The Kids Are Alright: Kiddie Bentos Launch at Union


(Urban) kids today. They have closets that boast concert tees from The Ramones and The Police. They love the nightlife at Baby Loves Disco. They know their way around an iPhone, practically from birth. And they expect more from their dining experience than they used to. After all, their palates have evolved… they are looking for a happier meal.

Enter the Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar Kiddie Bento Boxes:


For $10 each, these mini, two-tiered boxes boast a bowl of Vegetable Soba Yaki Noodles, a small serving of Barbequed Eel garnished with carrot and cucumber in a sweet soy sauce, a Sweet Potato “Tater Tot” and a choice of Chicken Teriyaki, Wagyu Beef Teriyaki or a Breaded Pork Cutlet with Tokatsu Sauce. Scroll down to learn how your little one can enjoy a FREE bento box at Union!

Union Sushi Duck Wing Eating Contest Recap

They came, they ate piles of our “Duck Wings” and a winner was crowned!


Kenny Kobe-Achi, Todd Stewart, Sharon Shi and Rob Mowry stepped up, wolfed down Chao’s legendary “Duck Wings,” drank water, got messy, ate more duck wings, drank more water and, at the end, the largest pile of picked-bare bones clinched victory for Todd Stewart!

If you missed it (how could you?), check it out in this quick, action-packed video!


Introducing Our Spring Cocktails at Union

Whole-2At Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar, we pour a LOT of creativity into our cocktail programming, and this spring is no different.

Those of you who joined us at our Duck Wing Eating Contest got a sneak preview, and now they’re available for all to enjoy! So, without further ado, we’d proud to introduce our Spring Cocktail Menu at Union!

Akuma’s Wind

Redemption Rye Whiskey, Galliano Ristretto,
Caraway Tincture, Honey, Lemon

Hana Awaka

Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac, Combier, Hibiscus,
Lemon, Deep Pine Forest Sparkling Sake

Second Language

Citadelle Gin, Luxardo Maraschino, St. Germain,
Orange Bitters, Sugar Cube

Surprise + Delight

Effen Cucumber, Pimm’s No. 1, Lemon, Simple Syrup,
Muddled Lemongrass, Muddled Strawberry, Seltzer

Yamato Sling

Plymouth Gin, Rock Sake, Green Tea Syrup, Lemon,
Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters, Seltzer

South of the Border, East of the Sun

Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila, Aperol, Blood Orange,
Agave, Lime, Hopped Grapefruit Bitters


Plantation 5yr Rum, Briottet Creme de Peche, Peach, Okinawan
Black Sugar, Lime, Fennel, Egg White, Bolivar Bitters

Kuro Smash

Evan Williams Single Barrel, Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac,
Lemon, Simple Syrup, Blackberries, Tarragon Tincture

Eastern Medicine

Yamazaki 12 yr Japanese Whisky, Kakushigura Shochu, Evan Williams
Single Barrel, Ginger, Lemon, Sage Tincture

Skinny Geisha

Hum, House Infused Citrus Vodka, Fresca, Yuzu

Morning Glory #2

Old Weller Antique, Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac, Demerara,
Combier Orange Liqueur, Angostura Bitters, Absinthe

March Madness: The Duck Wing Eating Contest

March Madness, certainly at your age, is a spectator’s sport. You graduated years ago. And, while you still passionately cheer for your alma mater, you’re rooting from hundreds of miles away, from some sports bar, filled with people who you did not go to school with. It’s even a little sad, really.

Don’t you miss having a little skin in the game?

Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar is giving you a chance to re-live the passion and the glory of March Madness all over again. This time it’s all riding on you. Introducing: The Duck Wing Eating Contest.










Since opening our doors in the Spring of 2011, our Duck Wings have become a cult favorite—juicy, yet gooey, fall-off-the-bone-fried, and smothered in spicy sauce… It’s an addiction. Now, we want to know: how many can you eat!? C’mon. Push yourself!

Win a Dinner with Israel Idonije AND Support Your Favorite Local Charity


So, listed under the heading People We Really,
Really Admire
at Union Sushi + Barbeque
Bar is Israel Idonije. Sure, he’s been
running defense all season for the
Chicago Bears and he’s big time…
But in his spare time, he isn’t holding
court in VIP sections around the city
or dating a Kardashian; instead, he’s
trying to change the world with
The Israel Idonije Foundation. Israel
and his foundation are all about bringing
opportunity and hope to the community.

“The Israel Idonije Foundation exists to extend positive, life-changing opportunities to families and individuals in economically disadvantaged communities. We promote the pursuit of education and knowledge , while providing programs for our youth and community members, in hopes that they may actualize and maximize their full potential.”

…pretty amazing, no!?!

New Year, New You

New Year’s Resolutions. A time to quit… or start… A time to lose… or gain… It’s a lot of pressure. And, even if you don’t buy into the whole resolution nonsense, there is undeniably something in the air this time of year. It’s a hope that your life could just be easier, more satisfying, more organized… as soon as the clock strikes midnight.

We’re picking up what you’re putting down. And we have some ideas for you.

First, we know that you over-indulged in December. Actually, we encouraged it. But, it’s time to pull back on the reins a little. Eat a little less, exercise a little more.


Spend New Year’s Eve in Tokyo (but wake up in Chicago). Join us at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar for a Tokyo-style NYE, complete with all the eating, drinking, dancing (and yes, more eating) you’ve ever wanted—including a special sparkling sake toast at midnight! Union will be transformed into a Tokyo street scene with a guest DJ and live entertainment all night long.

Chef Chao and his team will be creating a variety of chef street stations serving sushi, barbeque and a variety of Union’s signature dishes all night long. There will plenty of food and—drumroll please—a premium OPEN BAR with Union’s hand-crafted cocktails, sake, beer and preselected wines and champagne.


Join Us at The Chef’s Table


Chef Chao is the ultimate Omakase master, and those who are lucky enough to sit at his chef’s table are in for a serious culinary throw down. Yes, we all love the chef’s table for the personal attention, the chef talking to you about your likes and dislikes and creating something just for you. The real score of the evening, though, is what you’re eating: of-the-moment inspirations that the chef is imagining and creating before your eyes.Omakase

To ensure maximum inspiration, we make sure Chao has the freshest ingredients on hand, sourced hours before, then watch that “Wow, I bet I could do something awesome with that” expression come over Chao’s face. Chef’s Table launches on November 15, 2011. Keep reading to learn more about how you can win a free dinner at the table with a very special guest.


This summer has been, yes, pretty hot, a little stormy… but fun as hell. Somewhere between cocktails at UpBar, heating things up in the kitchen, and tweeting ’til our fingers were numb, the summer seems to have passed us by… but it’s not over yet.

We’ve done it again, friends. Mike, Chao, and the crew at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar are conquering what might just be the final frontier of beach season. It’s an event—a way of life, really—that’s as dangerous as it is exotic, steeped in history and sand, brought to Chicago this year for the very first time. Yes, it’s beach polo.

Image c/o Chicago Beach Polo

We are very proud to announce that Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar is an official sponsor of the Chicago Beach Polo World Cup 2011, so obviously we’re celebrating with some free VIP tickets.