Red Canary (Restaurant & Bar, River West)
Location: 695 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Billing itself as Chicago’s first “gastro-lounge,” you can expect all that goes along with the title. A swanky bar & restaurant with cushy booths and vaulted ceilings, this contemporary River West spot is a nice addition to the neighborhood.
The space is huge, with several rooms, an outdoor section, and a second floor with balconies overlooking the action below. The garden patio is a hidden oasis with 2,000 square feet of space for dining and cocktails. Vines cover the brick walls and trees shade wicker couches and tables perfect for lounging — definitely a good spot for a warm summer evening.
The drink list includes a decent craft beer selection, a comprehensive wine list, and several creative cocktails. The food menu is short, but satisfying. Try the pulled pork sliders or the roasted chicken with risotto for more conventional tastes, or fried frog legs and barbequed oysters for something a little different. And, ooh the truffle fries… mmm…
Serving dinner every day and brunch on weekends.