Chicago Magazine Ranks the Best New Bars

Jan 20, 2016, 11:38 ET from Chicago magazine

CHICAGO, Jan. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The February issue of Chicago magazine features a ranking of the city's Best New Bars, a list of 20 watering holes that comes out on the heels of one of the best years for bar openings in ages. Speakeasies and mixology temples are out as lively tiki bars, sophisticated wine spots, and lounges with a view steal the spotlight. Chicago visited 54 bars—all of which opened their doors in 2015—and evaluated them on drinks, service, and ambiance to whittle the list down to those truly worth your time. Plus: discover 10 standout happy hours, five brewpubs coming soon, three great bar reinventions, and four of the craziest cocktails.

Almost overnight, former college tennis player and ex-pharmaceutical rep Kamau Murray has become the best-known and best-connected tennis coach in the Chicago area. In addition to running the nonprofit XS Tennis and Education Foundation, the 35-year-old was recently hired to assist Sloane Stephens, a pro ranked in the top 50. When he's not joining Stephens at tournaments around the globe, Murray is focused on improving the lives of South Side kids by helping them master the game of tennis to ultimately land college scholarships. One project in the works is a massive new $12 million tennis center in Washington Park—backed both financially and otherwise by the city, Mayor Emanuel personally, tennis great Billie Jean King, and other notables. In Can Kamau Murray Build the Next Serena?, Murray talks about his plans for the center, including his hopes to attract major national junior tournaments to the South Side, and more important, ramp up his foundation's mission to improve the lives of as many neighborhood children as he can.

On newsstands Thursday, the February issue of Chicago magazine also includes:

  • Four Amazing Weddings – Create your perfect day with 35 handpicked places to shop and celebrate in and around the city, from extravagant to creative.
  • The Rise of The Yelpers – The voice of the people or the scourge of the Internet? Meet Chicago's most zealous Yelp reviewers.
  • Real Estate: (Not So) Posthaste – What will it take to get some action on the old main post office, vacant for 20 years? Your burning questions answered.

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