Packing House

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The Warehouse District’s New Easygoing Playpen

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Yep. Snow in April. Lousy break.

Soon enough, however, you’ll be perched on rooftops, terraces and patios all over town.

Which reminds us: Packing House, a decked-out three-floor playpen, is soft-opening tonight in the Warehouse District.

It’s a reconception of the sports-and-bro-heavy hangout once known as Market, but a bit more... sophisticated (admittedly not hard to accomplish). They’ll still have a side patio, sidewalk seating, a private party space/lounge with its own terrace and, in May, a fully remodeled rooftop.

But for right now...

Even on a rainy day, you’ll find something here worthwhile. Sports is contained to the bar area, so you’ll stop in on weekday nights for a Belgian farmhouse ale, and to keep an eye on the Bulls’ playoff run.

The dining area has a modish library vibe, if you need a place to conduct a business meeting. (If you can’t close a deal over crab spaghettini and halibut ceviche, the deal can’t be closed.)

Plus, there’s some impressive art. Under the bar is a mural by Hebru Brantley (Jay Z is a collector of his work). In the second-floor party area, a Miami artist—renowned for his Sharpie-decorated Lamborghinis—has done a mural on the wall.

They couldn’t fit a Lambo in.

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Packing House
1113 W Randolph St
(between May and Aberdeen)
Chicago, IL 60607
312-929-4787
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