Municipal Bar + Dining Company just opened its doors. The upscale sports bar is inspired by the streets of Chicago, its architecture, and namely the Municipal Device, a “Y”-shaped, iconic emblem that denotes the city’s civic development. This mark, which represents the three branches of the Chicago River and where they meet at Wolf Point, is stamped on public buildings, bridges, and city vehicles (who knew)?
Municipal Bar + Dining Company will be open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday beginning at 11 a.m., and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. Late night dining will be available seven days a week. The new eatery is outfitted with 35 flat screen TVs and offers seating for over 180 people.
The hip-casual, yet energetic space at Municipal is industrial and sleek with nods to steel city structures. Design elements include salvaged city relics, riveted metal and graphic layered wall murals of digitally reinterpreted EL train signs atop historic Chicago Street plans. The main bar captures the gritty streets of Chicago with a cement tops bar and wood slated backsplash. Furnishings and graphics contrast with a sleek, simple and modern form.
The industrial gastro-pub features a progressive American menu created by Executive Chef Jeffery Arasi. He will use his skill set of classical French techniques along with local ingredients to create a casual, yet refined menu complementing the upscale sports bar atmosphere. Expect small, medium and large plates, specialty entrees, gourmet burgers, robust seasonal salads, and an assortment of side dishes and appetizers. Menu highlights include a NY Strip and Short Rib Duo, Shrimp Cocktail, Buttermilk Chicken Wings, Falafel Fritters, Stuffed Mozzarella Meatballs, BBQ Chicken Flatbread, Lamb Shank, Pork Chop, Rueben Sandwich and more.
Choose from a broad selection of draft and bottled beers as well as locally brewed craft beers and a selection of wines. Signature cocktails will be named after Chicago neighborhoods. The cocktail menu will change frequently, highlighting artisanal spirits and seasonal ingredients. Consider the Gold Coast: Absolut, yellow chartreuse, peach ginger green tea, simple syrup, lemon juice, peach bitters, garnished with a lemon peel; or Little Village with Olmeca Altos Tequila, lemon juice, Mathilde Poire Liqueur, blackberry puree, ginger beer, garnished with lime and blackberries.
Municipal Bar + Dining Company
216 W Ohio
Chicago, IL 60654