Mad River Bar & Grille

★★★☆☆
  • 2909 N Sheffield Ave

    Chicago, IL 60657

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  • 773-935-7500

About Mad River Bar & Grille

Hours
Monday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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We boys and I went there last Friday and had an awesome time! The girl bartenders were hot and the guy bartenders were pretty damn cool. A guy bought my friends and I a shot for no reason other than we were trying to have a good time! We are going back again tonight just to hang with the staff!!!

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★★★★★

We boys and I went there last Friday and had an awesome time! The girl bartenders were hot and the guy bartenders were pretty damn cool. A guy bought my friends and I a shot for no reason other than we were trying to have a good time! We are going back again tonight just to hang with the staff!!!

Pros: staff was fun and music was great

Cons: Wish i could have remembered the whole night!

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I went here for a girlfriend's birthday on June 6th, 2009 and had a great time until the end of the night. I was in the bar and a fight broke out right next to me and was stuck in the middle, which included me being shoved and my purse and cell phone thrown all over the place. I had no idea who the people were fighting and a guy I did not know was nice enough to help me up and find my stuff. The staff did NOTHING to stop the fight, and when I went outside with a guy friend to explain there was a fight going on and what happened, they just laughed at me and asked what they should do about it. I was shocked that they didn't do anything to stop a fight in their bar, and then laughed at me when I already had visible marks from being shoved. Once the guys who were fighting came out my friend pointed them out, which caused the guys to start shoving my guy friend. This happened directly IN FRONT of the security and they told US to leave or else they would call the police. Obviously, the guys starting the fights knew the security and the staff wasn't going to do anything. I would NEVER go back here, I was so applauded at how security did absolutely nothing to keep the other people safe. And our waitress was very slow and rude. If you do not know the staff here I guess you are out of luck.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went here for a girlfriend's birthday on June 6th, 2009 and had a great time until the end of the night. I was in the bar and a fight broke out right next to me and was stuck in the middle, which included me being shoved and my purse and cell phone thrown all over the place. I had no idea who the people were fighting and a guy I did not know was nice enough to help me up and find my stuff. The staff did NOTHING to stop the fight, and when I went outside with a guy friend to explain there was a fight going on and what happened, they just laughed at me and asked what they should do about it. I was shocked that they didn't do anything to stop a fight in their bar, and then laughed at me when I already had visible marks from being shoved. Once the guys who were fighting came out my friend pointed them out, which caused the guys to start shoving my guy friend. This happened directly IN FRONT of the security and they told US to leave or else they would call the police. Obviously, the guys starting the fights knew the security and the staff wasn't going to do anything. I would NEVER go back here, I was so applauded at how security did absolutely nothing to keep the other people safe. And our waitress was very slow and rude. If you do not know the staff here I guess you are out of luck.

Pros: Fun Crowd minus the Staff's friends

Cons: The security/ Staff/ waitress

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I brought my friends here and we had a blast. the people here are so nice. the environment is really cool and the crowd is wild. i recommend this place.

3
★★★☆☆

I brought my friends here and we had a blast. the people here are so nice. the environment is really cool and the crowd is wild. i recommend this place.

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Went here with friends and found it to be rude and awful~since finding this website with reviews, I wish I had known about city search before going to Mad River. Since the majority of reviews clearly speak of how awful this place is, I would have never gone there with my group of friends. All the reviews, except the one or two that are probably written by the owner like someone else mentioned in their review, are horrible and mention how rude the staff is and how awful the food is. I thought the food was bad at an irish bar on grand and milwaukee, but mad river takes the prize!! Do yourself a favor and skip this place! Hopefully it will close and a quality establishment will take its place!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Went here with friends and found it to be rude and awful~since finding this website with reviews, I wish I had known about city search before going to Mad River. Since the majority of reviews clearly speak of how awful this place is, I would have never gone there with my group of friends. All the reviews, except the one or two that are probably written by the owner like someone else mentioned in their review, are horrible and mention how rude the staff is and how awful the food is. I thought the food was bad at an irish bar on grand and milwaukee, but mad river takes the prize!! Do yourself a favor and skip this place! Hopefully it will close and a quality establishment will take its place!!

Pros: are there any?? NO

Cons: Everything

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There were six of us on my first experience.The atmosphere was fun and full of energy.The food was good,drinks were great and the price was reasonable.We have been back four times.

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★★★★☆

There were six of us on my first experience.The atmosphere was fun and full of energy.The food was good,drinks were great and the price was reasonable.We have been back four times.

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Was at Mad River this past Saturday night and had a great time. The DJ was awesome and there were tons of cool people from Chicago and Michigan at this place. Great spot for a private party in the private room which I must say was a great deal for 30 bucks. If your looking for fun-this is a must see.

