About Us

Chop Shop 1st Ward

Housed in a 100-year-old former auto body shop, the Chop Shop is Chicago’s only sustainable butcher + deli + restaurant + bar with a 6,000 square foot event space and concert venue.



Chop Shop features an amazing concert venue with state of the art sound, lights and production staff including an in-house booking and marketing department with years of experience.



Our from-scratch kitchen features roasted in-house meats, fresh cheeses, sandwiches, panini, antipasto, salads, and grab-and-go items like pizzas, pasta, beer and wine — all at our deli market. Our fresh and to-go products, including deli meat by the pound, wine and beer, are available for delivery!



Our knowledgeable butcher team offers cuts from local farms, as well as monthly Whole Hog Butcher Classes and off-site smoking events. Delivery available.



The restaurant’s seasonally-rotating menu sources local farms and our very own butcher. Peruse our in-house charcuterie program, raw bar, homemade pastas, prime steak cuts, and our award-winning Butcher’s Burger.

Lunch and dinner served daily | Weekend brunch served Saturday–Sunday 11am–3pm

Join us on our rooftop patio to kick back under the sky with one of our famous punch bowls or boozy slushies!

Delivery available | Private Events Accommodated


1st Ward Events

Designed by event professionals, 1st Ward is a 6,000 square foot, fully customizable event space
that can be tailored to meet any client’s individual needs.

Housed inside the Chop Shop, the space features 20′ ceilings, exposed brick, and built-in amenities including a state-of-the-art audio/visual package, modular staging elements, a modern guest suite and a professional on-site production team.

In addition to Chop Shop food & beverage, 1st Ward works with a variety of Chicago’s top caterers. Our list of preferred vendors is available upon request.

From first inspection, clients are treated to five-star customer service, including on-site
consultations with some of the industry’s most well versed professionals. Our team utilizes their extensive rolodex and long-held relationships with top-tier providers to produce events that deliver the highest quality execution, ensuring that each event is as unique and unforgettable as the property itself.

The 1st Ward event space works with corporate, social, and entertainment planners in the
marketing, art, film, automotive, music, fashion, and philanthropic communities.