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City Winery Chicago Pours into West Loop

Winery offers restaurant/bar and performance venue



    City Winery Chicago Pours into West Loop
    Chris Shields
    City Winery Chicago hosted an official grand opening Tuesday night.

    Chicago's thriving West Loop has another excuse to raise a glass.

    City Winery Chicago, dubbed the city's first fully operational winery, is officially open for business.

    The 33,000 square foot facility at 1200 W Randolph is more than just a place to sample wine -- it offers a restaurant, bar and a performance venue.

    The restaurant/bar seats up to 250 people and offers a small and large-plate menu with an emphasis on Mediterranean, Italian, French, Spanish and Middle Eastern cuisine. The extensive wine list includes more than 20 in-house produced wines sourced from California, Oregon, Washington, Argentina and Chile vineyards.

    The performance venue seats up to 300 and will feature music, spoken word and comedy acts 20-25 nights a month. Comedian Lewis Black kicks things off until August 19th, and future booked guests include the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Rosanne Cash and Mavis Staples.

    The business is an offshoot of a New York version of City Winery, located in the SoHo neighborhood.