The coolest bars and restaurants in town

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The coolest bars and restaurants in town
The coolest bars and restaurants in town

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It's time for a new edition (easy there, Bobby Brown) of the Thrillist 47, giving you the best new and new-ish places to eat and drink. Some had to go, while other hot spots could not be denied (HELLO, Cap'n Crunch French toast at Dryhop Brewers). Have a look at the list (organized by hood; this isn't a ranking) and make the most of your next night out.


DOWNTOWN

1) Siena Tavern
51 W Kinzie St; 312.595.1322
Top Chef fan favorite Fabio Viviani is doling out gnocchi w/ truffle cream, crispy pancetta & fried sage (not to mention 'za combos from truffle-mushroom to prosciutto-pear) in a 10,000sqft powerhouse of an Italian restaurant.
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2) Sumi Robata
702 N Wells; 312.988.7864
Gather 'round the 14-seat robata bar at this wooded dining dojo for charcoal-grilled Wagyu ribeye, king crab, and beef sliders with miso mustard.

3) Howell's & Hood
435 N Michigan Ave; 312.262.5310
This epic beer hall housed in the Trib Tower, Howell's & Hood is equipped with 114 beers on tap (springing from 360 draft faucets spread across the 23,000sqft neo-Gothic venue) with copper-topped bars and inscriptions on the travertine-tiled walls.
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4) The Boarding House
720 N Wells St; 312.280.0720
The 36oz Painted Hills ribeye is impressive, but perhaps even more so is the 450-bottle wine list curated by Master Sommelier Alpana Singh.
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5) Bub City
435 N Clark St; 312.610.4200
The Melman Bros have outfitted Bub City with a massive beer can American flag behind the bar, a central stage that'll feature a constant flow of country music talent, and posters touting acts from Willie Nelson to people not named Willie Nelson. Also, there's a four-person pork shoulder feast.
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6) American Junkie
15 W Illinois St; 312.239.0995
American Junkie is a 320-seat, two-floor industrial barstaurant sporting American flags carved errrrrwhere, with Chef Kendal Duque (Sepia, City Tavern) running the kitchen, turning out meatiness like wild boar chili with ancho peppers & cornbread croutons.
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7) The Berkshire Room
15 E Ohio St; 312.894.0800
The Berkshire Room is a whiskey bar serving Pappy Van Winkle-barreled cocktails from Prohibition-era medicine bottles, and features a 1940s-inspired menu, including bison tartare and bourbon ice cream.
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8) Three Dots and a Dash
435 N Clark St; 312.610.4220
Three Dots and a Dash is a tiki-themed speakeasy in the back of Bub City pouring out crazy tropical cocktails in vessels like glass skulls and treasure chests.
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9) Bavette's Bar & Boeuf
218 W Kinzie; 312.624.8154
This two-tiered steakery from the Maude's/Gilt Bar crew pairs marrow-slathered bone-in ribeyes and short rib stroganoff with a selection of 50-plus whiskeys.
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10) Dillman's
354 W Hubbard St; 312.988.0078
The Au Cheval folks opened a deli and it is glorious, thanks to its corned beef, whitefish terrines, latkes, and everything else your Bubbie used to make.
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11) Untitled
111 W Kinzie; 312.880.1511
Tucked behind a pair of large, unmarked doors on Kinzie St in a nod to Prohibition supper clubs, the 18000sqft space is improbably upstaged by next-level 'tails like the Pistol Smoke: Scotch, pipe tobacco, chamomile, vanilla 'n lemon.
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12) Drumbar
201 E Delaware Pl, 18th Floor; 312.924.2531
The Raffaello Hotel's 18th-floor oasis is divided into an outdoor terrace with views of the lake &firepit-equipped tables, and 100 indoor seats surrounded by marble, dark wood, and 25-ft vaulted ceilings.
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13) Stout Barrel House & Galley
642 N Clark St; 312.475.1390
A former Blue 13 chef here turns out gussied-up comfort fare that includes fried chicken w/ watermelon & feta, and oxtail tortellini w/ fennel and smoked grapes, but then there's also the matter of their 4a liquor license.
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14) Tavernita
151 W Erie St, at LaSalle; River North; 312.274.1111
From the former chef at Perennial, Tav's Med-Latin menu counts to-share plates of squash- & apple-kicked suckling pig confit w/ caramel sherry sauce, hazelnut romesco-sauced pork & Wagyu meatballs, and corn pudding topped w/ poblanos, corn ragout & rock shrimp.
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WEST LOOP

