Sean Cooley
Slippery Slope
Mike Gerbert
Craft Pizza
Sean Cooley
Laughing Bird
Ani Chicago
Si Fu Chino Latino
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1. High Five Ramen 112 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607 (West Loop)

Brought to you by Brendan Sodikoff, this West Loop resto is a cozy, dimly-lit space offering a concise menu featuring both traditional and modern ramen offerings, eye-popping “canzillas” of Asahi beer, and boozy slushies to temper the heat of the noodles.

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2. Lagunitas Brewing Company 1843 S Washtenaw Ave, Chicago, IL 60608 (Pilsen)

Hailing from Northern CA, Lagunitas' Chicago-based brewery and taproom brings all the goods, and then some. It's the biggest brewery in Chicago (Goose Island is second!), offering tastings, events, and seasonal specials.

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3. Masada 2206 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

Located in Logan Square, Masada features tapas-style Middle Eastern fare that includes something for everyone, from vegan and vegetarian dishes to meaty types like their sumac chicken.

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4. Kaiser Tiger 1415 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

This absolutely insane temple of beer is adorned with a 200-seat beer garden, killer skyline views, 24 primo drafts, flights of sausage, and the heart-stopping brown sugar-rubbed bacon bomb.

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5. Slippery Slope 2357 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

Skee-ball, tamales, and and an expansive, crimson-lit dance floor await at this two-story club made to replace what Bonny's once was. The beer is cheap, the wine is boxed, and we promise this will probably be one of the only times you'll hear "Mother-In-Law" (a tamale-chili combo) and not be filled with dread.

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6. The Roost Carolina Kitchen 1467 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613 (Lakeview)

If you're craving crispy fried chicken and mouth-watering chicken sammies, head to Lakeview. Head to The Roost, a food truck with a permanent BYOB storefront on Irving Park Road, for Carolina-style recipes like crispy, spicy fried chicken on a flaky buttermilk biscuit topped with dill pickles, coleslaw, chipotle buttermilk ranch, and cheddar or blue cheese. Heat things up even more by ordering the Nashville Hot, Habanero BBQ, or Buffalo variations. Creamy mac and cheese and sweet peach cobbler round out the feast.

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7. Beermiscuous 2812 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

You could knock this place for a cutesy name and concept -- at this "beer cafe" you get your beers not from a bartender but a “beerista." But nomenclature aside, Beermiscuous is different than any other place in Chicago and a valuable addition to the craft beer ecosystem, with cooler upon cooler of alphabetized bottles you can take home in a mix-and-match six pack or drink right there on the premises for an upcharge. If you're more a draft devotee, the dozen-strong taplist always makes for some interesting pints or flights. The free wi-fi befits the atmosphere, which really does skew a little more cafe than bar, so if you have a work-from-home gig and feel like you can be productive with a beer or two in you, it's also an underrated spot to get some work done. No food beyond some light snacks (and free pretzels!) though, so you'll have to order that lunch in.

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8. Spiaggia 980 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 (Gold Coast)

Walls of wine bottles line the entrance to this elegant Italian eatery (which nabbed a 2014 James Beard nomination for Outstanding Restaurant), ushering diners into a contemporary space with black marble and white tablecloths. Chef Tony Mantuano heads the kitchen, making the preparation of elevated, artfully plated dishes look like a walk on the beach (by the way, "spiaggia" means beach in Italian). Jackets are no longer required in the dining room, but let it be known, this isn't the type of place where you want to show up looking like a schlub.

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9. Henry's Swing Club 18 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

This River North hub is home to over 22 slider options on its menu, as well as serious drink options (buy a bottle of Jack and get free Coke refills all night!), playing cards, vintage Playboys, and pool tables.

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10. Ani 3056 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

Ani (which means older brother in Japanese) is the sibling of Arami. The 40-seat dining space sports clean lines and minimalist décor, letting Chef Shin Matsuda’s innovative-yet-authentic Japanese fare do the talking.

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11. Craft Pizza 1252 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Craft Pizza is one of Chicago's swankiest 'za spots, with a non-Chicago-style slices as well as the good, deep stuff.

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12. Laughing Bird 4514 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (Lincoln Square)

Laughing Bird’s Filipino-American perspective is a breath of fresh air. The restaurant stakes its claim with menu items like the charred octopus and a chicken adobo smothered in a Laughing Bird-branded Co-op hot sauce.

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13. First Draft 649 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60605 (South Loop)

First Draft has an impressive beer selection -- 200 with 64 on draft -- and sports a pub menu featuring beer-brined house smoked ribs, angus burgers, pizza, and wings.

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14. Si Fu Chino Latino Kitchen 2116 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618

Si Fu is one of Chicago's tastiest taquerias as well as drinkeries.



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