Randolph Tavern (click here for address and info)
Pub-esque digs with vintage signs and wood accents? Check. Pulled pork, scrimshaw mussels, and bacon popcorn? Check times three. After months of mystery leading up to its opening, this massive tavern delivers on all the goods. Go for comfort food and good times, and thanks to an airy spaced-out floor plan, you don’t have to worry about bumping elbows with anyone/sharing your bacon popcorn.
Kailley Lindman is a contributing writer for Thrillist Chicago, as well as a food blogger, bacon enthusiast, and devout user of the Oxford comma. Follow her at @KailleysKitchen.