15) CH Distillery
564 W Randolph St; 312.707.8780
CH Distillery is Chicago's first distillery/cocktail bar, serving up house-made vodkas inside carefully curated concoctions, as well as small plates from other Chi-town eateries.
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16) La Sirena Clandestina
954 W Fulton Market; 312.226.5300
Come for the street eats, which include a rotating daily ceviche, charred baby octopus escabeche, and black-eyed pea fritters w/ pickled onions and dende-poached shrimp. Stay for the Mezcal, amaro & lime "Pistola Humeante".
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17) Little Goat
820 W Randolph St; 312.888.3455
Stephanie Izard's morning to late-night diner is situated just across the street from older sib Girl & The Goat, and seamlessly combines the open-kitchened vibe of an all-night greasy spoon with a bit of Randolph St. class.
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18) BellyQ
1400 W Randolph; 312.563.1010
The latest installment from Bill Kim (Urban Belly, Belly Shack) comes correct with up-front booths equipped with their own infrared grills to fire up Korean short ribs and banana leaf-wrapped salmon, though the kitchen will handle the grilling if you're one of the sad people at a regular table.
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19) RM
116 N Green St; 312.243.1199
This elegant hideaway behind sister-restaurant Nellc么te has a champagne list that, under the direction of a sommelier who worked with Joel Robuchon, is so flush that it has to be broken down into various regions of France and world at large.
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20) Nellc么te
833 W Randolph; 855.635.5268
Producing their own flour in a custom-built stone mill, Nell turns local wheat to into Neopolitan 'zas that're fired in an imported, wood-burning oven, with combos arguably highlighted by a Fontina/black truffle/sunny-side egg number.
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21) Au Cheval
800 W Randolph; 312.929.4580
At Au Cheval, "single" burgers sport two patties and "doubles" three, the bacon's cut as thick as a steak, and the spuds're smothered in gravy made from duck heart.
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BUCKTOWN/ WICKER PARK/ UKRAINIAN VILLAGE

22) High Noon Saloon
1560 N Milwaukee Ave; 773.227.9339
Sip on Milagro Reposado at this Tex-Mex tequila bar that's sporting a spur-scuffed hickory floor, olde-tyme photography, butcher block tables, and fringed leather stools.
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23) Carriage House
1700 W Division; 773.235.8800
Opened by The Bedford squad, this Southern eatery specializes in both traditional and modern takes on the cuisine of that sea-level-y country in South Carolina.
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24) Emporium Arcade Bar
1366 N Milwaukee Ave; 773.697.7922
Two brothers are the braintrust behind Emporium Arcade Bar, which's pakced with nearly 40 vintage cabinet games set to cost only a quarter, and a custom-built bar showcasing 24 crafty handles.
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25) Trenchermen
2039 W North Ave; 773.661.1540
Trenchermen features an eclectic menu from The Sheerin brothers (Blackbird, The Signature Room) that runs the gamut from Scotch quail eggs with green almonds & caviar, to XO-sauced, bacon-cured sweetbreads.
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26) Antique Taco
1360 N Milwaukee; 773.687.8697
Antique Taco's husband and wife team fill up tortillas with farmers' market flair: grilled Slagel Farm ribeye w/ heirloom tomato salsa & queso enchilado, adobo-rubbed carnitas w/ tamarind-glazed bacon & queso fresco, and tempura fish w/ Sriracha tartar and smoked cabbage.
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27) Mott St
1401 N Ashland Ave; 773.687.9977
Helmed by the folks at Ruxbin, Mott St is a tiny Asian resto making bagel-inspired Everything Wings and kimchi spring rolls.
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28) Takito Kitchen
2013 W Division St; 773.687.9620
A small plate taqueria from a Carnivale vet (no, not Nick Stahl) that's putting a contemporary twist on Latin fare, Takito Kitchen makes good use of the gutted car wash space with offers of pork belly tacos and masa nacho chips.
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29) Ada St.
1664 N Ada St; 773.697.7069
The Cali-bred chef at Ada toiled under both Thomas Keller & Tom Colicchio, so respect her poached-egg-topped duck confit pasta, brown butter 'n balsamic dry-aged grass-fed sirloin, and Southern fried quail w/ bacon gravy.
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30) Chop Shop
2033 W North Avenue; 773.537.4440
Housed in a 100yr-old former auto body shop, Chop Shop (ah, we see what they did there... ) brings the total package to Wicker Park鈥檚 six corners with a full-scale butcher shop, bar, restaurant, and event space.
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LOGAN SQUARE

