This River North spot is themey - it’s a tiki bar serving tropical cocktails in mugs shaped like pineapples, conch shells, and mermaids (among other things). You can also get island-style dishes like coconut shrimp and pork skewers. It feels like a beach party, and is a great place to go with friends on a night when you want to forget you live in a city that has winter for six months of the year.
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Roka Akor is a trendy Japanese restaurant in River North that has great food but is also expensive.
Gibsons Italia, in River West, is the trendy Italian sister spot to Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse.
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Kimski is a Korean-Polish bar part of Maria’s Community Tavern in Bridgeport, and it’s an excellent spot for a casual hang over food and drinks.
25 Degrees is a solid, dimly-lit burger and beer kind of spot in River North. We approve.
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Somerset is a restaurant in the Gold Coast serving excellent American food that you should be eating immediately.
Scofflaw is a gin-focused cocktail lounge in Logan Square with solid food. They also give out free, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies at midnight.
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