Nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Matchbox

Lawyers, artists and bums all squeeze in for retro cocktails. It’s as small as – you got it – a matchbox, with about 10 bar stools; everyone else stands against the back wall. Barkeeps make the drinks from scratch. …
Bar in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Queen Mary

Making waves when it opened in Wicker Park in 2015 in a sea of sports bars, Queen Mary is a neighborhood tavern inspired by the British Royal Navy. It’s named after building owner Mary Kafka, who, alongside her husb…
Cocktail Bar in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Violet Hour

This nouveau speakeasy isn’t marked, so look for the mural-slathered, wood-paneled building and the door topped by a yellow lightbulb. Inside, high-backed booths, chandeliers and long velvet drapes provide the backd…
Microbrewery in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Forbidden Root

Forbidden Root is a 'botanical brewery' that uses roots, bark, spices and flowers to make eclectic beers such as Wildflower Pale Ale (with marigold and elder) and Sublime Ginger (a ginger lime wheat beer). The weird…
Bar in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Danny's

Danny's comfortably dim and dog-eared ambience is perfect for conversations over a pint early on and then DJs arrive to stoke the dance party as the evening progresses. The groovy spot is more like a house than a ba…
Bar in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Happy Village

Happy Village may well be the jolliest bar in the neighborhood. Unapologetically divey, with cheap, non-craft beer, it earns smiles for its fierce table-tennis matches, starry vine-covered patio and strolling tamale…
Bar in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Map Room

At this map- and globe-filled ‘travelers’ tavern,’ artsy types sip coffee by day and suds from the 200-strong beer list by night. Board games and old issues of National Geographic are within reach for entertainment.
Bar in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Remedy

Situated on the western edge of Bucktown, Remedy is a newer edition to Chicago’s slate of bars open until 4am (5am on Saturday). But despite the coveted late-night liquor license, it endeavors to be an 'anytime' est…
Coffee in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Wormhole Coffee

The Wormhole is pretentious in an endearing way. Take the seasonal drinks such as autumn's Everything Nice (Indian sarsaparilla, wintergreen and milk) and winter's Peanut Butter Koopa Troopa (peanut mousse, chocolat…
Club in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Beauty Bar

The interior is an imported and restored late-1960s beauty salon from New Jersey. ‘Martinis and manicures’ are the shtick, and you can get the latter anytime for $10 (Sunday through Thursday) or $15 (Friday and Satu…