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Tour The Loop’s Fancy Piano Equipped Happy Hour Hangout

Club 77 hopes a draw downtown workers to its sleek new surroundings

A bar with mahogany details and a piano on the right.
Club 77 is a quirky new piano bar in downtown Chicago.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

One of the Loop’s more unique spaces has a new tenant as Club 77 debuted breakfast and lunch earlier this week. The narrow space beckons to the after-work crowd, just south of the Chicago River. Ownership has transformed the former Early Society space, 77 W. Wacker Drive, making it warm and modern, full of rich mahogany and leather seating.

The dinner menu will debut on September 9 with food from chef Pat Sheerin (City Mouse, Trencherman). The owners behind Roscoe Village’s French-Mediterranean restaurant, Le Sud, are trying to bring a neighborhood vibe to downtown. There’s also outdoor seating.

Owner Sandy Chen has lined the walls with personal photographs that capture spots throughout Chicago. Bookcases and shelves are stocked with trinkets procured from antique stores throughout the Midwest. The baby grand piano will provide music nearly every weekday. Management wants to book local musicians to entertain customers.

Walk through the space below. Club 77 won’t be fully open until September, but there will be activity in the space before Labor Day.

The ownership transformed the space.
The bar is the keystone of the space.
A view toward the rear of the bar.
The space is full of quirky antique trinkets.
Live music will be offered daily.
Owner Sandy Chen has filled these shelves with items purchased from all across the Midwest.
The space is built to bring a neighborhood feel to downtown Chicago.
More trinkets from Midwestern antique stores.
A slice of toast covered with slices of green avocado and microgreens
Avocado toast
A white plate contains charred green summer squash with smooth yellow squash hummus, brown salsa roja, and green parsley.
Charred summer squash, squash hummus, salsa roja
“Lavender Temptress” (lavender, CH Distillery vodka, fresh muddled strawberries, hand squeezed lemon juice, Fentimans Rose Lemonade)
A rocks cocktail glass contains a yellow drink with ice, a twist of lemon peel, and a sprig of green thyme.
The “Running Out of Thyme” (bourbon, lemon bitters, Bogart bitters, honey, thyme sprig)
A wine glass contains clear fizzy prosecco, slices of lime, ice, lime peel, and mint leaves.
The “Spritz 77” (Alpe Genepy, Fino sherry, sliced cucumbers, mint, lime, prosecco)

Club 77

77 W. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601 Visit Website