31) Billy Sunday
3143 W Logan Blvd; 773.661.2485
Driving home the point that Prohibition was a historically terrible idea are concoctions such as the In Word & Deed (whiskey, egg white, quince, vermouth & finger lime tincture), and food like braised rabbit with dumplings and rutabaga-apple sauerkraut.
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32) Table, Donkey, And Stick
2728 W Armitage, at Mozart; 773.486.8525
Start with a bevy of "Meat Snacks", from pork rillettes and smoked venison loin, to pheasant galantine and schweinekopf (a German way of saying pig's head), but don't skip the veal sauerbraten or the bubespitzle (a southern German pasta).
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33) Fat Rice
2957 W Diversey; 773.661.9170
This intimate 30-seater from the folks behind X-Marx underground dining club channels Portuguese and Southeast Asian flavors, so...shaking chili whitefish with Padron peppers & preserved lemon.
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34) Parson's Chicken & Fish
2952 W Armitage Ave; 773.384.3333
Parson's Chicken & Fish serves up just that: mostly fried and dusted with garlic, Morita chiles, cayenne, and smoked paprika, that can be cooled down with a Negroni slushie.
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35) Bang Bang Pie Shop
2051 N California Ave; 773.276.8888
Like a downhome grandmother's kitchen (vintage chairs, old-timey cabinets, etc.) if only that grandma learned how to roast her own coffee at Dark Matter, and had a Biscuit bar where you could top fresh buttermilk mounds with various homemade jams & compound.
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36) Scofflaw
3201 W Armitage; 773-252-9700
Decked in reclaimed wood and vintage parlor furniture, Scoff's got 40+ bottles of gin and a dozen drafts, half of which are always taken over by a single brewer.
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LINCOLN PARK/ LAKEVIEW/ OLD TOWN

37) The Glunz Tavern
1202 N Wells; 312.642.3001
Glunz Tavern tapped the chef from Butcher & The Burger to conceive their Franco-German menu, which includes sweetbread & escargot bourguignon, fried-egg topped Holsteiner schnitzel, and slow-cooked coq au Rielsling.
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38) Dryhop Brewers
3155 N Broadway St; 773.857.3155
Whether filling your growler or your pint glass, this brewery and American-style brewpub serves up Cap'n Crunch french toast for brunch, and roasted chicken and bacon poutine for dinner.
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39) Bar Pastoral
2947 N Broadway; 773.472.4781
The celebrated Lakeview cheesemongers are literally going HAM by making their own, serving it up with raclette and heirloom potatoes.
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40) Juno
2638 N Lincoln; 872.206.8662
Juno serves up authentic Japanese sushi and other maki, and's got an omakase area where you can entrust the chef to prepare you something truly worthy of your palate.
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41) The J. Parker
1816 N Clark St; 312.254.4747
This rooftop watering hole from the Boka dudes rotates its drink options based on geographical region (Spain, Mexico, Cuba...).
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42) Endgrain
1851 W Addison St; 773.687.8191
Endgrain is a farm-fresh restaurant that's turning out amazing biscuits and Enoch's bacon-butterscotch donuts.
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43) Balena
1633 N Halsted St; 312.867.3888
The Italian-leaning menu of belly-sticking small plates (spicy short ribs w/ charred orange and basil) and wood-fired pizza can be washed down with any of plus 300 vinos.
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OTHER

