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The 11 Best New Bars in Chicago: Summer 2018
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The 11 Best New Bars in Chicago: Summer 2018

1.  Beatnik

Though this place could get by on aesthetics alone, Beatnik’s drinks are as luscious as its bohemian décor. Derived by Liz…
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(image: Chris Placko)

2.  Big Star Wrigleyville

Big Star, the longtime go-to for tacos and tequila, opened its Wrigleyville location just in time for the Cubs’ opening day.…
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3.  Leviathan

One of a flurry of new bars with Benjamin Schiller at the helm (The Sixth, Apogee), Leviathan is an ode to…
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4.  Lonesome Rose

Forever in the making, Lonesome Rose is the latest from Land and Sea Dept. (Lost Lake, Parson’s Chicken & Fish) and…
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5.  Ludlow Liquors

When bartenders Wade McElroy and Jeff Donahue (Sportsman’s Club, Estereo) took on a transformation of Orbit Room last summer, it didn’t…
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6.  The Moonlighter

Of all the bars that have opened in Logan Square over the past handful of years, this is the only one…
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7.  Mordecai

Located directly across from Wrigley Field in the boutique Hotel Zachary, Mordecai is a full-service cocktail bar whose dual floors serve…
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8.  The Pink Squirrel

There’s a lot to love at the new spot from Dustin Drankiewicz (Moneygun, Dusek’s), whose south-side Milwaukee roots have inspired one…
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9.  Prairie School

Jim Meehan’s long-awaited new bar is a stunning ode to Frank Lloyd Wright, the famous 19th-century architect with whom Meehan shares…
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10.  The Press Room

Though there are no bold names attached to The Press Room, it’s a welcome addition to an area otherwise wrought with…
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11.  Sleeping Village

When you open a bar in an otherwise barren strip of the Northwest Side, you’d better have some pretty strong laurels…
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