Top Choice Bar in West Loop & Near West Side

RM Champagne Salon

This West Loop spot is a twinkling-light charmer for bubbles. Score a table in the cobblestoned courtyard and you'll feel transported to Paris.
Microbrewery in West Loop & Near West Side

Cruz Blanca

Revered chef Rick Bayless recently opened this quirky West Loop brewery inspired by beers people were drinking in Mexico City in the 1860s. Quaff fanciful renditions of German pilsners, Vienna lagers, wheat beers an…
Brewery in West Loop & Near West Side

Goose Island Brewery

Goose Island – Chicago's first craft brewer, launched in 1988 – is now owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, so technically it's no longer a craft brewer. But it still acts like one, making excellent small-batch beers at t…
Cocktail Bar in West Loop & Near West Side


The Aviary is a James Beard Award winner for best cocktails in the nation. The ethereal drinks are like nothing you've laid lips on before. Some arrive with Bunsen burners, others with a slingshot you use to break t…
Brewery in West Loop & Near West Side

Haymarket Pub & Brewery

Fresh-from-the-tank beers and a good craft selection flow from the 32 taps at cavernous, barrel-strewn Haymarket. That's all fine and delicious, but the brewery then goes a step beyond to please hop-heads by hosting…
Sports Bar in West Loop & Near West Side

Johnny's Ice House East

Johnny's is an ice rink, which explains why you can practically see your breath in the attached bar. The wood-paneled, neon-lit room is prime for watching Blackhawks games and knocking back Labatt's (Johnny's is sup…
Coffee in West Loop & Near West Side

Sawada Coffee

This edgy coffee bar is somewhat disguised, tucked in a graffitied building on Green St (in a space it shares with Green Street Smoked Meats). Prolific Chicago restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff has collaborated with Jap…
Wine Bar in West Loop & Near West Side

City Winery

City Winery pours on the grape theme, with casks and tanks of wine everywhere you look. It's very Sonoma decor-wise, with a vine-strewn, open-air patio and exposed blond brick in the airy interior rooms. The menu sp…
Bar in West Loop & Near West Side

Beer Bistro

This bar near United Center fills with Bulls and Blackhawks fans, and it even runs a shuttle to the arena on game days. Ninety global beers (most in bottles) comprise the swill, and TVs flashing the requisite games …