100 Best Bars in Chicago

We came. We saw. We quaffed. A discriminating guide to the area’s top watering holes


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From considering thousands to visiting hundreds to selecting these 100 best, we did rigorous due diligence in compiling our list of Chicago and environs’ top-shelf taps: batting eyelashes at bouncers, chatting up bartenders, and pushing our livers to the limit throwing back pints. The result, we believe, stands as a singular handbook for discerning drinkers. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Think we missed a spot? Tell us which is your favorite in the comments below.

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Photography by Chris Guillen

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