Rockit River-North

22 W. Hubbard • Chicago, IL 60654

Mon – Wed: 11:30am – 12:30am
Thu – Fri:  11:30am – 1:30am
Sat 10:30am – 2:30am
Sun 10:30am – Close

Valet parking available during all hours of operation

Amanda Downing

Executive Chef / Operating Partner

Rockit Bar & Grill

Named in 2011 as Executive Chef of Chicago’s two Rockit Bar and Grill locations, Amanda Downing is a veteran of the open-kitchen discipline. Downing had a jump start to her career when she landed an entry level line cook position at Chicago’s One Sixty Blue while attending the Culinary Management program at Elgin Community College.  Over the next four years she worked her way through the kitchen earning her a role as Executive Sous Chef under Executive Chef Martial Noguier.

In the spring of 2004, Downing joined Chef James Gottwald as an opening sous chef, to open the River North hot spot Rockit Bar and Grill – a bar and grill with an old-school brigade system in the kitchen. In 2009, Rockit Ranch Productions expanded to the North Side with another location in Wrigleyville, where she continues to oversee daily operations bringing award-winning American comfort food with a twist.

About Rockit River-North

Rockit Bar & Grill, located in the heart of the booming River North Neighborhood puts Executive Chef Amanda Downing’s contemporary culinary twist on the traditional bar and grill. Offering outstanding casual American cuisine, using the freshest ingredients available in a mouthwatering menu that includes salads, sandwiches, and entrees. Rockit Bar & Grill is the premier downtown bar and grill, with the famous Rockit Burger being named the best in the nation by “Good Morning America” as well as the restaurant itself being called one of the top concepts in the world by Conde Nast Traveler.

Designed by Nate Berkus of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” the comfortable, stylish atmosphere blends natural elements with sleek, modern design. The space, complete with exposed beams, natural brick and a 75 ft. skylight, exudes a raw warehouse feel enhanced by elements such as antler chandeliers, flowing metal sculptures created by local artists and cocktail tables made from authentic tree stumps. An upstairs lounge offers casual dining, an island bar and fifty-inch flat screen plasma televisions encased in antique frames.

Rockit Bar & Grill is open for lunch dinner and Saturday and Sunday brunch. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Evolution of the Burger: “You Asked for It, and We’re Listening!”


March 13, 2012 – CHICAGO – Rockit Ranch Productions announces the evolution and transformation of Rockit
Wrigley into the much demanded Rockit Burger Bar on Cubs Opening Day, Thursday, April 5, across from Wrigley
Field at Waveland & Clark, 3700 N. Clark. This evolution of the brand into the soon-to-be Rockit Burger Bar comes
as the result of an overwhelming response from North side patrons, social media enthusiasts and restaurant
reviewers, all craving more burger selections specifically at the Wrigleyville location, wanting more of Rockit’s
quality burgers at an affordable price – unique from Rockit River North, where the diverse menu is heavily
requested by guests.

“Our company is avid about listening and communicating via social media, and since Rockit Wrigley opened
three years ago, it has been clear that there is a much more obvious celebration and demand for our burgers at
the Wrigleyville location, compared to Rockit River North, where the large menu selection is a selling point for
guests,” says Billy Dec, CEO, Rockit Ranch Productions. “Based on the social media feedback we were receiving,
we began to analyze collected sales data for our North side location and found that sure enough, over 75 percent
of all food orders were burgers, over 90 percent of all sandwich orders were burgers and over 90 percent of all
food on game days were burgers. We want our customers to know that we’re listening, and we are excited to
give them more of what they want.”

Expanding on Rockit’s passion for burgers is a natural progression for the brand, with the Rockit Burger having
received Best Burger praise from Good Morning America and Citysearch, in addition to Rockit’s highly anticipated
annual Burgerfest celebration. Even more fitting? The timing. Scheduled to open the same day as the Cubs home
opener, Rockit Burger Bar welcomes the new season and its new menu from executive chef Amanda Downing,
which includes: 16 mouth-watering gourmet burgers, flatbread pizzas made in-house in an authentic Italian brick
oven, signature salads and weekend brunch, in addition to a selection of specialty cocktails, craft and not-so-craft

As of April 5, hours of operation will be: Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.;
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.; and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to midnight. Weekend brunch will be available Saturday
and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rockit Burger Bar will also open two hours prior to every Cubs home game.
For more information, visit

Rockit Bar & Grill/Rockit Burger Bar at Baconfest Chicago 2012:

applewood-smoked bacon No-Bean-Texas Chili with corn tortilla