Chicago's Best Bars

100 hot spots for a night out

Jan 18, 2010, 14:58 ET from Chicago magazine

CHICAGO, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- From cozy taverns to trendy cocktail boutiques, romantic wine bars to raucous sports taps, hot clubs to scruffy dives, Chicago has plenty to offer. If you want to spark up your nightlife, you won't want to miss what Chicago has in store this month.

For the February issue of Chicago magazine, which hits newsstands Thursday, writers researched thousands of spots, visited hundreds, and produced a discerning guide to the 100 best bars in the city and suburbs.

"This is a terrific resource for getting the most out of the city," says Richard Babcock, Chicago editor. "Our list has something for everyone—a casual wine bar, a homey tavern, a place to watch the game, or somewhere to listen to local artists."  

This month's issue also features Our Man in London. The retired Chicago businessman Louis Susman recently became the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, an appointment widely regarded as the prize for his ferocious fundraising on behalf of the Obama campaign. Other world powers look askance at the use of ambassadorships as political rewards.

Elsewhere in the February issue of Chicago:

  • Deal Estate®: It's a buyers' market, as a comparison of house sales in 2007 and 2009 reveals. Plus: New city condo projects.  
  • Style: We tested dozens of new fragrances and then whittled the list down to the ten best. Plus: The Cozzini sisters bring a pair of luxe boutiques to the Gold Coast.

Chicago editor Richard Babcock, managing editor Shane Tritsch, and other members of the magazine staff are available for on-air interviews about stories in the February issue. Contact Kate Mersman at 312-222-3165 to schedule an interview.

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