During the Prohibition era, speakeasies popped up all over Chicago to quench the thirst of locals and mobsters. Chicago never really sobered up in the 1920s and speakeasies didn't disappear either. There are lots of unusual bars where you can grab a drink as well as secret bars to discover in Chicago. We've rounded up the best modern-day, underground speakeasies—now all you have to do is figure out how to get in.
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Chicago's best speakeasies
This essentially invitation-only bar (you can get rather pricey reservations through Tock) is a cozy 14-seat basement room decorated with antiques, framed paintings and sporting $20 cocktails. If you're lucky, your server upstairs at the Aviary may invite you to step through the locked door.Read more
The Green Door Tavern used to be patronized by Chicago gangsters, taking its name from the discreet entrance on the side of the building. If you walk down the metal staircase leading to the bathrooms—you’ll notice a door to a room that housed a speakeasy in the ’20s. That's the entrance to The Drifter, a craft cocktail bar with live entertainment and some stunning decor.Read more