Park Tavern, a 10,000-square-foot gastropub, opened near the United Center in December. The venue has three sizable private dining rooms, which can hold receptions for 80 to 150; the entire space can hold standing functions for 600 or seated affairs for 200. The space has two main bars, communal tables, and oversize booths; in the upstairs lounge, tabletop beer taps let guests pour their own drinks. The menu specializes in quirky snacks such as Animal Tots (a combo of pulled pork, cheese curds, grain mustard, fried egg, gravy, and tater tots), the foot-long grilled cheese, and bacon doughnuts. The bar slings 40 kinds of craft beers, and a 3,000-square-foot beer garden is open in the warmer months.
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