Just last week, Chicagoans were whining about the unseasonably chilly temperatures. But that’s now in the rear-view mirror and the owners of Parson’s Chicken & Fish in Logan Square are capitalizing on the warmer vibes. Parson’s, a hipster haven for boozy slushies, tasty cocktails, and crispy fried chicken, will officially debut its expanded patio, dining room, and other improvements on Thursday at 2952 W. Armitage Avenue.
Parson’s closed its routinely-packed patio in October as crews started the construction project that was first announced two years ago. Now there’s a whole new room with garage doors, a new kitchen, more seating inside and out, and a new bar. The restaurant’s interior remained open during construction, but the new room wasn’t and Chicago’s weather finally is ready for the patio expansion.
Back in January, the restaurant’s owners, Land & Sea Dept., put up a billboard next to the restaurant that teased improvements and includes a few jokes. It doesn’t seem like they’ll offer “whiskey shots served in a pizza puff,” “table side deep friers,” or a “negroni slip & slide.”
Thursday also marks the first day for Parson’s new summer menu. Seasonal offerings include oysters, ceviche, and a pasta salad. A tempura veggie basket, Buffalo chicken wings, and a macaroni and cheese (aged gruyere, cheddar, Cheez-it bacon breadcrumbs) are also new additions. Staff will also serve chicken and waffles all day.
Check out a few photos below. The new and improved Parson’s officially opens to the public on Thursday.