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Party With Adult Juice Boxes Starting on New Year’s Eve in River North

LiqrBox promises three levels of fun

LiqrBox’s Adult Juice Boxes under ice.
Courtesy of LiqrBox
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

River North’s newest club, where customers will sip on boozy drinks served in plastic containers reminiscent of a kid’s juice box, opens on New Year’s Eve. LiqrBox is a three-level, 7,500 square-foot-space where the Stone Lotus nightclub once stood at 873 N. Orleans Street. The nostalgia doesn’t stop with the adult juice boxes, as LiqrBox will also serve their take on a Chicago classic: the pizza puff.

The club holds a late-night liquor license, which enables the bar to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. every day except Saturday into Sunday when the bar can stay open until 5 a.m. While there’s plenty of music and dancing, LiqrBox’s owners also wants to stress the food component. They’ve brought in Mark Sparacino, chef/owner of Prosecco, the Italian restaurant that’s been around since 2007 in River North. Upscale bars/lounges, like LiqrBox, don’t want to be too intimidating, preferring to retain some semblance of approachability. Sparacino has created some unique riffs on tavern food including a five-cheese grilled cheese, corndog popcorn shrimp, and a short-rib Italian beef.

An Adult Juice Box from LiqrBox.
Courtesy of LiqrBox

Some of that sounds a little like Regards to Edith in Fulton Market. Like LiqrBox, Regards to Edith has a cheffy pizza puff, an item that — according to the Tribune’s wonderful and in-depth pizza puff investigation — has as much in common with a chimichanga that it does with a calzone. The kitchen will stay open until 3 a.m.

Back to the drinks, including the LiqrBox’s signature selection, the adult juice box. It’s small enough to fit into a front coat pocket. The drink will come in seven different flavors, designated by a different colored box. They’ll also serve a selection of classic drinks to please purists.

The space will host music and the interiors will include tall plush booth seating installed against street-art inspired walls. The bar’s ownership is a partnership between BDG Hospitality (formerly of Parliament/Kensington) and Carmen Rossi’s 8 Hospitality (Hubbard Inn, Joy District, Barn & Company, HVAC Pub). BDG’s Matt Deichl is also part of the team behind Bounce Sporting Club, the River North sports lounge that opened last month.

A New Year’s Eve opening doesn’t mean a ticketed event for LiqrBox. They’ll open at 9 p.m. first come, first served. Come back in the coming weeks for more details.