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The bar chart | Oct 12–19, 2011

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.

 (Photograph: Pump Room/Public Chicago)
Photograph: Pump Room/Public Chicago

The Pump Room

 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha Williams

Michael Jordan's Steak House

 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha Williams

The Owl

 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha Williams

Roka Akor

 (Photograph: Alyssa Jongsma)
Photograph: Alyssa Jongsma


FARMHOUSE Michael Pollan–ite or not, you can’t help but be impressed by the local beer list. 228 W Chicago Ave (312-280-4960). file under: beer geeks

HUB 51 October here means UGGs and Chardonnay. Proceeds from the latter go to the Lynn Sage Foundation. 51 W Hubbard St (312-828-0051). file under:can you hear me now???

LIVEWIRE LOUNGE DJs and live music keep the former Metal Shaker happening. 3394 N Milwaukee Ave (no phone). file under:neighborhoodie

MICHAEL JORDAN'S STEAK HOUSE It’s cocktail master Peter Vestinos (not No. 23) we’re interested in. 505 N Michigan Ave (312-321-8823). file under:cocktailians, tourist templeRead David Tamarkin's review >>>

THE PUMP ROOM Think SoHo meets Miami Beach meets Billy Dec’s address book. 1301 N State Pkwy (312-601-2970). file under:see and be scene

THE OWL Why sleep when there’s a new 4am dive in town? 2521 N Milwaukee Ave (773-235-5300). file under: late night,neighborhoodie

III FORKS The latest steakhouse chain comes with a 100-seat rooftop lounge. 333 E Benton Pl (312-938-4303). file under:death by steakhouses

ROKA AKOR Now with limited-quantity, off-menu $4 Wagyu beef burgers in the lounge after 11pm Thursday–Saturday. 456 N Clark St (312-477-7652). file under:good enough to eat, soju sojourn