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Avec

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…

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Rootstock

Rootstock has the classic “3rd place”—or home-away-from-home—vibe, with its mismatched furniture, comfort food and great drinks at low prices. In addition to having a wine list that is any wine…

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The Purple Pig

If you’re on The Mag Mile and want something other than the run-of-the-mill restaurant experience, then The Purple Pig—a collaboration between three beloved chefs, including Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia—is your…

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The Boarding House

Master Sommelier Alpana Singh’s multi-level behemoth of a restaurant has a little something for everyone. The first floor features a more casual wine bar where you can enjoy cocktails and…

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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…

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Webster’s Wine Bar

Webster’s has been a classic establishment in Chicago since 1994, and for good reason. Recently relocated to Logan Square, where it took over the space formerly occupied by its sister wine bar, Telegraph, Webster's wine…

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Boka

After a redesign, Boka has found new life with a sleek, monochrome design peppered with quirky details. Disembodied ebony hands hold small candles, oil paint portraits of debonair woodland creatures fill…

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Nico Osteria

Located in the Thompson Hotel, Nico Osteria’s large horseshoe bar counter is remarkable hip for the Gold Coast, one of the city's wealthiest, most historic neighborhoods. The menu brims with refreshing…