The novella-length menu at this low-key Humboldt Park alcove contains loving and helpful descriptions of an impressive selection of wines. You can practically feel beverage director Jamie McLennan's passion oozing off the pages. The staff here is always happy to help point you in the right direction, and thanks to the array of small plates served until as late as 11pm, this is the kind of warm, simple neighborhood place you’ll never want—or need—to leave.
Unwinding after a long day with a drink feels great. And while there are plenty of terrific cocktail havens and craft beer temples in the city, sometimes you just want to crack open a bottle of wine and keep pouring until it’s dry. These spots are our favorites for that, offering everything from fancy bubbles to robust reds. You’ll find choices from producers all around the world alongside selections of trendy natural wines. Don’t worry if you’re a novice, though—the trained staff at the following places can steer you in the right direction and provide some helpful insight. If you’re hungry, there are delectable snacks and light bites to be had as well. So prepare to sniff, swirl and sip with our guide to the best wine bars in Chicago.
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