Son of a Butcher Tavern
Nicholas James
Via Lima
Clayton Hauck
Streeterville Social
Kailley Lindman/Thrillist
Pub Royale
Nick Murway
Nando's PeriPeri
Kailley Lindman/Thrillist
Anthony Tahlier
The Winchester
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1. Son of a Butcher 2934 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

After closing for renovations in Spring 2016 and re-opening under new management from popular brunch locale WHISK, Son of Butcher touts a new, industrial-chic look and a revamped food menu. Meat still reigns supreme here, with highlights ranging from braised brisket barbeque sliders and full racks of St. Louis ribs, but there's a new smattering of salads, sandwiches, vegetarian light bites, and a solid brunch menu (pro tip: get the decadent and Instagram-worthy S'mOreos pancakes). Bar offerings focus on craft beers, but the specialty cocktails boast quirky names and eclectic liquors ("Brexit Strategy," anyone?), with the added bonus of curated wines by the glass and regional ciders.

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2. Cerise 203 N Wabash, Chicago, IL 60601

Perched atop the swanky Virgin Hotel Chicago is the even swankier rooftop bar, Cerise. The sweeping space spans the full width of the hotel and comes equipped with a terrace that wraps around three sides. Stop by for drinks and the shareable Izakaya inspired snacks including “hot mame” edamame with bacon and ghost pepper, beef short rib sliders and Hamachi sashimi.

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3. Via Lima 4024 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Via Lima brought Peruvian food to the north side with a menu complete with ceviches, causitas, wok-fried beef tenderloin, Inka Cola, and more.

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4. Chicago Athletic Association Hotel 12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

Following a 2015 renovation, this historical building transformed into a boutique hotel with several food and drink options, including a patio-equipped Shake Shack, Drawing Room in the expansive second floor lobby, and a rooftop restaurant with views of Millennium Park. The epic game room has bocce and shuffleboard courts, a pool table, and foosball, while the restaurant, Cherry Circle Room, serves a beef-centric menu and tableside cocktails.

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5. Streeterville Social 455 N Park Dr, Chicago, IL 60611

At 9,000-sq.-ft., Streeterville Social is one of Chicago's largest rooftops perched atop the Loews Chicago Hotel. The cocktails are just as impressive as the view and the eats include a variety of upmarket spins on street food, like an oyster po’boy with cioppino broth, chorizo, and garlic aioli and grilled chicken thigh bahn mi served with cucumber salad and spicy mayo.

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6. Barcocina 2901 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

The Chicago outpost of this Baltimore-based Mexican-inspired concept arrives with an airy, wood-accented space flooded with natural light and rigged with ample patio space. The menu includes plenty of favorites from the original spot, like cheeseburger tacos and lobster guacamole, as well as some brand new and thematically on-point dishes spanning from pork belly rebocado and lamb French dip tacos to an array of spicy, smoky, and sweet cocktails prime for all-day-sipping in the sunshine.

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7. Pub Royale 2049 W Division, Chicago, IL 60622

This Anglo-Indian pub in Wicker Park serves Indian-inspired comfort food like salt cod samosas, palak paneer, and coconut curry mussels in an eclectic space decorated with taxidermy and colorful masks. The beer-driven menu features a well-curated mix of American IPAs, German Pilsners, and ciders -- both bottled and on tap. Though spicy, savory plates are the obvious choice at Pub Royale, don't overlook the chai dulce de leche doughnuts -- or the burger.

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8. Ampersand Wine Bar 4845 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Without pretentiousness, Ampersand Wine Bar is bursting with outstanding wines and globally inspired comestibles. The atmosphere is casual and the food (which includes burrata with duck prosciutto and arugula, Calabrian pork cheek with pearl onion agrodolce and heirloom tomato, and roasted asparagus with salsa verde) will keep you satiated well into the next bottle.

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9. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 923 W Weed St, Chicago, IL 60642

This New York-based franchise produces of some of the finest barbecue North of the Mason-Dixon line. Its Chicago spot is a massive, two-level storefront in Lincoln Park with special only-in-Chicago menu items like the Pork 3-Way.

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10. For the Win 322 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611

Yes, it's an arcade for adults and, yes, it's beyond awesome. This 20,000-sq.ft. steampunk themed arcade and gastropub ups the ante with more than 130 different gamesa six-hole miniature golf course, comfort food ranging from “meatball-loaf” parmigiana and hand-battered mini corn dogs to a variety of poutiness and sliders. Not to mention a full list of cocktails and craft beers.

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11. Sink | Swim 3213 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

From the good people that brought you the gin-focused Scofflaw and the dance-ready Slippery Slope, nautical-themed Sink|Swim proves its seafood game is on point with affordable yet refreshingly inspired offerings like a shrimp toast tea sandwich and monkfish liver torchon. As for the digs? Charming, with whitewashed walls, teal tufted seats, and framed ocean-themed paintings hung along the perimeter.

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12. The Winchester 1001 N Winchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Winchester features a rotating seasonal menu with market-fresh ingredients. Local ingredients always make for a more satisfying and delicious meal.