5 Chi spots that bring their own brand of sexy

Published On 10/15/2013 Published On 10/15/2013

There's no one definition of "sexy" -- what fits the bill for you might be totally un-sexy to someone who gets their definitions from UrbanDictionary.com. We partnered up with GUESS Night -- a new fragrance whose own definition includes "hot peppers" -- to track down five very different Chi spots that, one way or the other, provide an atmosphere that serves as a prelude to getting your freak on.

Which part of that mural's sexier, naked Adriana Lima, or mustachioed not-Adriana Lima?

El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria
Tacos. Girls dancing on the bar. Is there anything else you could possibly want in life? Besides a napkin?

This place offers a private kaiseki table for two with a one-way mirror to watch the kitchen in action. Though maybe it'd be sexier if they reversed that mirror.

The Berkshire Room
The terrazzo dance floor dates back to the Roaring '20s, when men were mobsters, women were flappers, and alcohol probably did not taste very good.

CH Distillery
The Metropolis-esque interior takes something that makes you feel sexy (alcohol) and makes it look sexy. Also, their house vodka is distilled 40x -- is that even possible?

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1. Tanta 118 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60612 (River North)

Tanta celebrates Peru’s diverse culture by injecting Japanese and Spanish flare into an otherwise Peruvian street-food-centric menu. In addition to traditional street anticuchos (skewers), there's a selection of ceviche, nigiri, and causitas, or whipped potatoes fused with seafood. The restaurant's lively atmosphere -- and creative menu -- tempts you to indulge in fruity, colorful cocktails made with pisco brandy made in the wine regions of Peru.

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2. El Hefe 15 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

When you need your next Bulldog-garita fix, come to El Hefe's on Hubbard to get huge tequila 'tails and Mexican fare with a twist.

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3. Kabocha 952 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607 (West Loop)

Kabocha is a French- and Japanese-inspired brasserie serving up heaps upon heaps of seafood in a West Loop posh space.

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4. The Berkshire Room 15 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611 (River North)

Inside the Acme Hotel in River North, The Berkshire Room is an old-time cocktail lounge that harks back to when the hotel was called The Berkshire Hotel from the 1920s to 1950s. The drink selection puts a heavy emphasis on barrel-aged cocktails, but the real stunner is the Dealer's Choice, essentially an off-menu cocktail based on your choice of spirit, flavor profile, and glassware. The space is dark and cozy with black-and-white tiled floors and a long, glossy bar.

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5. CH Distillery 564 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661 (West Loop)

CH Distillery is Chicago's first distillery/cocktail bar, serving up house-made vodkas with carefully curated concoctions, as well as small plates from other renowned Chi-town eateries. The distillery makes vodka (distilled 40 times for ultimate purity!), rum, whiskey, and two kinds of gin, all in-house. The bar then pours them into inventive, Chicago-inspired craft cocktails such as the Rhymes With Orange, made with Serrano chili vodka, orange Curaçao, lime, and watermelon. The small plates eats include corned duck on black rye, and charcuterie from West Loop Salumi. Does the CH in CH Distillery stand for Chicago? No! No it does not. The CH stands for the periodic symbols for carbon and hydrogen, the fundamental components that make alcohol. And if you can remember that after you've had a few of these cocktails, you might be almost as impressive as the cocktails themselves.


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