One of Chicago’s finest beachside drinking destinations strikes a nice balance between chill and lively with Tiki Fridays, beachside DJs, and games of cornhole (er, bag toss). While the drink menu doesn’t stray far from the usual margaritas and rum punches, the Crockett and Tubbs Colada (an unholy piña colada and strawberry daiquiri combo) is a summer must.
A more upscale and modern but still traditional Chicago tavern, South Branch’s outdoor riverside patio is a cozy-yet-happening spot to run through a huge list of craft beers including rare Mexican lagers and English-style ales, not to mention seasonal cocktails like cranberry mojitos and jalapeño cucumber margaritas.
This quality spot for checking out the (duh) river calls itself a “Euro-American Bistro” (whatever that means), but in summer it means sitting in the sun patioside and sipping Metropolitan Flywheel until your boss stumbles by and wonders why the hell you’re not back from lunch yet. To which you ask him the same question.