The Loop’s Latest Happy Hour Destination With River Views Launches Today

Happy Hour lovers should take note: Porter Kitchen & Decka new 260-seat restaurant with a 75-seat patio off the Chicago River, opens today in The Loop at 150 N. Riverside, a 54-story office tower that opened in April. The after-work crowd should make it a popular spot to gather on weeknights, and hungry diners will have a menu of elevated American cuisine to peruse. It’s the latest restaurant from Four Corners Tavern Group, the owners of establishments including SteakBar in Old TownFederales in West Loop, and 20 East in Gold Coast.

Porter will stay open only on the weekdays, serving lunch and dinner, plus a bar bites menu. The outdoor space will close during the colder months. The restaurant hopes it can cater office functions, and the space also features a 24-seat private dining room.

Peek at the dinner menu, here. The restaurant offers reliable favorites likes salads and a burger. But there are a few items designed to challenge the average diners including charred octopus and a short rib pappardelle with fennel-crusted beef. The lunch menu is nearly identical.

The drinks feature a selection of craft beer. But the bar is banking hard that Loop workers will want to enact Mad Men cocktails fantasies. The menu clearly explains the different variations of a martini, in case some guests didn’t know that James Bond enjoyed his shaken, not stirred. There’s also a trio of mocktails without alcohol.

Real estate is all about location, and Four Corners certainly has a gem with Porter. Hopefully the weather holds up through the fall and customers can enjoy the outdoor space for a few more weeks. Porter debuts at 11 a.m. today in The Loop.