Old Town Social
This 10,000 square-foot sporting parlor boasts 23 plasma flat screen TV’s that are concealed in hidden compartments within the dark woodwork during the dinner hour, and strategically revealed during game time. Chef Jared Van Camp’s fanatical attention to detail and passionate support of local farmers first helped establish “bar food” as a serious culinary trend nationwide. Simply prepared, offerings include staple sports bar favorites such as a BLT, wings and the hot dog. However, staying in line with the concept’s mission to present high-end execution of what is conventionally thought of as low-end–the BLT just happens to be crispy pork belly confited, served with sourced heirloom tomatoes, arugula and housemade aioli. The wings are prepared from tender harissa spiced duck, accompanied by a cucumber mint raita. And the hot dog? 100% Smoked and cured in house, paired with homemade condiments. OTS features an extensive beer list with 193 selections—craft and European drafts, everything ranging from Victory Prima Pils to 3 Floyd’s Pride & Joy. With décor featuring hand-blown glass light fixtures, ebonized marble bar tops, a dedicated charcuterie bar, turn of the century sourced Toledo bar stools, and a vintage shoe shine stand, this venue is a Chicago favorite, but far from pretentious.