Nico Osteria

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MONDAY - THURSDAY: 7:30 A.M. - 11 P.M. | FRIDAY: 7:30 A.M. - 12 A.M. | SATURDAY: 9 A.M. - 12 A.M. | SUNDAY: 9 A.M. - 11 P.M.
312.994.7100 | WEBSITE

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 aperitivi and a lengthy—mainly Italian—wine list to accompany chef Paul Kahan’s seasonal Italian seafood. Because it’s located in a hotel, it makes for great people watching and is a good bet for anytime-of-day drinking (it’s always aperitivo hour somewhere).

Known For
  • craft cocktails
  • good wine
  • Italian wine
  • full menu
  • hotel bar
  • singles scene
What to drink
A glass of bubbly, or an aperitivo like the Veritas: a mix of Earl Grey-infused dry vermouth, Semillon verjus and honey.
Gold Coast
Make brunch in time for Amanda Rockman’s Kouign Amann, a buttery-sweet pastry that pairs particularly well with champagne.