Chicago’s best bar food

These 34 watering holes prove that bar kitchens can hold their own against restaurants.



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Oysters and Champagne at The Bedford

Oysters and Champagne at The Bedford Photograph: Jason Little

Bar food | Weekly specials

These bars boast some of the best food and drink deals in town.

Bar food | On the cheap

Keep your dinner tab down at these bars.

Bar food | Fine dining

Who needs restaurants when these bars are taking food so seriously?

Bar food | Korean bars

Spicy chicken thighs and tofu soup are on tap at our favorite Korean bars.

Bar food | Italian bars

Bars with great Italian food.

Bar food | Heavyweights

Why these four spots are the icons of bar food.

Bar food | 4am bars

Late-night bars for after-midnight eating and drinking.

Bar food | Desserts

These bars hit the sweet spot.

Bar food | Sports bars

Sports bars with great food and beer.

Bar food | Gay bars

Where to eat while you’re drinking in Boystown and beyond.

Bar food | Eastern European bars

Bars that offer burek, pierogi, Polish pizza bread and more.

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