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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

After 10 successful years as one of the iconic pioneers of the vibrant River North neighborhood, Rockit Bar & Grill is going back to its roots with a complete re-design that will once again cut against the grain and reveal a design that combines the past and future in an unprecedented way.

Scheduled to debut Spring 2015, 11 years after its original opening, Billy Dec, Brad Young and Arturo Gomez are poised to revolutionize River North once again. Originally designed by Nate Berkus, the space was groundbreaking at the time with a rock-infused feel. Berkus’ use of exposed brick, timbers and steel nodded to the property’s origins as a 1920’s lamp factory turned sound studio.

For the 2015 update, Rockit Ranch Productions has tapped internationally renowned New York and Chicago-based interior designer Kara Mann to redesign the interiors of the space both architecturally and aesthetically. Mann, a Chicago native, who The New York Times described as best known for “interiors with a subversive side” has merged her background in fashion, art and design to create distinct interiors with a balance of edgy yet attainable aesthetic. With a focus on creating an enduring design, Mann’s ultrachic aesthetic works perfectly with long-term goals for the space.

In a nod to its authentic rock n’ roll legacy, the space’s redesign will feature a monochromatic palette of smoky blacks and greys, highlighting textures and infusing the space with a heightened sense of drama. Where the original design was gritty, rough and natural, the renovation will reveal a space that is sleek, sexy, modern and well suited to its vibrant location. “The re-launched Rockit Bar & Grill will redefine the category once again and will continue to help drive River North’s ascension to an unparalleled entertainment district in Chicago and beyond,” said Mann.

The menu, like the space, will also undergo an overhaul with a tightly curated selection of Modern American dishes from award-winning Executive Chef / Partner Amanda Downing and Michelin rated Chef Kevin Hickey, Partner and Food & Beverage Director. The beverage program will take center stage in the Dining Room with a focus on interesting cocktails, craft beers and wines that pairs perfectly with Downing and Hickey’s menu. The space will be dominated by a huge 50 foot bar that signals a renewed focus on elevated beverage offerings. A new state-of-the-art draft system with more than 22 handles will give beer enthusiasts a wide selection of local and global craft beers to choose from. A stellar wine and champagne list, along with uncommon bottle service offerings, will round out the beverage menu.

From the modern new design to the high energy music and carefully curated food and beverage, when the new Rockit Bar & Grill debuts in Spring 2015 it is poised to knockout both new and existing patrons.

Stay tuned to Rockit Bar & Grill’s social media channels for updates, sneak peeks and more!

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


Rockit Burger Bar, located steps from Wrigley Field at Waveland & Clark launched in 2012 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.

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, to name a few. 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 & beers.

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

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

Rockit Bar & Grill/Rockit Burger Bar at Baconfest Chicago 2014:

Photo by Anne Petersen. http://flickr.com/photos/opacity

Applewood Smoked Bacon Chili

Rockit Bar & Grill / Rockit Burger Bar