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River West

A mere sidestep from the expanding Milwaukee/Grand/Halsted late-night hub, DeLux has more exposed ductwork, raw brick walls and industrial-grade metal tables than even your rich friend’s “Hey, look! I live in a former meat locker!” condo. Belly up to the prominent dark-wood bar at night or nurse your hangover at the spot’s weekend Bloody Effen Brunch—the lights are dim, the TVs subdued and the by-request “tater smash” (basically mashed-up Tater Tots and onions) plenty greasy.

Venue name: DeLux
Address: 669 N Milwaukee Ave

Cross street: at Sangamon St
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am–1am; Fri 11am-2am, Sat 10am–3am; Sun 10am-midnight
Transport: El stop: Blue to Grand. Bus: 8, 56, 65.
Price: Average cocktail: $5
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