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Big & Little’s Opens Biggest Restaurant Yet (And Bar) In Logan Square

The restaurant at 3000 W. Fullerton Ave. has a full bar and a massive outdoor patio with room for more than 200 people.

(from left) Owners Gary Strauss and Tony D’Alessandro opened their largest Big & Little's location yet in Logan Square at 3000 W. Fullerton Ave.
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LOGAN SQUARE — There’s a new spot to grab a burger — and some tacos — in Logan Square.

Big & Little’s has officially joined the neighborhood. After months of behind-the-scenes work, the beloved fast-casual restaurant is now open at 3000 W. Fullerton Ave. 

The restaurant is the largest location yet for the mini-chain, which has outposts in Wicker Park, River North, Lakeview and at Midway Airport. The latter opened earlier this year.

Unlike the chain’s existing locations, which are all counter-service joints, Big & Little’s Logan Square is all about table service. Also new for the chain: The Logan Square restaurant has a full bar and a massive outdoor patio with room for more than 200 people.

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The back wall is covered in a mural by local artist Mosher.

Food-wise, patrons can expect all of the menu items Big & Little’s is known for including its burgers, tacos and poke, plus some new plated dishes like chicken tinga with rice and samurai beef short rib. 

To wash it all down, the restaurant is serving an array of cocktails made with inventive ingredients — all at low price points ($7-8), as well as a selection of beer and cider.

The local chain is run by longtime friends Tony D’Alessandro and Gary Strauss, who have come a long way from opening a tiny takeout spot near where they grew up.

“When we first opened our shack in the Cabrini-Green area, we always talked about how it’d be great one day if we had a really big place where we could sell alcohol, but we couldn’t afford it back then,” D’Alessandro said.

Said Strauss: “We built our wings on the way up.”

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The restaurant’s front patio has room for more than 200 people. It’ll mostly be utilized in the warm months, though Strauss said he’s looking into putting heat lamps out there for winter use.

Seeing the Logan Square restaurant come together is “really rewarding” for the pair.

“It’s an interesting feeling when you’ve built something from the beginning and then you open up your door. The feeling of watching someone come in and appreciate what you put together, it’s surreal,” Strauss said.

Chicago-based developer Vequity built the restaurant’s one-story building on a vacant lot that used to be home to a used-car dealership. 

Big & Little’s Logan Square is now open. Hours of operation are as follows: 11:30 a.m.-midnight Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturdays and 11:30 a.m.-midnight Sundays.

The local chain shuttered a second Lakeview location at 926 W. Diversey Parkway in October. 

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