“To keep tabs on every Chicago restaurant and bar opening is folly. But to keep tabs on the most worthy? Yeoman’s work, and we’re proud to do it. Thus we present Table Stakes, a monthly rundown of the five (or so) must-know spots that have swung wide their doors in the past thirty (or so). Bon appétit.
You’re here because: You’re looking for a post-work spot to hang with colleagues over larger-than-your-head cocktails. Take it all in on the massive neighborhood patio or inside the 5,000-square-foot bar and restaurant.
You’re dining on: The Chicago politics-themed bar and restaurant serves upscale pub food from chef Michael Taus. Share appetizers like pigs in a blanket with Merkts cheese and elote-jalapeno fritters with lime aioli. Large format drinks arrive in tabletop-sized water coolers like the Rum Emanuel. A selection of mixed shots (referred to as “kickbacks”) feature a variety of spirits, like the Early + Often with vodka and cayenne kombucha.”