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“Good food and service but odd ambiance” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chuck's Manufacturing - CLOSED

Chuck's Manufacturing
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
Cross street: Between E. Lake St. & E. Wacker Pl.
Description: Engineered to change the way you dine, Chuck’s Manufacturing is an American restaurant and cocktail hub that provides a playground for the professionally social in an environment also conducive for conducting business. Featuring an extensive Flavor Factory vodka bar, complete with over 100 vodka flavors and a imaginative specialty cocktail menu, there's a libation for everyone. The lunch and dinner menu offers re-styled American classics that focus on bold flavors and made from scratch cooking. The vibrant interior, live DJ happy hours and live musical performances bring new energy south of the Chicago river. VIP booths, secluded lounge areas and eclectic seating vignettes beg for bottle service or bubbly, while outlet stations at most seats and complimentary smart phone chargers keep you taking care of business.
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good food and service but odd ambiance”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2013 via mobile

Don't get me wrong I love fine dining, sports bars and American pop punk bands, however I wouldn't necessarily combine all three.

The restaurant decor is up market and when you look on open table the dress code is apparently business casual, but when you arrive in the restaurant there are screens everywhere showing sports and the music was late 90s/early 00s pop punk, which gives the impression that chucks does not really know what it is.

However, the service was great and the food itself was tasty, I had the calamari to start and the lollipop lamb chops for the main with a pick me up cocktail and my wife had the edamame beans with the ny strip as a main and a brown sugar cocktail, all of which would be highly recommended.

Great food, great service, but odd ambiance and for me I'm not sure that the combination of three of my favourite things really works.

Visited December 2013
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Thank Rob S
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48 reviews from our community

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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“don't make a special trip”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

If you're in the area this would be a fun place to grab a drink and people watch from the bar facing Michigan Ave. Otherwise, food wasn't great though the service was fine.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank jlongcct
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Lansdale, PA
Level Contributor
15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
“Great dinner, great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

Stopped here on a whim whilst walking Michigan Avenue and wound up having a great meal. Sitting outside was windy (welcome to Chicago) and cool for a July evening, some patio heaters would have been nice. Our food was interesting, delicious and unique. Service was good, not overbearing even though it was not busy at the time. Did not partake of an appetizer, but looking at other tables orders, they looked really great. Would not hesitate to go again.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mfwinst
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

Had a great lunch at this place! Food was excellent, servers were friendly and even the Executive Chef came out and greeted us. I highly recommend this place. Prefect location, good menu selection and affordable prices.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Mark C
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Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good service, strange atmosphere.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

The atmosphere of Chuck';s is confused. The colored plastic partitions & PVC pipes gives off a cheap vibe.

The concept for manufacturing your food is interesting, but does not sit well with me. I want the chef to craft the food in interesting & surprising ways, not to leave it up to me.

The service was great, but not exceptional.

The main draw of Chuck's is it's superb location.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank ImTravlinLight
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