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Theory

Lounge, Sports Bar, and New American Restaurant$$$$
Near North Side, Chicago
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  • The folks at Time Out Chicago and Crain's Chicago Business like this place. Would you agree?
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  • JP S.
    "One of my favorite bars in River North."(2 Tips)
    Bryan S.
    "Try the crab dip and the nacho bites to start!"(2 Tips)
    Erik R.
    "Hawkeye bar, fun to run into fellow alum to the..."(2 Tips)
    Kristina B.
    "Wednesday: $3 drafts, $5 Jame-o shots, $2 sliders (min 3)"(3 Tips)
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  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TaubMarch 31
    Great private room for parties and a solid place to watch the game. Food is solid especially for a sports bar and the night life there is high end. Owner is a great guy.
  • Lou C.
    Lou CarulliSeptember 30, 2016
    Kitchen is NOT open all night
  • Ann S.
    Ann SSeptember 4, 2016
    Small sports bar with good cocktails.
  • Zac N.
    Zac NMarch 22, 2016
    Don't chat when trivia
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyMarch 14, 2016
    Hawkeye bar, fun to run into fellow alum to the greatest college on earth!
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 7, 2016
    Good for happy hours!
  • JP S.
    JP SeralNovember 24, 2015
    One of my favorite bars in River North. Great food & warm atmosphere.
  • Jon C.
    Jon ChanOctober 18, 2015
    Try the Cheeseburger (via @Foodspotting)
  • Amol K.
    Amol KJune 8, 2015
    It's possible for music to be too loud.
  • Chinwuba O.
    Chinwuba OkaforMarch 18, 2015
    I've never been charged cover. Which is great. Small, but I dig it
  • Zach S.
    Zach Solomon-BeloinDecember 4, 2014
    Go Pats!!!
  • Carolyn S.
    Carolyn SNovember 23, 2014
    Always a fun time with awesome music!
  • Kerry D.
    Kerry DohmAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Trivia night
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MeekAugust 9, 2014
    They try to cram a lot of tables into a small space. They have a back private room. Food is ok, nothing amazing
  • Brad M.
    Brad MaysJuly 17, 2014
    Was here for a charitable event. Great cause, and Theory was very charitable in their contribution to the cause. Will definitely be back for the great food, drinks and atmosphere.
  • Marisa B.
    Marisa BonoDecember 9, 2013
    Awesome place to watch the games on Sunday! The owner is incredibly nice and the food is delicious! The place is full of Pats fans too!
  • Cindy O.
    Cindy O'KeefeNovember 29, 2013
    Go HAWKS!! Beat Nebraska!
  • Bill M.
    Bill McNicholasNovember 16, 2013
    Try the "Not Your Father's Root Beer"
  • ash. a.
    ash. anz.October 28, 2013
    The owner was incredibly accommodating & pleasant. He truly seems to believe in quality customer service.
  • Julie Z.
    Julie ZimmermanOctober 13, 2013
    A great place that makes you feel at home. We had a group of out of towners and the service and hospitality could not have been any better. Very refreshing, and the food was great. Highly recommended!
  • Brent B.
    Brent ByingtonOctober 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best place of its kind in River North.
  • James R.
    James RoystonJune 25, 2013
    A quality sports bar for grown-ups, really friendly bar manager and good food!
  • Heather N.
    Heather NelsonJune 22, 2013
    Don't order lettuce wraps if you are drunk. They are good, but just don't.
  • Christopher
    ChristopherApril 22, 2013
    If you want a table on game days, it's best to make a reservation.
  • Winona Y.
    Winona YFebruary 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    every Wednesday half price bottle of wine and salad ... perfect for a girls night ...
  • Allison W.
    Allison WardOctober 5, 2012
    $5 for burgers and fries on Thursdays.
  • Brian C.
    Brian ChristopherAugust 25, 2012
    Bartender is a babe and a half....super nice, too.
  • George
    GeorgeAugust 14, 2012
    I suggest drinking from one of their glasses.
  • Nick A. S.
    Nick A. SMarch 20, 2012
    Great place, nice staff, good foursquare discount, plenty of screens.... But a sports bar and grill without Comcast Sportsnet, really?!?! I don't want to watch my Bulls games sans Stacey King & N.Funk
  • Gregory H.
    Gregory H.March 6, 2012
    Just tried the new Cuban sandwich. Very good! With tots and a Strongbow.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJanuary 25, 2012
    Save the yelling and arm-waving for the Wrigleyville sports bars; this newcomer is for the sophisticated sports fan. The stools are cushioned, the music is mixed, and the specialty drinks are potent. Read more
  • Michael S.
    Michael SpeierJanuary 24, 2012
    The best burger!!!
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick CaryNovember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The best lunch and drink specials in River North!
