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Whiskey Business

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  • Wicker Park
  1. Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki
    Photograph: Andrew NawrockiBurger stuffed with pork
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    Photograph: Andrew NawrockiWhiskey Business
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    Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki“Whiskey Business" cocktail

Time Out says

Adjacent to the Wicker Park branch of Cheesie's Pub, Whiskey Business offers up a copious amount of ’80s nostalgia without the noisy video game cabinets that clutter Chicago's arcade bars. This is the kind of place you go to drink a MacGuyver cocktail, watch Ghostbusters and eat a burger stuffed with crab cakes. The rooftop patio makes this a popular place to knock back fluorescent frozen drinks and try to drink your way back to the halcyon days of your youth.


1367 N Milwaukee Ave
El stop: Blue to Division. Bus: 9, 56, 70.
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 5pm–2am; Sat 11am–3am; Sun 11am–2am.
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Back 2 The Video Store: A 90s Speakeasy Bar

Throw it back to the ‘90s and early aughts, when Friday nights were spent wandering the video rental store. This new pop-up bar recreates that nostalgic experience while mixing in a variety of themed cocktails. Roam around the space, which is decorated with lava lamps, pog-playing stations and movie posters, with a membership card (drink ticket) in hand. When you find a beverage—inspired by the era’s best films—you like, bring the selection to the checkout counter for a Videotender to whip up. Throwback Movie Club will also take place on the rooftop, showing a lineup of timeless hits including Mean Girls, Clueless and Back to the Future.

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