Duck Inn

4.7
752 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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Esquire's Best New Restaurants in America 2015

Duck Inn is a Neighborhood Gastro-Tavern & Dining Room situated at Loomis Street and the Chicago River between Chicago’s Pilsen and Bridgeport neighborhoods. Housed in a 100 year old pre-prohibition tavern, it showcases Michelin Rated Partner/Chef Kevin Hickey’s signature New American cuisine. An extensive beverage program filled with craft beers, contemporary cocktails and creative wine service matches the food offerings. Duck Inn offers small bar and snack menu for the front lounge/bar space and a more traditional menu for the back dining room with first and main courses, a tasting menu and more.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Tuesday: 5pm - 11pm
Wednesday: 5pm - 11pm
Thursday: 5pm - 11pm
Friday: 5pm - 2am
Saturday: 5pm - 2am
Sunday: 10am-2pm (Brunch) & 5pm - 2am

{Closed Mondays. Kitchen open until 10pm on T, W, Th & Su; Kitchen open until 11pm Fr & Sa; Bar Menu available until Midnight on Fr & Sa.}

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Phone number
(312) 724-8811
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kris Delee
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Private party facilities
Bar, dining room or backyard patio buyout options available. Total venue buyout also available.
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Catering
Custom menus to suit any occasion or event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Loomis and the Chicago River
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Public transit
CTA Orange Line Ashland/Halstead
Archer 62 Bus Loomis Stop
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Entertainment
Sunday is Bring Your Own Vinyl night. Play your own record collection on our vintage record player
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.3

Surprises are great, and so is The Duck Inn.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 752 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic food

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

It was a Amazing Experience as it was our special occasion and Chef and staff ( Zoey) went out of there way to make the evening special. They accommodate our special request and we where so happy and has such pleaent evening . We recommend it!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Three couples enjoyed a great experience because of the great cocktails, fine and unique meal, and great desserts. The hostess was able to seat us outside even though they were hosting a large party. We appreciated the owner checking in with us and sharing the story of The Duck Inn. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Food and service were wonderful. Unfortunately, the A/C seemed to be broken as it was about 95 degrees where we were sitting with no fans or air movement. Despite that, the meal was incredible!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Great service and food! Very accommodating and helpful for birthday celebrations! We will be back

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Sleek menu composed of simple dishes with touch of gourmet. For the foodies without the ego. Cocktails reimagined and classic. This would be your favorite neighborhood haunt or your favorite date spot. Will be back over and over again.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Have eaten at Duck Inn. I go there only for the duck but fellow diners seemed to be enjoying many other options. Outdoor space is beautiful. Usually service is great. The service by the waiter who took our order was not very attentive but those who actually brought our wine and dinner were very friendly.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Excellent food--welcoming atmosphere--great service--chef/owner knowledgeable and friendly

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

This place is a hidden gem in Bridgeport. Cool spot for a casual date

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Truly the best Duck in Chicago! Cocktails were outstanding too, overall great experience.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The Duck Inn was a great experience. The staff was fantastic from the hostess to the servers.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

I thought the ambiance was casual, fun, eclectic and very comfortable. The menu was very inventive, while offering something for everyone. However, I found my plates from apps to desert to be too salty.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The service was outstanding as usual. We have dined there numerous times and every time the service is great. The food is excellent. Their specialty is rotisserie duck. I advise this as something to definitely try. It converted me into a duck eater. Chef Chris has no problem with answering any questions regarding his culinary delights. This is a true neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

The Duck Inn is a real gem and we appreciate Kevin operating a restaurant of this quality on the south side.
It's warm, friendly, and the cuisine is robust and expertly executed. I especially enjoyed the pig's head appetizer and the sweetbread entree. Hats off to Chris, the exec chef, and Zoe, a real pro.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Had a great time for a friend’s birthday. The food, drinks, & service were perfect.!!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Great service by friendly people The food was great and I’ll take my family there again

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

It is totally worth the effort to get here. We pre-ordered the rotisserie duck for the table. It was delicious with great summer vegetables on the side. Nice cocktail and local beer list for drinks.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

The restaurant offered a very pleasant evening with good food and nice ambiance. The outdoor space was very inviting. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I went for Sunday brunch right at ten am when the restaurant was just opened and had a lovely experience.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Who knew duck could be so good. Whether it is the whole duck with a terrific salad and great Aus jus or the duck wings ssmoked and yummy. the Brussels sprouts were amazing and the the special salad was chocked full of noteworthy vegetables. Cocktails were interesting and the wine list is very sensible. we had a great time and will return.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Amazing menu, becoming less of a hidden gem and more of a perennial powerhouse

