Although the ice skating ribbon, the renovated field house, and a portion of the children’s playground are already open at Maggie Daley Park, the entire 27.7 acre park won’t be fully functional until later this year, and when it is, it looks like a new restaurant and bar will be a big part of the mix.
Announced just earlier today is a potential agreement that would allow Chicago-based Four Corners Tavern Group to design, build, and operate a new restaurant space that will be situated on the park’s southern end along Monroe Street. The new restaurant will be situated where The Green at Grant Park was once located, a seasonal cafe with a mini-golf course, while its overall theme aims to be a full-service, casual restaurant and bar that’s also very family-friendly.
Typical bar food and a children’s menu will be offered there, and just some of the items will include fish tacos, burgers, Korean streak tacos, and a variety of salads—or basically what you’d see at any of the other restaurants run by Four Corners Tavern Group like West End, Kirkwood, Benchmark, Brownstone, or the Schoolyard Tavern in Lakeview.
Although no renderings or financial numbers are yet available that relate specifcially to the new Maggie Daley Park restaurant, the initial concession permit agreement is for 10 years, has the option of five 1-year extensions, and includes the catering of special events at the park and operation of the concession kiosk, which will serve drinks and light fare closer to the ice skating ribbon.
No costruction date has been announced, but reps from Four Corners have said they'd like to get started as soon as possible. As more information becomes available, we'll keep you updated.