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★★★★★

Was at Mad River this past Saturday night and had a great time. The DJ was awesome and there were tons of cool people from Chicago and Michigan at this place. Great spot for a private party in the private room which I must say was a great deal for 30 bucks. If your looking for fun-this is a must see.

Pros: Music, Atmosphere, Good Lookin Crowd, Casual

Cons: Crowded

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# Having witnessed this horrible event put forth in the review of Kim 009.....The person in question WAS NOT allowed entrance due to insobriety and was informed as such by the first bouncer. ANDREW didn't say "I GUESS" he said "SURE". I can see why memory fails Kim because "I GUESS" sounds more non committal and strengthens her argument whereas "SURE" is a word commonly used in a sarcastic, dismissive tone...the tone Andrew inflected and was at the heart of his retort. KIM, if she was the female of the party who started screaming like a banshee, became irate and latched onto Andrew's comment screaming "ANTI-SEMITIC" to the point where I started questioning HER sobriety or at least her sanity. I harbor a particular disdain for people who use their ethnicity or cultural background for short term gain such as hoping to shame their way into entrance into a bar. It was a card blatantly played in this situation and angered me somewhat due to our shared heritage.

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★★★★★

# Having witnessed this horrible event put forth in the review of Kim 009.....The person in question WAS NOT allowed entrance due to insobriety and was informed as such by the first bouncer. ANDREW didn't say "I GUESS" he said "SURE". I can see why memory fails Kim because "I GUESS" sounds more non committal and strengthens her argument whereas "SURE" is a word commonly used in a sarcastic, dismissive tone...the tone Andrew inflected and was at the heart of his retort. KIM, if she was the female of the party who started screaming like a banshee, became irate and latched onto Andrew's comment screaming "ANTI-SEMITIC" to the point where I started questioning HER sobriety or at least her sanity. I harbor a particular disdain for people who use their ethnicity or cultural background for short term gain such as hoping to shame their way into entrance into a bar. It was a card blatantly played in this situation and angered me somewhat due to our shared heritage.

Pros: Specials

Cons: Parking

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I went this past weekend with my friends. We got in in line, and a bouncer randomly approached us to tell my friend that he wasn't going to get in but didn?t give a reason. When we got to the front of the line and still got denied, my friend jokingly asked if it was because he was Jewish. Andrew the doorman said, "I guess." You may read this and say that Andrew just wasn't thinking but regardless, he made a gross error in judgment. We asked to speak to the manager and got PJ. We relayed the Jewish comment, Andrew ADMITTED his words and then?PJ told us we must have simply misheard Andrew (again, after Andrew admitted what he said) and then basically brushed us off, telling us to go away because we were too drunk. Horrible. I'm not saying they are anti-Semitic (I feel the same way about a lot of the overkill on PC stuff lately), but clearly Andrew made a terrible error in judgment and management did absolutely nothing to rectify the situation nor did they even acknowledge that it was the wrong thing to say. It?s a clear indication of how they handle their patrons in a sensitive situation. I will never go to this bar again. If even one person does not go based on my review, I will feel completely satisfied.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went this past weekend with my friends. We got in in line, and a bouncer randomly approached us to tell my friend that he wasn't going to get in but didn?t give a reason. When we got to the front of the line and still got denied, my friend jokingly asked if it was because he was Jewish. Andrew the doorman said, "I guess." You may read this and say that Andrew just wasn't thinking but regardless, he made a gross error in judgment. We asked to speak to the manager and got PJ. We relayed the Jewish comment, Andrew ADMITTED his words and then?PJ told us we must have simply misheard Andrew (again, after Andrew admitted what he said) and then basically brushed us off, telling us to go away because we were too drunk. Horrible. I'm not saying they are anti-Semitic (I feel the same way about a lot of the overkill on PC stuff lately), but clearly Andrew made a terrible error in judgment and management did absolutely nothing to rectify the situation nor did they even acknowledge that it was the wrong thing to say. It?s a clear indication of how they handle their patrons in a sensitive situation. I will never go to this bar again. If even one person does not go based on my review, I will feel completely satisfied.

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I recently spent an evening at Mad River, and I can say, without a doubt, I will never be going back. The food seems to be well covered in other reviews, so I will just say I was unimpressed. The service was atrocious, and when we brought this to the management's attention, they were flippant and disrespectful. I frequent serveral bars similar this, so I don't expect much in the "service and management" department, but the staff at Mad River left such a bad taste in our mouth that I can't see myself ever giving them another red cent. My adivce, unless you see an "Under New Management" and "New Chef" sign hanging out front, stay away.

