American Junkie (CLOSED)

Bars, Sports Bars River North
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 (Photograph: Erica Gannett)
Photograph: Erica Gannett

American Junkie Rooftop

 (Photograph: Nicole Radja)
Photograph: Nicole Radja

American Junkie

 (Photograph: Nicole Radja)
Photograph: Nicole Radja

American Junkie

 (Photograph: Nicole Radja)
Photograph: Nicole Radja

American Junkie

Where are all these people coming from? The fact that this massive bar can open just blocks from Paris Club, Hub 51, Rockit, etc. and be bursting with a duplicate crowd—yet not take away from how packed those places are—is mind-boggling. The first floor is mostly seated patrons; walk upstairs to mingle under a retractable roof. Either way, grab a bite to eat. Snagging Kendal Duque (Sepia’s opening chef) was a boon for this bar. Heads up: Side tables later give way to bottle service, and female bartenders wear low-cut, skintight black dresses with triangle cutouts in the back. We don’t know what male bartenders wear because we don’t see one.


Venue name: American Junkie (CLOSED)
Address: 15 W Illinois St

Cross street: between State and Dearborn Sts
Opening hours: Sun–Fri 11am–2am; Sat 11am–3am
Transport: El stop: Red to Grand. Bus: 22, 29, 36.
Price: Average cocktail: $12
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