2424 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
Talk about being a big part of Chicago History! The building that houses Lincoln Hall first opened in 1912 as the Fullerton Theatre. Since then, the building has housed a garage and machine shop, the Crest Theatre and, most recently, the 3 Penny Cinema. In 1934, FBI sharpshooters were stationed atop what is now Lincoln Hall to prevent John Dillinger’s escape from the Biograph Theatre across the street on the night he was killed. After 20 years as owner/operators of Schubas Tavern Mike and Chris Schuba opened Lincoln Hall in this historic building. “We’ve been looking three years for a building that would create a human-scale, intimate experience where we can put the music first,” said Chris Schuba in 2009 as he walked the dust-covered mezzanine while construction workers welded, sawed and hammered around him.
Décor: Fancy & new. The lower level has a bar with 2 flat screens & beautiful dark wooden booths to grab a bite. The top level has tables with a great view of the stage with their own full bar.
The Crowd: I came here specifically for the ultimate Motion City Soundtrack weekend so the place was filled with diehard MCS fans. After the show people chilled at the bar in the dining area to grab a nightcap & watch some football.
Service: So pleasant! From security checking id’s before the doors opened to the attentive bartenders & polite waitresses. The waitresses blew my mind! Not only did they give great advice on the tastiest items on the menu to order along with the drink specials for the night, which I must say it’s nice to be out on a weekend and have a bar actually have a drink special-very rare to find these days, but I must give props to the girls on the floor cause they were amazing. Just watching them weave in and out of the crowd without spilling a drop was astounding.
Liquid Courage On Tap:
Goose Island IPA
Goose Island 312
Bud Light Golden Wheat
Three Floyds Alpha King
Bells Two Hearted
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
New Holland Mad Hatter
Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold
Eats: They have a small but very tasty menu! The menu consists of salads, soup, sandwiches, and appetizers. My posse and I ate here 2 nights out of the 3 and where very happy with our orders each time. I highly suggest the baked mac & cheese with a side of tots.
Sounds: Phenomenal! Since I was here 3 nights in a row I was in a different area each night & no matter where I stood, sat, danced the sound was awesome!
Parking: There is a lot 3 blocks away for $6.
Overall: I am digging the new Lincoln Hall & am looking for a reason to make my way back. Maybe for a show, maybe for a Cowboys game with a side of mac & cheese, who knows but I’m hoping it will be soon!