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★☆☆☆☆

I recently spent an evening at Mad River, and I can say, without a doubt, I will never be going back. The food seems to be well covered in other reviews, so I will just say I was unimpressed. The service was atrocious, and when we brought this to the management's attention, they were flippant and disrespectful. I frequent serveral bars similar this, so I don't expect much in the "service and management" department, but the staff at Mad River left such a bad taste in our mouth that I can't see myself ever giving them another red cent. My adivce, unless you see an "Under New Management" and "New Chef" sign hanging out front, stay away.

Pros: None

Cons: Staff was arrogant, rude, compete jerks (not in an Ed Devevik's way either)

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I recently met some friends at Mad river on a friday night, we had a great time My dinner was excellent and the bar picked up after dinner and we had a great time. I was crowded but not so bad that you couldn't move. I reccomend this place for a great night out.

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★★★★★

I recently met some friends at Mad river on a friday night, we had a great time My dinner was excellent and the bar picked up after dinner and we had a great time. I was crowded but not so bad that you couldn't move. I reccomend this place for a great night out.

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This place was so terrible I had to write a review. After looking at the reviews, it's clear that someone with a stake in the establishment is giving these "not so bad" reviews. This place is simply the worst resturaunt I've ever eaten it. The worst food, the worst service and the worst layout conceivable. I have been once to eat and a few times for drinks and the place is never crowded. The only good thing about this place is television embedded in the wall of each booth. But I'd rather eat at home and watch my own television.

This place won't last long at all.

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★★★☆☆

This place was so terrible I had to write a review. After looking at the reviews, it's clear that someone with a stake in the establishment is giving these "not so bad" reviews. This place is simply the worst resturaunt I've ever eaten it. The worst food, the worst service and the worst layout conceivable. I have been once to eat and a few times for drinks and the place is never crowded. The only good thing about this place is television embedded in the wall of each booth. But I'd rather eat at home and watch my own television.

This place won't last long at all.

Pros: Television in each bar.

Cons: Food, service, layout, basically ever single reason you'd go out to eat.

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I must have gone here on a better night than the other reviewers because I really liked the food! I visited this place with 5 friends and we were all very happy with what we ordered. I'll admit the food is not gourmet - but it seems like it is when compared to the average bar food! I reccommend the flatbread and the wings! The service was great - our waitress was all over our table and she was really adorable. This bar is big and had a pretty good crowd for a Wednesday night. The night we were there they had live music. We had a great time and we will be back!

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★★★★☆

I must have gone here on a better night than the other reviewers because I really liked the food! I visited this place with 5 friends and we were all very happy with what we ordered. I'll admit the food is not gourmet - but it seems like it is when compared to the average bar food! I reccommend the flatbread and the wings! The service was great - our waitress was all over our table and she was really adorable. This bar is big and had a pretty good crowd for a Wednesday night. The night we were there they had live music. We had a great time and we will be back!

Pros: Huge booths, great service, good food

Cons: Parking wasn't great and the bathrooms are not clearly marked

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My girlfriends and I love to catch up and gossip here. The booths are big enough to fit six of us and the weekday specials are perfect. Monday has half-priced wine and Wednesday is $2 Blue Moons. The food is pretty good, but not spectacluar. The place is HUGE so you dont feel cramped. Also love the TVs in the booths. Not sure why it gets so crowded on the weekends, so we just stick with hitting this place during the week.

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★★★★☆

My girlfriends and I love to catch up and gossip here. The booths are big enough to fit six of us and the weekday specials are perfect. Monday has half-priced wine and Wednesday is $2 Blue Moons. The food is pretty good, but not spectacluar. The place is HUGE so you dont feel cramped. Also love the TVs in the booths. Not sure why it gets so crowded on the weekends, so we just stick with hitting this place during the week.

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We were here over the weekend for a birthday party and it's safe to say that we'll never come back. Our group was supposed to have a small amount of dedicated space for the group as we booked 10 days before the event and they had booked the private space already. When we got there, the event planner seemed more concerned with how she looking in her faux fir hat and coat than seeing to it that our group was properly taken care of. We had to wait over an hour for a table even though our group of 40 people were spending $35 a person for a drink package. The staff was rude, the drinks were weak and to top it off the bartender refused to serve drinks to our party at the end of the night because in her words "your group isn't tipping enough". (I find this funny since I was tipping after each drink and I know most of my friends were too. It's called "a tip" for a reason!)

This place is a joke and they'll be lucky to last past the winter months. When a bar tells you that they don't need your business, it's that pompus attitude that turns good business away. I'll gladly spend my money elsewhere.

