Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Weather Mark Tavern: A Great Neighborhood Bar and Restaurant

This is one in a series of articles focusing on small businesses and entrepreneurs in the South Loop.

Ship Ahoy!
Mark Stern, owner of the Weather Mark Tavern at 1503 S. Michigan Ave., has created a tavern with a casual nautical theme. In fact, it might be the only tavern in the city with sails and yachting flags as part of the decor. Stern thought this was somewhat remarkable considering how much Chicago looks to the water not just for commerce, but for fun and recreation.

This Place is Yar
Stern, a Chicago native with over 15 years experience working in retail, will be celebrating four years in this South Loop location on June 26, 2010. His vision to create an alternative to the stodgy old yacht clubs of yore looks like it’s working. From the comfortable booth-like seating along the south wall to the high tables near the Michigan Ave. entrance to the outdoor seating during the warmer months, Weather Mark Tavern has the look and feel of a neighborhood pub. It’s the kind of place you can meet your friends for a beer, snack, or a complete meal.

Burger and Brew Night
The Weather Mark Tavern has specials every day of the week, including the very popular Monday Burger and Brew Night. For $6 you get a hamburger, fries, (house sweet potato or steak fries) and a beer. Full disclosure: I’ve had this special many times and have never been disappointed. For all the weekly specials, check out their Web site.

Over the years, Stern has adapted and changed the menu based on customer feedback. But his commitment to offering “high quality food, good service” in a friendly comfortable setting is one of the reasons they’ll be a lot of celebrating on June 26.

What do you think? Have you eaten at the Weather Mark Tavern? Tell us about your experience.


  1. I'm not a burger fan so I must add that Weather Mark has a great selection of other sandwiches. Wednesday night is the night for a great deal on many of those sandwiches.

    The staff are very friendly. I also love that there's always room for a group of friends. Great place to have a birthday gathering.

  2. I agree. The blackened Tuna sandwich, not part of the Wednesday speacial, is my favorite. It's still a bargain at $9.95, and you get fries with it!

  3. I agree with the above post. The tuna sandwich is the best thing on the menu.


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