Onward

4.7
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236 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Onward offers a fun and playful take on new American in an elevated neighborhood setting

Closed on Monday’s

Please note Onward Chi’s seasonal hours that are effective 3/3/20. Additionally, the hours noted are for times in which you can make a reservation directly through Opentable. However, we also welcome Walk-in’s and will work to accommodate your requests. Our Bar area has extended hours past those list on OpenTable. With any questions please reach out to admin@onwardchi.com

Daily from 3-5PM the main dining room will be closed for dinner service prep; the bar area and bar menu will be offered during that time.

** Onward will be open for Lunch During Loyola University Chicago’s Commencement Week in May of 2020
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MattH
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Onward's menu is small, but the execution is just about perfect .Great cocktails, too. I strongly recommend them.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Onward is so incredibly delicious! The restaurant was doing a Key West theme and everything from the hot, fluffy biscuits with honey mango butter, to the mahi mahi tacos, to the perfectly prepared red snapper, to the decadent chocolate slab cake was excellent. The red snapper is out of this world! Our server Abby was excellent also - super friendly and enthusiastic about the food. Great experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Enjoyed the ambiance. Service was very nice. Felt like it was too expensive for what we got though. Don’t know if I would return based on the pricing.

JA
JoAnnT
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to dinner here at Onward with my niece and nephew to celebrate my birthday and was very pleasantly surprised at how comfortable this restaurant is! Vincente greeted us at the door with a warm welcome and our server was a delight. I had filet with crab legs that was perfect!! they also have a separate room area that I am looking forward to having a company event at. I highly recommend Onward to anyone and everyone! So great to have them in the neighborhood

JR
vipJulieR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had looked at the menu prior to going and instead of the regular menu it was a Key West pop up. We may have missed this on website. We really enjoyed the food and the bartender was Great. He sensed our disappointment and went above and beyond to help us. The staff also really seemed to like their jobs.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Man, that was a good brunch! Some of the best fish tacos I've had and I always love a good bloody mary with a beer back! Service was prompt, efficient and friendly... Can't wait til next time

CF
CFern
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service. Everything was delicious. And we had a lot of fun too

TO
vipTamaraO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent place would recommend to everyone love the key west pop up

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Jaime
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great. Just waited kinda long for second round of cocktails

AM
AmandaM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The food is excellent and service were flawless! We had the bread service, cup of cream of parsnip soup, the vermont bijou with brussel sprouts, lobster lasagnette, and winter squash ravioli. The food was delicious!! For dessert we got the key lime pie, which was tasty but a little heavy.

My only problems are with the space, and I am a designer so perhaps a little particular. There is a living plant wall with a very strong grow light. The wall is beautiful, but the light is too strong and too cool, and really detracts from the rest of the space. There is also an in wall fireplace that was missing some trim around the wall tile where it is inserted - we could see the backer board for the tile. And finally, the barrel vault is very cool, but it carries sound a little too well from one side of the room to the other. We could hear a conversation from the other side of the vault as if they were next to us. If the owners are paying attention - I would recommend doing something about that grow light during service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Will absolutely return. Do yourself a favor and get the pastry board for brunch!

JL
JohnL
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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Dave
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We dined at Onward for Valentine's Day. We were only able to get a high top in the bar area, but we received very good service even so. The food was quite good and we enjoyed the evening.

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vipLive2eat
Cleveland
52 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time visiting Onward. Great menu options as well as drink. Ordered the short rib, could have been a bit warmer. Desserts of slab cake and key lime were amazing. Stopped at the bar afterward and had a scotch and cognac. Very nice folks!

BM
BrenM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had the Red Snapper with coconut rice as well as a brussels sprouts side dish which they easily and graciously adapted to our dietary need.Wine pairing was excellent.

EM
vipEMBslp
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Restaurant Week. Everything was delicious and interesting, inventive menu. We liked the location, out of the busier neighborhoods with easy parking. We will definitely go back.

EL
vipEvanstonLocal
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time at this new Loyola restaurant and continue to be blown away by the quality, attention and shocking lack of customers on a Friday night! GREAT creative cocktails and wine list, top flight menu and outstanding knowledgeable service — at a reasonable price. Go before it catches fire and you can’t get in!

PM
PamelaMarie
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to try the restaurant week selections, but instead ordered a porterhouse with grilled knob onions and a mushroom foie gras sauce. We started with the bread service, chicken liver mousse, grilled oysters, and finished with a key lime dessert. Everything was incredible. Our server, Todd was knowledgeable, charming and made great recommendations. Chef Patrick Russ is the best!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The server was attentive and very polite; he also made sure to check in on our party often, but not to the point where I would become a nuisance.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, as usual.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent restaurant week menu. Combination of regular menu and special items.

JS
JenniferS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was there for restaurant week and everything was fantastic. Did the wine pairing as well. Good portions and wonderful flavors.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

There was only one waiter for the entire restaurant. Service was very slow. 2 1/2 hours for two people.

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vipABdiningout
Chicago
138 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!! Really fresh and innovative but not too much. Just right! I will recommend you friends/family! My dad lives right down the block and I’m in neighborhood. Didn’t think food would be as good -looooved it!! A bit pricey-spent almost $200 for 2 ppl thank goodness food was excellent! :) Like to take my dad for his b-day!

CJ
CJMChicago
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us shared several appetizers and entrees. All were deliciously seasoned and well prepared. Must come back!

TI
vipTinaI
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Onward. Food was great, and it was a very quiet evening. More people should try this restaurant. It is a little pricey for the neighborhood, but wonderful nonetheless.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and service... elevator music

LR
vipLizR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Stumbled upon Onward and so glad we did. Everything we ordered was amazing. My Steak Bavette was perfect. My friend ordered the pasta special (Onward makes their own pasta) and it was truly special. Can't wait to be back.

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AnnieA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

flavor and presentation outstanding. While the seating and layout is very comfortable the decor and music don’t exactly match the contemporary menu. Don’t let the location in the hotel discourage you. This is not your typical hotel food at all. Creative flavors that compliment perfectly. Everything fresh and delicious. My group of 4 split 3 entrees, 2 salads and bread board (worth the extra $). Def enough food for big eaters.

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vipmkr68
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a hidden gem. We went for lunch/brunch and everything from the salads to the egg dishes was fantastic! Even the desserts were great. Highly recommended.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and ambience. Started with kohlrabi/beet carpaccio and went from there. Can't believe Rogers Park finally has an excellent choice for fine dining. Will be back soon.

JM
JonathanM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing. Service was second to none. If you haven’t gone you need to.

j
vipjewel
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful food and service. Looking forward to going back.

JF
JosephF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant with great staff. We'll be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner start to finish!

MR
MichaelR
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Onward! The food was creative and delicious and the service was excellent!

TK
TeresaK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a surprise - we reserved a table last minute and could not have been happier with the experience. The meal was outstanding, wonderful ambiance and the service was attentive but not overpowering. We will be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went here for my daughter’s birthday. It was such a nice surprise in this Rogers Park neighborhood we know so well, right across from the Loyola campus. The setting was very nice with modern

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viptruthteller
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good food with an imaginative menu. Not many , if any places like it in Rogers Park. Great addition to the neighborhood. Nice place for a special dinner

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! The staff even signed a menu to wish me a happy birthday.