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
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It has never been hard to find a corner tap in Chicago. Even during Prohibition’s dry spell, many neighborhood watering holes managed to stay quietly open for business. Bar owners have proven to be some of the city’s most resourceful residents, moving into secret basements in the 1920s and finding new ways to attract customers even as their rent costs have risen in recent years. Though their ranks have diminished, today’s neighborhood taps carry forth a centuries-old tradition of coupling good drinks with better company.Read More
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