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Faceoff: Chicago's new art gallery bars
When attending a friend's art show or a gallery opening, I'm always first in line for the free champagne pours. I like visual art a lot, but even I have to admit that splotchy collages and moody photographs seem more intelligible with a drink in hand. Clearly I'm not alone. Chicago has welcomed two new gallery-themed bars this summer, each promising to douse artsy pretension with unique cocktails and quirky food. River North's Gallery Bar (738 N. Clark St. 312-929-2658 ) and Ukrainian Village's Fame (2015 W. Division St. 773-227-1110) at first seem offbeat, but that's to be expected, right? I hung out at both on a recent weekend to find out whether they were art-school cool or just a big, paint-splattered mess.
By Kate Bernot, @kbernot, RedEye
July 30, 2013