We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Old Town Restaurants

Which Chicago hotels are on sale?
dd/mm/yyyy dd/mm/yyyy
See hotels
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
156 posts
12 reviews
Save Topic
Old Town Restaurants

We are attending the Tuesday night performance at Second City next week. (So excited to finally be able to say "next week"!)

There are five of us. Hubby and I are mid-fifties, two grands ages 15 and 13, and their uncle, 25. We are on a kinda-sorta budget but not ridiculous about it. A fun, casual atmosphere is more important on this evening all though decent food quality is also important. Currently I have a reservation through Open Table for O'Brien's but am second guessing that decision. Love the idea of Twin Anchor's history but not the menu quite so much. (Hubster has gall-bladder surgery the week after our return!)

Is Nookie's an interesting option or is it more like a local chain? Is O'Brien's a local TGIFriday's kind of thing? Any other suggestions?

I apologize for the length of this post but need to add how much I appreciate all the experts here! I submitted a tentative itinerary MONTHS ago and got such excellent advice I haven't had to ask many questions since and the insight I have gained by following other posts in this forum have been incredibly valuable! Just want to thank you now for all your help in case I forget to later!

I will thank you in advance though for any guidance you can give me in this area.

Keep up the good work. You are appreciated!!!

Destination Expert
for Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
46,465 posts
67 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Old Town Restaurants

O'Brien's is OK - nothing special. Nookie's is a better option.

Also consider:





Level Contributor
8,314 posts
24 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Old Town Restaurants

Nice outdoor seating at obriens

Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
726 posts
7 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Old Town Restaurants

O'Briens is a nice place but the food is so so. I second the Stanley's suggestion. It is fun and has good food. Orso's has fairly good Italian food and a really nice outdoor space.


Level Contributor
1,663 posts
89 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Old Town Restaurants

My daughter has taken me to the Nookie's in Lincoln Park a couple of times. We've always gone for breakfast/brunch and I thought it was great. I know there are several locations, but it doesn't have a chain feel. Didn't realize that they were open late until I checked the web site.

We went to O'Brien's once, and although the food wasn't special, we did get to eat outside.

We've gone to Second City twice in the last year, and both times had dinner at Adobo Grill, which is extremely convenient for SC. If you are looking for a fun, casual atmosphere, it certainly fits the bill. The guacamole is made table-side and is delicious.

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
156 posts
12 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Old Town Restaurants

Thanks again! Stanley's looks inviting but this Sooner fan just could not make herself patronize the official bar of the Texas Longhorns!!! More to the truth is that I simply could not pass up experiencing that ridiculous salad bar at R.J. Grunt's! A little farther walk to Second City but with a 5:30 reservation and 8:00 p.m. curtain, I think we'll be fine.

Thanks again for all your help! Never would have stumbled across it otherwise.

6. Re: Old Town Restaurants

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 20 July 2014, 06:19