Utopian Tailgate, a new rooftop deck perched atop the Second City in Old Town, will spotlight the many joys of tailgating—complete with tableside keg service, stadium seating and cornhole. Scheduled to open later this month, the 10,000-square-foot space comes from the Fifty/50 Restaurant Group (the folks behind the Sixth, Homestead on the Roof and Apogee) in partnership with the famed Chicago comedy club. The collaboration also brings a third location of Roots Handmade Pizza to the former Adobo Grill space in mid-September.
Utopian Tailgate is pegged as an "ode to all the best experiences of tailgating before, during and after football games and concerts," according to a media release. The sprawling all-year space will be decked out in greenery, bright colors and plenty of flatscreen TVs that will be tuned to NCAA and NFL games. Guests can also expect to pass time between drinks with mini-golf, foosball, bocce and giant board games. Throughout the year, the space will host rotating interactive experiences like giant bouncy houses and mechanical bull rides.
The food menu, curated by chef Nate Henssler (Portsmith), offers elevated tailgate fare, including spare ribs, corn and peach salad, steak kabobs, nacho cheese "Doritos" and something called Ganja Goo Balls—which are crafted with peanut butter, honey, millet seeds, cinnamon and CBD oil. Bar managers Michael Barnes (Broken English) and Dylan Seo (the Sixth) pour regular and large-format cocktails like the Watermelon Crusher, with tequila, aronia berry liqueur, cilantro shrub, watermelon juice and lime.
Expect this playful rooftop escape to open later this month above the Second City in Old Town. In the meantime, take a look at some of the technicolored cocktails that will be served at Utopian Tailgate.