The Native (2417 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square) is a basic bar in a good way. In the space that once housed the beloved Bonny’s, the Native’s gone minimal-frills, with a streamlined cocktail and beer list and a crowd of exceptionally chill drinkers lining its stools.
The music comes courtesy of a record player behind the bar, and the rest of the vibe is decidedly retro as well. You can snack on free popcorn as you drink, get in a round of shuffle bowling, or just hang out. Inevitably you’ll start making friends with the people down the bar from you, and you’ll feel remarkably at ease, which is what the place is all about.
Here’s what else we saw when we stopped in.