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The Blanchard
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1. Tack Room 1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 (Pilsen)

Brought to us by the Dusek's team, this equestrian-themed piano lounge offers live performances Thursday through Saturday nights, creative bar fare like beef-fat fries, and fantastic cocktails like the mint julep mixed with George Dickel 9 year rye, house sugar, and mint.

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2. The Heavy Feather 2357 N Milwaukee, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

This laid back bar offers a small selection of beer and wine, but the real deal is the cocktails which range from the Casino (Oolong tea-infused Death’s Door vodka, Brovo Boomerange, lemon, sparkling wine, and grapefruit peel) to boozy milkshakes topped with whipped cream.

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3. The Blanchard 1935 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

This dining destination in Lincoln Park serves French classics with just enough whimsy to keep things interesting and just enough elegance to make it feel like an occasion. The menu features classics like escargots, steak frites, and mussels, but the highlight is by far the section dedicated to foie gras. The 100-seat space feels more modern than the typical Parisian brasserie with white tablecloths, leather chairs, and abstract art finishes.

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4. DAS 2855 W Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

This restaurant-within-a-restaurant located in the back of the Radler serves up German street food like doner kababs and sauerkraut baked beans. Bonus: Nothing on the menu is over $8. Double bonus: They're 'til 2am on weekends.

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5. Chop 1017 S Delano Ct, Chicago, IL 60605 (South Loop)

A steakhouse brought to you by the team behind Porkchop, Chop has a laid-back atmosphere and a full seafood and meat menu, including items like a gorgonzola-encrusted ribeye.

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6. The Windsor 160 E Huron, Chicago, IL 60611 (Streeterville)

The Windsor offers upscale, modern American eats that range from monkey bread with cream cheese frosting and rotisserie chicken hash for brunch to grilled mahi mahi and the Windsor (a 12-oz grilled ribeye topped with Worcestershire butter) for dinner.

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7. The Rec Room 18 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

The basement under Henry's is the spot for dancing + bottle service + midnight snacking. It's a private, event-ready space for up to 75 party animals and comes equipped with a dance floor (jukebox and disco ball included), hand bottled classic cocktails like G & T, canned beer and a mini fridge full of junk food that's free after midnight.

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8. Kuma's Schaumburg 1570 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Kuma's suburban location is just as heavy metal as the original location, and you can still expect crowds, blaring music and monstrous, pretzel-bunned burgers—including the eponymous egg-topped Kuma burger.