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Mike’s Fast Foods

Chicago

True dive bars are a rarity in this high-rent, hotel and wine bar–dominated section of River North, and that’s exactly what makes this Greek-owned beer-and-gyro joint a gem. Inside, 50-year-old union laborers with leathery skin, gold necklaces and curly chest hair sip domestics and shoot pool beside their younger blond wives, while the Croatian bartender regales her customers with stories about Christmas back home.

Venue name: Mike’s Fast Foods
Address: 829 N State St
Chicago

Cross street: at Pearson St
Venue phone: 312-482-9130
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 7am–2am (Closed Sun)
Transport: El stop: Red to Chicago (Red). Bus: 22, 36, 66.
Price: Average beer: $4.50