PitchFork Food & Saloon

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PitchFork Food & Saloon PitchFork Food & Saloon is all about whiskey & ribs in Chicago's Irving Park. Saddle up & break out the barbecue in Chicago with Party Earth. Chicago United States 41.9540284 -87.7017647
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Party Earth Review Whiskey and ribs is the name of the game at PitchFork Food & Saloon, which has nothing to do with the famous music festival but a lot to do with down-home grub and grog. The venue is certainly more polished than the average... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 4pm–2am, F noon–2am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 11am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth PitchFork Food & Saloon Review

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PitchFork Food & Saloon is all about whiskey & ribs in Chicago's Irving Park. Saddle up & break out the barbecue in Chicago with Party Earth.

Whiskey and ribs is the name of the game at PitchFork Food & Saloon, which has nothing to do with the famous music festival but a lot to do with down-home grub and grog.

The venue is certainly more polished than the average road house – two cavernous rooms with lots of hardwood and exposed brick – but daily specials make it an urban oasis for cowpokes and Irving Park yuppies alike in the market for everything from domestic buckets to a stiff belt of mash.

Although there are a few ranch touches like fake steer heads and wagon wheel chandeliers, the rarely overcrowded space looks and feels like a typical neighborhood joint, with lots of high-top tables and flat-screens tuned to sports.

The typical crowd is more likely to don Cubs caps than cowboy hats, as collegial groups gather for the popular trivia nights and bag toss tournaments out on the patio. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t down for a bit of country, as is evident on Thursdays when DJs spin nothing but twang.

Patrons not into ribs will find plenty of other choices on the small but hearty menu, including mac & cheese, burgers, and chicken, while those who don’t dance a jig when presented with over a hundred whiskeys can opt instead for fruity cocktails like strawberry margaritas and the signature Pitchfork Punch.

Although this busy stretch of Irving Park is more concrete than countryside, PitchFork Food & Saloon helps patrons feel like they’ve just dropped in from the open prairie.

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Tip from Lucas:

PitchFork doesn’t charge a room fee for private parties, and they’ll even give you a gift card if you book a party for twenty or more. They’re also enthusiastic about sponsoring local sports teams, making the place an easy choice for your next neighborhood clubhouse.

  • Crowd

    Laid-back young professionals, scotch and whiskey fans, country music aficionados, rib seekers, and groups of locals looking for some messy grub, late 20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Roughly a dozen TVs usually tuned to sports. Jukebox stocked with Top 40 and country. Trivia nights on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8pm. Bag games tournament on Tuesdays. Country music DJ on Thursdays from 8pm.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Small but hearty menu of BBQ and Southern-tinged fare. Food and drink specials daily. Brunch on weekends.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $5–$8, sandwiches $8–$9, salads $8–$11, entrées $7–$16.50. Beer $5–$9, cocktails $8–$9, whiskey $6–$9+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: white t-shirts, jeans, understated button-downs, cute skirts, comfy tops.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays for Country Night or Friday and Saturday nights for a belly full of beef and bourbon and a good crowd.

  • Close By

    Leader Bar (3000 West Irving Park Road) is a low-key sports bar with a nice covered patio.

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