Chicago-based Bottleneck Management announced the forthcoming opening of City Works at 365 W. Dundee Rd. in Wheeling. Slated to open to the public on August 19, this will be the second location of City Works in Illinois, following the first which opened in Schaumburg in February. There are seven additional locations of the eatery and pour house throughout the country. The restaurant invites the public in to get a sneak peek at its “First Draft” soft opening charity event on Saturday, August 17 with 100 percebt of proceeds benefiting Scholarship Assistance Fund Dollars for Scholars.
Helmed by General Manager Nicole Boykin and Executive Chef Jacob Smith, the new restaurant offers an extensive craft beer list of over 90 local, regional, and global craft brews, complemented by classic American cuisine with chef-driven twists. The sprawling interior, which can accommodate semi-private events, features 8,228 square foot of space with two 100” HDTVs, nine 65” HDTVs, and one 55” HDTV. The restaurant’s patio offers 1,610 square feet of space with around 55 seats. City Works is ideal for game-day viewing, social events, business gatherings, and more.
Diners can find a beer for every taste at City Works, with a massive draft selection to choose from, including 12 rotating handles for rare, limited, and seasonal brews. Roughly 40% of the vast draft selection is sourced from breweries around the Chicagoland area, including Forbidden Root, Spiteful Brewing, Half Acre Beer Co., Off Color Brewing, and many others. Guests can sample and enjoy a wide array of beers in 6 oz. tasting portions as well as full-sized portions. Pre-selected flights are on the menu, as well as a build-your-own flight option.
City Works’ draft system also extends to wine, showcasing eight varietals of draft wine which offer the benefits of fresh, consistent flavor and a more environmentally conscious way to serve wine. Providing wine on tap contributes to zero waste, as the draft provides no oxidation and no corkage, therefore reducing spoilage. One steel keg of wine saves the CO2 equivalent to that sequestered by 28 trees.
The food menu focuses on fresh ingredients and brilliant flavors and offers guests a wide selection of options for a business lunch, a dinner date, or game-watching snacks and bites. The menu includes shareable options such as the Buffalo Shrimp, Duck Nachos, and Smoked Chicken Wings, an assortment of tacos including Ahi Tuna and Short Rib, along with handhelds such as the Nashville Hot Chicken Wrap made with buttermilk breaded crispy chicken breast, hot cayenne pepper, romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, and ranch dressing in a flour tortilla, and the signature City Works Burger made with a short rib/brisket blend, topped with aged white cheddar, shredded iceberg, vine-ripened tomato, red onion, and a dill pickle served on a toasted brioche bun. City Works also serves the Impossible Burger topped with shredded iceberg lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onion, and vegan roasted-garlic horseradish aioli. Entrées include Smoked BBQ Ribs with housemade BBQ sauce, spicy maple bacon baked beans, and mascarpone creamed corn, Pan-seared Salmon with butternut squash purée, olive oil poached fingerling potatoes, salsa verde, and vegetable succotash, and the BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad. The menu features a number of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options suiting all dietary needs and the health-conscious guest.
Brunch is offered on the weekends until 3 p.m., featuring dishes like Stuffed French Toast, Short Rib Hash, and Biscuits and Gravy. During brunch, guests can imbibe with the monster 20 oz. goblet that is the Churchill Bloody Mary, featuring a spicy house Bloody Mary mix and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, served with a skewer loaded with all the fixings.
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