The Park & Field in Logan Square is a distinctive establishment with an electric atmosphere. Logan Square has become overrun by hipsters and there is a dearth of quality sports bars in that neighborhood. Fortunately for sports-minded locals, the Park & Field completely erased that glaring void when it opened last year. The bar’s inside dining area seamlessly blends fanciness with retro-inspired athletic equipment, memorabilia and collectibles. In one room you’ll find chandeliers and rich woods along with new high-definition televisions, a boxing speed bag, gymnastics bar and antiquated tennis rackets.
My girlfriend, Ashley, and I dined here on a frigid Saturday night. The place was bustling and a friendly hostess told us that there was a 45-minute wait for a table. We placed our name on a waiting list and found two unoccupied seats at the bar. The beer menu was atypical and mainly consisted of an array of craft beers. So, much to my chagrin, a pint of Guinness was not an option. Instead, I ordered a Miller High Life draft and Ashley requested Allagash White on tap. After sitting at the bar for roughly 40 minutes, the hostess escorted us to our table. Within two minutes of being seated, an affable waitress introduced herself and asked if we’d like to order drinks and appetizers. We proceeded to order another round of drinks and their Bruschetta Sampler ($10).
The Bruschetta Sampler, made with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, shallots, roasted mushrooms, herbs and crispy ciabatta, arrived quickly and was presented with culinary beauty. The starter’s vegetables were delightfully crisp and its cheese was mouthwatering. The only minor drawback was that the bread was a bit too crumbly. A bus person quickly cleared our plates and refilled our waters. When our waitress returned, I asked for a park burger ($10) prepared medium with chickpea salad and Ashley ordered a fresh dip sandwich ($13) with french fries. My burger and chickpea salad were both savory and Ashley called her meal “juicy, delicious, perfectly seasoned and overall delectable!” Upon consuming our entrees, we decided against having dessert and requested our check.
The Park & Field, with a 6,000-square-foot patio that consists of hammocks, bonfire pits, bocce ball courts and countless Adirondack chairs, is designed for the warmer months. In fact, during the spring, summer and autumn, there may not be many better spots to eat food outdoors while watching a ballgame. Moreover, the mammoth deck is dog-friendly and the entire area has a pleasant vibe to it. Considering that Ashley and I liked the Park & Field in arctic elements, it’s seemingly inevitable that we’ll adore the place on a sunny afternoon during a Cubs broadcast.
In spite of all its stellar features, some visitors may not be enamored with the Park & Field. The bar is pricy, the menu is somewhat skimpy and patrons are allowed to smoke in the outdoor area. While you can drive to enjoy this new gem, Fullerton Avenue is hectic and it strictly offers metered parking. Excluding these trivial annoyances, the Park & Field is a home run on the Northwest Side.
Park & Field
3509 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago News rating: Three stars
Open: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Prices: Main courses $10-$17
Credit cards: A, DC, DS, M, V
Noise: This is a very noisy establishment
Ratings key: Four stars, outstanding; three stars, excellent; two stars, very good; one star, good; no stars, unsatisfactory. The reviewer makes every effort to remain anonymous.