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Top bar recommendations from locals

Karaoke Bar
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“Tree-lined Lincoln Park offers diverse nightlife, dining and entertainment. North Lincoln Avenue features cocktail lounges, dive bars and concert venues such as Lincoln Hall. The revered Steppenwolf Theatre Company is on Halstead Street. Comedy clubs Up and Second City sit on the border with Old Town. Within the shoreline park are North Avenue Beach, the Chicago History Museum and the free-admission Lincoln Park Zoo.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“One of my neighborhood favorites is this always- energetic and reasonably priced Spanish tapas joint. The sangria is some of the best in Chicago.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Bar
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“Map Room has wonderful beer selection. Cash is preferred but cards are accepted. Can get crowded quickly. So, if you want a seat, get there early!”
  • 77 locals recommend
Roof Deck
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“One of the best views in Chicago covering Lincoln Park to downtown Chicago. Standard food, but you go for the free view! And it's a short walk from Old Town.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Bar
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“Authentically historical neighborhood bar experience. Thurs night is fun! Take cash as they have an old fashioned register that does not take credit. Good dj, cool vibe, chill crowd.”
  • 58 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“Best ribs in the city. While visiting, be sure to read the history of movies filmed here, Sinatra visits, etc. They do not take reservations and there is typically a wait (bar available, however)”
  • 35 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“This is another local "dive" bar. If you want to avoid a scene but want a solid cocktail, go here!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“The Hideout is a regular guy bar for irregular folks who just don’t fit in, or just don’t want to fit in. We didn’t choose the name; it has been called the Hideout since it opened (legally) in 1934. The Hideout is a 100 year old balloon-frame house, built in two days, still here a century later. Hammers pounding in nails faster than the city could tear it down. Built by undocumented workers at the end of the 19th Century, run by undocumented bootleggers and gin runners, running numbers, racing horses, making deals, and moving in the make. The Hideout is the place where the hard working man and the hard working hustler met for beer and eggs. Where the “26 girls” rolled the dice for dances and 10 cent drinks.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Polished, but not pretentious. Lincoln Hall is a beautiful venue with amazing acoustics that plays everything from small artists to about-to-make-it-big artists. Trying out a random artist you haven’t heard of isn’t a bad idea- you can hang out upstairs or in the lobby and get drinks and enjoy the evening even if the music doesn’t do it for you.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Some world-renowned artists play here regularly. Little divey spot with strong drinks and nightly performances. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Mexican tacos, tortas & sides pair with a variety of margaritas & tequilas in a colorful cantina.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Whisky Bar
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“A hidden whiskey bar that caters to a diverse set of patrons while offering live music and a unique atmosphere”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
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“About a 5-10 minute walk from my unit, enjoy a fun lakefront bar and restaurant with incredible views of the city and lakefront. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Speakeasy feel to it with great cocktails. It gets really busy at night; be sure to go to the back and put your name down for a table upstairs. There are lounge couches and a pool table; lots of fun!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Good pizzeria owned by some great guys, fun casual atmosphere, the owners did all the buildout themselves with logs and stone and even pennies in the floor!”
  • 24 locals recommend
Pub
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“Former Chicago speakeasy circa 1934. Known as Molly’s on hit TV show Chicago Fire. Two blocks from house. ”
  • 21 locals recommend