Old Chicago

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3.7 w/ 2 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

1000 Busse Rd
Elk Grove Village, Illinois, 60007-2432
United States

(847) 956-1170

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Added by TMoney2591 on 12-29-2010

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Reviews by cwcolby74:
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3.95/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is one of the smaller Old Chicagos I've been to. It's connected to a hotel. But it's nice inside.

I went on a pretty dead Sunday afternoon, and the place looked short-staffed. One poor waitress was doubling as bartender and running back and forth between tables and the bar, which is really long and doesn't have a way of getting behind it easily. There was a manager there, but she didn't look helpful.

The food is good, as it always is at Old Chi. The beer selection was OK. They had some off-the-wall stuff I hadn't seen before, so I enjoyed that. Lots of good stuff on tap. But as is typical of some (not all) Old Chicagos, this one didn't seem to have much local beer. You'd expect a lot of Goose Island selections as well as maybe some stuff from Wisconsin or Michigan, but there really wasn't.

I'd add this place is kind of far out there. It's right next to O'Hare Airport, way northwest of the city. There isn't an L station nearby, and a bus ride would be challenging and would probably involve several transfers. I add this because if I'm a visitor in a city, even if I have a car I'd rather take public transportation if I know I'm going to be drinking. I'd suspect a cab ride to and from would be pricey.

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More User Reviews:
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3.44/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Took a chance on this place one afternoon, hoping to find some gem I'd yet to visit 'round here. It's a pizza- and pasta-serving bar chain attached, in this case, to a Holiday Inn. Hmm. The place is pretty nice, kinda like any other restaurant bar around, complete with plenty o' TVs tuned to the ESPN family o' networks. I grabbed a seat at the bar, which, during the afternoon on a weekday, was fairly crowded, though the nearby booths and restaurant area were nearly empty. For beer, they offer quite a few iterations of BMC, along with a strange variety of craft (though a lot of this is eaten up in Leinie's offerings and whatnot). Part of this place's draw is their seemingly large stash of different brews (they advertise 110). I will say this: It is indeed fairly large, but it's mostly quantity over quality. Most of the bottles are easily obtainable at any reputable dealer nearby, and I doubt there'll be any chance of finding any major gems here, but there are some decent offerings in the thicket (Dark Horse's Crooked Tree, Bell's seasonals, and the like). That said, I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing. Much like the Yard House chain and other like it, Old Chicago seems to want to educate people about all kinds of beer, rather than play to those who already count themselves among the connoisseurs of the beer world. With that goal in mind, this place is pretty nice, especially with their World Beer Tour program, which awards items for X number of beers tried (upon completion, you get a shirt and your name on a plaque...other prizes are given out at various intervals and multiple tours net even better giveaways). Special seasonal tours, which showcase ten or so seasonal beers, offer other prizes as well. The bartenders are somewhat knowledgeable about the brews they pour, but not very much so. They are, though, pretty genial and attentive, especially considering their surroundings. I haven't had any of the food yet, but much of it looked pretty good. The prices are actually fairly good for the area (from my experience), which helps this place out a bit. Overall, I wouldn't list this is as a necessary go-to for the 'Burbs, but it does offer some reasonably priced drinks if you're in the need, and it serves as a nice introduction to craft for the generally uninitiated.

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Old Chicago in Elk Grove Village, IL
Place rating: 0 out of 100 with 2 ratings
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