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September 30, 2014


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Champagne at Pops for Champagne   

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Pops For Champagne

Bartender Craig Schoettler (Aria) comes here if he is “feeling bubbles!” Now in its third decade of popping corks they have nearly 200 labels to choose from. And what goes well with Champagne? They’ve got the caviar and oysters.

601 N State Street, Chicago, IL 60611

T: 312.266.7677 | www.popsforchampagne.com

Maria’s Packaged Goods

Liquor store meets neighborhood tavern meets beer speakeasy. Enter Maria's liquor store, head to the back towards the walk-in cooler door and there you go. It's the bar formerly known as Kaplan’s, a watering hole that's been everything from a butcher shop to a grocery store. Maria Marszewski bought it in the 1980s but left it untouched and now her sons, Ed and Mike, have transformed it into a hipster haven. Chef Bill Kim (Urban Belly, Belly Q, Belly Shack) comes for the craft beer.

960 West 31st Street, Chicago, IL 60608

T: 773.890.0588 | www.community-bar.com

Webster’s Wine Bar   

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Webster’s Wine Bar

Chef Curtis Duffy (Grace) recommends this wine bar for their variety from around the world. “The wine list is probably 3,000 deep. It’s a darkly lit wine bar, candles, and the music is not too loud.” They also have beer, cider and fortified wines for cocktails and digestifs.

1480 W Webster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60714

T: 773.868.0608 | www.websterwinebar.com

Simon’s Tavern

1930s Nordic-centric neighborhood tavern with live music on Sundays. Chef Paul Kahan loves to come to this former Scandinavian hunting club on cold days. “The best part about it is there’s a seat in the front, so you can sit in window and peek out. In the wintertime, you come here for glögg and watch the world go by.”

5210 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640

T: 773.878.0894

Tiki at Three Dots and a Dash   

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Three Dots and a Dash

Step away from the Windy City right into Polynesia at this tropical tiki bar with a thatched roof bar, bamboo stools, iconic tiki mugs and island fare like Crab Rangoon, Luau Chips and Coconut Shrimp. Tiki bartender Martin Cate (Smuggler’s Cove) says, “This place is remarkable. There’s so much terrific custom glassware, outstanding garnishes, almost everything in a custom tiki mug, and lots of swizzle sticks.”

435 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654

T: 312.610.4220 | www.threedotschicago.com

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