The corner where this North Center tap sits has been a neighborhood hot spot since Prohibition: The former Schulien's featured a basement speakeasy and a house magician. The ’hood has changed—today's O'Donovan's operates as a laid-back hangout for younger couples and small groups—but the tableside magic shows (and the occasional balloon sculptor) remain on weekends. Escape the crowds in the tucked-away beer garden, heated and enclosed in the winter.
2100 W Irving Park Rd
|Cross street:||at Hoyne Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 11am–2am; Sat 11am–3am; Sun 10am–2am|
|Transport:||El stop: Brown to Irving Park. Bus: 11, 50, 80.|
|Price:||Average beer: $4|