The Windy City. The Second City. The City of Broad Shoulders. Chicago covers a lot of ground. But did you know there are also parts of Illinois outside of Chicago? Well, you probably did if you read our list of the 12 best Illinois restaurants outside of Chicago. But in case you're still not a believer, here are the 12 best Illinois bars beyond city limits, too.
First built by Anheuser-Busch in 1921, this local institution is all about cheap food -- 99-cent bratwurst and 29-cent shrimp, anyone? -- and watching live bands on an outdoor patio that resembles something you might find in Wrigleyville… only way less douchey. The Big Elwood on a Stick (marinated tenderloin) is a must. As is the people watching.