A clever take on the local food movement focused not on the regional farmers, but instead on the entire Central time zone and the culinary hubs it includes - from Canadian poutine to New Orleans’ sazeracs. The space is decorated with timepiece inspired light fixtures and includes a main dining room, fireplace, 15 seat bar, and lounge seating.
169 W. Kinzie St.; 312-527-9409
The Squared Circle
The weird bar themes continue with a wrestling-themed space by TNA champion Lisa Marie Varon. Of course, they will show plenty of wrestling on the television in addition to serving house-ground burgers and brick oven pizza.
2418 N. Ashland Ave.; 773-687-9985
The Dog's Bollox
Ladies and gentlemen Chicago has a dog-themed bar. Located at the “LAB” (Lincoln-Ashland-Belmont) intersection in Lakeview, it occupies the space formerly owned by Beckett’s. They serve 28 beers on tap to accompany a selection of small, or “wee,” plates. These are their words, not ours, we couldn’t make this stuff up if we tried.
3210 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-880-9620
Howell’s & Hood
Journalist at Tribune Tower rejoiced when a bar opened with 120 beers on tap. It is the latest addition to the Bottleneck Management portfolio which also incudes Old Town Pour House, Sweetwater, The Boundary and other. The new space takes up 17,300 square feet inside with an additional 5,700 square-foot patio.
435 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-262-5310
More exciting than the River North opening of this Arizona and California franchise, is who is running the kitchen. It is former City Tavern chef, Kendal Duque. He will serve a menu of elevated bar food such as pork belly sliders and rotisserie chicken to the 400-seat restaurant.
15 W. Illinois St.