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Four Corners Taverns

Benchmark

Sports Bar, Lounge, and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Old Town, Chicago
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  • Don't forget it is Thanksgiving Day today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • The experts at Redeye Chicago and Chicagoist recommend this place
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    • Chicagoist
  • 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)
    Nicki W.
    "The food is ok for bar food."(10 Tips)
    Kyle B.
    "Get a $1.00 drink by downloading the free app, Bartab."(3 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.
  • 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.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SmithSeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    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
  • 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
  • Capitan D.
    Capitan DanyoDecember 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    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
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleySeptember 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistJune 21, 2016
    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
  • Peter S.
    Peter SpadaforeAugust 11, 2012
    The fish tacos and tots are are an enjoyable combination under the retractable roof.
  • Cristian L.
    Loud and happening sports-bar-looking place... I went on a saturday night and it felt more like a club/bar. The place is very well decorated and the ambiance is really cool... I'd go back
  • Sofia P.
    Sofia PapastamelosOctober 12, 2015
    Cool outdoor deck for chilling with friends over a drink. Also noticed they have fireball on tap...
  • 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 :)
  • 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
  • Ariana K.
    Ariana KaiserOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchNovember 2, 2016
    Looking for a boozy brunch, but the day party spots aren’t your scene? Benchmark is just what the doctor ordered. 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
  • 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.
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoJanuary 25, 2015
    Neighborhood gem for brunch, reasonably priced with generous portions; Bloody Mary was rather generic
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Angela
    AngelaJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best bar in old town by far! Get the steak sandwich and buffalo roll appetizer.
  • 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.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great rooftop and appetizers. The people who frequent this bar are kinda douchie.... Really a turn off
  • 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
  • Sorin S.
    Sorin StoicaDecember 18, 2014
    Nice place to hangout...love their Grey Goose mule and pizzas.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • TicketWeb
    TicketWebJuly 21, 2011
    Check out Benchmark on a weekday! Same awesome food, much shorter wait! Read more
  • Eli G.
    Eli GratzAugust 21, 2011
    If you have friends already onside it is probably worth it...otherwise save your cash brah
  • ChicagoAndrea
    ChicagoAndreaAugust 21, 2010
    the sangria is delicious! and I love the denim shop cityblue next door - shopping & sangria go well together!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Reyna G.
    Reyna GriffinNovember 13, 2013
    Trivia Tuesday with Geno Walker is awesome!
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    Uber Chicago .September 18, 2013
    Offering 1/2 off appetizer during Uber Chicago's CHILOVESuberX, 9/20-9/22.
  • Cj D.
    Cj DesJune 27, 2012
    Try the lamb burger! Its amazing!
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BorchardtMay 8, 2012
    Get a $1.00 drink by downloading the free app, Bartab.
  • 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!
  • Craig M.
    Craig MiddletonAugust 12, 2015
    Beer is good! Drink it!
  • Liz L.
    Liz LeNovember 27, 2011
    Makers Mark and Jameson on-tap. I've arrived!
  • Ariana K.
    Ariana KaiserOctober 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bloody Marys!! So great on a football Sunday!
  • Colleen D.
    Colleen DourneyOctober 7, 2012
    Best gay bar ever!!!! Sometimes I get a good feeling yeahhhhhh
  • Chicago Dancing Festival
    The official launch party for the 2011 Chicago Dancing Festival! Check in to unlock specials throughout the Festival!
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CarlisleJune 18, 2012
    $20 bottles of wine on Wednesdays! Um... Yes please.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 15, 2016
    Voted Most Improved Brunch by Bitches Who Brunch in 2016!
  • Grouper
    GrouperMarch 27, 2014
    "Server was great. We tried to get her to join Grouper." - Kaitlyn
  • 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.
  • Miljan V.
    Miljan VukovicAugust 19, 2013
    Music isn't too loud, drinks are reasonably priced.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BorchardtJanuary 12, 2012
    Download Bartab and get your first drink for $1!
  • Katie S.
    Katie StoneJuly 5, 2013
    This is where the drunk youngsters come and play #iamold
  • Judah R.
    Judah RichardsonSeptember 24, 2012
    Check this off if you've celebrated a friend's bday here
  • Sergio T.
    Sergio TorresMay 28, 2012
    Be sure to wash your hands after using the bathroom.
  • Susie W.
    Susie WhiteAugust 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Upper level, open roof, sun, mimosa... Can't beat it
  • Kanvas Salon(Toya Knowles) @.
    Burgers are good....hanging with my girls Nik and Sharon..fun times
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DowdNovember 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the new 3D razor...such a great shaving experience!!
  • Brian S.
    Brian SingletonDecember 1, 2012
    I would like this place better if every single table wasn't empty with a "reserved" sign on it.
  • Zach W.
    Zach WrightSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the bar tab app while you're there.
  • Liliana H.
    Really cool place
  • Brisa T.
    Brisa TorresAugust 9, 2013
    Best turkey burger!!!
  • Robert H.
    Robert HerreraJuly 9, 2013
    Great Bar....
  • Lindsay W.
    Lindsay WNovember 17, 2010
    Try the sensoTouch tini its yum
  • Matt O.
    Matt OrchowskiMay 12, 2011
    Bottles of wine for $20 on Wednesdays!
  • MBP
    MBPOctober 8, 2011
    Hmmm... Red Bull Sugar Free and Russian Standard vodka...
  • Alexx M.
    Alexx MilesJanuary 12, 2012
    Bartab app is so cool!
  • Megan L.
    Megan LallyAugust 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit on the upper level with the open roof.
  • ShopTRACY B.
    ShopTRACY BURTONAugust 23, 2010
    great place to watch a game!
  • Nicholas V.
    Nicholas VezmarMarch 16, 2012
    Cool place for March Madness.
  • JenGa
    JenGaFebruary 27, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Kosta/ Gus
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff L.January 15, 2012
    Might be the most douchebags I've ever seen in one place...
  • Nate C.
    Nate CNovember 2, 2011
    Dont sit at the table where Rish threw up:-)
  • Josh B.
    Josh BairdJuly 1, 2012
    Be prepared for the bartender to be a rude ass if you try to use the Foursqaure special.
  • Gianna D.
    Gianna DelavegaAugust 27, 2010
    Staff is super slow! Takes forever to get drinks even when u are standing right infront of the bartender. Funny how she forGets your drink order to check her phone
  • Eli G.
    Eli GratzAugust 21, 2011
    If you hac
  • Jacqui L.
    Jacqui LibermanAugust 15, 2010
    Awesome burgers!
  • Nick A.
    Nick AndersenFebruary 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    2nd floor mens room: Hands down the dumbest fucking bathroom design ever.
  • Charlie V.
    Charlie VolanakisMay 25, 2013
    This place is the worst.
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