44) Elizabeth
4835 N Western Ave Unit D; 773.681.0651
Tasting menus are sold on a ticketing system a la Next/Alinea, and come in three varieties, the first of which is a farm-focused 10-courser called The Owl.
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45) Pecking Order
4416 N Clark St; 773.907.9900
The chicken at Pecking is soaked in a family marinade of cane sugar, vinegar, garlic, tamari & more before being either grilled, fried, or stuffed with lemongrass & ginger and rotisserie roasted.
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46) Honey Butter Fried Chicken
3361 N Elston Ave; 773.478.4000
In addition to combining the four greatest words in human history, Honey Butter Fried Chicken also serves up deliciously crisped-up chicken in platters with seasonal sides and down-home beverage pairings.
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47) Dusek's & Punch House
1227 W 18th St; 312.526.3851
Dusek's menu from Longman & Eagle's Jared Wentworth serves up hearty food (think burgers with bacon marmalade on a pretzel bun) with the basement Punch House providing bountiful bowls of booze.
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1. Siena Tavern 51 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

Siena Tavern, located in North River, is an Italian resto that's sophisticated and industrial. Most of their dishes (like their pasta) are made/prepared in-house by capable hands so you'll be praising the food as much as the impressive light fixtures.

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2. Howells & Hood 435 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

From the folks behind Old Town Pour House and Sweetwater, Howells & Hood is an epic beer hall in the Trib Tower, equipped with 114 beers on tap springing from 360 draft faucets spread across the 23,000sqft venue. With copper-topped bars and inscriptions on the travertine-tiled walls, the restaurant replicates the epic neo-Gothic design of the landmark space credited to John Howells and Raymond Hood, who thankfully weren't name Lipschitz and McDingleberry.

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3. The Boarding House 720 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610 (River North)

Although The Boarding House's chandelier made from 9,000 wine glasses is pretty impressive, the food is more so. This joint serves mouthwatering American fare like fried chicken and ribeye, classy desserts, and a 450-bottle wine list.

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4. Bub City 435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

With a BBQ-centric menu, 125 selections of whiskey, country music, and a huge beer can American flag behind the bar, Bub City might be the most 'Merican resto/bar in the whole country.

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5. American Junkie 15 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

American Junkie is a 320-seat, two-floor industrial restaurant and bar, sporting American flags carved everywhere. The food's as American as the decor, with Chef Kendal Duque (Sepia, City Tavern) running the kitchen and turning out awesome meatiness like pork & apple pizza, bison burgers, and shaved prime rib. The dinner menu is worthy of a sit-down trip, but if you're just looking to have a beer and munchies while watching a game, there might be no better place in Chicago. American Junkie claims to have the largest TV in the Midwest -- a 16x8ft 1080i LED behemoth, located on the second floor sunroom -- making it the perfect place to go in springtime to catch March Madness, or in summer to watch the Cubs and White Sox. With 26 beers on tap and a killer bar menu (think grilled octopus, 30-minute wings, and shrimp ceviche), American Junkie has everything you need to distract you from the score of the Cubs game.

