Owner Tom Kampschroeder, a wine professional with more than 29 years of experience, shares his grapey know-how with most any guest who walks through Salt Creek Wine Bar's doors. Sample wines-of-a-feather with the wine flight menu, or check out the beers and spirits menu. Wash down washes of tingly wash with Italian delights including artisan cheese flights, pizza, and seafood.
Rittergut’s 40-seat outdoor patio overlooks the Chicago River; it’s a nice spot to sip a glass of small-batch wine and nibble from a charcuterie plate. In the winter, you can still enjoy primo river views from the sleek, dark wood and brick interior.
The brick walls and polished hardwood tables of Blue Star Bistro and Wine Bar bask in the light that filters in through the front picture window, illuminating crimson glasses of wine and gourmet plates. More than 30 wines pour from the taps of a custom-built cuvenee, which keeps the vintages at a perfect temperature and protects them from flavor-killing oxidation with argon and No Oxygen Allowed signs. Mouth-filling morsels such as goat-cheese croquettes and truffled lobster spring from the tapas selection and compete for patrons’ affections with larger portions of roasted tomato risotto and herb-crusted tuna steak or gluten-free options. The menu also lists red and white wine recommendations next to each dish, all of which were chosen to complement specific flavor profiles, as well as the menu font.
Continually lauded by various publications including Chicago magazine, 694 Wine & Spirits thrusts sophisticated bar fare and modestly produced libations into the willing fists of its patrons. Panini sandwiches whose fillings are limited to three high-quality components join a score of artisan cheeses and cured meats on a minimalist bar menu, and carefully picked vino and bubbly bottles accompany beers of the week and small-batch bourbon on an eye-opening spirits list. A cubist decor dotted with square stools, pop-art prints, and exposed brick houses sippers of Bison Grass vodka, nibblers of salt-and-butter baguettes, while outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the dog-friendly patio.
Tucked away on a neighborhood street, this sun-dappled wine bar and beer garden is a quiet place where one can savor Italian entrees such as homemade pastas and stone-fired pizzas. Perhaps thanks to the bar’s discreet location, it’s usually not difficult to find seating on the shaded patio.
Servers at the cozy DeVine Restaurant & Wine Bar pour aged wines as chefs cook up flavorful cuts of meat and seafood dishes sourced from around the world. A roaring fireplace warms hands grasping cutlery upon white-draped tables and spacious, circular booths. Along with whipping up American, Italian, and Mediterranean classics, chefs at DeVine Restaurant & Wine Bar specialize in Serbian recipes imported in the form of paper airplanes hurled across the Atlantic Ocean.