Matilda

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Matilda Matilda in Lakeview, Chicago is a quirky & chill bar with good grub & a fun little dance space downstairs. Check out this great Chicago bar at Party Earth. Chicago United States 41.938181 -87.653904
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Party Earth Review A low-key oasis in the college- and sports-heavy Clark/Belmont area, Matilda‘s management stresses a 23+ age preference, but that doesn’t mean the “old folk” regulars don’t know how to party…they just do it with better... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Brown, Purple Express, Red Lines: Belmont

  • Phone:

    773-883-4400

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  • Hours:

    M–F, Su 5pm–2am, Sa 5pm–3am
    Kitchen closes at 11pm nightly

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Matilda Review

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Matilda in Lakeview, Chicago is a quirky & chill bar with good grub & a fun little dance space downstairs. Check out this great Chicago bar at Party Earth.

A low-key oasis in the college- and sports-heavy Clark/Belmont area, Matilda‘s management stresses a 23+ age preference, but that doesn’t mean the “old folk” regulars don’t know how to party…they just do it with better booze.

The spacious upstairs bar is designed with an upscale flea market aesthetic, with scattered picture frames and metal strips tacked along the black cement ceiling and exposed brick walls, bulbous glowing stars strung over the bar, and fairy pendants and inverted lamps accounting for most of the lighting.

Large groups can comfortably commandeer several tables and small booths as they sample suds from the tidy craft draft list between bites of fish tacos and brown sugar-rubbed pork chops from the “everything from scratch” menu.

Varied tunes from Johnny Cash to whatever indie-hits the bartenders’ please are usually played at conversation-friendly levels, so creative types and mellow post-grads don’t have to shout when they discuss how wonderful it is that bachelor and bachelorette parties are specifically discouraged by management.

Things do amp up, however, down a very steep flight of stairs to the Baby Atlas lounge, where the dark and intimate space often sees impromptu dance parties as the night progresses.

There are several TVs to check the game at Matilda – including a projection screen reserved for Michigan football – but the venue holds steadfast to a quirky and chill atmosphere, ideal for anyone looking to escape the carbon copy Big 10 land outside.

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Tip from Emma:

Baby Atlas is available for party rental, as is the back room upstairs. Big selling point: there is no rental fee or minimum to book either room (though you will be charged $100 if you cancel out)! And also, you can bring your iPod downstairs on Thursdays and let everyone enjoy your playlist.

  • Crowd

    Chill young professionals, creative types, hipsters, mellow groups, congenial folks not in a hurry, post-grads, neighborhood denizens more interested in Bells Oberon than the Bears, mid-20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Bartenders’ playlist can promise a little bit of everything, usually played at conversation-friendly levels.

    Several TVs tuned to sports and a projection screen dedicated to Michigan football. Trivia on Tuesdays from 7:30pm.

    Baby Atlas lounge allows patrons to bring in their own music on Thursdays, so visitors can expect a wide mix of beats bumping down below.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu of freshly prepared comfort food including flatbreads, sandwiches, burgers, pork chops, and desserts.

    There’s no real patio to speak of, but a few tables are put on the sidewalk during the warmer months.

    Food and drink specials most nights except Fridays and Saturdays.

    Baby Atlas lounge can be booked for free and with no minimum on drinks or food. $100 cancellation policy.

    Residents of the 60657 area code receive 25% off their dining bill with proof of residency on Sundays.

    23+ preferred.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $5–$9, sandwiches $7.50–$9, entrées $10–$21. Beer $4.50–$10+, wine $7.50–$9/glass or $30–$40/bottle, cocktails & spirits $10–$13.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Nice casual: jeans, t-shirts, sweaters, button-downs, slinky tops, daytime dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesdays for trivia buffs, Fridays in the early evening for the biggest after-work crowd straight from the office, or Friday and Saturday nights after 10pm when Baby Atlas usually gets bumping.

  • Close By

    The Vic Theatre (3145 North Sheffield Avenue) is just down the block, making Matilda a great stop before or after a show.

Matilda User Reviews

Average rating:
Relaxed atmosphere but great for sports fans too
Michael D. Aug 9, 2013
I like Matilda especially for the vibe and atmosphere; sure it can get crowded and busy, but its a very relaxed environment. There are plenty of appetizer options to split, which are great for when you're there on a Saturday afternoon to watch a game. For your actual meal they are all across the board with sandwiches, pasta fish and burritos (I recommend the man n' cheese.) Matilda has a pretty standard set of draft beers, but they're all pretty affordable at a price of $6 or less. They've got quite the martini list as well, I have not partaken in it however
Full of Drunk Dancing
Emily L. Apr 11, 2013
So, after finishing a crazy finals week, my friends and I headed to Matilda's for a night of kicking back, hanging out and a general good time. Matilda's downstairs bar was full and crazy and exactly what we wanted - for that night. Would I go there on a regular evening? Probably not, it's a little trashy and wild. However, if you want a night of debauchery, Matilda's is sure to deliver.
Can't beat their private-party plans
Brinda G. Dec 7, 2012
I've had many of my birthday parties here for a reason. To begin with, it's a good crowd (but never a cramped bar) with pretty cool whimsical decor, and also, their party policies are so easy to deal with. No room charge, no minimum, and if you book the downstairs room (Baby Atlas), you get to plug in your own music. Matilda is officially 23+, so you get the feeling that they want to keep out a big part of the fratty-frat post-college Lakeview crowd. And I appreciate it! I've also had a great time at their millions of events, like wine tastings and, most recently, an Obama debate-watching party, where I met a lot of cool people. Definitely one my favorite bars in the city-- but, seriously, the stairs to the downstairs room are crazy-scary.
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