Classic American Food with Modern Twists

We look forward to showing you why we are one of the best restaurants in Vernon Hills, IL. Our food menu offers classic American food with brilliant twists, with lots of cooking from scratch. We are open for lunch and dinner, and also offer additional brunch dishes on the weekends. At City Works, we aim to offer our guests fresh and flavorful options every day.
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Bar Bites
Popcorn Chicken
Nashville Hot or Southern Fried, ranch dressing

8.00

Pretzel Bites
Hop-infused sea salt, IPA Gouda cheese sauce V

8.00

Cheese Curds
White cheddar, cornmeal battered, smoked tomato coulis V

8.00

Firecracker Rolls
Marinated spicy Cajun chicken, vegetable medley, avocado cream

8.00

Fried Pickles
Kosher dill, Beer battered, ranch dressing

8.00

*V: Vegetarian

Shareables
Buffalo Shrimp
Crispy jumbo shrimp, bleu cheese crumbles, bleu cheese dressing, buffalo sauce

16.00

Buffalo Chicken Dip
Pulled buffalo chicken, bleu cheese cream, housemade giardiniera, corn tortilla chips GF

12.00

Duck Nachos
Pulled confit duck, pepper jack cheese sauce, pickled jalapeños, smoked tomatoes, red onion, white beans, avocado, micro cilantro, queso fresco, wonton chips

16.00

Smoked Chicken Wings  
Grilled chili rubbed jumbo wings and drummies, BBQ sauce, mustard BBQ sauce GF

13.00

Mushroom Flatbread
Forest mushrooms, chili oil, mozzarella, caramelized onions, goat cheese, baby arugula, lemon truffle oil V

12.00

BBQ Chicken Flatbread
House-smoked BBQ chicken, mozzarella, Gouda, red onion, housemade BBQ sauce, cilantro

12.00

Kung Pao Cauliflower
Roasted cauliflower, sweet peppers, green onions, garlic, ginger, arbol chiles, fried peanuts, chili oil, sweet and spicy tamari GF/VG

13.00

*V: Vegetarian
*GF: Gluten Free
*VG: Vegan

Soups & Salads
1871 Chili
Angus steak, pork, milk stout, sour cream, red onions, cornbread muffin

5.00/8.00

Soup of the Day

5.00/8.00

Starter Salads

Beet
Roasted beets, chili spiced pecans, baby arugula, shaved fennel, goat cheese, charred orange vinaigrette GF/V

7.00

Caesar
Whole romaine leaves, hard boiled egg, kalamata olives, Parmesan, garlic croutons, Caesar dressing

7.00

House
Red leaf, iceberg, romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, radish, bell peppers, kalamata olives, red onion, garlic croutons, red wine vinaigrette VG

7.00

Entrée Salads

City Works Chopped
Grilled chicken, romaine, iceberg, red leaf, applewood-smoked bacon, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, bleu cheese crumbles, avocado, sweet herb vinaigrette GF

13.00

BBQ Chicken Chopped
House-smoked pulled BBQ chicken, romaine, iceberg, red leaf, tomatoes, cucumbers, black beans, roasted corn, jicama, crispy buttermilk onion rings, ranch dressing

14.00

Ahi Tuna Chopped
Rare Togarashi spiced seared tuna, Napa cabbage, romaine, bok choy, bell peppers, black sesame seeds, daikon radish, green onions, mandarin oranges, almonds, cucumbers, crispy wonton strips, sesame ginger vinaigrette

18.00

Shrimp
Grilled garlic marinated jumbo shrimp, baby kale, fresh corn, grape tomatoes, bleu cheese, pickled red onion, roasted beets, cucumbers, green goddess dressing GF

18.00

*V: Vegetarian 
*GF: Gluten Free
*VG: Vegan

Burgers

burgers are half pound, fresh USDA Prime beef patty, served on a toasted brioche bun

served with olive oil parsley fries or side salad

sub cup of soup for $1.50

sub Impossible Burger for any burger for $2

sub gluten-free/vegan bun for $1

City Works
Aged white cheddar, shredded iceberg, vine-ripened tomato, red onion, dill pickle

13.00

Scorpion
Habanero pepper jack, jalapeños, five pepper jam, arugula, vine-ripened tomato, scorpion pepper aioli

14.00

Smokehouse
House-smoked BBQ pulled pork shoulder, smoked provolone, BBQ bacon onion relish, Carolina mustard BBQ sauce, crispy buttermilk onion strings

16.00

Bacon Cheeseburger
House-House-smoked candied thick-cut bacon, aged Vermont white and yellow cheddar cheeses, shredded iceberg, vine-ripened tomato, red onion

16.00

Impossible Burger
The Impossible Burger is a delicious, juicy burger for meat loves that’s made from plants. 

