The Betty

Though The Betty was established in 2015, its décor— brass cash registers, cozy lounge chairs, a wooden piano—is as old school as its name. Coined an "upscale tavern," this bar strikes…

sepia chicago


From the craft cocktails to the choice of stemware to the table spacing, this gorgeous, Michelin-starred restaurant—which was built from a late-19th-century printing shop—hits all the right notes. While it…

vera wine bar chicago


Located in the white-hot Randolph Street area of the West Loop, this Spanish tapas restaurant run by husband-and-wife duo Mark and Liz Mendez has the feel of a family-run neighborhood…

avec chicago


Paul Kahan’s first casual spot, Avec, has been an industry favorite since it opened in 2003. Here Midwestern interpretations of Mediterranean classics are beautifully presented in a sparse, rail-road style…

rm champagne salon chicago

RM Champagne Bar

This charming, hard-to-find little champagne bar in the West Loop is one of the best places to drink grower champagne in Chicago. Walk down Green Street from Randolph and make a right…

The Aviary Chicago cocktail bars


The liquid counterpart to chef Grant Achatz’s Next, Aviary exhibits a similar dedication to innovation and theater. The not-quite bar (there is no "bar" to speak of, just a kitchen…

The Office Chicago

The Office

Located in the basement below molecular mixology den The Aviary, The Office is its upstairs neighbor’s opposite in every way, from the décor (think: wealthy Wisconsin man cave) to the…