The owners of The Vig, and Old Town bar that opened three years ago along Wells Street, are opening what sounds like a lavish restaurant in Logan Square. Chicago will have to wait a while before the Whale opens at 2427 N. Milwaukee Avenue, although they put up a Facebook page and a website.
Vig owner Ryan Marks isn’t ready to dish many details, but he stressed that it won’t be a sports bar. Meanwhile, The Whale’s Facebook page describes it as a “restaurant concept which personifies the lavish lifestyle of the 40s and 50s world wide ‘high roller’ casino culture,” defines what the term “whale” means, and has a black and white vintage photo of a woman in a swanky dress leaning over a roulette table. Fancy and sceney throwback restaurants are becoming a trend in Chicago, most notably seen at BLVD in Fulton Market.
Back in 2015, Marks said he had plans on opening more bars. He worked at Big Onion Tavern Group (Fatpour Tap Works, Irish Oak, Derby, etc.) before striking it on his own to open his Old Town bar. The Vig is a retro sports bar with upscale pub food.
The Whale’s site is a corner lot at Richmond and Milwaukee, right across from Logan Square’s new boozy Taco Bell Cantina. Marks said they haven’t started construction, but he hopes to have more to share in December. He also teased a third project. Seems that Marks is a busy guy and he has a new name for his company, Legacy Hospitality.
Logan Square could have a swanky new spot this winter. Stay tuned for more details.