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6. The Berkshire Room 15 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611 (River North)

Inside the Acme Hotel in River North, The Berkshire Room is an old-time cocktail lounge that harks back to when the hotel was called The Berkshire Hotel from the 1920s to 1950s. The drink selection puts a heavy emphasis on barrel-aged cocktails, but the real stunner is the Dealer's Choice, essentially an off-menu cocktail based on your choice of spirit, flavor profile, and glassware. The space is dark and cozy with black-and-white tiled floors and a long, glossy bar.

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7. Three Dots and a Dash 435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

Three Dots and a Dash is a tiki-themed speakeasy in the back of Bub City that's pouring out crazy tropical cocktails in vessels like glass skulls and treasure chests.

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8. Bavette's Bar & Boeuf 218 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

More a promise than a clever name, Bavette's Bar & Boeuf unapologetically delivers an abundance of whiskey and slab-after-slab of expertly prepared meat. Bavette's 24 oz. bone-in ribeye may be the best piece of meat your money can buy in Chi-town, but, if steak's not your thing, they also offer fresh oysters, Southern-style fried chicken, and double-cut Berkshire pork chops. And because nothing goes together better than a rare steak and a fine whiskey, Bavette's offers more than 50 whiskeys to stir into classic cocktails like mint julips, rye Old Fashioneds, and modern alternatives like spicy picklebacks.

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9. Dillman's 354 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

Dillman's is a Jewish deli by the Au Cheval folks, and's got whitefish terrines, latkes, and everything else your bubbie used to make.

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10. Untitled 111 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

Tucked behind inconspicuous doors that are literally untitled, this lounge is a nod to the Prohibition-era supper clubs, featuring libations, small American bites and a stage where acts range from Motown and funk to local bands and DJs. Untitled is one of Chicago鈥檚 top whiskey bars, and undoubtably the best bar for live music in River North. Check out its weekly burlesque show鈥攁dmission is totally free!

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11. Drumbar 201 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611 (Gold Coast)

Not only is Drumbar one of the sexiest rooftop lounges in Chicago, the 18th-floor bar atop the Raffaello Hotel has a brag-worthy selection of whiskey, scotch, bourbon, and cognac. The sleek spot has a cozy den-meets-gentlemen's club decor with dark leather couches, wood-paneled walls, and a marble bar. During the summer, the seasonal outdoor patio makes it even more of an after-work drinking destination near the Magnificent Mile.

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12. Stout Barrel House & Galley 642 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

Serving Southern hospitality in the heart of River North, Stout Barrel House & Galley serves up adventurous comfort food in an inviting, communal environment. A wealth of craft and draft beers assures that your stiff drink is as gustatorily satisfying as the exquisite food.

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13. CH Distillery 564 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661 (West Loop)

CH Distillery is Chicago's first distillery/cocktail bar, serving up house-made vodkas with carefully curated concoctions, as well as small plates from other renowned Chi-town eateries. The distillery makes vodka (distilled 40 times for ultimate purity!), rum, whiskey, and two kinds of gin, all in-house. The bar then pours them into inventive, Chicago-inspired craft cocktails such as the Rhymes With Orange, made with Serrano chili vodka, orange Cura莽ao, lime, and watermelon. The small plates eats include corned duck on black rye, and charcuterie from West Loop Salumi. Does the CH in CH Distillery stand for Chicago? No! No it does not. The CH stands for the periodic symbols for carbon and hydrogen, the fundamental components that make alcohol. And if you can remember that after you've had a few of these cocktails, you might be almost as impressive as the cocktails themselves.

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14. Tavernita 151 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

In addition to its copper ceiling and bull's head mounted on the wall, Tavernita also features a menu consisting of American dishes with splashes of French, Italian and Spanish flavor. The menu is designed to promote sampling and sharing, which is perfect because this way you won't have to worry about Aunt Cloris bogarting the meatballs.