Shredded iceberg lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onion, vegan roasted garlic horseradish aioli
+ made vegan upon request 

14.00

Handhelds

Nashville Hot Chicken Wrap
Buttermilk breaded crispy chicken breast, hot cayenne pepper mop, romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, ranch dressing, flour tortilla

13.00

Filet Mignon Sliders
Two grilled filet medallions, caramelized onions, horseradish cream, pretzel roll

17.00

Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Grilled chicken breast, applewood-smoked bacon, french fry aioli, shredded iceberg, vine-ripened tomato, red onion, avocado jalapeño sauce, kaiser roll

14.00

Pulled Pork Sandwich
Hand-pulled house-smoked pork shoulder, housemade BBQ sauce, cider mustard, coleslaw, kaiser roll

13.00

Tacos

Chicken Tinga
House-smoked pulled chicken, avocado mash, pickled red onion, grilled corn, micro cilantro, queso fresco, white corn tortillas

14.00

Ahi Tuna
Poke-style tuna, Asian slaw, avocado, pickled fresno chiles, sesame ginger vinaigrette, black sesame seeds, flour tortillas

18.00

Fish
Cornmeal beer battered mahi-mahi, chipotle coleslaw, pico de gallo, cilantro lime cream, micro cilantro, white corn tortillas

16.00

Short Rib
Gochujang braised short rib, daikon radish, pickled carrots, green onion, chopped peanuts, white corn tortillas

16.00

Entrées

Pork Chop
10 oz. bone-in center-cut pork chop, potato purée, chipotle maple glaze, cinnamon spiced apples, crispy buttermilk onion rings

21.00

Salmon
Pan-seared salmon, butternut squash purée, olive oil poached fingerling potatoes, salsa verde, succotash – grilled corn, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, butternut squash and grape tomato  GF

23.00

Short Rib
Braised boneless short rib, creamy grits, bacon tomato jam, crispy pickled fennel, au jus gravy

22.00

Fish & Chips
Alaskan cod, beer batter, coleslaw, malt vinegar powder, cornichon tartar sauce

16.00

Smoked BBQ Ribs
Hardwood-smoked full rack baby back ribs, housemade BBQ sauce, spicy maple bacon baked beans, mascarpone creamed corn GF

26.00

Cauliflower Steak
Pan-seared cauliflower, fennel piquillo pepper purée, baby arugula, red peppers, almonds, crispy capers, salsa verde, grilled lemon GF/VG

15.00

Cajun Linguine
Blackened chicken, Andouille sausage, bell peppers, red onion, scallions, sriracha cream, linguine pasta

16.00

Smoked BBQ Chicken
Hardwood-smoked half chicken, housemade BBQ sauce, spicy maple bacon baked beans, coleslaw GF

21.00

*V: Vegetarian
*GF: Gluten Free
*VG: Vegan

All Day Breakfast

SHAKSHUKA
spicy tomato sauce, sunny side up eggs, goat cheese, toasted garlic baguette  V

12.00

BREAKFAST TACO 
scrambled eggs, bacon, green onion, smoked tomato, chipotle maple glaze, smoked cheddar, white corn tortillas, cheesy potato casserole  GF

11.00

STEAK & EGGS 
8 oz. New York strip steak, eggs any style, cheesy potato casserole  GF

16.00

AVOCADO TOAST 
Smashed avocado on toasted challah, roasted corn, pickled red onion, shaved radish, sliced hard boiled egg  V

12.00

 

*V: Vegetarian
*GF: Gluten Free

Gluten Free

Smoked Chicken Wings
Grilled chili rubbed wings and drummies, BBQ sauce, mustard BBQ sauce

13.00

Buffalo Chicken Dip
Pulled buffalo chicken, bleu cheese cream, housemade giardiniera, corn tortilla chips

12.00

Kung Pao Cauliflower
Roasted cauliflower, sweet peppers, green onions, garlic, ginger, arbor chiles, fried peanuts, chili oil, sweet and spicy tamari  VG

13.00

City Works Burger
Half pound fresh brisket short rib blend, aged white cheddar, shredded iceberg, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onion, dill pickle, toasted gluten free bun, olive oil parsley fries

14.00

Salmon
Pan-seared salmon, butternut squash purée, olive oil poached fingerling potatoes, salsa verde, succotash – grilled corn, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, butternut squash and grape tomato

23.00

Smoked BBQ Chicken
Hardwood-smoked half chicken, housemate BBQ sauce, spicy maple bacon baked beans, coleslaw

21.00

Cauliflower Steak
Pan-seared cauliflower, fennel piquillo pepper purée, baby arugula, red peppers, almonds, crispy capers, salsa verde, grilled lemon

15.00

City Works Chopped Salad
Grilled chicken, romaine, iceberg, red leaf, applewood-smoked bacon, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, bleu cheese crumbles, avocado, sweet herb vinaigrette

