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We're always on the lookout for an excellent drink, and this past year has called for more than a few. Thankfully, Chicago's buzzing bar scene has been supplying just the right stuff. But only a few rose to the task of being the absolute best. Time Out Chicago honors the top newcomers and mainstays in the industry, crowning the bars that went above and beyond—from beer bars and wine bars to wildly creative menus and excellent design.
For the second year in a row, our panel of experts put their heads together to discuss the bars that really wowed them this year. We used the same voting caveats: Panelists were barred from voting in categories where their own bars were nominated or voting for their own establishment. The end result is a list of bars that are the very best in the industry. We’re honored to introduce the winners of the 2017 Bar Awards.
RECOMMENDED: Our guide to the Time Out Chicago Bar Awards 2017