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

This restaurant is a gem tucked between Bridgeport and Pilsen. You are going to this neighborhood for the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Amazing restaurant food and service but too hot inside

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1.0Dined on July 1, 2018

No airconditioning on a very hot evening. Extremely loud, could not hear anyone at the table. The special duck was barely warm and not very special. Not returning

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

You know how when you're walking in a parking lot and you find a $100 bill? That's how excellent this place is. The food is tasty and beautifully presented, the service is warm and prompt, the place looks like a Wisconsin Supper Club that survived the 1950s intact and was peopled by modern-day workers, and the vibe is such that when you walk in, you feel like you're already a regular.
About the only ding I'd give it is that it's rather noisy (everybody enthusing over their meals at the same time, no doubt) and the day we went it was hot. The outside temperature was 99 and the heat index was 115 so that's not really their fault, though.
Everybody mentions the duck fat hot dogs, and believe me, they really are all that. Try two.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Delicious, creative food with excellent, fun service. Don’t let the small menu fool you. Everything we had was excellent and the variety was plenty!

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2.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Came around 8:15pm. The food was not hot at all. Sat near kitchen and saw orders sitting in service window way to long. Very disappointed with entire experience.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

I went to Duck Inn for the first time with friends for brunch on a Sunday. We were seated right away and all the staff were very friendly and very knowledgeable about all the food and drink options. Between all of us, we ordered the sticky bun and Duck Dog to share. Both of them were amazing. I ordered the duck hash and was disappointed at the lack of Duck in it but the potatoes, onions, and eggs were cooked perfectly and the dish had great flavor. My friends ordered the egg Benedict and the shrimp Thai salad and both of them loved their dishes. Drinks were also very well done. We will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Interesting foods we wouldn’t try other places. Some great, some strange but worth the try.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The space is super fun. If you're going during nice weather I highly recommend a seat outside. The patio is great spot. The drinks were the best part for me. All are that perfect combination of whimsy and taste. The food was mostly good. The grilled octopus is very good. As was the chocolate beignet. The rotisserie duck was ok. Some pieces were chewy and the temperature was colder than I'd like. The cheese curds aren't worth it.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

They are always out of the duck when we go and also didn’t have the pig that my family was looking forward to, said it was on the menu online

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

the staff was crazy friendly and the food was delicious

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2.0Dined on June 21, 2018

When we arrived, we were greeted by a very friendly water server (host? server?) who raved about the duck... then we sat with our menus for 20 minutes while bored-looking servers hung around. I kept trying to make eye contact to no avail - finally, our water server saw us waiting and just took the order himself... only to reveal that the duck needs to be pre-ordered. (We had no idea). So that was a bummer. Then our waiter (I guess he was our waiter?) came over and just filled my water glass, not the other people's. Then there was some confusion about what we had ordered and by whom... At that point, we just laughed and shrugged and chalked up the experience to bad luck. I felt bad because I had picked the place after a long day of work meetings and we took a Lyft all the way from our hotel downtown so it was a haul to get there. I did appreciate our waiter trying, in vain, to light the citronella candle near our table to shoo the mosquitos away (it didn't work but we appreciated him trying!) Overall the food was good and my cocktail was great but, considering the prices, I don't think I could recommend someone going if that's the type of dining experience they can expect.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We had their signature dish, the duck, btw you must order ahead of time, it was excellent! I had planned not to eat any as I m not a big fan of duck, but WOW, it was so good I ate one of the breasts. They ran out of the scallops so I had the wild mushrooms and a salad as my dinner, but couldn’t eat the salad so I brought it home for dessert. Wild mushrooms were very very good. Service was great, our waiter made note of my food allergy to the kitchen staff and was very attentive. I will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Loved the place, a kind of dive bar with a garden and good food ambitions. Was a bit disappointed in the signature duck. Skin could have been crisper but the mushroom salad was terrific,

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Sat on the back patio. Delightful after they turned the music volume down. Pre order the rotisserie duck. It’s excellent. And try one of the House cocktails. I’ll be back !

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The service and atmosphere were excellent. The drinks were good. The food tasted just okay which was a disappointment for me as I had high expectations. The duck was tender and juicy but not flavorful.

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Good if you like duck. And the salad was good. Otherwise the food was heavy, and a bit overpriced.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Do duck into the Duck Inn, it's really great and worth the short drive from downtown.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

both the food and the service is amazing at this place. The pork belly & scallops was fantastic... Will be dining here again...

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