice but to accept.

Place is fine, but needs to better sync reservation system.

TH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a group get-together there on a Wednesday night. Everyone had an awesome time. The atmosphere of Tradition is exciting and upbeat. We had great service and our waitress was very friendly. Our beers, drinks and food were very good. Looking forward to going back.

JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our reservation for 20 was kept for us, and our server was very attentive during a very busy 5:30pm time. Thank you for taking care of us!

MW
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fast, fun, friendly, and delicious. The cowboy burger is AMAZING!

JS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went there for lunch before a weekday matinee show. Made my reservation online as we drove to Chicago from about two hours away. Found that we were going to run late due to traffic issues and easily modified my reservation as we traveled. We were seated immediately at our table and our server quickly took our drink orders. She also offered advice on the beers that were on tap, and recommended one that matched my preference perfectly. Our beverages and food arrived quickly and were well prepared and very tasty. I ordered the nachos, and it was a very ample portion. The atmosphere was bustling a little loud, but it was a great place for a lunch before the theater.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation for colleagues and showed up to find the restaurant closed.

GP
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good place for a sandwich and a draft beer.

j
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Good food, good service, just way too loud to have a conversation.

S
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent.

DG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall3food3service1ambience3

This place is fine for happy hour if you have a group of at least 4-5 people. For lunch, not very good, especially on the service front. Waitress was completely disinterested. Messed up drink order and never got around to taking our lunch order. Good thing the floor manager picked up the slack. Food was OK but not worth the $$.

JC
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tradition food never disappoints. The staff is prompt, courteous, and attentive too ... which keeps me coming back. Keep up the great work.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We took our intern out for his last day to celebrate. There was about 15 of us and the waitress handled us very well.

SH
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were a large group (16 people) they were very accommodating and our waitress did an excellent job.

KG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food but was a little on the noisy side - would definitely come back again

s
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Too noisy to hear each other at table

MK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Very loud and very crowded. Not having been here before, we took a chance and came for a meal before a show at the theatre. Big mistake! This is a bar - loud, crowded, small tables. Good if you want the bar scene - food was good, variety of drinks.

LW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Great location for a quick meal before the theater. Loud! Food was good service was quick.