Old Chicago

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Old ChicagoOld Chicago

Type: Bar, Eatery

7610 N Grand Prairie Dr
Peoria, Illinois, 61615-9240
United States

(309) 691-1885 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2005

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Vondy08
4.23/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

They have all of the macro "micro" beers. I did the tour twice. Perks are nice

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Photo of chrisjws
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Kfitch
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of WestHam973
1.75/5  rDev -52.8%

The beer selection has really taken a turn for the worse here, too much nonsense imitation craft beer now like shiner, goose, leninenkugel and such. Seem to be catering to bud light crowd now

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Photo of garuda
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.25 | food: 4

Going on 5 years between reviews, I feel this place needs an update. Also, I live in the Philly area so I'm not completely familiar as to distribution in the Peoria market.

A - Commercial, chain restaurant, attempting to appear as a "local" place. Sadly, this is becoming more and more commonplace.

Service was friendly, not very knowledgeable as to what is on tap. I ask for a tap list and they hand over the standard menu and a card with a few promotional draft items. After a look at the tap handles, there are four beers that aren't mentioned on anything in print, or aren't mentioned by the servers. And these beers are the best (by my subjective judgement) ones they got.

And as for selection - if you're gonna brand yourself as a craft beer bar, get more than one stout on tap that isn't Guinness. At least one more "dark" beer, please. If you're pushing Leiny's Summer Shandy as a special item, that says a lot.

I got the classic deep dish pizza, which was very good.

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Photo of hoosier222002
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in to OC for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. Nice big bar area with college football on the tube.There were approximately 30 beers on tap, rtanging from the typical macros to beers such as Avery, Founders, Two Brothers IPA, Delerium, Left Hand, etc.

I enjoyed a Begium Amber Ale, the Avery Ale to the Chief (highly rtecommended, served in a snifter), and then the Dark Horse crooked Tree IPA in bottle. The waiter was very knowledgeable of beer and ld a nice running conversation on the beers I was ordering and made some recommendations.

Food was the good old Old Chicago pizza. The Meat Me is always a good call.

First time at this Old Chicago and I was not disappointed.

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Photo of mportsch
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This Old Chicago is located within the Shoppes at Grand Prairie, which is a fairly new shopping mall area on the northwest end of Peoria. There's lots of new chain restaurants in the surrounding area, and a nice new cineplex (Rave). On this end of Peoria, Old Chicago is about the only choice for those looking for craft beer. There's another Old Chicago located on the riverfront downtown.
The atmosphere is exactly what you'd expect from an Old Chicago - lots of seating with an airy, clean, comfortable feeling... basically a family friendly chain restaurant that also has a large beer selection. The bar area does have some medium-sized TVs for watching the game, but no huge screens or anything like that (head to the BW3s just up the road for awesome TVs but mediocre beer selection). There's an outdoor seating area that can be nice in the summertime, although it just overlooks the parking lot.
There are 30 taps - of which at least 10 always seem to be wasted on different macros (why?!) - but there are good micros to be found as well. Just a few examples: Anchor Porter, Hazed and Infused IPA, Two Brothers Domaine du Page, Founders Pale Ale... The bottle selection is quite large, including some good-to-great American micros and lots of solid imports (Celebrator, Duvel, Fuller's London Porter). Let's just say you will be able to find something tasty to drink, even if it isn't particularly rare. Quality seems to be good - I've never had a beer there that tasted off. They also have a full bar, which means nothing to me, but helps when convincing my rum-and-coke friends to go there.
The food is pretty good - besides pizza, they have burgers, sandwiches, salads, calzones, and pasta. Everything is priced reasonably. Service is decent - just don't go in expecting to talk beer with your server and you'll be fine. There's a beer menu that shows most of their bottles and prices, although it doesn't include all of the draft choices. Best bet is to look at the taps when you arrive.
All in all, Old Chicago is a good establishment to have around - it's not going to knock your socks off with its selection, but you can drink well, and it's accessible enough that my non-beer-loving friends will happily go there with me. This can't always be said of bars that are geared solely to true beer geeks (like myself).

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Photo of DrZarkov
4/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The atmosphere here is quite nice. Dressed up with lots of Americana art. I could liken it to a Fridays, Outback, or Ruby Tuesday etc. The place never gets roudy and is very clean. Also nice is that they digital trivia and card games going on all the time. One night a week they have kareoke which is always a blast there.
Good quality. I've never had a problem with the food or service. Service is also usually higher than other similar places I have been to. Waiters and waitresses have always been very pleasant and sociable here.
The selection is pretty good in my opinion. They have over a 100 different beers which gives them a better selection even than most supermarkets and liquor stores.
Food is pretty good. Mostly burgers and pizza. All you can eat pizza around noon everyday and they frequently have all you can eat nachos. For special occasions such as October Fest they have a German buffet for example.
Value is quite reasonable. They have beer specials every night of the week, for example one night all pints on tap are less than $3. There is also 'happy hour' times each day when they have very inexpensive appetizers. If you take advantage of the specials its actualy quite cheap. There are constantly college students there which says something about the price!
All in all I really like the place.

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Old Chicago in Peoria, IL
3.71 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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