Central Park Bar (2924 N Central Park Ave) will open Saturday, October 30 at 4 p.m. in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. Located at the intersection of Central Park Ave and N Milwaukee Ave, Central Park Bar will be a classic corner bar. Owned and operated by Four Entertainment Group (4EG), the bar will feature an outdoor 3,500 square-foot “backyard bar” in what was previously an empty city lot adjacent to the bar.
Other 4EG bars include aliveOne, Easy Bar, Estelle’s, Remedy and The Owl in Chicago. This is 4EG’s first opening in the Chicago area with a developed private patio space.
According to Managing Partner David Halpern, 4EG wanted to retain the character of a classic Chicago tavern while making renovations that were both respectful of the bar’s spirited history and something that the neighborhood would get excited about. “With many of our long-time staff members living in the area, our pursuit to open a concept in Avondale has been years in the making,” said Halpern. “We always strive to be that go-to bar by your home and Central Park Bar will be no different. Our goal is to keep the charm of the original space, giving it a feel like it’s been here forever. We hope to make the neighborhood proud to call us a resident!”
Central Park Bar will offer a signature cocktail menu, draft cocktails, local and international beers, and 4EG’s signature half-price happy hour every Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. In the future, there are plans to have rotating food trucks visit the bar.
Located in a building dating back to the early 1940's, CBD Architects and general contractor Go Management Group designed the space. Inside, guests will find an 80 year old original wood bar that spans the length of the space and is accompanied by 20 green vinyl barstools with cowboy backs. Exposed brick walls are complemented by wood accents from salvaged wood paneling and custom brass tube lighting with a vintage look adds contrast from the original tin ceiling painted in a light mint green. Jungle-themed black fabric wallpaper adds some drama by the doors leading out to the patio.
Outside, is the 3,500 square-foot “backyard bar”. A brand new open-air covered bar sits atop blue mosaic flooring with fans and cafe lights overhead. The outdoor bar will feature three 55-inch TVs and in the cooler months, the outdoor bar area will be equipped with overhead heaters.
Seven picnic tables sit under mulberry trees while hammered copper tiki-style gas torches line the space. Guests can opt to hang out on two white porch swings or Adirondack chairs surrounding a large 60 x 36-inch above ground brick fire pit. Patrons can also partake in a bumper pool table which will be situated on astro turf alongside the fire pit area.
General Manager Sarah Crossley (The Owl) and Assistant General Manager Levi Tyma (Estelle’s) created a menu featuring a classic cocktail take on each spirit. Inspired by Mr. ZJ’s Podhale, the bar’s previous occupant, Central Park Bar’s signature cocktail will be The Wildflower with Polish Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka, Singhani 63, St Germain, Dolin Dry Vermouth and lemon. Podhale translates into "under the mountains" and is Poland's southernmost region.
Other cocktails on the menu will include Merry Go Round Memories with Tanqueray, Orgeat syrup, Giffard Creme de Peche, Apologue Aronia, lemon and sugar, the Layer Weather with Rittenhouse Rye, Benedictine, Cynar, Pernod, and Peychaud’s Bitters, One Last Bonfire with Union Mezcal, Giffard Banane du Brésil, creme de cacao, Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters, and Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitters, and more.
Central Park Bar will be open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Friday, and 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Saturday. The patio closes at 11 p.m. on weekdays and 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.