Come for the cocktails and tasty bites, and stay for the epic view of Wrigley Field at Boka Restaurant Group's newest project, Dutch & Doc's (3600 N. Clark St., Wrigleyville). Just 500 feet from the stadium (its second-floor faces the famous marquee), the casual brasserie draws inspiration from dining spaces that existed in the late 19th-century, when a budding baseball culture first began to take shape. It's named for two of the most popular MLB nicknames in the history of the league, and has a main area designed to echo the lunch rooms that Charles Weeghman, an early Cubs owner, owned throughout Chicago. Large TVs also broadcast ballgames, if you're unable to catch one across the street.
But this is no classic sports joint. The main bar is a long, marble horseshoe beauty that gleams from powder-coated lights above; two smaller counters (one hidden in a back room, and one upstairs) offer more intimate drinking experiences. Sleek leather and velvet chairs dot the space, which can seat 200.
Dutch & Doc's proximity to the ballpark means its vibe and crowd changes all the time, which can make for some fun surprises. There will be baseball lovers, but go on a weekend night, and you'll likely catch fans of whichever band is headlining then. You'll probably also be able to catch a bit of the music.
Here's what we saw when we stopped by: