Bub City House whiskey barrels, Paul McGee cocktails—oh, and fried chicken and lobster rolls. 435 N Clark St (312-610-4200). file under: revivals, whiskey city
The Coffee Studio Our favorite Andersonville café just added wine, beer and savory snacks. 5628 N Clark St (773-271-7881). file under: date night?
Drumbar The biggest surprise of Craig Schoettler’s revamp of the menu here: The cocktails are (a bit) cheaper. 201 E Delaware Pl (312-924-2531). file under: cocktailians, swank spots
Flagship The folks behind Cortland’s Garage and Stretch Bar & Grill have a new one on their hands. 1622 W Belmont Ave (773-426-6692). file under: game on
Glunz Tavern This bar—shuttered since Prohibition—has finally reopened. 1206 N Wells St (312-642-3000). file under: back from the dead, beer geeks
Little Market Brasserie When the Tippling Bros. are making the cocktails, we have to at least try them. 10 E Delaware Pl (312-640-8135). file under: cocktailians
Table, Donkey and Stick The antidote to freezing nights: brandy flights and late-night charcuterie. 2728 W Armitage Ave (773-486-8525). file under: not your Phish fan’s Alpine valley
Ward Eight The Howard stop just got a lot more intriguing. 629 W Howard St, Evanston (773-369-4911). file under: cocktailians, proof evolution exists