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Marina
Fort Lauderdale

Chicago

Coolest spots for happy hour in Chicago?

What are some cool happy hour spots where I can go with a few coworkers after work? I'm going to be in Chicago for a week and would love a few places to check out! I like swanky, trendy bars, no dive spots! Company trip so budget isn't an issue.


7 Answers

top answer by
Leonard from Minneapolis

Not an official happy hour, but Happy Ending every Friday 5-8 at Untitled is a blast in a very cool setting. Look for the "secret entrance" on Kinzie.


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  1. Untitled (attraction)
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answered by
Noora from Singapore

Marina--what area do you work in? If you want swanky downtown, you could try the rooftop bar at the Wit Hotel. If you want something swanky, but a bit more unique, I would cab it to the West Loop/Fulton Market area and get some foods/drinks at the  Avec (Michelin Star) or drinks at places like Maude's Liquor Bar  or RM Champagne Salon


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  1. Wit Hotel (hotel)
  2. Avec (restaurant)
  3. Maude's Liquor Bar (attraction)
  4. RM Champagne Salon (attraction)
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answered by
Gerry from Boston

Emerald Loop Bar & Grill, near Wacker and Wabash, 1 block from Michigan Ave.

Great pub, great staff, great food!!!


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answered first by
Rob from Chicago

I'd suggest Siena Tavern in River North and South Branch Tavern & Grille in the Loop.


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  2. South Branch Tavern & Grille (restaurant)
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answered by
Caroline from Chicago

Logan Square has lots of trendy bars like The Heavy Feather.  Or if you prefer a location closer to downtown River North has lots of good restaurants, though they may be a bit pricier.  Three Dots and a Dash is a tiki lounge inspired place with fun drinks.   


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  1. The Heavy Feather (restaurant)
  2. Three Dots and a Dash (attraction)
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answered by
Vince from Sarasota

For out-of-town visitor I recommend the Bar on 96th Fl. of the Hancock Building -unbelievable view of the entire city.

Chicago has several roof tops bars which are great in the summer: For example: Nomi Restaurant Lounge at the Hyatt Park, Vertigo Sky Lounge, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (more casual and beers).....There are more; ask the concierge...

On the Gold Coast, try The Lodge and/or Mother's Too (good deals)

Three Dots and a Dash on 435 Clark (neat place)

Sidebar Grille on 221 N. LaSalle

Watershed on 601 State St.

Have fun


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  1. Hancock Building (attraction)
  2. Nomi Restaurant (restaurant)
  3. Vertigo Sky Lounge (attraction)
  4. Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (restaurant)
  5. The Lodge (restaurant)
  6. Mother's Too (restaurant)
  7. Three Dots and a Dash (attraction)
  8. Sidebar Grille (restaurant)
  9. Watershed (attraction)
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answered by
Andrew from Toronto, Ontario

If you guys are doing dinner as well I'd say Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse. There's an amazing and fun cocktail bar waiting area with a live pianist doing jazz and blues numbers. You can place your drinks on the piano and lean on it - it's a pretty lax and bumping bar - and the food is outstanding. For just drinks the Wicker Park area is amazing. You can roam and find tons of bars worth checking out; great walking area too.


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  1. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse (restaurant)
  2. Wicker Park (neighborhood)
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