Chicago >City Winery Chicago LLC
SO IMPRESSED! I might go here to see
performers that I otherwise would not see just because I know the experience will be fantastic! I read the other 2/3 star reviews on Yelp and was disappointed. Apparently, they have made some improvements since the other reviewers wrote.
We saw Joan Osborne last night. The venue was less than 50% sold. Bad for Joan. Good for us. We were 3 seats from the stage. I guess it was just not publicized well.
We arrived at 7 for dinner before the show started at 8, as recommended. We were greeted immediately when we sat down with a sample of one of their tap wines. Very soon afterward, the server took our appetizer and drink order. Unfortunately, that's where the good service stopped. The room did not fill up. As far as I could tell, he was not overextended. But, he did not take our dinner order until about 7:45. So, the entrees came during the opening act. The rest of the tables around us were already done eating, so we felt awkward eating during the performance, but we didn't want our food to get cold, so we had to be super quiet. We are vegetarians, so we ordered the mediterranean dip trio and fingerling fries, tofu steaks, and chocolate lava cake. All the food was fantastic! My wine was great, and my husband ordered bottled beer.
The venue host made an announcement before the show to ask everyone to silence their phones and refrain from conversation during the show, as even the slightest whisper can be very disturbing to other patrons. That worked! Not a single disturbance during the show. That may have been a bit much for a rock and roll show, but man was it nice to just be able to listen to the performers!
The acoustics were perfect. We could hear every single note clear and crisp. Joan's vocals were amazing. It was an acoustic show. Just her and a pianist, who was also phenomenal! The volume at many shows, even in small venues, is often too loud to be comfortable and my ears are ringing until the next morning. I was definitely worried about that being so close to the stage. But, the volume was perfect. Loud enough so that it is the main event, not background music, but not too loud that it distorts the sound and makes me uncomfortable.
The bathrooms were clean and convenient to get to. Parking on Randolph a couple blocks down was free!
Besides the service, our only suggestion is to get more comfortable seats! They are fine for dinner, but when you're sitting there for 4 hours for a show, the thin hard wood chairs are not comfortable. Especially when you have to turn yourself sideways to see the stage because you are sitting at a table, you need comfy chairs. I was fidgeting the whole time and had to get up between songs to stretch my legs.
Went to the soft opening and loved it!
The space is open, airy, upscale and beautiful. Amazing place for multiple types of events (corporate, bday parties, after work drinks, etc.), and seeing the wine made on-site is pretty cool too.
400 wines on premise, 14 wines on tap and a good food menu...this place is a great addition to the Randolph street scene.
The waiters were friendly, service was great and I loved the feel - will definitely be back
Space is amazing, and surprisingly not
Wine list is extensive and good.
It has a separate concert hall that hosts first rate shows and a large courtyard for dining alfresco. Though huge, this place feels intimate. There is a very nice ambiance, and I really enjoyed it. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. I mentioned my phone was dead and my waitress offered to charge it for me. The house white was a nice light citrusy Sauvignon Blanc. I had tasty risotto balls while my husband enjoyed the veal schnitzel. Everyone commented on how delicious the food was. When I was there, it had only been open for 10 days, and I was so impressed with how smoothly things ran. It is a big operation. It was a wonderful experience. If you like wine and the idea of having a city winery, check this place out. If you are a designer interested in an efficient utilization of a large space, check this place out. If you are a newly engaged couple looking for a place to have a reception, this place made me want to get remarried! But really, if you are just looking for some good food; good wine or good music, this is a great spot. Grapes from around the world are flown in, and wine is made on site. Super cool place.
the wine by glass selection is pretty good, service is excellent and the building is beautiful. I would go again for sure, it's great to have this new business in Chicago.
We came here on the 4th night after
they opened for a Lewis Black's show. We were seated down at 7:15pm, orders were being taken at 7:20pm, food came around 7:40pm, we finished 30 minutes later and the show started at 8:15pm. Wonderful experience. We just ordered the burgers and wine, the food is little pricey but this is a totally unique dining experience, we will definitely be back if they get good comics to perform in the future.
Lewis Black was funny as usual, but the opening act Kathleen Madigan was a hoot! Now I really want to see her live again.
Thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to the City Winery. Arrived early to sample several of the house wines, followed by dinner, and capped off by Lindsey Buckingham's unforgettable performance. Acoustics were phenomenal. Our service was outstanding. What a great way to enjoy a show. This place is something special, can't wait to return.
I visited City Winery as a part of an
Austrian wine festival that was coming through town.
The building is beautiful and is clearly designed to accomodate large parties - like weddings and corporate events. The high-ceilings give it an expansiveness that's enjoyable. The main dining area is spacious with a large bar winding around the east side.
I was upstairs for the event, and noticed it was getting pretty hot up there given the direct sunlight - but whatever. I'm looking forward to going back to take a look at their wine/food list. Seems like a space with a lot of potential.
This place is going to be great. Great atmosphere and great service. People sadly are idiots and judge very harshly on yelp. This place was in opening week and as always there are going to be bugs to work out and things to perfect.. Give them some slack and don't listen to negative yelpers. Go here for yourself and give it a try.
Great Night-Great Cause! I attended a donor appreciation event at the City Winery in the West-Loop in Chicago last week for Gilda's Club of Chicago, a cancer support organization. Boy was I pleasantly surprised. I only had wine and appetizers, but I can assure you there will be a review coming of a dining experience I intend to have there soon. The place was alive with energy--on a weeknight! The wine was outstanding, and if the meals are anything like the appetizers: "I CAN'T WAIT!" Stay tuned.
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