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The Aviary

#256 of 7,599 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighbourhood:
West Loop
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953-955 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL
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Sun 18:00 - 02:00
Wed - Fri 18:00 - 02:00
Sat 18:00 - 03:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Did the 3-course cocktails tasting and I must say, every cocktail was a Pandora box. Absolutely Grant Archatz's style as each individual cocktail definitely exudes its individual elements of surprise. They also serve "food and cocktail pairing" with grant archatz's alinea menu but with a cheaper price as compared to dining at alinea. Service was fabulous. Very attentive attendant. In... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First the location is in the hip west loop gourmet area. There is no sign just a man with a clipboard. We were lucky to be accommodated quickly without a reservation (likely bc the crowds were caught up in baseball that night). The interior is luxurious like an exclusive private club and the service informative and helpful. The cocktail menu... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic evening, full of surprises and delights. The service is stellar, with clear explanations and instructions, without being overbearing or twee. We had the seven round prix fix, and we ordered everything else they offered. Totally worth it. Our favorite drink was the giniver fruit tincture (not their name for it); our favorite food was the bacon/butterscotch/banana... More 

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Colorado Springs
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very eclectic, glad we got to check it out. Known for their craft cocktails, they did not disappoint. Ask to visit the "Office", which is a hidden bar in the basement (unmarked, behind a locked entrance).

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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my second visit and I am still very impressed. Amazing cocktails, not only by the composition of the ingredients but also by the unusual way they are served. A very interesting list of bites to accompany your cocktail if you are interested. Courteous service, expensive but worth the price if you are into cocktails and appreciate a special... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Three of us went here recently while on a work trip (was highly recommended from a colleague). Make sure you have a reservation-it's difficult to get in even during the week. Very unique drinks and the presentations are amazing. Very pricy though-about $25 a drink and they automatically add 20% tip. Two drinks and two oysters cost us over $80.... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

I booked this place because I thought it would be a nice restaurant to go to with my wife, I was completely wrong. When you get there you can't even be seated until exactly your reservation so we awkwardly waited for 15 minutes outside, not that big of a deal, but I can imagine this being a huge deal in... More 

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Granville, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

What an experience. We love a craft cocktail, and while on the edge of what is exciting, it seems at times to be a little over the top. Some of the drinks are amazing and some taste a little too alcoholic - in a midnight gin and tonic at a gay bar. I think we were turned off a bit... More 

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Walnut Creek, California, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We chose not to do the prix fixe dinner and opted for the 'main dining room.' We were ushered into a bar area, which turns out to be the dining room. It's lovely, but even the seating is bar seating. When you get served, they bring an extra table, since you don't have room on your 'table.' The menu arrives... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

I have never, ever been more satisfied with a dining experience than I was with my trip to the Aviary. We showed up shortly after opening without a reservation, but after a short wait we were seated outside and were walked through the drink and food choices by Kate. She told us she was new, but you'd never believe it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
International
Meals
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
18:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
18:00 - 02:00
Thursday
18:00 - 02:00
Friday
18:00 - 02:00
Saturday
18:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 953-955 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > West Loop
  • Neighbourhood: West Loop

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Staying in West Loop

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West Loop
Fulton Market, Randolph Market, Jackson Boulevard and Greek Town make up the West Loop. The neighborhood is best known as the location of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios, but this downtown neighborhood is also an up-and-coming spot for Chicago’s trendsetters. Several sub-neighborhoods within West Loop make this a unique neighborhood to visit. Dotted with factories and warehouses, West Loop is packed with various types of dining and nightlife options. If your timing is right, you can take part in neighborhood events like the West Loop Farmers Market, Craft Beer Fest, or the Randolph Street Market Festival.
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