A Neighborhood Gastropub :: Established 2012
Monkey's Paw Chicago - Bar and Dining Room
Step inside The Monkey’s Paw.
A warm, inviting atmosphere draws you in, while food and beverage options welcome you to stay awhile. Fresh, artisanal ingredients take center stage on the menu. From dinner for two to special events for larger groups, our engaging staff is always happy to see you and ready to serve.

Food-and beverage-focused events abound, from small batch whisky tastings to exclusive brewer’s dinners, we look forward to serving you soon.

The Proprietors
Native Chicagoans Barbara and Matt Parkinson are the mother/son duo behind The Monkey’s Paw.

Barbara Parkinson, a restaurant/bar industry veteran, is the self- described ‘sweetness and light’ behind the operation. A graduate of Fenger High School, this local gal spent 14 years as CFO of a restaurant group in California after she had planted roots in Santa Barbara. While on a road trip, she took a seven-year detour to Taos, New Mexico, where she owned and operated El Patio de Taos Restaurant and Cantina before she returned to Chicago to develop The Monkey’s Paw.

It’s a safe bet that Matt Parkinson is the only University of Chicago Medieval Studies graduate that is currently helming a bar. Perhaps more of a ‘renaissance man’, Matt has worked nearly every aspect of a bar/restaurant operation from door man to bartender, server and most jobs in between. An accomplished home brewer of 20 years, Matt has a deep love and knowledge of beer, which may only be matched by his affinity for scotch.

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  Curious about the name?

The Monkey’s Paw derives its name from the famous short story by W.W. Jacobs, in which a monkey’s paw grants three wishes, with unintended consequences. In a nod to the 11 years it took to bring The Monkey’s Paw to fruition, owners Barbara and Matt Parkinson, identify with the irony of the famous tale.

Click on the logo to read the short story.

The Monkey’s Paw 2524 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, Illinois

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