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120 Vodkas and BLTs in the Hard Rock

None 6 Photos Chuck’s Manufacturing
Good news from the financial desk:

American manufacturing is back, baby.

Yes, it’s true. We’re finally making things again in this country. Cars. Trucks. BLTs. We mean really, really good BLTs.

Take your first look inside Chuck’s Manufacturing, soon to be buzzing with the sounds of power lunches, dinners and cocktailing, opening Monday in the Loop.

This replaces China Grill in the Hard Rock Hotel. You’ll now enter a brightly colored world where all it takes to create a memorable evening is a few George Nelson bubble lamps, some strategically placed Mad Men–era lounge furniture and, of course, PVC piping to tie it all together.

Well, that and 120 kinds of vodka, pork-belly BLTs and T-bone steaks. But the PVC decor is a nice touch.

If you’re here for a solo working lunch, they’re equipped with power outlets and cell phone chargers. To keep you charged, they’re fully up-to-date in barbecue-sauce-slathered burger technology.

It’s during after-work drinks when you’ll find this place particularly useful. Swing by for the weeknight soiree driven by DJs, tomato-basil popcorn, mini Chicago hot dogs, maybe a vodka-spiked Chuck’s Cherry Coke.

Dinner, however, could require rolling up your sleeves to do a little engineering of your own. Instead of choosing one entrée, create a trio of mini-sized entrées—anything from angel-hair pasta to a petite filet.

So, some assembly required.

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