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Debuting in time for Cubs Opening Day, One Off Hospitality Group is set to open a second outpost of beloved Wicker-Buck hangout Big Star. Big Star, the beloved bourbon and beer-focused, taco-slinging, honky-tonk hangout is headed North to open its second full-service location, directly across from Wrigley Field. Helmed by One Off Hospitality Group, Big Star Wrigleyville will be bigger than the original location at 9,000 sq. ft, featuring two stories of restaurant and bar seating for 383 guests and an expansive 87-seat patio that overlooks the city’s iconic ballpark.
Bringing the spirited soul of Wicker Park to Wrigleyville’s buzzing sports-centric neighborhood, Big Star Wrigleyville will evoke the same unassuming vibes as its original location. The taqueria’s eclectic soundtrack will range from classic country to 70s rock & roll, spun by a musically inclined bar staff. To carry on Big Star’s legacy of fostering Chicago’s local artists and musicians, Big Star Wrigleyville will also double as a performance space, showcasing live music periodically throughout the year including new projects from Big Star Recording Co., founded in 2016 which launched its first LP “Bucking The Tiger” by Quarter Mile Thunder in September 2017.
Big Star Wrigleyville will feature eight retractable TV screens for prime-time game watching. In order for the classic Big Star experience to translate authentically to the new space, all food and beverage pricing will stay consistent with the original location, on game days and non-game days alike.
Chicago-based hospitality group, 8 Hospitality, of notable Chicago venues including the recently opened Liqrbox and staples like Joy District, Hubbard Inn, Broken English Taco Pub, Pearl Brasserie, will closing Barn & Company on Monday, February 5, to make way for an exciting new concept, Faregrounds, slated to open on March 15. Faregrounds is described as an urban-casual bar and eatery that brings both food and play to the beloved Lincoln Park neighborhood. Guests will be able to enjoy a variety of savory dishes and classic bar favorites in a unique urban-casual menu , as well as an impressive roster of draft beer and craft cocktails. And though the menu will shift focus away from heavy, meaty dishes, Barn and Company’s famous wings will remain a staple on the Faregrounds menu.
*Update* 8 Hospitality announced that Chef Jason Paskewitz will spearhead the food program bringing more than 20 years of award-winning culinary experience. FareGrounds will operate under General Manager Michael O’Connor who hails from Cité Chicago, at Lake Point Towers.
“After seven years of remarkable hospitality and an unwavering commitment to the Lincoln Park community, we have decided to breathe new life into the space with an exciting new concept that offers customers a fresh menu and ambiance that reflects the evolving needs of the neighborhood.”
-Carmen Rossi, CEO of 8 Hospitality
In celebration of National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day on the first Saturday of February, Fizz Eatery & Soda Fountain (7958 W. Belmont Avenue) want you to break all the rules on Saturday, February 3rd. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by Fizz & Soda for a special breakfast menu featuring four different, decadent ice cream and french toast dishes: PB&J, The Sugar Bomb, Blueberryhill and Chocolate Bliss, that will satisfy your sweet tooth and satiate your cravings!
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