CHICAGO’S BEST RESTAURANT AND BAR OPENINGS IN SEPTEMBER BY KAILLEY LINDMAN Jackson Tavern The Loop Adorned with antler chandeliers and a rustic wood finish, this urban oasis sets the scene for a power lunch, happy hour, or casual Downtown dinner. Enjoy a beer or three off the Midwest-focused beer list and quell your appetite with Tex-Mex poutine smothered in mole verde, queso fundido, and smoked chicken, maple-candied house-made bacon, and a pulled pork Cubano.
Jackson Tavern Is the Perfect After-Work Bar in the Loop It’s got a country lodge meets city tavern vibe, with sports bar thrown in for good measure. BY PETER RANVESTEL AND EMMET SULLIVAN
Given the limited drinking options in the Financial District, we couldn’t help but be curious about the latest bar to open there: Jackson Tavern (216 W. Jackson St., Loop, 312-877-5373), an upscale pub owned by the Tavern Collective (Randolph Tavern, Tapworks Tavern and Grill). The new spot near Willis Tower opened August 21, and you can already tell it’s going to be a popular choice for happy hour.
First, it’s huge. The 100-seat spot can hold around 250 total, and the bar, at 114 feet, ranks as possibly one of the longest in the city. There are around 70 classic short-back bar stools lining the copper bar, with TVs evenly spaced throughout the stretch. Four-top tables make up the rest of the seats, and wood paneling and antler chandeliers give the whole place a country lodge meets city tavern vibe, with a little bit of sports bar to round it out.
There’s a deep draft selection here, too: 24 beers on tap, including permanent handles for Goose Island and Two Brothers (this means custom brews from both breweries and access to Goose Island’s limited lines, such as Bourbon County.) For non-beer drinkers, elaborate cocktails are available, including the “Proud Mary” Bloody Mary, with custom-infused vodka and all the fixings of a Chicago dog. Speaking of food, think “upscale street": burgers, tacos, and sandwiches, all better than the typical bar grub.
Jackson Tavern's Photos of Ditka & Rodman Give The Bar a Real Chicago Feel by Ashok Selvam , photos by Marc Much Aug 18, 2015, 3:00p
The Loop gets a new bar with a neighborhood feel.
"Genuine Food and Spirits" is what's scribbled on the awning at Jackson Tavern. That's the new place from Rachel Dennis, who also runs Tapworks and Randolph Tavern. The new spot opened on Monday, armed with a neighborhood feel among the weekday madness in The Loop.
Patrons will first notice the 137-foot long bar that sprawls from side to side. Hardwood floors and wood-paneled walls also greet customers. The black and white photos feature Chicago athletes such as Dennis Rodman and Mike Ditka, so this place might be the establishment for workers to sneak out and watch a day baseball game over a long lunch, or the locale to meet friends to watch the Hawks or the Bulls at night.
The menu, which features griddled burgers, tacos and sandwiches, can be seen here. Check out the photos above.
Jackson Tavern, 216 W. Jackson Blvd, (312) 877-5373, Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For the first month, they'll be closed on Sunday, but looking to expand hours in September. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tavern Collective to open fifth spot, this one near Willis Tower
AFTER-WORK BURGERS AT ONE VERY LONG BAR Jack Magic
Bigger doesn’t always mean better.
Unless we’re talking about your new after-work tavern.
So let’s do that: Jackson Tavern soft-opens Monday and, yes, it just might be the longest bar in the Loop.
Basically, it’s the length of one half city block. The entrance is on Jackson—you’ll recognize it with the gold-leafed lettering on the window. You’ll enter a long hall with a 114-foot bar (see, big—we warned you), deer antlers serving as lighting fixtures, a wall-of-fame worth of Chicago sports legends... So by the time you reach the Quincy Avenue door in back, well, you’ll be tired and you’ll want to just sit and relax.
It’s like they totally planned it that way.
This will probably make for an awful nice place to bring your regular gang of after-work compatriots—what with their 20 kinds of beer on tap and the Dirty Chicago, a rosemary-infused-vodka martini just looking for some takers.