Lounge, Sports Bar, and New American Restaurant · Near North Side
9 W Hubbard St (at N State St), Chicago, IL 60654, United States
Open until Midnight (Show more)
  • Mon–Tue, Sun
    • 11:00 AM–Midnight
  • Wed–Fri
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–3:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Theory is your home away from home to sport.dine.lounge. We're open daily at 11 am for lunch, dinner & late night. Theory has over 20 flat screens and a home theater style private room for parties, alumni groups & sporting events. For party info email Holly@theorychicag... (See all)


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  • What you need to know
    Kristina B.
    "Wednesday: $3 drafts, $5 Jame-o shots, $2 sliders (min 3)"(2 Tips)
    Bryan S.
    "Try the crab dip and the nacho bites to start!"(2 Tips)
    Todor K.
    "Wednesday specials are $2 sliders and $3 drafts"(3 Tips)
    Beth W.
    "Their daily specials"(2 Tips)

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  • nacho bites
  • happy hour
  • 2 sliders
  • daily specials
  • cocktails
  • chicken wings
  • trivia
  • burgers
  • ribs
  • seafood
  • beer
  • good for singles
  • wine
  • lively
  • root beer
  • good for a late night
  • TVs
  • mac & cheese
  • cheeseburgers
  • breakfast food
  • JP S.

    One of my favorite bars in River North. Great food & warm atmosphere.

    JP Seral · 23 hours ago
  • Jon C.

    Try the Cheeseburger (via @Foodspotting)

    Jon Chan · October 18
  • Amol K.

    It's possible for music to be too loud.

    Amol K · June 8
  • Chinwuba O.

    I've never been charged cover. Which is great. Small, but I dig it

    Chinwuba Okafor · March 18
  • Zach S.

    Go Pats!!!

    Zach Solomon-Beloin · December 4, 2014
  • Carolyn S.

    Always a fun time with awesome music!

    Carolyn S · November 23, 2014
  • Kerry D.

    Trivia night

    Kerry Dohm · August 9, 2014
  • Lauren M.

    They try to cram a lot of tables into a small space. They have a back private room. Food is ok, nothing amazing

    Lauren Meek · August 9, 2014
  • Brad M.

    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.

    Brad Mays · July 17, 2014
  • Marisa B.

    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!

    Marisa Bono · December 9, 2013
  • Cindy O.

    Go HAWKS!! Beat Nebraska!

    Cindy O'Keefe · November 29, 2013
  • Bill M.

    Try the "Not Your Father's Root Beer"

    Bill McNicholas · November 16, 2013
  • ash. a.

    The owner was incredibly accommodating & pleasant. He truly seems to believe in quality customer service.

    ash. anz. · October 28, 2013
  • Julie Z.

    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!

    Julie Zimmerman · October 13, 2013
  • Brent B.

    Best place of its kind in River North.

    Brent Byington · October 8, 2013
  • James R.

    A quality sports bar for grown-ups, really friendly bar manager and good food!

    James Royston · June 25, 2013
  • Heather N.

    Don't order lettuce wraps if you are drunk. They are good, but just don't.

    Heather Nelson · June 22, 2013
  • Christopher

    If you want a table on game days, it's best to make a reservation.

    Christopher · April 22, 2013
  • Winona Y.

    every Wednesday half price bottle of wine and salad ... perfect for a girls night ...

    Winona Y · February 27, 2013
  • Allison W.

    $5 for burgers and fries on Thursdays.

    Allison Ward · October 5, 2012
  • Brian C.

    Bartender is a babe and a half....super nice, too.

    Brian Christopher · August 25, 2012
  • George

    I suggest drinking from one of their glasses.

    George · August 14, 2012
  • Nick A. S.

    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

    Nick A. S · March 20, 2012
  • Gregory H.

    Just tried the new Cuban sandwich. Very good! With tots and a Strongbow.

    Gregory H. · March 6, 2012
  • Time Out Chicago

    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

    Time Out Chicago · January 25, 2012
  • Michael S.

    The best burger!!!

    Michael Speier · January 24, 2012
  • Patrick C.

    The best lunch and drink specials in River North!

    Patrick Cary · November 11, 2011
  • Beth W.

    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).

    Beth Wanless · November 10, 2011
  • Brian K.

    Know Joel.

    Brian K · November 5, 2011
  • Drake B.

    Try the pork chop.

    Drake Burrell · October 30, 2011
  • Vianey C.

    Not all that. Service was bad and food was ok but overpriced for the quality.

    Vianey Castillo · October 18, 2011
  • Brian S.

    My experience here was horrible. Bunch of "reserved" tables with no one actually sitting there. The idiot hostesses had no explanation. Never going back.

    Brian Singleton · October 15, 2011
  • Jacqueline S.

    French toast sticks are BOMB!

    Jacqueline Streeter · October 9, 2011
  • UrbanLux

    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.

    UrbanLux · June 24, 2011
  • Chad R.

    Do yourself a favor and get the steak nacho bites.

    Chad Rogers · June 13, 2011
  • Shanna Q.

    Looking for a refreshing summer cocktail? Get the Angry Nerd!

    Shanna Que · June 2, 2011
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    ShoeHefner · March 24, 2011
  • Eli G.

    $5 cover for dudes on Saturdays is lame. The food kinda sucks too...just saying

    Eli Gratz · March 20, 2011
  • Melanie V.

    Wed specials - 1/2 off apps and $5 Effen cocktails!

    Melanie V · March 14, 2011
  • Bryan S.

    Hands down, my favorite sports bar in Chicago. Try the crab dip and the nacho bites to start!

    Bryan Schatz · February 5, 2011
  • Jessie C.

    The short rib tamales are delicious.

    Jessie Clapper · January 7, 2011
  • Todor K.

    THURSDAY specials: $2 sliders (minimum 3 per order, $1 extra for crab cake sliders) Read more

    Todor Krecu · December 30, 2010
  • Gilt City

    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!

    Gilt City · December 20, 2010
  • Michelle H.

    mac and cheese to die for. introduce yourself to the manager. he rocks.

    Michelle H · December 14, 2010
  • Bethany W.

    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.

    Bethany Wentzel · December 3, 2010
  • Steph M.

    Great for Sunday funday- half price wings, $6 bloody marys, $3 bud lights and $16 buckets. Not to mention all the games!

    Steph McG · November 28, 2010
  • Michelle H.

    best place to watch sports. the manager bends over backwards to accomodate

    Michelle H · November 7, 2010
  • Steve D.

    Best sports bar in river north. Also got some of the best food

    Steve Devcich · October 21, 2010
  • Kristina B.

    Wednesday: $3 drafts, $5 Jame-o shots, $2 sliders (min 3)

    Kristina Bencak · October 1, 2010
  • Jeanelle

    This is a Hawkeye bar with half-off apps on Saturdays! Perfect for game-watches!

    Jeanelle · August 28, 2010

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