The hamburgers are fantastic. The decor is eclectic, rich, and inviting enough that you want to stay all day. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. But you're not heading to Firkin for any of that. Instead, you're making the trip to this little spot north of Chicago for the top-notch beer selection, which includes one cask, thirty one draught, fifty-six bottle, and six can options that range from everything from rare microbrews to a healthy selection of Belgians. If, for whatever reason, you're not feeling a beer, they also offer a small selection of wines as well as a full bar.
"Like father, like son" goes the old saying — and that's certainly true at The Purple Pig. Helmed by Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. — with guidance from his father (of Heaven on Seven fame) and Scott Harris (of Mia Francesca), this Magnificent Mile serves up "cheese, swine, & wine" with a distinct Mediterranean flair. Highlights include the house-made charcuterie, the pork neck bone rillette, the scallop spiedini, and the Panino con Nutella. Not feeling hungry? It's still worth stopping by, as the Pig also happens to offer one of the best wine bars in the city.
As far as Stateside Tiki bars go, it's tough to get more authentic than Hala Kahiki. Originally opened in 1963 as a neighborhood tavern, transformed into a Tiki not long after, and subsequently moved to its roomier current location, this classic Polynesian-themed bar offers over 100 tropical drinks on its extensive menu, as well as a full bar and a smattering of bottled beer. There's plenty of seating — 40 tables plus the bar inside, and another 15 tables in the garden outside — from which you can take in the terrific decor, including the largest collection of Witco art of any Tiki bar in the US.
You won't be getting a manicure at The Belmont Barbershop. Nor can you order up a facial treatment, or lie down for a massage. But what you can get is a fantastic haircut. In business since 2005, this Roscoe Village haunt accepts appointments and walk-ins alike, and is staffed by six licensed barbers that are great at one thing: cutting hair. They also offer straight razor shaves. And that's it — but that's really all you need.
Okay, so there wasn't ever really anything sexy about the Oregon Trail, but the Gorilla Tango Burlesque troop is aiming to fix that with The Oregon Trail Burlesque: You Have Died of Sexy. Scheduled to run every Friday night in Bucktown from January 10 to April 11, 2014, this show mixes elements of the original computer game with a film noir-style murder mystery, all performed by lovely, scantily-clad ladies. It's obviously 18 and up, but at least you don't have to worry about contracting dysentery.
Sure, it serves food — very good food, in fact — but you don't make a trip to one of the country's best wine bars just to eat. Led by Sommelier Jeremy Quinn, Telegraph is a Logan Square establishment serving up a highly curated selection of wines focused rare and European offerings, with over 20 available by the glass. There's also a similarly well-considered selection of beers on tap, a handful of specialty cocktails, and a $35 three-course dinner that's far more impressive than its price suggests.
If you're expecting to find chicken coops and other farm-related items at Roost, you might be disappointed. But then again, you might not. This killer Andersonville vintage store stocks all sorts of items, from carefully-curated and displayed knick knacks on the first level to a full on retro furniture explosion on the second level. The prices aren't cheap, but neither is spending all weekend driving around to yard sales trying to find just one thing worth buying. Trust us. We've tried. And the only thing worthwhile we ever seem to bring home is a six-pack to calm our nerves.
You don't have to head there for late-night eats — they open at 8:00 am, after all — but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't. Ming Hin is the place to head for after-drinks dinner, as they serve up their tasty cuisine until 2:00 am. This Chinatown spot offers nearly anything you could want — from short ribs and pot stickers to Macau-style pork belly and deep fried pigeon, as well as wine, cocktails, and oversized booths that should be more than roomy enough to accommodate you and your drinking pals.
Yes, it's in a hotel - but it's far from a "hotel bar". Drumbar is arguably Chicago's premiere rooftop bar, sitting atop the Raffaello Hotel off Michigan Avenue. This Gold Coast drinkery crafts world-class cocktails — including in-house creations made with custom bitters — but might be even just as well known for its rotating scotch collection. And don't worry if you over indulge — there is a hotel underneath you, after all.
At most markets, you're lucky to find a handful of stands offering interesting handmade goods. At the Renegade Craft Fair, you'll find nothing but. Held every Summer and Winter in Austin, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and London — and with upcoming dates scheduled in all six cities — this curated independent craft marketplace features a huge array of goods from talented artisans, spanning everything from clothes and jewelry to furniture, lighting, and artwork. Food and drink will likely be on offer as well, so all you really need to bring is yourself — and your wallet.
Think burger customization begins and ends with the toppings? Think again. At the Butcher & The Burger, you can customize everything from the meat blend to the bun. Options include pork, turkey, bison, salmon, shrimp, and both local house-blend and grass-fed beef, with a host of spices, standard toppings, and even high-end extras like foie gras, Benton's bacon, and black truffle aioli. Like what you taste? Take some patties home to serve at your next cookout.
Great drinks can certainly make a bar worth visiting, but they're only part of the draw of The Whistler. This Logan Square spot is a multi-purpose space, featuring a stylish bar serving up craft cocktails, a stage that hosts live music and DJs seven nights a week, and a friendly-yet-grungy crowd. It also offers up its storefront space for art installations, and features a large backyard patio. That not enough for you? Well, it also runs an in-house record label, and serves up PBRs for the liquor-adverse. What more could you ask for?