Many a night has been drunk away in Chicago, but this one was different. On December 5, 1933, the United States government finally lifted its 13-year ban on alcohol. On that storied evening, bars poured drinks until the sun rose over Lake Michigan. The night’s revelers would later tell stories of huge men sitting on tiny stools, their faces shrouded by smoke. Of newspapermen drinking into the wee hours of a weeknight. Of vixens in sparkling dresses, and of every other character—real or imagined—that has since become synonymous with the soul of Chicago.Read More
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On April 26, 2011, Chicago sports fans hunkered down in area sports bars and geared up for a perfect storm of spectatorship. The lights were on at Wrigley Field, and the Sox were in New York hoping to outscore the love-to-hate Yankees. Even more pressing were the Bulls and Hawks games—each team was preparing for a first-round postseason match-up. It was a night that gave fans, whether because of out-of-town games or impossible-to-get tickets, a reason to be thankful for their favorite sports bars.Read More
Rising from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, Chicago became fertilized by architectural ingenuity and eventually sprouted an iconic skyline that many consider to be the country’s best. Today, the city is rife with rooftop bars where one can take in spectacular views of sky-reaching towers, sparkling waters, and the concrete canyons found in between.Read More