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Restaurants, Hawaiian Wicker Park
4 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
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Mahalo offers Hawaiian fusion fare like poké bowls, Kalua Pork and Huli Huli Chicken in a bright, airy space featuring two levels, two bars and a rooftop patio. If you come to drink, try the Big Kahuna, a rum based cocktail served out of a pineapple, and among the surfboards on the wall, you might just begin to believe you've escaped the frozen Chicago tundra for the islands of Hawaii. 


Venue name: Mahalo
Address: 1501 North Milwaukee Avenue
Cross street: corner of North Milwaukee Avenue and North Honore Street
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 5pm-9pm, Thurs 5pm-10pm, Fri 5-11, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-9pm
Transport: El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 56.
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Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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Head here for happy hour! $8 cocktail Wednesdays and a sweet rooftop spot could make you forget that you have to work the next day.  Go early to snag a space on the rooftop by the surfboards.  You will feel like you are on vacation because of the Hawaiian inspired decor and plus who doesn't want a cute paper umbrella in their drinks?


I love this restaurant. The rooftop deck is a stylish and comfortable escape from the city. The large pina coladas are served in pineapples which gets 2 thumbs up from me. The poke is great and the fried rice is also a favorite. The only thing holding me back from 5 stars are the prices. It seems a bit much for what you get. 


The best thing about this space is definitely the ambiance - it's a quick escape to feeling like you are in a tropical paradise. The drinks are fruity and delicious, the waitstaff is colorfully dressed and in good spirits, and the light airy atmosphere makes this an ideal place to go in the winter when you want an escape. I think the food is a bit pricey, but the poke is good! Considering all the other poke shops opening around the city, i wouldn't come here for just poke, but for some of the heartier options and the oasis feeling. 


Aloha Mahalo!

I love this space!  Bright, white, breezy, beachy...nice rooftop deck that could use a little more shade.

The food was surprisingly good.  I really enjoyed the Tako poke and the hawaiian hash.  The papaya salad was really bland and meh.  I wouldnt order it again.

They have a great spicy bloody mary.

Service was pretty damn good too.