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Discover The Duck Inn: Bridgeport’s Cozy Culinary Haven


For more than ten years, The Duck Inn in Bridgeport has welcomed locals and visitors with its enticing and accessible menu that offers an upscale twist on dishes comparable to any fancy downtown Chicago restaurant.

The atmosphere is casual, yet warm, with the Mid-century retro decor creating a cozy vibe. Make your way past the bustling bar area and candlelit dining room, featuring a semi-open kitchen, to reach the beautifully inviting back patio – an unexpected oasis of greenery.

This family-friendly gastro-tavern is helmed by Executive Chef and owner Kevin Hickey. A neighborhood native, Hickey has crafted a “working class fine dining” menu, as noted by the Michelin Guide. He can regularly be seen in his restaurant, ensuring a personal touch.

Hickey has also given back to the community by sharing his expertise and guiding the menus of other local establishments, including the new Ramova Grill.

At The Duck Inn, it’s no surprise that duck is the star of the diverse menu. Options include rotisserie duck with duck fat potatoes, duck wings with Japanese barbecue sauce, a Chicago-style duck fat hot dog, and duck fat French fries.

One of the best menu items, however, is a no-frills Italian beef sandwich paired with a delicious au jus and topped with sweet or hot peppers. The Duck Inn also offers delectable weekly specials and an ever-evolving menu. Pop in on a Tuesday night for an unforgettable slow-roasted prime rib dinner. Or visit on a Wednesday (weather permitting) for a rotating menu of wood-fired crispy yet pillowy Neapolitan-style pizzas topped with eclectic ingredients like smoked salmon and tallegio cream. You can elevate your pizza by adding black truffles. In addition to a robust Sunday brunch menu, you can also bring your own vinyl to play on their vintage console, adding to the retro atmosphere and sensory experience.

The Duck Inn has amassed many accolades and achievements during its tenure, and with every bite, it’s easy to see why.

The Duck Inn is located at 2701 S. Eleanor St. in Bridgeport Chicago.

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