Sean Cooley
Elle on the River
Sean Cooley
Slippery Slope
Moxee Kitchen & Madmouse Brewery
Osteria Langhe
Parachute
Ramen-San
Randolph Tavern
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1. 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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2. Elle on the River 330 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 (River North)

This first-come, first-served seasonal pop-up on the river features fruity punch bowls (the Elle a Noir features Grey Goose, cherry noir, strawberry, basil and peach), and will pose as your Summer taco shack. Order three, six, or a dozen Calabrian mahi mahi tacos stuffed with lemon, quinoa, and slaw wrapped in housemade chickpea flatbreads while listening to a soundtrack you've selected out on this al fresco patio.

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3. 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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4. 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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5. Moxee American Kitchen & Mad Mouse Brewery 724 W Maxwell St, Chicago, IL 60607

Microbrewery. Oyster bar. On-site barbecue. What doesn't this wood paneled restaurant have? The menu has a Southern slant, meaning barbecue, gumbo, crab cakes, and po' boys.

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6. Osteria Langhe 2824 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

This Logan Square spot seamlessly blends slow food (literally, there's snail confit) with fine wines, all while transporting you to the northern Italian countryside. Expect rich dishes like prosciutto-wrapped rabbit loin and hand-pinched ravioli tossed with Parmesan, thyme, and butter. You'll want to grab a table in the Giardino Segreto ("secret garden" in Italian), but heads up: you'll need a reservation to dine on this lovely patio, so be sure to plan ahead.

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7. Parachute 3500 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (Avondale)

From Chefs Johnny Clark and Beverly Kim, Parachute takes a soulful American approach to Korean cuisine. The husband-and-wife team cranks out innovative dishes like boudin noir with kohlrabi, apples, and seedy salad; dolsot bibimbap whose ever-changing toppings range from tuna and n’duja to short rib and foie gras; and salt & pepper ribs with a yuzu-chili pepper glaze. The family-style Avondale restaurant is drawing diners en masse, and the 40-seat dining room has a lofty list of reservation hopefuls vying for a table in the intimate space. Start with an order (probably two though, to be safe) of the addictive baked potato bing bread, made with bacon, scallions, and sour cream butter.

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8. Ramen-San 59 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

This River North minimalist full-service ramen concept showcases seven styles of ramen (with a selection of broths, seasonings, noodles, and other add-ins), six appetizers, and assorted buns, and chicken wings. Plus: Singapore Slings and Japanese beer!

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9. Randolph Tavern 188 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601 (Loop)

This pub and grill in the Randolph Tower -- yes, the same one that was in Public Enemy -- is where you need to come to get your bacon fix; bacon-fat popcorn when you have the munchies, bacon-infused rye cocktails for when your mouth is dry, or a bacon and fried-oyster sandwich when you're seriously hungry. Head to the bar to throw back a Loop Manhattan, with rye, sweet vermouth, and chocolate bitters, or head to the dining room, and eat up some taco plates like the smoked pork and slaw.