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★★☆☆☆

We were here over the weekend for a birthday party and it's safe to say that we'll never come back. Our group was supposed to have a small amount of dedicated space for the group as we booked 10 days before the event and they had booked the private space already. When we got there, the event planner seemed more concerned with how she looking in her faux fir hat and coat than seeing to it that our group was properly taken care of. We had to wait over an hour for a table even though our group of 40 people were spending $35 a person for a drink package. The staff was rude, the drinks were weak and to top it off the bartender refused to serve drinks to our party at the end of the night because in her words "your group isn't tipping enough". (I find this funny since I was tipping after each drink and I know most of my friends were too. It's called "a tip" for a reason!)

This place is a joke and they'll be lucky to last past the winter months. When a bar tells you that they don't need your business, it's that pompus attitude that turns good business away. I'll gladly spend my money elsewhere.

Pros: Huge bar, lots of TV's

Cons: Rude staff and weak drinks

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I checked out this place despite the three reviews written about how bad the food/service were here. Well, they weren't wrong, although our server was incredibly attentive and that was the only thing good about the place. All I have to say is....fire the chef! Horrible food! I had the beef sliders which were charred and left a nasty aftertaste in my mouth all afternoon. The ambience here for a sports bar is really weird- poorly laidout and if you sit in the back of the bar you get to smell a really bad paint job. I won't be stepping in this place again ever.

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★★★☆☆

I checked out this place despite the three reviews written about how bad the food/service were here. Well, they weren't wrong, although our server was incredibly attentive and that was the only thing good about the place. All I have to say is....fire the chef! Horrible food! I had the beef sliders which were charred and left a nasty aftertaste in my mouth all afternoon. The ambience here for a sports bar is really weird- poorly laidout and if you sit in the back of the bar you get to smell a really bad paint job. I won't be stepping in this place again ever.

Pros: good service

Cons: horrible food, lousy atmosphere

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We sat at a back table and watched the waitresses (3 in total) serve several customers around us. We found it humorous that neither one of us could even catch the eye of these ladies. It was a moderate Wednesday evening, after 30 minutes and a well placed "MENU?" written on the white paper table setting a blond waitresses addressed us. She did not introduce herself, just "explained" we needed to indicate our interest in eating to get a menu. After receiving a menu it was the last we saw of any server and left after 10 more minutes.

The atmosphere was like a bad ski lodge.
Skip it and go next door.

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★☆☆☆☆

We sat at a back table and watched the waitresses (3 in total) serve several customers around us. We found it humorous that neither one of us could even catch the eye of these ladies. It was a moderate Wednesday evening, after 30 minutes and a well placed "MENU?" written on the white paper table setting a blond waitresses addressed us. She did not introduce herself, just "explained" we needed to indicate our interest in eating to get a menu. After receiving a menu it was the last we saw of any server and left after 10 more minutes.

The atmosphere was like a bad ski lodge.
Skip it and go next door.

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While the waitstaff was nice, the food tasted like it was fresh out of the freezer and microwave. After dinner the music was so loud you couldn't hear yourself think...and the 20 minute wait for a drink made us leave and write this review. The cheap decor and bad food doesn't warrant the crowds at this place. I'd recommend you do what we did, find another place to go!

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★☆☆☆☆

While the waitstaff was nice, the food tasted like it was fresh out of the freezer and microwave. After dinner the music was so loud you couldn't hear yourself think...and the 20 minute wait for a drink made us leave and write this review. The cheap decor and bad food doesn't warrant the crowds at this place. I'd recommend you do what we did, find another place to go!

Pros: location, waitstaff

Cons: Cheap decorating, overpriced food and drinks, food was horrible

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Seriously. I was in shock how bad this place was. I really don't care to write reviews ever, but this was so bad, I want to save other people their hard earned $. Everything I ate there last night was disgusting. I will say, our waitress was very sweet, a little forgetful, but that was the only nice part of it. Unless you like ez-cheese...stay away. bet it'll be gone by end of summer.

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★☆☆☆☆

Seriously. I was in shock how bad this place was. I really don't care to write reviews ever, but this was so bad, I want to save other people their hard earned $. Everything I ate there last night was disgusting. I will say, our waitress was very sweet, a little forgetful, but that was the only nice part of it. Unless you like ez-cheese...stay away. bet it'll be gone by end of summer.

Pros: nice waitress, good location, nice tvs

Cons: FOOD, service, cleanliness

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Known for its casual ambience, this East Coast chain finds a home in Lakeview. The bar serves traditional American fare for lunch and dinner featuring such standards as pulled pork sandwiches, patty melts, turkey burgers…

 

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