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Chuck's Manufacturing
Photo by Anthony Tahlier.

At most restaurants, pulling out your laptop or making the nearest outlet your personal charging station is likely to earn you dirty looks from waiters and fellow diners.

But at the new restaurant Chuck’s Manufacturing--next to the Hard Rock Hotel--taking care of business is encouraged.

Solo diners are given special treatment at Chuck’s, which devotes a section of the restaurant to work-and-dine areas equipped with plentiful plugs, free Wi-Fi and platform views of the main dining room for prime people-watching. (Phone chargers are available upon request.)

Neither Chuck’s candy-colored, pop-themed interior--which looks like an updated take on a Saved by the Bell set--nor its burger- and pasta-heavy menus take themselves too seriously, which is a welcome break from the dim, antique-chic trend we’ve become accustomed to in recent years.

Playful touches like giant soft pretzels with dipping sauces in place of table bread, vodka-spiked Cherry Cokes and the option to “manufacture” your meal--select any three menu items for $25 at lunch and $35 at dinner--make Chuck’s a fun place to set up shop.

It’s never been easier to move from work straight into happy hour.

Chuck’s Manufacturing, 224 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-334-6700 or

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