Party Earth Review On a stretch of Clark Street next to Wrigley Field where almost every business is a sports bar, Red Ivy – named for the iconic ivy on the stadium’s outfield wall – fits right in, albeit with a slightly more upscale, club... ... read full review
3525 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
Red Line: Addison
M–F 11am–2am, Sa 10am–3am, Su 10am–2am
Bar opens at 10:30am for Cubs home afternoon games
Closed M during the off-season
WRIGLEYVILLE, CHICAGO –
On a stretch of Clark Street next to Wrigley Field where almost every business is a sports bar, Red Ivy – named for the iconic ivy on the stadium’s outfield wall – fits right in, albeit with a slightly more upscale, club-like vibe bolstered by its vaulted ceiling, sultry red lighting, and weekend DJs.
Comparatively mellow during the week, the venue perks up on the weekends and big game days when long lines of well-dressed sports fans and young professionals make their way in to find a spot at the sleek mahogany bar, or meander through the dark red curtains into a semi-private room to settle into intimate wraparound booths.
A projection screen and nearly a dozen large TVs – including two in the men’s bathroom – ensure that no one misses a move, which is good news for the multiple generations of Cubs fans who show up on game days, noshing on paper-thin pizza and other Italian fare inspired by Palermo’s, a nearby restaurant under the same ownership.
The tone changes on Friday and Saturday evenings, however, when dinner with the parents gives way to a deluge of rowdy fraternity and sorority types who prefer dancing to DJ-spun hip-hop and house to checking out the scores.
Red Ivy may bill itself as a sports bar, but seeing as the raucous weekend crowd shows up all year long, sports are clearly not the only thing hiding behind those velvet curtains.
Back in 2009, the owners knocked out a wall and discovered the remnants of an old speakeasy. They have since refurbished it as a semi-secret place to score a few potent cocktails. Ask the waiter about ‘1914.’ Even though it is technically a separate venue, the entrance is in the back of Red Ivy, and is a sweet spot for private parties.
Young and old sports fans, fraternity and sorority types, and young professionals, early 20s to early 30s+.
Nearly a dozen TVs and a large projection screen. Replica Cubs scoreboard above main bar. DJs spin hip-hop and house Fridays and Saturdays. Theme nights during the Cubs off-season. The venue is a supporter of the Cubs, Blackhawks, and Bulls, as well as the Cleveland Browns and Ohio State football.
Bar menu with an Italian twist including bruschetta, crostini, pasta, and pizza.
Appetizers $7–$8, entrées $9–$19, pizzas $14–$15. Beer $5–$9, wine $6–$8, cocktails $6–$7.
Casual to trendy: sports jerseys, jeans, t-shirts, button-downs, miniskirts, heels.
During Cubs games, especially when they play at home, and Fridays and Saturdays year round for a young and rowdy crowd.
For a more casual vibe, Uberstein (3478 North Clark Street) offers a German-style beer hall with liter steins and large schnitzel.