Masa Azul

Masa Azul isn’t just a good spot for tequila in Chicago; it’s got one of the most thoughtful agave spirits selections in the country. A hidden gem in the less-traveled…


The Dawson

A culinary nod to all things New American, the Dawson is an airy, rustic-industrial 200-seat restaurant with a captivating cocktail program. Seasonal cobblers share real estate on the menu with…



When the building housing Dusek's was first constructed in the 1890s, it was modeled after the Prague Opera House. Now, it's a soaring craft beer tavern with an upstairs music…


Chop Shop

A butcher shop that makes room for a restaurant with solid drinks, Chop Shop is Wicker Park's catchall neighborhood institution. Aside from the piles of sausage and house cuts, it’s a…



As its name hints, Bottlefork's food and drink are deeply intertwined. Take, for example, the “Smoke of the Day” cocktail, which features drippings from the day’s roast, or the seasonal house…

Late Bar Chicago late night

Late Bar

We like to think of this watering hole as everything to everyone. It’s a bar; it’s a lounge; it’s a low-key place to have a Martini; it’s a sweaty late-night…

skylark bar chicago


The sister bar to Wicker Park’s Rainbo Club, Skylark is by far the coolest bar in Pilsen. It’s a timeless Chicago haunt: long wooden bar, cracked vinyl booths, faded linoleum,…

Rainbo Club Chicago late night

Rainbo Club

During the week, the Rainbo effortlessly defends its reputation as a timeless, maroon-vinyl-boothed tribute to 1980s post-punk cooldom, luring generations of hipsters who know a legit dive when they smell…

The Burlington Chicago late night bar

The Burlington

Founded as a tribute to its owner’s boyhood summers in Burlington, Wisconsin, this rock 'n' roll bar is dark, loud and low-key. Vintage church pews line the walls, a cluster…