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Four Corners Taverns

Benchmark

Sports Bar, Lounge, and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Old Town, Chicago
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7.2/10
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  • AskMen
    "rooftop beer garden that sports a mind-blowing retractable roof."(4 Tips)
    Chris S.
    "people watch or catch some rays on the rooftop"(5 Tips)
    Redeye Chicago
    "main floor of this Old Town sports bar"(2 Tips)
    Nicki W.
    "The food is ok for bar food."(10 Tips)
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  • Rudy S.
    Rudy SmartassAugust 16, 2012
    One of the best bars in the whole city. I love this place. Hip modern decor with plenty of flatscreens so you never any action. Great for dates, bathrooms are always clean. Crowded during weekends
  • Kelli S.
    Kelli SullivanNovember 17, 2013
    If you are looking for a place to watch a sports game, this is the place to go. TIP: sit on the upper level with the open roof for some fresh air and a great view.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SmithSeptember 28, 2011
    Korean steak tacos are a must. Washed down with any one of their delicious craft beers in a tall frosty!!! Great place to watch sports, people watch or catch some rays on the rooftop
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DulinAugust 22, 2014
    The turkey burger and sweet potato fries were delicious! Beer is a bit pricey, but nice lively atmosphere. Hard to get water though.
  • Nicki W.
    Nicki WalliserSeptember 15, 2010
    Cool chill place to hang with friends. The drink and beer list is pretty good. The food is ok for bar food. Burgers and wings were good. The upstairs is really different and great use of the space.
  • Capitan D.
    Capitan DanyoDecember 22, 2012
    I prefer the upstairs bar to grab a good seat and watch the game. Plus you can't go wrong with any of the bartenders, Gail/Andy/Miranda or WendiCakes
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    On a warm afternoon, you can't beat a seat on the second floor, where a retractable greenhouse ceiling opens to let in the fresh air and sunshine. Read more
  • Erik R.
    Erik Rowley1 week ago
    This place is a hot spot in Old Town, the place to go if looking to flirt with the nightlife. A mod interior with solid bar service and plenty of sexy girls rocking dresses.
  • AskMen
    AskMenAugust 6, 2010
    Memorably sleek décor that features eye-catching metallic accents, as well as a rooftop beer garden that sports a mind-blowing retractable roof. It’s sure to come in handy during rainstorms & winter. Read more
  • Jackie M.
    Jackie MitchellAugust 10, 2010
    Great night out for co-eds. Like other bars under same ownership (West End, Gaslight, etc), this place is as classy meets sports bar. Box seats. Love it.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    With its oversized booths for groups and a TV screen so big it nearly covers an entire wall, the main floor of this Old Town sports bar has plenty to offer. Read more
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistJune 21
    Dogs are welcome on the patio at this upscale Old Town sports bar, and once summer really gets rolling, Benchmark even offers a dog menu with snacks for your pooch. Read more
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJanuary 18, 2011
    This 8,000 sqft. behemoth sports bar is rockin 46 flat screen TV's with a side of Merkts' bacon cheeseburgers and lamb chop lollipops. Read more
  • Sofia P.
    Sofia PapastamelosOctober 12, 2015
    Cool outdoor deck for chilling with friends over a drink. Also noticed they have fireball on tap...
  • Peter S.
    Peter SpadaforeAugust 11, 2012
    The fish tacos and tots are are an enjoyable combination under the retractable roof.
  • Ariana K.
    Ariana KaiserOctober 22, 2011
    Retractable roof top - one of three in the city. The place to be on a Saturday night. Visit our website http://www.benchmarkchicago.com/ for daily specials or follow us on twitter!!! @benchmarkchi
  • John B.
    John BreclawNovember 19, 2010
    If at the upstairs bar, ask for Lindsay. She makes a drink called the Mexican Tummy Tuck. Patrón XO and Ouzo should never taste that good.
  • Peyton
    PeytonDecember 5, 2013
    The booths in the back are great for multiple game watching, and they will change the station on your screens for you. The upstairs is like a completely different place. Nice place for Geminis.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer StraubMay 15, 2012
    This place is always packed. Head upstairs if you're looking for a bit more elbow room. Plus, the upstairs offers far better people watching :)
  • Phyllis P.
