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1. Smart Bar 3730 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613 (Lakeview)

Smart Bar has a great sound system, as well as frequent DJs and awesome drinks.

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2. Redmond's Ale House 3358 N Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

It's a Missouri/Wisconsin bar, so there are plenty of screens for game-viewing, but the more-than-satisfactory beer list and weekly specials -- like $3 Burger Wednesdays and half off apps and drafts Thursdays -- means non-Badger fans will still find something to like about this place.

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3. L&L Tavern 3207 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

Lakeview's L&L Tavern has a dark and storied past, but remains one of the city's more interesting dives because of it. It’s rumored that both Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy frequented the tavern, the former scoping out his next victim through the window facing the street, and the latter in a full clown suit. So… what are you waiting for? Sip your PBR tall boy and realy familiarize yourself with the serial killers by sitting in the very bar -- maybe even the very chair -- they once occupied. Or just go because the beers are cheap, that works too.

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4. Jake's Pub 2932 North Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

In the same location, under the same name, for 70 years, this dog-friendly corner classic doesn't have much when compared to the other, more party-equipped places in the area, but it does have a seriously extensive bottle collection and standard stuff on tap.

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5. Metro 3730 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613 (Lakeview)

This two-floored, legendary venue has hosted a massive amount of talent in its time and continues to be a destination for some of the biggest acts in Chicago.

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6. Deuce's and The Diamond Club 3505 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657 (Wrigleyville)

Just unveiled on Wrigleyville's Clark St strip, D&TDC's a bi-level restobar outfitted with reclaimed rusted metal and murals based on vintage sports mag covers on level one, which is connected via an exposed-gear escalator to the loungier upper level and its open-air wraparound balcony with a direct view of the field and their soon-to-open reflecting pool'd patio. The in-progress menu is big on brisket/short rib/chuck burgers served on caraway- 'n sea-salt-dusted Kummelweck buns, plus there's a raw bar sporting seasonal sashimi dishes and oysters from the West and East coast, though it'll be the burgers that get you notoriously B.I.G.

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7. Berlin Nightclub 954 West Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

While the website clearly states no roller skates or hover boards, Berlin is a dress-code-free, high-energy Chicago nightlife staple. Open until 4am most nights, the place is a non-stop party for droves of locals, with a host of live DJ's, a variety of themed dance parties, and plenty of all-inclusive, super-freaky gender-bending drag shows. With a powerful belief in equality and great music, Berlin is a progressive, always-thrilling, exuberant weekend hang out.

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8. Sheffield's 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Sheffield's is a BBQ joint in Chicago that's got a huge, tree-shaded patio area and a ton of drafts for you to enjoy.

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9. Guthrie's Tavern 1300 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613 (Lakeview)

A Great Lakes draft and a side of Scrabble. That's what this tavern specializes in: beer, wine and board games. In the summer, a seat out on the back patio will allow you to enjoy the breeze while waiting for the next round of Apples-to-Apples while winter time may find you staring at the ceiling art in search of your next play for Scrabble.