Coq d’Or at the Drake
140 E. Walton Pl.
“Wood paneling, career bartenders. You wonder what the cross section of customers looked like 20, 50, 75 years ago.” —Marc D.

Hungry Brain
2319 W. Belmont Ave.
“In what other bar can you park it in a comfy chair and read by lamplight?” —Tate G.

4721 N. Lincoln Ave.
“The vintage bottles around the bar remind me of my grandfather’s collectible Jim Beams.” —Amy E.

Big Chicks
5024 N. Sheridan Ave.
“You can always count on a big bear hug, and the owner, a motherly type, is always there.” —Shira K.

Fornetto Mei at the Whitehall Hotel
107 E. Delaware Pl.
“The place to go when you’ve had a stressful day and need a little TLC.” —Tim R.