Quietly since this spring, an ambitious sports bar with bocce ball courts has been shaping up in Logan Square. Park & Field, at 3509 W. Fullerton Ave., is the brainchild of Dave Nalezny, a former chef at Luxbar who spent time at Naha in River North and at the Jean-Georges restaurants in New York.
Ownership has already posted Park & Field’s menu, which includes a short rib pot pie. A chicken version was popular while Nalezny worked at Luxbar. The menu centers on elevated sports bar food, such as Buffalo chicken nuggets and chili made with skirt steak. Other highlights include a kung pao chicken sandwich and filet chop appetizer. Nalezny is working on the venue with this wife, Kitty Izzo, an event planner.
Reminiscent of SPiN, the ping pong club that opened earlier this year in River North, the emphasis is on being a sports club rather than a pedestrian bro-infested sports bar. Bottles of wine will cost $25, and cocktails like "Float Like A Butterfly," which refers to boxing legend Muhammad Ali, are named with sports in mind. It’s a place to watch and watch sports.
A 6,000-square-foot patio represents one of the venue’s cornerstones, and that’s where guests will play bocce or hangout during colder months, as there are fire pits to keep you warm. The bar is inspired by a turn of the century gym. Check out Nalezny’s Pinterest page for some of its aesthetic influences.
Nalezny didn’t immediately respond to requests for more info, but the space’s Facebook page indicates to expect a grand opening in the coming weeks.