Chef partner CJ Jacobson presents a California-style spin on Mediterranean small plates with an emphasis on spreads, dips and mezze such as spicy hummus, house-made stracciatella and lamb and beef kefta kebabs. Stop in for happy hour from 4-6pm Monday through Thursday to enjoy $5 bites at the bar along with complex cocktails like the Secret Garden, a blend of gin, matcha, apricon, lemon and tahini honey. If you’re just looking for a quick bite, visit the Rotisserie Ema food bar.
River North and its neighbor Streeterville are among the most popular tourist destinations in the city due to their historic architecture, entertainment venues and views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. A huge variety of restaurants ranging from classic Chicago steakhouses to celebrity chef-driven experiences cater to visitors and locals looking for a great night out. If you’ve got something to celebrate, even if it’s just the start of the weekend, get dressed up and head to one of these restaurants, then keep the night going at one of the best bars in River North and Streeterville.
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