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Lockdown Bar & Grill

Restaurants, Contemporary American Ukrainian Village
5 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)
Photograph: Martha Williams Lockdown Bar & Grill

Time Out says

Lockdown attempts to set itself apart from the city’s other metal bars with a vague prison theme, burgers with names like “Arson” and “Hawaii 5.0,” and a “virtual venue” concept, meaning live concert DVDs are played on plasma screens. This latter idea sounds silly on paper, but it’s actually kind of brilliant. The music you love with none of the fuss, plus craft beer and a place to sit down.



Address: 1024 N Western Ave
Cross street: at Cortez St
Transport: Bus: 49, 66, 70.
Price: Average beer: $5
Opening hours: Sun–Fri 11am–2am; Sat 11am–3am
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Users say (10)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Lockdown recent rid themselves of their half-off burger night and half-off draft night specials... A true shame. Hope everything is ok, because their burgers really do kick Kuma's burgers ass, despite Kuma's getting all the unnecessary praise. The mussels are an underdog favorite, as well. Can't go wrong with any of the burgers here - definitely do a flight risk combo of three different sliders (unless it's their vegetarian patty, GROSS). 

It's loud, ergo I make sure they are playing a good metal DVD (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, etc.) compared to some thrash screaming crap that will give me a headache while I attempt to enjoy my burger. 

I'll begrudgingly return, despite the subtraction of specials. 

Amazing, huge burgers with cool themes, outside and inside seating.

The food is phenomenal and the bar is great too. Only bar I've been to with Booker's True Barrel bourbon. The food simply is not what you'd expect from a burger bar with a heavy metal/prison theme, LIGHTYEARS ahead of Kuma's. It's like uber quality, foodie snob food except not at all. Every thing I've had from there is amazing, I could never pick just one. Also, beer. Lots and lots of beer.

Best burgers in the neighborhood and a distinct atmosphere that is always fun to share with visitors!

Some of best food in town. Complete with heavy metal music through an awesome sound system. One cannot go wrong. And dine al fresco.

Best salad and burgers around!!! I go in as often as I can. fun, loud delicious atmosphere.

The food here says it all.  I can't say there is better bar food anywhere in Chicago and the beer list is top notch as well,  Try the FAT ELVIS ASAP!!!!


Lockdown is ... loud. But it's fun. It's not the kind of bar you would end up in accidentally, I think, so if you're here, you're probably ready to scream over some metal and throw back a few beers. The crowd is generally friendly, and it's a good place to stop in and break up the monotony of your usual bars. 


NOT COMPARING Lockdown to Kuma's - can't, same formula but much different execution. They both serve a certain crowd and both do it well.

Now, Lockdown on it's own is phenomenal! Can't say enough about how good the service was. There is a lot to be said for a hostess or server with a smile, exceptionally accomodating to boot.

Sauce on the mussles is a curry of some sort, full of flavor and a great twist on the classic beer or wine garlic sauce.

Trio of burgers that I tried included the Elvis burger and I was hooked.

Next time I'm there it's gonna be for the full-size Elvis.
Skip the mac n cheese.
Don't miss the loaded fries!