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Group Dining at Chef's Special

We offer two group dining menus for parties over 6 guests, the Rose Menu $30/pp & the Rose Gold Menu $45/pp. To book we ask for a deposit and menu selections 48hr before the reservations. All inquiries please email reservations@chefsspecialbar.com.

Chef's Special Gift Cards

Physical gift cards are available for purchase in-house. E-cards gift cards are available via the link below.

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Food

Appetizers

  • smashed cucumbers $5.50

    persian cucumbers, sichuan peppercorn, pickled fresnos, toasted sesame, rice wine vinegar and fresh herbs

  • egg roll with pork & shrimp $8.50

    crunchy wrapper stuffed with pork, shrimp, glass noodles, cabbage and carrots (G, SH)

  • vegetable spring roll $8.50

    thin crispy wrapper, filled with mushrooms, carrots, scallion and tofu (G)

  • crab rangoon $10.50

    fried wonton wrapper stuffed with cream cheese and crab (G, FF, SH)

  • wontons in chili oil $13.50

    thin noodle-like wrapper filled with ground pork, ginger, garlic chives, Thai chili and black vinegar (G)

  • potstickers $12.50

    thicker dough stuffed with pork and cabbage, served with a tamari- fresno dipping sauce. (G)

  • chicken dumplings $16.50

    ~in-house only~ (4pc) poached chicken, mushrooms, spinach & ramps in a black garlic sauce (G)

  • glazed brussel sprouts $13.50

    glazed with maple & ginger puffed rice, fried garlic and shallot

  • dry-fried green beans $13.50

    wok-fried green beans. sweet and spicy glaze. crispy garlic (G)

  • sesame gai lan $12.50

    steamed chinese broccoli, tossed in a sauce of sesame paste & black garlic vin. finished w/toasted sesame seeds

  • asparagus $14.50

    ~in-house only~ wok tossed in a black bean sauce with cured ham, whipped tofu & chili crisp (G)

Appetizers

Mains

  • sweet & sour $14.50-16.50

    crispy (tofu, chicken or shrimp) in Chef's Special sweet n' sour sauce with onion and bell pepper

  • kung pao $14.50-17.50

    tender (tofu, chicken, shrimp or beef) wok tossed with roasted peanuts, dried chilies, Sichuan peppercorn and bell peppers (*G*, *PN*)

  • twice cooked pork $16.50

    braised and roasted pork belly with pickled bok choy, napa cabbage and fresno chilies in a sweet and spicy sauce (G)

  • mongolian beef $17.50

    tender beef with hoisin, dark soy and chili vinegar. Served with crispy cellophane noodles (*G*, *SH*)

  • beef and broccoli $17.50

    tender sliced beef glazed in a sweet, dark soy sauce with spring onion and broccoli (*G*, *SH*)

  • dry chili chicken $16.50

    crispy chicken wok tossed with ginger, garlic, scallion and lots of Thai chilies and Sichuan peppercorns

  • cashew chicken $16.50

    tender chicken, wok-tossed with roasted cashews, scallion, daikon and a garlic-oyster sauce (*G*, *SH*, *TN*)

  • orange chicken $15.50

    crispy chicken in orange sauce with onion and broccoli

  • walnut shrimp $16.50

    battered and fried whole shrimp with a honey- walnut dressing, radicchio, pickled fresno chilies and candied walnuts (TN, D)

  • mapo tofu with ground pork $15.50

    soft tofu with ground pork, doubanjiang and Sichuan peppercorn, served with rice (G)

  • dan dan noodles w/ ground pork $15.50

    thick egg noodles, ground pork, sesame paste, peanuts and Sichuan peppercorn (G, *PN*)

  • lo mein $12.50-15.50

    thick egg noodles with wok tossed with mixed vegetables, garlic broth and your protein of choice (G)

  • fried rice $12.50-14.50

    stir fried rice, egg, peas, carrots, sesame oil - available as veggie, tofu or combo

  • rolled rice noodles $17.50

    ~in-house only~ thick rice noodles rolled & wok tossed with xi'an rubbed short ribs, snow peas, fresno chili & mint

dessert

  • almond cookies $5.50

    3pc, soft and crunchy (G, TN, D)

