The Vig Chicago – Old Town’s 1950’s Themed Gastropub
The Vig Chicago is a 1950’s themed gastropub sports parlor in the heart of Old Town with a refined kitchen and classic cocktails designed for the contemporary drinker. The Vig’s concept is centered around the playful story line “that it’s good to be bad.”
Behind the name:
Vig – short for vigorish
Originates from the Russian word for winnings: ??????? vyigrysh
The juice, the cut or the take, is the amount charged by a bookmaker, or bookie, for taking a bet from a gambler.
Behind the restaurant:
Owner-operator Ryan Marks opened the doors in October 2015 and has been serving great food and beverages that entice the palate. Inspiration stemming from movies, sports and historical scenarios where we reluctantly connect with the bad guy is found throughout the restaurant – in their architecture and design work as well as the food and drink menus. Every aspect of The Vig is designed around inspiring the lost art of conversation.
Behind the food & drink:
Known for their fried chicken with honey sauce, lobster deviled eggs, pimento mac & cheese and the homemade spreads platter, they take comfort food up a notch in the details of the menu. Hand-crafted cocktails include the best-selling Spicy Paloma (tequila with grapefruit soda and jalapeno) and their rotating menu of Boozy Slushies.
Their mission is to work together to provide people with an experience that is elevated beyond the ordinary. They strive to provide an adaptable environment where employees, and guests alike, will create great memories and enjoy the moment.
With regular events and supporting good causes, The Vig offers something for everyone each month. Only a block away from The Second City, this is a great option for pre-comedy dining. North Avenue Beach and Lincoln Park Zoo are both within an easy walking distance.
Open M-F for for dinner and starting at 10am for weekend brunch, the kitchen closes at 12:30am everyday. Reservations are encouraged.
1527 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610