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Restaurants, Contemporary American River West/West Town
5 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Photograph: Jason Little The Patio at The Frontier

Time Out says

So the hipster-vintage-saloon aesthetic and a taxidermy grizzly bear wander into a sports bar. This is pretty much the setup of Frontier, a gastropub from the folks behind Lottie’s and the Pony, which mashes North Woods lodge elements into the neighborhood-tap mold. Chef Brian Jupiter’s food—charbroiled oysters, sliders and even whole-animal feasts—adds another component to the mix, and the more time you spend eating impressive dishes like the tarragon-buttered redfish, the faster it all starts to come together.



Address: 1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Transport: El stop: Blue to Division. Bus:9, 56, 70.
Price: Average main course: $14
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 4pm-2am;Sat 10am-3am; Sun 10am-2am
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Users say (6)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Came for the $1 oysters and stayed for the cocktails! This is a great little spot in West Town with an awesome patio. Monday -Friday from 4-6 they have $1 oysters which is what drew us in but we stayed for some warm apps and cocktails and everything was delicious! 


Great place for exotic eats. Where else is alligator on the menu? It's a very tough meat though, so proceed with caution. I'm a big fan of their lollipop wings. This is one of the best wings I've had in the city. The skin is so deliciously crispy and spiced just perfectly.


How often can you go out to a restaurant and everything you try on the menu is amazing? Frontier doe not disappoint. Yes, there's the $1 oyster happy hour.  Yes, there is the huge patio with fireplace. and Yes there is an immaculate beer selection. Everyone takes pride in what they are serving.  Ive had  Zhane as my server numerous times and she is knowledgeable and delightful every single time. And then there's the cooks. My friend ordered the skirt steak, requesting in well done. The chef not wanting to ruin the dish simple recommended another dish. She chose the burger and left very happy. How you like your steak cooked varies, but the chef didn't want to compromise the integrity of how they thought the dish should be served! That's attention to detail folks!

If you go for $1 oysters try the Hot Fried Shrimp to accompany your dollar shucks.

Lots to go through here so let's itemize this thing.

1. $1 oyster happy hours are your friend, especially this one. They're char-grilled and come with creole butter. If you like your friends at all you should get two orders because everyone will want more than one.

2. Cocktails. Pitchers are best for your wallet almost always so if your group can agree on a punch, do it. The Front Porch Punch has a great flavor that's not too in your face, and the Raspberry Gin Buck is the great marriage that would occur between your Moscow Mule and a G&T. If you must go solo, Gunslinger's Respite and the Sazerac are both excellent. Proportions are everything, and Frontier has got it down.

3. More food. Time to eat! The jalapeño cornbread is a sight to behold, and would go well with your oysters, just saying. On the more substantial side, a round of applause for the fried chicken sandwich, the sirloin steak, and the catfish would be appreciated. Enjoy!


The $1 oyster happy hour alone makes this place an absolute delight, but add in a gorgeous patio complete with fireplace; and this becomes a go-to spot in the neighborhood every Friday afternoon, or when I work from home. The wild gamey food is all fantastic, from the lollipop wings, elk sausage (all the sausages are good actually), goat chili or alligator legs. The 5 mac and cheese is my absolute favorite in the city and I have ordered just that before as my meal. I've also been here for a birthday party where we ordered whole animal service and we ordered the whole pig. A little taste of Hawaii right here at home, paired with fantastic whiskey and pisco cocktails. This place is awesome for just getting a few drinks and oysters after work, or getting stuffed with amazing food with a group. Its a catch-all and a great spot that I can claim as my own!


I've been to Frontier a couple of times and have really enjoyed myself. It's definitely on the trendier side which I don't tend to shy away from but it has a laid back atmosphere that stops it from being stuffy.

We grabbed a drink at the bar and went out to the patio that stays open until 12:30. The bartender and our server were super nice and there was plenty of seating even outside which I have been hard pressed to find in Chicago in the summer unless you're willing to wait in a long line. I haven't tried the food there yet, but from what I hear its really good!