  • ube custard $9.50

    purple yam, toasted marshmallow, fortune cookie pieces (D, *G*)

  • cloud cake $10.50

    ~in-house only~ souffle cake, orange curd, tangerine, rice crisps (G, D)

  • PLEASE NOTE

    *white rice comes with all main dishes, except noodles
    *one of each sauce comes with each order (two for larger orders)
    please ask if you'd like
    *utensils/ chopsticks
    *extra white rice- $1
    *extra sauces (hot mustard, soy, sweet & sour, chili oil)-$1

  • ALLERGY KEY

    G: contains gluten
    SH: contains shellfish (mainly oyster sauce)
    FF: contains fin fish
    TN: contains tree nuts
    PN: contains peanuts
    D: contains dairy
    ** although item typically contains this allergen it can be done without. Options to remove allergen are programmable via Toast online ordering.
    For Example: Kung Pao Tofu (*G*) - contains traces of gluten, but can be done without. Lo Mein (G) cannot be done without gluten.

    Anyone with a severe allergy that cannot tolerate cross-contamination in our fryers or woks please call us with your order at 773.666.5143

dessert

Happy Hour *everyday 5pm-6pm*

Food

  • egg roll with pork & shrimp (2pc) $6
  • vegetable spring rolls (2pc) $6
  • crab rangoon $7
  • dan dan noodles with pork & peanuts $11
  • dry fried green beans $9
  • vegetable lo mein $9

Drinks

  • chef’s old fashioned $9

    bourbon, black cherry, angostura bitters

  • double lemon $10

    italicus bergamot liqueur, oolong tea infused with lemon peel, lemon juice & spirit of your choice

  • draft beer $6
  • bottle of house wine $45

    liter bottle or red or white

Combo

  • slow roll $11

    a shot (whiskey or tequila), a PBR & an egg or spring roll

Drinks

Drinks

Drinks

Cocktails

  • Lemongrass Gimlet $14

    GIN, LEMONGRASS, SHOCHU, CHILI, LIME LEAF

  • ChiChi Colada* $14

    MEZCAL, SINGANI, LIME, COCONUT, PINEAPPLE, ORANGE BLOSSOM

  • Before Dark $14

    RHUM, PINK GIN, STRAWBERRY AMARO, CAMPARI, LIME

  • Kiss of Life $15

    GREEN TEA SHOCHU, GIN, BLANC VERMOUTH, YUZU PEEL

  • Hyperballad $14

    MEZCAL, MANZANILLA SHERRY, VERMOUTH, PEAR BRANDY, THAI BASIL

  • Chef's Old Fashioned $12

    BOURBON, BLACK CHERRY, ORANGE BITTERS, ANGOSTURA BITTERS

  • Bird Noises $14

    TEQUILA, APOLOGUE PERSIMMON, CAMPARI, GRAPEFRUIT, SODA

  • Nice & Slow $14

    RYE WHISKEY, COGNAC, CHINATO, CACAO, FIVE SPICE BITTERS

  • Dream Sequence $14

    BOURBON, RHUBARBARO AMARO, ARONIA LIQUEUR, TART CHERRY, ABSINTHE

  • Double Lemon $13

    OOLONG TEA, LEMON PEEL, BERGAMOT, LEMON JUICE & YOUR CHOICE OF SPIRIT

  • SHOT & A BEER $7
  • Neutral Expectations $7

    LEMONGRASS, PINEAPPLE, LIME LEAF, SODA

available as a non-alcoholic beverage

Monday- Saturday

  • Food
    5pm-11pm
  • Drinks
    'til 12am

*Sundays*

  • Food & Drinks
    'til 10pm

Press

For all press inquiries contact chase@chefsspecialbar.com

Chicago Tribune

August 15, 2022

Imbibe

May 1, 2022

InsideHook

March 30, 2022

James Beard Foundation

March 16, 2022

Thrillist

December 9, 2021

Chicago Magazine

November 1, 2021

Saveur

September 30, 2021

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September 24, 2021

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