Chicago might just be the Second City of craft-cocktail dens. After all, it didn’t embrace the boom until the middle of the aughts. But, truth time, it’s always been a great city for bars. Period. From corner taverns and decades-old dives to molecular mixology lounges, the current breadth and diversity of the town’s drinking establishments is impressive as it is unpretentious. These 23 bars are the heartbeat of the city’s drinking culture.—Lauren Viera
*Bars are listed alphabetically.