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The Hot List

For July 2017

10 places everyone’s talking about and dining at
(in order of heat)

1Trench

The former Trenchermen proves that a new name and pastrami-spiced pig’s head can put you right back in the game.
2039 W. North Ave. Website
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Trench Photo: Jeff Marini

2Otto Mezzo

Rush hour for the Burrata-stuffed olives and icy Negronis at this moody new River North bar hits around 2 a.m. Browse photos of our night out at the River North bar.
311 W. Chicago Ave. Website
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Otto Mezzo Photo: Rockit Ranch Productions
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3Cabana Club

Cocktails and Mexican snacks on the roof—but no pool privileges unless you check into the hotel. Read a little more about this and other rooftop bars here.
The Robey, 1616 N. Milwaukee Ave. Website
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Cabana Club Photo: Adrian Gaut

4La Josie

More cocktails and Mexican food on the roof—but lo siento, no pool.
740 W. Randolph St. Website
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La Josie Photo: Courtesy of La Josie
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5Apogee

Hey, bargain hunters: This rooftop bar offers a bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle 25-year-old bourbon for a mere $15,000.
Dana Hotel & Spa, 2 W. Erie St. Website
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Apogee Photo: Leigh Loftus/We Are Loftus

620 East

A chic respite from the Rush Street madness, tucked into the Talbott Hotel.
20 E. Delaware Pl. Website
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20 East Photo: Marcin Cymmer
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7Fat Baby Tacos

Speaking of madness, Fat Baby joins the Hubbard Street crawl with margaritas, mezcals, and tons of tacos. Check out photos of our visit to the River North bar.
109 W. Hubbard St. Website
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Fat Baby Tacos Photo: Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune

8The Ruin Daily

Stimulants (pour-overs, cortados), relaxants (chilled wines by the bottle), and massive sandwiches. What more do you need? Read more about the sandwich spot here.
328 S. Jefferson St. Website
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The Ruin Daily Photo: Courtesy of The Ruin Daily

9Jar Bar

Deconstructed burritos, overnight oats, layer cakes—put that stuff in jars, and the crowds will come. Find out more about the hub for nutrient-dense eats here.
1350 Shermer Rd., Northbrook Website
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Jar Bar Photo: George Burns

10Mario’s Italian Lemonade

Shaved-ice aficionados hail the seasonal return (through mid-September) of this legend.
1068 W. Taylor St. Website
Mario’s Italian Lemonade Photo: Alex Garcia/Chicago Tribune
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