    Phyllis ParkerJuly 12, 2014
    J the waitress is AMAZING. We have a huge party and she is sooooo on top of it. Kudos benchmark
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoJanuary 25, 2015
    Neighborhood gem for brunch, reasonably priced with generous portions; Bloody Mary was rather generic
  • Angela
    AngelaJuly 20, 2011
    Best bar in old town by far! Get the steak sandwich and buffalo roll appetizer.
  • ChicagoAndrea
    ChicagoAndreaAugust 21, 2010
    the sangria is delicious! and I love the denim shop cityblue next door - shopping & sangria go well together!
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MorrisMay 31, 2011
    Great crowd. Huge bar space. Great menu. Retracting roof! What's not to like? Awesome. Read more
  • Chicago Dancing Festival
    Try the signature drink, "Cinq" - crafted by Bean & Body. Cinq up! it's a great night for friends.
  • Chicago Dancing Festival
    Party at Benchmark Wed July 20 @6:00p with the Chicago Dancing Festival's 5th season launch. MIngle under the stars. yummy bites and signature cocktails. Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/5after5
  • Chicago Sun-Times
    Chicago Sun-TimesNovember 11, 2010
    Don't let the sports bar trappings fool you. This new addition is on its game with a cool vibe. Read more
  • TicketWeb
    TicketWebJuly 21, 2011
    Check out Benchmark on a weekday! Same awesome food, much shorter wait! Read more
  • Wes H.
    Wes HonemanJune 2, 2012
    Bottles of wine are a rip off, and the buffalo rolls will literally roll out of you if u know wat I mean-go with the Lagunitas
  • Eli G.
    Eli GratzAugust 21, 2011
    If you have friends already onside it is probably worth it...otherwise save your cash brah
  • Sorin S.
    Sorin StoicaDecember 18, 2014
    Nice place to hangout...love their Grey Goose mule and pizzas.
  • Penina M.
    Penina MezeiJune 27, 2014
    Nice place. Not crowded and enjoyable live music. - Penina Mezei
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerSeptember 28, 2014
    Men's 2nd floor bathroom is absurd. Loud place, but a strangely high number of attractive people. It's basically a River North bar in Old Town.
  • ChicagoAndrea
    ChicagoAndreaAugust 18, 2010
    since you're so close to Cityblue you should stop in and check out their jeans - awesome selection for men & women!
  • Allison K.
    Great rooftop and appetizers. The people who frequent this bar are kinda douchie.... Really a turn off
  • Francois F.
    Francois FJuly 14, 2012
    Don't understand a line when there are windows and we can see its clearly not busy! Unnecessary!
  • Brian S.
    Brian SingletonFebruary 5, 2012
    Good food, and nice staff, but still not my type of bar. Way too many "reserved" tables. This is a sports bar people, not some sort of club.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WilderOctober 23, 2015
    Service industry discount Monday and Wednesday - 50% off entire check.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerOctober 7, 2011
    Try a chilled shot of 70 Proof locally produced hum and you will never shoot Jaeger again
  • Linda A.
    Linda AlexanderJuly 18, 2014
    Blackberry Mojito's and roof deck or sitting outside
  • Susie W.
    Susie WhiteAugust 18, 2010
    Upper level, open roof, sun, mimosa... Can't beat it
  • Uber Chicago ..
    Uber Chicago .September 18, 2013
    Offering 1/2 off appetizer during Uber Chicago's CHILOVESuberX, 9/20-9/22.
  • Craig M.
    Craig MiddletonAugust 12, 2015
    Beer is good! Drink it!
  • Cj D.
    Cj DesJune 27, 2012
    Try the lamb burger! Its amazing!
  • Chicago Dancing Festival
    The official launch party for the 2011 Chicago Dancing Festival! Check in to unlock specials throughout the Festival!
  • Colleen D.
    Colleen DourneyOctober 7, 2012
    Best gay bar ever!!!! Sometimes I get a good feeling yeahhhhhh
  • Reyna G.
    Reyna GriffinNovember 13, 2013
    Trivia Tuesday with Geno Walker is awesome!
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DowdNovember 17, 2010
    Try the new 3D razor...such a great shaving experience!!
  • Liz L.
    Liz LeNovember 27, 2011
    Makers Mark and Jameson on-tap. I've arrived!
  • James K.
    James KrumlJuly 31, 2011
    Not that cool. Just like another bar. Wouldn't wait the line, we got a table outside early had food and drinks then got stamped and didn't have to wait the line.
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