Sable Kitchen & Bar

Don’t be fooled by the two sports-tuned TVs flanking the bar. In this hot spot, you’ll find chic execs who enjoy Mike Ryan’s impeccably devised drink menu (full of original craft cocktails), the inventive small plates (airy tuna tostadas are a favorite), and an attentive, all-business waitstaff. Because it’s near major offices and hotels, you may have to wait for a seat. But expect quick service once you hunker down at a sleek wooden high-top, as well as a surprisingly quiet atmosphere. River North, 505 N. State St.,


The Four Seasons lounge caters to a conservative crowd—more Zell, less Zuckerberg—and you’ll find an expertly edited wine list, classic cocktails, and a where-decisions-are-made setting. Gold Coast, 120 E. Delaware Pl.,


Your out-of-town clients will be so blown away by the kick-ass river view from Trump Tower’s bar that they’re pretty much guaranteed to sign on the dotted line. River North, 401 N. Wabash Ave.,