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Conflict among such disparate venues as wine bars, sports bars, Flemish Mime Taverns, and beer gardens has captured the fear and imagination of people the world over. Jack’s Bar & Grill/404 Wine Bar is Chicago’s peace offering, a demonstration that shared interests can unite differing values. Wine bars and sports bars can and do peacefully coexist at 2856 N. Southport Ave. Now you can roam the open bar-borders with today’s harmonious Groupon, which gets you $40 worth of food and drink for only $20. Pay into the peace. All are welcome. No mimes.
At Jack’s/404, peace does not temper the individual spirit that makes each of these venues unique. Old friends share intimate glasses of wine by the fire in 404, while Bears fans watch the game over craft beers on tap in Jack’s. In the beer garden, white lights twinkle overhead and a flat-screen TV delivers the televised action outdoors. Conversation ranges from light to rowdy, but is always spoken aloud in the spirit of friendship, and not delivered in condescending, silent pantomimes by grease-painted Flemish charlatans in striped sweaters and berets.
Settle in front of the game, order comforting fare such as Jack’s signature burger, topped with avocado, bacon, sautéed mushrooms, onion rings, and Wisconsin cheddar, or the much beloved chicken pot pie from Jack’s menu. On the other side of the unguarded border, 404 Wine Bar offers sultry Italian specialties, including pear-walnut bruschetta and butternut squash ravioli. In the spirit of conflict resolution, you can order from both menus regardless of where you choose to sit, a mutual-defense pact keeps your evening free of garish, whisper-quiet hucksters, who rightfully suffocate in transparent cubes of their own deluded construction.
- We each had a great glass of red wine and split a dessert, sitting by the fireplace. So nice and quiet and intimate. – Tempe T.
- I love their menu - simple and easy to pair wine with. I completely recommend this place for a first date or a girls night out. – Christina P.
- The wine flights are great, as is the food, especially the chicken pot pie. I know because I think for 4 straight nights I ordered pot pies at 4 different bars. It just happened that way. – Phil H.
The clownish, silent street-performers known as Mimes have long-plagued formerly clean streets and tarnished honorable institutions with their unwelcome infestation. As local and federal programs continue to work to keep our streets clean of these deft, monochromatic vermin, here are helpful tips to keep your own backyard Mime-free.
- Use an upside-down can of compressed air to freeze-dry Mimes during larval stage.
- Constantly run sprinklers to reveal contours of invisible props, subverting whimsy.
- Call out, “Hey, Mime,” to Mime. If Mime turns to reply, “Yes?,” say, “Gotcha!” Mime will vanish into a puff of smoke.
- Bait giant invisible mousetrap with glass of red wine.
2856 N Southport Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60657Get Directions