Nightlife

Top Choice Bar in The Loop

Berghoff

The Berghoff dates from 1898 and was the first spot in town to serve a legal drink after Prohibition (ask to see the liquor license stamped '#1'). Little has changed around the antique wood bar since then. Belly up …
Bar in The Loop

Cindy's

Cindy's unfurls awesome views of Millennium Park and the lake from atop the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. Sit at one of the long wood tables under twinkling lights and sip snazzy cocktails with ingredients suc…
Pub in The Loop

Monk's Pub

Grab the brass handles on the huge wooden doors and enter this dimly lit Belgian beer cave. Old barrels, vintage taps and faux antiquarian books set the mood, accompanied by a whopping international brew selection a…
Cafe in The Loop

Toni Patisserie & Cafe

Toni's provides a cute refuge for a glass of wine. The Parisian-style cafe has a small list of French red, white and sparkling wines to sip at the close-set tables while you try to resist the éclairs, macaroons and …
Pub in The Loop

Miller's Pub

The beauty of Miller's isn't so much literal, though it's attractive enough with dark-wood furnishings, stained glass and nostalgic sports photos and oil paintings adorning the walls. The real beauty comes from the …
Teahouse in The Loop

Argo Tea

This whimsical, Bavarian-looking tea shop is a great place to get some work done while energizing with an exotic beverage. Grab a maté latte (South American–style tea and milk) or ginger-root-infused Japanese green …
Pub in The Loop

Kasey's Tavern

Kasey's is a friendly neighborhood pub that draws a mix of artsy students from the nearby universities, local condo dwellers and sports fans, all of whom belly up at the long wooden bar. There's something for everyo…
Cafe in The Loop

Cyrano's Cafe & Wine Bar

Cyrano's casual tables sit amid a jumble of bright-hued flowers along the Riverwalk. Swirl a glass of beer, Champagne, Beaujolais, Riesling or Cotés de Gascogne from the French owner's list while watching the boats …
Coffee in The Loop

Intelligentsia Coffee

Intelligentsia is a local chain that roasts its own beans and percolates good strong stuff. The modern, industrial coffee-bar makes a good pre– or post–Millennium Park fuel up. There's another Loop outlet in the Mon…
Cafe in The Loop

Plaza at Park Grill

If you want lively people-watching in the thick of it all, hit the Plaza. Set in Millennium Park between the Bean sculpture and Michigan Ave, the summer-only bar sprawls where the ice-skating rink is during colder m…