13.00

Shrimp Salad
Grilled garlic marinated jumbo shrimp, baby kale, fresh corn, grape tomatoes, blue cheese, pickled red onion, roasted beets, cucumbers, green goddess dressing

18.00

Beet Starter Salad
Roasted beets, chili spiced pecans, baby arugula, shaved fennel, goat cheese, charred orange vinaigrette V

7.00

Breakfast Taco
scrambled eggs, bacon, green onion, smoked tomato, chipotle maple glaze, smoked cheddar, white corn tortillas, cheesy potato casserole

11.00

Steak & Eggs
8 oz. New York strip steak, eggs any style, cheesy potato casserole

16.00

*Cannot guarantee complete absence of gluten, soy, dairy, or other allergens as our storage, cooking and cutting equipment and plate ware is shared

*V: Vegetarian
*VG: Vegan

Dessert

Peanut Butter Snickers Pie
Oreo cookie crust, peanut butter mousse, whipped cream, Snickers, chocolate and caramel sauce V

8.00

Baked Cookie Dough
Chocolate chip cookie dough, caramel, chocolate sauce, vanilla bean ice cream, whipped cream V

8.00

*V: Vegetarian

Brunch

Rock N Roll Brunch

Served Saturday and Sunday, from open until 3pm

Shareables

Jon Bun Jovi
Warm jumbo cinnamon roll, vanilla icing V

8.00

Dock Of The Beignets
Café Du Monde’s famous recipe for French doughnuts, served with chocolate hazelnut sauce and mixed berry jam for dipping V

8.00

Mains

Sweet Child O’ Mine
Brioche bread, Bailey’s cream cheese, vanilla bean ice cream battered, mixed berry compote, powdered sugar V

13.00

Johnny Hash
Braised short rib, red and green bell peppers, onions, potatoes, jalapeño salsa verde, sunny side up eggs GF

15.00

Chak Shuka Khan
Shakshuka with spicy tomato sauce, sunny side up eggs, goat cheese, toasted garlic baguette  V

12.00

White Wedding 
Egg white frittata with goat cheese, asparagus, tomato, onion, basil fennel herb salad  GF/V

12.00

The Clash Smash 
Smashed avocado on toasted challah, roasted corn, pickled red onion, shaved radish, sliced hard boiled egg  V

12.00

Easy Like Sunday Morning
Breakfast flatbread topped with house-made sausage, scrambled eggs, bacon, mozzarella, smoked cheddar, garlic puree, arugula

12.00

The Boss 
8 oz. New York strip steak, eggs any style, cheesy potato casserole  GF

16.00

Lox N’ Roll
Whiskey house-cured salmon on flatbread with dill cream cheese, grape tomato, mozzarella cheese, red onion, capers, arugula, citrus mustard vinaigrette

12.00

Mother’s Little Helper 
Our “hangover bowl” filled with smoked cheddar grits, braised pork belly, breakfast sausage link, fried egg, and smoked tomato charred scallion relish  GF

16.00

Love Me Two Times 
2 eggs any style, 2 house-smoked thick-cut bacon strips, 2 breakfast sausage links, toasted challah bread, cheesy potato casserole

13.00

What’s The Story, Morning Glory 
Breakfast tacos with scrambled eggs, bacon, green onion, smoked tomato, chipotle maple glaze, smoked cheddar, white corn tortillas, cheesy potato casserole  GF

11.00

Breakfast In America
Breakfast sandwich served on a green onion cheddar biscuit with aged cheddar scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage patty, cheesy potato casserole

14.00

Get Him To The Greek
Greek yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, house-made almond granola, honey, brown sugar  GF/V

10.00

*V: Vegetarian
*GF: Gluten Free

More info on Brunch at City Works Vernon Hills.

Happy Hour

Happy Hour

Served Monday thru Friday, 3pm – 6pm

Half-Priced Appetizers, $5 Well Drinks, $5 Select Beers, and $6 Glasses of Wine*

Half-Off Original Prices Listed Below

Popcorn Chicken
Nashville Hot or Southern Fried, ranch dressing

8.00

Pretzel Bites
Hop-infused sea salt, IPA Gouda cheese sauce V

8.00

Cheese Curds
White cheddar, cornmeal battered, smoked tomato coulis V

8.00

Firecracker Rolls
Marinated spicy Cajun chicken, vegetable medley, avocado cream

8.00

Fried Pickles
Kosher dill, Beer battered, ranch dressing

8.00

*V: Vegetarian

Happy Hour is every weekday from 3 pm until 6 pm.

*Dine-in only. 6 oz. beer pours excluded. Not valid for private events or groups of 50+. Discounts not valid during specials events (e.g., March Madness). Please call the restaurant if you’d like to clarify any specific occasion.

Happy Hour is every weekday from 3 pm until 6 pm. More details here.

Make a Reservation

(For parties of 9-14, please call (847) 984-3571. For parties of 15 or more, please visit our Private Parties page)

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