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15. La Sirena Clandestina 954 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 (West Loop)

La Sirena Clandestina is a local restaurant that serves up traditional Latin cuisine for brunch and dinner. The drinks menu includes an extensive wine list, as well as a number of domestic and imported beers and specialty cocktails.

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16. Little Goat 820 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

Right across the street from its upscale sister Girl & The Goat, Stephanie Izard's Little Goat is an all-day upscale diner that serves insanely creative takes on classic American comfort food. Split between a sit-down restaurant and a bakery, Little Goat is the place to go for over-the-top breakfast (breakfast spaghetti, banana peanut butter waffles), exceptional burgers (you can choose between a beef, goat, and veggie patty), and crazy desserts (smoked pork & toffee crunch milkshakes, Cheez-It sundaes). If you can't sit and stay -- or handle the long weekend waits -- then hit the "Grab and Goat" take-away area.

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17. Takito Kitchen 2013 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

A small plate taqueria from a Carnivale vet (no, not Nick Stahl) putting a contemporary twist on Latin fare, Takito Kitchen makes good use of the gutted car wash space that most recently housed Sabor Saveur, with exposed pipes and distressed cedar lining the narrow corridor leading to a skylit back room decked with a graffiti mural touting the resto's name.

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18. bellyQ 1400 W Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607 (West Loop)

While dining at a resto with the word "belly" in the name may make you feel weird, you should get over it and chow down on Korean short ribs and banana leaf-wrapped salmon, or opt for the likes of Thai fried chicken, wood-fired bacon 'n kimchi pancakes, or some tea-smoked duck breast served with steamed Chinese buns. Also: cocktails, wine, and beer.

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19. RM 116 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607 (West Loop)

This 1,500 square-foot champagne salon and wine bar features a curated menu of bubbly and non-bubbly drinks, as well as a variety of cheeses, sandwiches and pastries. Grower champagne is what this place is all about, and the cobblestone patio complements the selection of artisanal, hand-bottled wines.

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20. Nellc么te 833 W Randolph, Chicago, IL 60607 (West Loop)

Nellcote was named after the mansion on the French Riviera in which The Rolling Stones recorded Exile on Main Street, and it bears all the trappings that you'd expect for a place connected to such fame and splendor. Beyond the fanciful decor, this restaurant features an eclectic menu ranging from pizza and pasta, to wood-grilled chicken and pork belly confit.

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21. Au Cheval 800 W Randolph, Chicago, IL 60607 (West Loop)

This upscale West Loop restaurant is known for its European flair and sophisticated American diner-style eats. Au Cheval usually has a wait out the door at peak dinner hours because it's home to iconic signature items like the fried house-made bologna sandwich and the so-called single burger, which actually comes with two thin patties and is topped with American cheese, house Dijonnaise, pickles, and if you know what's good for you, the optional bacon and fried egg add-ons. The brasserie-like space includes an open kitchen and a bar where local, domestic, and international beers are all on tap.

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22. High Noon Saloon 1560 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Are you a fan of Tombstone? The 1993 film, not the popular frozen pizza brand. Because you can get an Old West feel and stop eating from the freezer section thanks to High Noon Saloon, a Tex-Mex tequila bar sporting a spur-scuffed hickory floor, olde-tyme photography, butcher block tables, and fringed leather stools.

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23. Carriage House 1700 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

Carriage House brings the internationally-tinged flavors of regional South Carolina to Wicker Park. A portion of the menu is dedicated to bold, interpretations of select traditional dishes, a broad collection of spirits, and family-inspired meals. This restaurant tempts you to stay for a long, Southern minute.

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24. Emporium Arcade Bar 1366 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

Emporium Bar Arcade brought to reality the dreams of dudes everywhere. It's about time you and your friends grow up, order whiskey on the rocks and settle, once and for all, who is the true king of Street Fighter 2.

