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Best BYOB restaurants in Chicago

The best BYOBs in the city deserve equally great pairings: Here are our favorite spots by cuisine, plus expert advice on which beer and wine style harmoniously matches with everything from Mixteco Grill's chocolatey mole to, well, whatever wacky dish Schwa comes up with.

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Indian restaurants

Bring a bottle to one of our favorite BYOB Indian spots.

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Mexican restaurants

Bring a bottle to one of these, our favorite Mexican BYOBs.

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Middle Eastern restaurants

Bring a bottle (or six) to one of Chicago's top BYOB spots.

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Barbecue restaurants

Bring a bottle to these great BYOB barbecue spots.

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Badly behaved BYOB customers

Restaurant workers dish on the worst behavior they've seen.

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BYOB at restaurants with wine lists

It will cost you extra dough, right? Wrong.

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The BYOB restaurant el stop

The Western Blue Line is more than a fly-over stop between Damen and Logan Square.

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Chinese restaurants

Bring a bottle (or six) to one of Chicago's best Chinese BYOBs.

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Japanese restaurants

Bring a bottle (or six) to one of Chicago's top BYOB spots

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Eclectic restaurants

Bring a bottle to some of our favorite BYOBs in Chicago.

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Thai restaurants

Bring a bottle to one of our favorite Thai BYOBs.

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Everyone can be a cicerone at BYOB restaurants.

Perfect pairings, from barbecue to Korean to Middle Eastern.

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Affordable beer and wine for BYOB restaurants

Where to find the bottles mentioned in these articles.

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Bars

Expert BYOB booze picks

The city's top sommeliers, brewmasters and booze experts dish on what they tote to their favorite BYOBs.

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The TOC guide to Chicago's BYOBs

Need to know where to grab a quick bottle? Check out our map of the nearest liquor stores to more than 200 BYOB spots.

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The corkage fee you just got charged? Totally illegal

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