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The Five Hottest Bars in Chicago

The best places to warm up with a drink this cold December.

The Chop Shop   Photo: Anna Knott

Blackfinn Ameripub

Add “Ameripub” to the list of made-up bar lingo; add this flashy joint to your list of party spots. Browse photos of our visit to the River North spot. 65 W. Kinzie St., 312-836-0290

The Chop Shop

This butcher shop/restaurant/event space/bar boasts the city’s best Manhattan. Check out pics from our evening at the multi-functional Wicker Park bar. 2033 W. North Ave., 773-537-4440


Alfresco boozing season rolls on, thanks to a fireplace, blankets, and hot cocktails. 1924 W. Chicago Ave., 773-904-1145

Punch House

See our story on this come-as-you-are bar here. 1227 W. 18th St., 312-526-3851

Three Dots and a Dash

As the snow flies outside, things keep heating up inside River North’s tiki temple. Read our story and browse pics of our visit to the Polynesian-themed watering hole. 435 N. Clark St., 312-610-4220


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