Could you maybe use a cocktail? Us, too.
Fortunately, superb choices abound in Chicago, helmed by world-class bartenders in spaces ranging from transportive and sultry to cozy and time-worn. Being in the city of big shoulders, we love a good brown-and-stirred drink, which you’ll find in spades and perfectly calibrated. But you’ll also find cocktails that span delicate and supple, brash and funky, gin-centric, agave-focused, botanically leaning and everything in between. So without further ado, here are 12 excellent cocktail bars to try in Chicago right now.