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25. Antique Taco 1360 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

Antique Taco's a brick-n-mortar mash-up of an upscale taqueria and a Cracker Barrel, sporting barnwood tables, mismatched china and, of course, for-sale antiques ranging from glassware to old Jays potato chip tins. The fare includes housemade tortillas with Slagel Farm ribeye and boozy agua fresca.

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26. Mott St 1401 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

Tucked away in an unassuming red brick storefront in Wicker Park, this vaguely Asian restaurant from the Ruxbin crew serves an eclectic menu of family-style plates inspired by the comfort food cravings of the restaurant team. Mott St truly does cook up a little bit of everything, from steamed pork dumplings and soy-glazed wings to congee and udon. If small plates aren't for you (we get it, sometimes you just want an entr茅e all to yourself), then perhaps the double chuck patty Mott Burger is. The restaurant's communal tables fit all too well with the tapas-like menu.

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27. Ada Street 1664 N Ada St, Chicago, IL 60642 (Bucktown)

The accolades for this Bucktown bar-slash-restaurant begin with the cocktail menu, which features classic drinks (G&Ts, Old Fashioneds, Moscow Mules) alongside completely new and exciting ones you've likely never tasted before. Then there's the food: the dinner menu is heavy on small plates, but there are meatier mains, like prime ribeye, as well. Finally, there's the backyard patio, which is way more casual than the restaurant's interior with picnic tables and a ping pong table.

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28. Chop Shop 2033 W North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 (Wicker Park)

Wicker Park's hybrid butcher shop/eatery/salumeria serves up stand-out, meat-oriented American fare such as the deli's Porchetta sandwich, a housemade pork loin wrapped in pork belly with asiago, arugula, apricot marmalade, and tomato on your choice of 7" or 12" French, white, or wheat bread. CS is a spacious joint -- a whopping 6,000 square foot event space -- so it's also great for hosting parties or business meetings.

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29. Billy Sunday 3143 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

This 50-seat tavern has an appropriately turn-of-the-century feel courtesy of its china-filled hutch, lantern-esque lighting, and old-timey photos of people not smiling. While small plates are served, the libations here rule.

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30. Table, Donkey and Stick 2728 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

Table, Donkey and Stick is all about the Alps: independent wines and Bavarian beers, cuisine influenced by the mountainous regions of France & Germany, even the cozy layout imitates lodges housing Alps hikers.

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31. Fat Rice 2957 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

This perpetual hot spot in Logan Square specializes in the cuisine of Macau, which translates to a mix of European and Asian comfort foods. The signature dish is arroz gordo, aka fat rice, a paella-meets-bibimbap bowl of layered rice packed rich with clams, prawns, sausage, chicken, eggs, olives, and chilis. Everything about Fat Rice is conducive to sharing, from the appetizers and entrees to the communal tables.

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32. Parson's Chicken & Fish 2952 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

Parson's Chicken & Fish in Logan Square knows a thing or two about deep-frying -- the menu features chicken, fish, hush puppies, and cheese curds in all their breaded and battered goodness. Not everything is deep-fried though; there's a small raw bar selection and small plates to share. The spot is upscale for a quick-serve spot, and its large outdoor patio is one of the top summer hang spots in Chicago.

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33. Bang Bang Pie Shop 2051 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

Constantly the forerunner for Chicago's most awesomely named pie shop, Logan Square's Bang Bang Pie Shop is a true testament to an older time when everyone's favorite neighbor Ethel would let her pie cool on the windowsill. The pies are handmade daily using the freshest seasonal ingredients, and the scent of the just-baked fruit -- or the fact that Bang Bang serves a pork & grits option -- will have you floating through the entrance.

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34. The Glunz Tavern 1202 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610 (Old Town)

Featuring a Franco-German menu, serving dishes like a lineup of sweetbread & escargot bourguignon, fried-egg topped Holsteiner schnitzel, and slow-cooked coq au Rielsling. They also offer a rotating selection of small-batch wines, eight seasonal beer taps, and reserve whiskey from exclusive Scotches to Van Winkle bourbon aged 15 years.

