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Theory Sports Bar & Grill

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

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Homemade Guacamole $12.0
Homemade Queso $11.0
Loaded Homemade Queso $13.0
homemade queso, homemade guacamole, cajun ground beef
Walking Taco
nacho cheese doritos, ground beef, romaine, tomato, sour cream, red salsa, cheddar
cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, pita
BBQ Nacho Bites
individual homemade tortilla chips, tater tot, slow-smoked BBQ brisket, jalapeño, pepper jack, pickled red onion
'Kill Bill' Shrimp
crispy shrimp, 'bang bang' thai-chili sauce
tater tots, homemade queso, jalapeño, pico de gallo, cheddar, homemade guacamole, sour cream
Plain $11.0
Chicken $13.0
Steak $14.0
Nacho Bites^
individual homemade tortilla chips, beans, homemade guacamole, pico de gallo, chihuahua, sour cream
Herky Sticks
our version of a gumby's classic! homemade dough, Italian seasoning, mozzarella, cheddar, pepper jack, pepperoni
tomato, balsamic, basil, sourdough
Quesadillas + Smoked Chicken^
chihuahua, onion, pepper, flour tortilla
Sauces: Buffalo, BBQ, Kill Bill, Honey Sriracha, General Tsao's, Garlic Parmesan
Chicken Tenders
fries or tater tots
Boneless Wings
ranch or bleu cheese
Sm $11.0
Lg $18.0
ranch or bleu cheese
Sm $11.0
Lg $18.0
housemade dry rub, baked ranch or bleu cheese
Full $14; half $8; in a wrap $14 (with fries or tater tots). Add chicken +$2; add shrimp +$4. Dressings: ranch, salsa ranch, caesar, honey mustard, bleu cheese, balsamic vinaigrette, blood orange vinaigrette, herb vinaigrette (house), oil & vinegar
Buffalo Chicken^
romaine, breaded or grilled buffalo chicken, celery, cherry tomato, red onion, cucumber, carrot
Kale Caesar^
tuscan kale, grilled chicken, hardboiled egg, parmesan, croutons, caesar dressing
romaine, house-smoked + pulled chicken, corn, black beans, avocado, tortilla strips, pico de gallo, salsa ranch dressing
Brussels Sprouts
brussels sprouts, tuscan kale, bacon, dried cranberries, parmesan
The Chopper
romaine, cucumber, tomato, carrot, celery, red onion, bell peppers, corn, macaroni, feta
mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, onion, olive, feta, pepperoncini, hummus, pita
mixed greens, beet, burrata, shaved toasted almond, orange segment, shaved fennel
Everyday Lunch Special
Half Salad + Cup of Soup
3 for $14
Benji's Cheeseburger
american, pretzel bun
Alexander's Buffalo Chicken
breaded chicken, buffalo sauce, ranch or bleu cheese, brioche bun
Oliver's Pulled Pork
house-smoked pork shoulder, BBQ sauce, brioche bun
Pasta Fagioli
Tomato Basil
Served with fries or tater tots. Substitute to a side of your choice +$2. Add cheese +$0.50: american, bleu, provolone, cheddar, swiss, pepper jack, mozzarella; add bacon +$2; substitute Gluten Free bun $1
lettuce, tomato, onion, pretzel bun
Turkey Burger
lettuce, tomato, onion, pretzel bun
Veggie Burger
lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, pretzel bun
French Onion Burger
guinness-battered onion rings, mozzarella, garlic aioli, pretzel bun
Hole in One Burger
egg, avocado, bacon, american, brioche bun
Served with fries or tater tots. Substitute to a side of your choice +$2. Add cheese +$0.50: american, bleu, provolone, cheddar, swiss, pepper jack, mozzarella; add bacon +$2; substitute Gluten Free bun $1
#1 Theory Dogs
two vienna beef dogs, mustard, relish, onion, tomato, pickle spear, sport pepper, celery salt
Avocado Toast
sourdough, avocado, two poached eggs, feta, dried cranberries, kale salad (does not include a side)
Carne Asada
grilled skirt steak, pepper jack, guacamole, pico de gallo, chipotle aioli, brioche bun
Blackened Chicken
blackened chicken, pepper jack, romaine, pico de gallo, homemade guacamole, french roll
Turkey Wrap
house-smoked turkey, avocado, bacon, swiss, tomato, romaine, honey mustard, wheat wrap
Buffalo Chicken
breaded chicken breast, buffalo sauce, romaine, tomato, onion, ranch or bleu cheese, brioche bun
Theory Club
house-smoked turkey, bacon, swiss, tomato, romaine, chipotle aioli, triple decker multigrain
Theory Beef
roast beef, provolone, hot or sweet peppers, au jus, french roll
house-smoked pork shoulder, BBQ sauce, tomato, onion, brioche bun
The Classic
choice of cheese, pepperoni or sausage
BBQ Chicken
house-smoked chicken breast, BBQ sauce, caramelized onion, mozzarella, cheddar
puréed beets, mixed greens, roasted red tomato, caramelized onion, feta, balsamic
Chicken Parmesan
breaded chicken, marinara, fresh basil, mozzarella, parmesan
Mac & Cheese
trust us, you will love it!
A house specialty! Half slab smoked in-house, BBQ sauce, bacon, fries or tater tots
Fish & Chips
guinness-battered cod, fries, tartar sauce
Rice Bowl
brown rice, homemade general tsao's sauce, carrot, broccoli, mushroom, bell pepper, onion, chili flake, garlic
Theory Theory has a life of its own that matches the pulse of the river north neighborhood. Whether it’s grabbing a bite to eat during lunch break or a gathering with your friends for weekend brunch we offer the perfect environment for all occasions. We pride ourselves on superior food, service and comfort, all while providing a great view from every seat in the house. sport. dine. lounge.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
American, Bar, Pub
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Reservations
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All reviews brunch tater tot buffalo chicken nachos pulled pork cheeseburger salad new england patriots lots of tvs hubbard street commercial breaks watch college football sunday football river north food was great love this place touchdown
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although we are not Patriots fans and them being known as the home of New England Patriots Football we had a fabulous time. Staff was very attentive and food was delicious. If you are looking for a quiet afternoon of watching football this is not...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 436staceys
Reviewed December 10, 2018 via mobile

