Party Earth Review Set between the swanky shops of Rush Street and the wild bar scene of Division Street, The Cedar Hotel – a crime-riddled boarding house in the 1920s – now provides a bit of both worlds with its unique combination of historical... ... read full review
1112 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Red Line: Clark/Division
M–F, Su noon–2am, Sa noon–3am (occasionally closed in the winter)
Gold Coast, Chicago –
Set between the swanky shops of Rush Street and the wild bar scene of Division Street, The Cedar Hotel – a crime-riddled boarding house in the 1920s – now provides a bit of both worlds with its unique combination of historical architecture and energetic sports vibe.
Popular with a party crowd of post-grads and sports fans, the bar and restaurant’s main claims to fame are its oversized cocktails served in plastic cups and its two-thousand-square-foot beer garden, both of which draw hordes of lively patrons in the warmer months.
Groups of well-dressed but rowdy girlfriends and prepsters fill the wicker seats in the garden, ready to dig into some hearty comfort food to help soak up the signature punch and powerful No Tell Hotel Lemonade, a killer concoction of passion fruit vodka and fresh-squeezed lemonade.
Those looking to catch the game can grab a seat inside, where the raucous cheers of Packers and Badgers fans filter out to street from the bay windows, and fraternity types crowd around the wooden bar to share a bucket of beers and hoot at the flat-screen TVs.
Much like any popular outdoor establishment in Chicago, The Cedar Hotel is more subdued during the winter, but makes up for it the rest of the year as a bumping hotspot for eating, drinking, and sports fanaticism.
Hit up The Cedar Hotel as your first stop before a night of pub crawling on Division Street. It’s a good place to grab dinner and watch the game – and since the patio closes at midnight, you want to get there early anyway to enjoy the warm weather.
Fraternity and sorority types, athletes and sports fans, Wisconsin Badger fans, and the Gold Coast pre-clubbing crowd, early 20s to early 30s.
DJs spin Top 40 and dance hits Thursdays through Sundays. Five flat-screen TVs tuned to sports.
Typical bar fare including a number of healthier options like salads and wraps.
Appetizers $5–$12, entrées $8–$14. Beer $4–$6, wine $6–$10, specialty cocktails $10/16 oz or $14/24 oz, punch bowl $100, bottle service $200–$300.
Sporty or trendy: designer jeans and heels, stylish summer dresses, button-downs, baseball caps.
Any warm evening for the beer garden, any big game night, and Thursdays through Saturdays for a party atmosphere.
McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon (1206 North State Parkway) has a smaller outdoor area but more TVs and a larger beer selection.