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Here's What the Hubbard Inn Folks Are Doing With the Epic Space

Joy District, the latest River North clubstaurant, should open next month

Joy District
Joy District
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The team from Hubbard Inn just dropped details on what they plan for the space occupied by Epic before the clubstaurant closed in January. They're calling their new clubstaurant Joy District, and it's slated to open sometime next month. Like Epic before them, they want the space to host plenty of private events and take advantage of their rooftop space that comes with gorgeous city views.

The space and location make up for much of what attracted visitors to Epic, but at one point during its six-year run, folks flocked to dine. Joy District ownership has brought executive chef Matt Wilde onboard, who has extensive clubstaurant experience at American JunkieMoonshine, while also joining The Local Chicago last year as executive chef. Look for the sharable plates thing and sample dishes include grilled Spanish octopus tacos and pork belly and ostrich meatball ramen. There's also a focus on "lollipops," including a rosemary-marinated fried Amish chicken, crispy Phyllo-wrapped tiger shrimp and smoked pork spareribs.

A news release says crews have made "considerable updates" to the space. There's a dance floor on the second level and graffiti art from floor to ceiling. Reps also say that Joy District will feature the first kinetic lighting installation outside of Las Vegas, which is apropos as former owner Steve Tavoso said in January that the Hubbard Street strip now has "a Las Vegas feel."

Joy District joins the neighboring Hubbard Inn and the group's portfolio of Barn & Company, Pearl Tavern and Pomp & Circumstance. Will Hubbard Street welcome Joy District into their River North night lives? Between this and il Porcellino, the drag's getting a bit of a facelift, so stay tuned.


112 W Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654 312 222 4940 Visit Website

Hubbard Inn

110 West Hubbard Street, , IL 60654 (312) 273-6207 Visit Website