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35. Dryhop Brewers 3155 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

Dryhop Brewers is more than just a brewery; it's complete pub with great food like bacon-wrapped scallops, skillet mac & cheese, and buttermilk fried chicken. Brewmaster Brant Dubovick has brewed more than 150 in-house beers since the Lakeview spot opened in 2013, and the styles range from seasonal IPAs to traditional Belgian farmhouse ales.

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36. Bar Pastoral 53 E Lake St, Chicago, IL 60601 (Loop)

Cheese lovers (so, everybody) get ready for your utopia! Bar Pastoral is adorned with cheeses sourced from across the globe and local independent farms so you can drop that Mini Babybel now. Wine, sandwiches, and select items are also served.

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37. Juno 2638 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Juno in Lincoln Park is serving up authentic Japanese sushi and other maki, and's got an omakase area where you can entrust the chef to prepare you something truly worthy of your palate.

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38. J. Parker 1816 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

This rooftop bar atop the Hotel Lincoln features an impressive cocktail list, views of the park/lake shore/skyline, and small bites so good you'll hang around for a dangerously long time--no big deal.

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39. Endgrain 1851 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613 (Roscoe Village)

Endgrain is a Roscoe Village, farm-fresh restaurant that's turning out innovative cuisine (think fried chicken with PORK GRAVY and bacon/butterscotch donuts).

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40. Balena 1633 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Balena features high ceilings, a leather-adorned bar, and large arched windows that allow a peek into the kitchen. The menu is Italian-leaning, featuring dishes like burrata with radish, fennel and white balsamic; orecchiette with kale, lemon, breadcrumbs and chile; and roasted porchetta with polenta and red onion salad.

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41. Pecking Order 4416 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613 (Uptown)

Pecking Order serves up chicken three ways: fried, grilled, or roasted. Add-ons include a slew of sides, craft beer, and wine.

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42. Honey Butter Fried Chicken 3361 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (Avondale)

This Avondale quick-serve is a fried chicken lover's mecca. The Southern comfort spot is doing great things for fast-casual dining and antibiotic-free, cage-free, humanely-raised chicken. The menu includes stellar sandwiches complemented with toppings like jalape帽o mayo, Thai green curry, and the namesake honey butter; plus two, four, and eight-piece fried chicken plates served with corn muffins. There are quintessential Southern sides (we see you, pimento mac & cheese), plus dump cake for dessert. A balanced meal indeed.

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43. Dusek's 1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 (Pilsen)

Helmed by Longman & Eagle's Jared Wentworth, this Michelin-starred restaurant in Pilsen serves upscale American pub food. Dusek's takes everything you love and makes it better, whether that's cooking French fries in beef fat or topping a juicy hamburger with bacon marmalade and serving it on a house-baked pretzel bun. There are more than two dozen beers on tap -- some are from Chicago, others are from abroad -- and daily beer specials. The late-night menu serves the aforementioned burger and fries until 1am every night.

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44. Elizabeth 4835 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (Lincoln Square)

Elizabeth exemplifies class, high-end cocktails, and delicious, artistic, and well-thought-out grub.

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45. Sumi Robata Bar 702 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654 (Near North Side)

This 14-seat robata bar is doling out charcoal-grilled Wagyu ribeye, king crab, and beef sliders with miso mustard. Chicago is home to some great izakayas, but we think that Sumi Robata Bar is by far the best around. Make sure to pair your delicious food with one of their sakes, Japanese beers, or cocktails.

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46. Scofflaw 3201 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

This classy bar in Logan Square will make a gin lover out of even the most gin-averse of clientele. It's one of Chicago's top cocktail bars because it proves that the versatility of gin extends far beyond the usual G&T and because it's outfitted with antique sofas that are palatial AND comfortable. Scofflaw also serves a menu of better-than-basic small bites, and the kitchen is open until 1am daily.

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