Outstanding service and great overall vibe! Mac and cheese flatbread is to die for! And they show KU basketball games. What could be better?!?

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank PamE177
Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

We stopped by to catch the buckeyes game on Saturday. Had all the big games on a variety of tvs. The owner helped us grab a table. He was very inviting and helpful to everyone coming in and out. Always thanking people for stopping by....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank michaelbT5297LN
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

I highly recommend this restaurant for visitors. Great place to go and watch Sunday football, while having amazing food. The owner was very friendly, and appreciative. I would recommend this place for family who have older kids, if any. Not a place for little kids.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank lizweaver01
Reviewed September 17, 2018

The Theory advertises itself as "Chicago's best upscale sports lounge." In other words, it's a classy sports bar with 35 TVs, a private room with a massive 133-inch screen, a menu of food you love to eat when watching a football game and a list...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Taylor B
Reviewed August 3, 2018

This is a great place to take in a game with friends. It probably is not your best option for a dinner out. There are plenty of TVs and a very good drink/food selection to enjoy your favorite sporting event. The quality of service of...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Bill K
Reviewed July 16, 2018

Sunday 15Jul - World Cup final. Fado informed us half hour before kick-off we would not get. I recalled a number of places close by on Hubbard. One in particular, Theory, was the site of a restaurant called Kenny that'd I'd liked. My friend, who's...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Ptujgirl
Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

This place has plenty of TVs, great service and friendly staff. The menu has a lot of variety. We came to see World Cup of soccer and had an excellent time. There is no bad seat in the house.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank henrikmalmberg
Reviewed May 15, 2018

We had my boyfriend's 30th birthday dinner at Theory and couldn't have been more pleased with the food/drinks/service. Everything was delicious and Joel, Brian and Danielle were all so accommodating. I'm definitely recommending this place to all my friends and family.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank tml0088
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

Watched a basketball game here and it was perfect. Good food, good drinks, lots of TVs, great music during the commercial breaks. We enjoyed ourselves a lot.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank SoxWin09
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