An Extravagant NYC-Based Fish Bar Opens in Chicago This Spring

A new seafood restaurant and raw bar will be opening this spring in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Lure Fishbar, which will be located at 616 North Rush Street, is founded by Mercer Street Hospitality’s John McDonald and will offer some of the freshest fish and seafood in the city.

Award-winning chef Josh Capon is the executive chef and partner behind Lure Fishbar. Chef John Comerford, Chicago-native who previously was at House of Blues Chicago, will be the head chef at Lure Fishbar Chicago. This will be Lure Fishbar’s third location, following New York City and Miami, and will not only offer the freshest fish selection from around the world but will feature things like a raw bar, a rotating oyster selection, a vibrant bar experience, and a world-class sushi program. Lure is also known for their award-winning Bash Burger, which is seen as an elegant interpretation of the In-N-Out Burger and is one of the best burgers in New York City.


John McDonald is excited to be expanding and choosing Chicago as the next location was a no-brainer, “Through the years visiting Chicago I experienced a city that is about community and hospitality, making it a natural fit for our next location. We look forward to expanding Lure Fishbar to such a revered and respected food-centric city, a city that shares our strong passion for the restaurant scene.” He knows people of Chicago appreciate quality and hopes to be another success story along with other New York City imports like The Smith and Boqueria.

Lure Fishbar is wildly popular in New York City and Miami for its fresh, seasonal menu and upscale elegant aesthetic. “Since opening Lure in the heart of Soho 15 years ago, we’ve always strived to create a restaurant that brings people together over delicious food, drinks, and high energy ambiance,” says John McDonald. Once Lure Fishbar is opened in April, you can stop in for delicious, fresh fish, and seafood for lunch and dinner daily.



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