About Us

Friendly crew at Rocky's American Grill in Prospect Heights

THEN:

Our story began in 1991 as Rocky Vanders, owned and operated by husband and wife Peter (Pete) and Susan Sellis. With the facility at a mere 5,000 square feet with a 100-person capacity and just four televisions within, Rocky's quickly became locally known as a family-style business where one often felt at home. Pete, as chef and owner, kept the back of the house stocked with only the finest quality fresh meats and produce. He took great pride in the creation of every food item from scratch while his two sons, Jim and George Sellis, served customers daily. The front of the house was kept warm and welcoming by Susan, who always provided the freshest home-grown flowers throughout and focused primarily on keeping her two boys in line.

NOW:

Today, the same family styling and food quality traditions are carried out by sons Jim and George in honor of those started by Peter and Susan 27 years ago. The business has remained under ownership of the Sellis family since day one and is still located at its original location in Prospect Heights. Over time, the facility itself has expanded to over 9,000 square feet in size with a current capacity of over 250 people and over 30 flatscreen televisions within.

Executive Chef Mark Claxton still practices offering the finest quality fresh meats and produce just as Peter originally instilled. The American-style menu selection has expanded significantly, being most well known for our famous award-winning Rocky's Wings (over 7,000,000 sold!) and for the quality smoked meats offered after cooking in our on-site smoker. In addition to the extensive regular menu, we also offer countless food specials that differ day-to-day.

Modern practices and services offered are combined with original traditions, now enabling us to offer something for everyone. New concepts have developed over time and are accompanied by our new title, Rocky's American Grill. We offer a remodeled venue for hosting various private events such as: Mitzvah parties, dinner rehearsals, graduation and birthday parties, anniversaries, corporate parties and events, and more. Our updated facility contains two full-service bars, one of which can be converted private lounge for such parties, along with a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, and an in-house dance floor stage. With surround sound audio, high definition televisions and two extra large projector screens throughout, our restaurant and bar provides the perfect place to watch a game without missing a moment or sharing a meal with family or friends, old and new.

  • Rocky's American Grill is an Official Blackhawks Bar
  • Licensed 4-am bar and 3-am restaurant daily
  • Delivery & Carry-out services until 3-am
  • Rocky's is a sponsor of local sports leagues, softball teams, volleyball and broom ball, etc.
  • Rocky's is an active participant in charity events — including Cancer Societies, Leukemia, Multiple Sclerosis, underprivileged children, and many more