About Recess

Located in Chicago’s West Loop, Recess (838 W. Kinzie St.) offers a vibrant, playful, escape to the daily grind. Home of Chicago’s largest patio, Recess encourages guests to adult…like a kid, while serving up delicious American food and drink. The Recess menu taps into the cravings of everyday life, offering casually elevated dishes with playful Chicago swagger, while our beverage program takes a bright, ingredient-driven approach with cocktails both classic and original. In addition to the energetic adult playground vibes and menu offerings, Recess also offers a nostalgic array of indoor and outdoor activities including giant Jenga and Connect 4, all of your favorite board games.

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    We’re Hiring!

    Are you looking for a job this summer? Join the team behind our massively popular West Loop patio and bar. Our 14,500 sq ft patio is perfect for social distancing and getting a tan while you work! We are looking for energetic new team members to fill positions throughout the restaurant (servers, cooks, bartenders and [...]
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    The Art of Recess

    If you have ever wandered through the West Loop and Fulton Market area of Chicago, then you know – this is where the street artists come alive! Massive colorful murals cover the area and not only make for the perfect Insta backdrop, but also perfectly embody the vibrant art culture of Chicago. When we opened [...]
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    May 2021 – Won Kim

    As our patio continues to expand, so does our canvas! For Memorial Day 2021, local chef and artist Won Kim (AKA ReviseCMW) put his signature style on the interior of one of lower level shipping containers creating a mini ecosystem of art for guests to sit in and imbibe. Won Kim's childhood obsession with graffiti [...]
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