Kumiko has reconcepted to embody the Japanese concept of a dining bar where both the drinks and dishes are treated with equal weight and meant to be enjoyed side by side. Owner Julia Momose draws on her Japanese heritage to serve imported spirits and sake, plus enticing ingredients such as shiso-pickled umé, Japanese seven spice and green tea shōchū There’s also a menu of delicately simple highballs as well as sake flights and small bites.
The West Loop is one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods, home to some of the city’s most celebrated restaurants. Reservations at the best West Loop restaurants can be hard to come by, meaning you might wind up visiting at odd hours or having to wait for a walk-in table. Use the downtime to your advantage by checking out one of these West Loop bars, which include some of the top Chicago breweries. The area is also home to some of the best cocktail bars in Chicago, making it worth the trip even if you aren’t trying to score a seat at a place run by a high-profile chef. So hit up the best bars in the West Loop and see what all the buzz is about.
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