Located in Chicago’s West Loop, Recess Bar and Patio serves up good times and zero red tape. Retractable glass-paneled garage doors open directly onto their 14,500-square-foot patio. Enclosed by stacked shipping containers, it has quickly become one of the most popular patios in Chicago. Awash in natural light, the indoor dining space is anchored by a 40-foot wooden bar offering signature cocktails (including CBD and spirits-free options) as well as a menu of elevated American dishes.


Beverage Manager Alec Pignotti brings his playful creativity to our expansive beverage program. His carefully crafted signature cocktail list has something suitable for everyone including new spins on classics, several frozen cocktails and non-alcoholic and CBD infused options.

Looking for something session-able? Recess also boasts a beer list with local favorites and often rare brews perfect for those hot summer days. Check the full beverage menu now at the link below.


Executive Chef Amanda Downing Salas brings her burger chops and comfort food favorites to our elevated bar menu complete with addicting appetizers, creative entrées and an ever changing burger of the week.

We’ve also partnered up with local Chicago establishment, Bob’s Pizza. Housed in one of the shipping containers lining our patio, Bob’s Pizza provides a new additions to our including the classics and creative offerings like the pickle pizza. Click the link below to view our full menu.


Everyone knows summertime is when Chicago truly comes alive and outdoor patio dining is the pinnacle of the season. So what better place to enjoy it than our 14,500-square-foot patio, surrounded with 30 shipping containers.

The playful atmosphere is the perfect spot to gather with friends and share delicious libations like our large format water cooler cocktails. You can even bring your four legged friend along for the fun just be prepared for our friendly staff to gush over the cuteness.


With multiple options for your next private event, our diverse space is just what you’re looking for. Our patio boasts multiple spaces to host you and your guests including a central, square raised platform or our second floor containers overlooking all of the fun.

Our indoor dining space is anchored by a 40-foot wooden bar flanked by two raised platforms on each end making it the perfect space for semi-private functions, sit-down dinners, or casual cocktail gatherings. Inquire for your next shindig or learn more at the link below.

Photograph of Recess inside area