This minimalist bar, decked out in sleek red and gray tones, might seem pretentious. But don’t let the sophisticated look fool you. The vibe here is warm and welcoming, especially during the summer, when crowds pack its expansive deck.
Height: 2nd floor Drink of choice: Goose Island 312 If you’re eating one thing: Mini turkey burgers Wait for a table: Reservations are accepted through the “Book a party” link on Citizen’s website. Crowd: River North business-folk by day, party-ready crowds on weekend nights
364 W Erie St (312-640-1156). El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Chicago. Bus: 66, 125. Sun–Fri 11am–2am; Sat noon–3am. Patio closes at 10:30pm weeknights and 11:30pm weekends. Average cocktail: $5. Opened in March.