Naansense
Sean Cooley
Bottlefork
Logan Hardware Arcade Bar
Sticky Rice
Flickr/Kiran Foster
Q-BBQ
Kailley Lindman
Godfrey Hotel
Celeste
G&O
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1. Naansense 171 N Wells, Chicago, IL 60606 (Loop)

This "fast-casual" Indian resto is more than just a clever play on words. It also serves a number of delicious and modern Indian dishes. But you gotta admit, the name is pretty sweet.

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2. G & O 459 N Ogden Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

This swanky cocktail lounge not only does a variety of quality mixeds, it also serves a number of tasty bar snacks.

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3. Green Street Smoked Meats 112 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607 (West Loop)

Down an alley off Restaurant Row, Green Street serves Texas-style smokehouse barbecue in a spacious, warehouse location. Like the smoked meats, the restaurant decor is reminiscent of the Lone Star State with exposed brick and iron pipe fixtures. The pulled pork and brisket are the way to go, especially with sides like spicy pickles and coleslaw. In a departure from the Texan recipes that rule the smoker, the beer selection is mostly made up of Midwestern craft brews, but there are Southern-inspired cocktails like bourbon sweet tea.

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4. Bottlefork 441 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654 (Near North Side)

It's hard out there for a small plates restaurant that straddles the line between bar and full-service dinner restaurant, yet Bottlefork in River North manages to stand above the pack. The food menu spans a variety of cuisines and dietary restrictions, featuring dishes like tuna crudo, crispy Brussels sprouts with chorizo, buttermilk fried chicken, and a critically-acclaimed ground bacon burger. The cocktail menu, complete with illustrations, is divided into categories based on flavor and style: fruity, smoky, dark, and "Gentlemen's Cut."

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5. Logan Arcade 2410 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

Located in the original Logan Hardware building, this arcade/bar houses a collection of vintage pinball, video games, and serves up 20 quality draft beers and a large selection of other alcoholic beverages.

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6. SideDoor 100 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611 (River North)

This River North gastropub does a damn fine job when it comes to meat, whether it's their prime rib, roasted meat boards, or hearty sandwiches. They also have a number of craft beers and specialty 'tails.

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7. Sticky Rice 4018 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

This Northern Thai resto serves authentic cuisine at terrific prices, whether you hit up their resto in person or order their quick and easy delivery.

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8. Stan's Donuts & Coffee 1560 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

It goes without saying, but Stan most definitely is the man because of his myriad of fresh-baked 'nuts and fresh-made coffee.

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9. Q-BBQ 714 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lakeview)

This trendy Lakeview resto doles out a hefty variety of smoked meats with tasty sauces to satisfy even the hungriest of carnivores.

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10. Kinmont 419 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654 (Near North Side)

This super chic seafoodery is doling out seriously fresh goods, as well as refreshing libations.

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11. IO Urban Roofscape 127 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

This seriously sleek rooftop spot is perfect for our 100 days of Summer. A lounge with swanky drinks and serious eats, this is the place to be when the weather's nice.

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12. Celeste 111 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654 (Near North Side)

Every floor at this River North cocktail bar has a different vibe. On the first floor, The Bar is loud and bustling with good music. The upstairs Deco Room is more glamorous and sultry, aka perfect for a date. Finally, the garden rooftop is like a cozy urban oasis with ivy-covered walls and Victorian-style seating (tables are available first come, first served). Expect craft cocktails, beers, and fine wine on all levels, plus upscale bar bites.