  • Beth W.
    Beth WanlessNovember 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Their daily specials are super tasty and inexpensive, plus the owner of the bar comes around to thank us for our business every time we are in there (which is a lot).
  • Brian K.
    Brian KNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Know Joel.
  • Drake B.
    Drake BurrellOctober 30, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the pork chop.
  • Vianey C.
    Vianey CastilloOctober 18, 2011
    Not all that. Service was bad and food was ok but overpriced for the quality.
  • Brian S.
    Brian SingletonOctober 15, 2011
    My experience here was horrible. Bunch of "reserved" tables with no one actually sitting there. The idiot hostesses had no explanation. Never going back.
  • Jacqueline S.
    Jacqueline StreeterOctober 9, 2011
    French toast sticks are BOMB!
  • UrbanLux
    UrbanLuxJune 24, 2011
    A step above your standard sports bar! Great for extended game watching. Rent out the home theatre like private party room. Wings half off on Wednesday and great beer selection.
  • Chad R.
    Chad RogersJune 13, 2011
    Do yourself a favor and get the steak nacho bites.
  • Shanna Q.
    Shanna QueJune 2, 2011
    Looking for a refreshing summer cocktail? Get the Angry Nerd!
  • ShoeHefner
    ShoeHefnerMarch 24, 2011
    Blackhawks!
  • Eli G.
    Eli GratzMarch 20, 2011
    $5 cover for dudes on Saturdays is lame. The food kinda sucks too...just saying
  • Melanie V.
    Melanie VMarch 14, 2011
    Wed specials - 1/2 off apps and $5 Effen cocktails!
  • Bryan S.
    Bryan SchatzFebruary 5, 2011
    Hands down, my favorite sports bar in Chicago. Try the crab dip and the nacho bites to start!
  • Jessie C.
    Jessie ClapperJanuary 7, 2011
    The short rib tamales are delicious.
  • Todor K.
    Todor KrecuDecember 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    THURSDAY specials: $2 sliders (minimum 3 per order, $1 extra for crab cake sliders) Read more
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityDecember 20, 2010
    Locally-brewed beer and upscale pub food live at this River North fave. Rent out the private party room. Order the Parmesan gnocchi. Play Wii. Game on!
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle HDecember 14, 2010
    mac and cheese to die for. introduce yourself to the manager. he rocks.
  • Bethany W.
    Bethany WentzelDecember 3, 2010
    Wings & ribs were good. The cheese pizza I had was not. It wasn't awful but I think there are better things on the menu.
  • Steph M.
    Steph McGNovember 28, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Great for Sunday funday- half price wings, $6 bloody marys, $3 bud lights and $16 buckets. Not to mention all the games!
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle HNovember 7, 2010
    best place to watch sports. the manager bends over backwards to accomodate
  • Steve D.
    Steve DevcichOctober 21, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Best sports bar in river north. Also got some of the best food
  • Kristina B.
    Kristina BencakOctober 1, 2010
    Wednesday: $3 drafts, $5 Jame-o shots, $2 sliders (min 3)
  • @chowbelle
    @chowbelleAugust 28, 2010
    This is a Hawkeye bar with half-off apps on Saturdays! Perfect for game-watches!
  • Tom B.
    Tom Besore (Realtor)August 24, 2010
    Get the ribs, .... they're terrific!
  • Liz L.
    Liz LaBodaAugust 11, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Best spot to watch sports in the city.
  • Darrell D.
    Darrell DixonJuly 19, 2010
    Best steak nachos in Chicago.... Period
  • NikkiNicole P.
    NikkiNicole PJuly 15, 2010
    Ask the bartender for a peach long island!!! DELISH!
  • Victoria
    VictoriaJune 17, 2010
    Rumor has it Victoria was created to be as good as any Vienna-style beer in the world. This is obviously not true. It was created to be better. Want proof? Just walk up to the bar and order one. Read more
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    Taco a Trois ($8) is a bargain: choice of steak, chicken or grilled veggies in 3 corn tortillas with 4 garnishes like guac and salsa verde. Read more
  • Andre C.
    Andre C.April 16, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Fish Taco's Are Awesome here... Especially on Tuesday's when it's on the Daily Special Menu!
  • Jimmy L.
    Jimmy LiddarMarch 31, 2010
    Great place for big sports games - they have game audio and can show 16 different sporting events at the same time on there 30 TVs
  • Angel G.
    Angel GarciaMarch 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The back room can be reserved for parties! Good times.
  • Mike J.
    Mike JohnsonMarch 17, 2010
    Joel holds this place down with the best staff, music and venue! My top 5 hot spots in Chicago. Read more
  • Todor K.
    Todor KrecuMarch 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Wednesday specials are $2 sliders and $3 drafts Read more
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