Opening Report: Chen's Outpost Opens Inside Barleycorn River North

Eater Staff

[Photo: John Barleycorn]

Chen's, a 20-year veteran as one of the most popular pan-Asian spots for delivery and takeout in Lakeview, recently made a quiet debut in River North thanks to a symbiotic relationship with the John Barleycorn group. As of August 14, a kitchen devoted exclusively to carryout and delivery has opened within the facilities of John Barleycorn's location on the corner of Kinzie and LaSalle.

Chen's River North features a similar menu to its Lakeview counterpart, with dinner delivery and carryout available from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. Ownership expects a lunch menu to follow later this year.

According to Chen's owner, Bing Zhou, the demand for Chen's far exceeded its north side delivery boundaries, leading to this partnership based on the current model of a Chen's kitchen housed within another JB concept, Old Crow Smokehouse at 3506 N Clark.
—Stephanie Sack
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