Not only are the Hubbard Inn’s new digs stunning, the food and cocktail menus completely elevate its hospitality.
A decade-long fixture of River North, the Hubbard Inn recently reopened after extensive renovations caused it to close earlier this year. The goal of the renovation wasn’t just to rejuvenate the ambiance of the space; a new cocktail menu takes the Hubbard Inn in a whole new direction.
With three floors of food and drink, the new Hubbard Inn is a fantastic spot to wine and dine your out-of-town relatives. The first floor’s restaurant features a center drink island surrounded by comfortable booth seating. The new menu has incredible seafood, a new drinks list, and delicious entrees to share.
A few menu options include Spanish Mussels with chorizo, shallots, garlic, and tomato broth; Octopus Tostada with Humboldt park masa and tomato fennel chutney; and a Duck Rueben with duck breast, pastrami, gruyère, Russian dressing, and apple sauerkraut on rye.
The second floor houses the Hubbard Inn’s “Blue Violet,” a mixology-driven bar & lounge named after Illinois state flower. The new lounge is a lush, garden scene with dazzling murals, crawling vines, and an Alice-In-Wonderland-esque checkered floor. Guests can enjoy a variety of cocktails while they take in the view of Hubbard Inn’s most extensive renovation.
A few of Blue Violet’s enchanting menu items include The Duchess with The Botanist Gin, ruby port, rhubarb, lavender, and earl grey served in a gold-rimmed coupe; Snake Venom with Scofflaw Old Tom Gin, apple brandy, Cynar, amontillado sherry, and cucumber served in a glass cobra; and the Yearling with Legent Bourbon, pear cider reduction, ginger, and black walnut.
Lastly, the third-floor event space Masq, has a theatre-inspired, throwback vibe. The venue is decorated in black and white with gold trim and highlights iconic velvet curtains. Masq is available for private event booking and features a rotation of Inn curated performance acts.
While the menu can be a little pricey ($15 – $100 per dish), the Hubbard Inn is a great space for your next private event or an upscale after-work hangout. Reservations are recommended.
Address: 110 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL
Hours: Mon – Tues: 4 p.m. – midnight, Wed – Fri: 4 p.m. – 2 a. m., Sat: 11 a.m. – 3 a.m., Sun: 11 a.m. – midnight
Parking: Street parking or valet.