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.
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|