Hot right now: Chicago bars and restaurants
So, the eternal question: Where to go for dinner and drinks this weekend? Whether you're heading out on a date or meeting up with friends, these are the restaurants, bars and clubs you should have on your radar. View this weekend's recommendations and keep clicking to see recommendations from past weeks.
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For the weekend of Aug. 8
Shakers On Clark
3160 N. Clark St. 773-327-5969
This new Lakeview spot, which opened earlier this week, takes the place of longtime cabaret bar 3160. The owners are two former 3160 bartenders who repainted the interior, installed new TVs, upgraded the jukebox and added new taps. Keep an eye out for nightly drink specials as well as forthcoming trivia nights.
Emporium Logan Square (pictured)
2363 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-697-7922
The popular Wicker Park arcade bar last month opened its second location in Logan Square. Instead of arcade games, expect table games -- foosball, pingpong, air hockey, pool and more -- plus a permanent, indoor food truck serving deli sandwiches. There are no draft lines, so take your pick of an extensive list of canned and bottled beer.
11 W. Illinois St. 312-955-0439
Look for this wrought iron-trimmed, Turkish rug-dressed beauty sandwiched between reliable dive Snickers and clubby American Junkie in River North. As the name hints, the menu features fare with Czech, Austrian, Polish and German touches (quick history catch-up: Bohemia is a former kingdom and then province in Central Europe). Read our full review.
432 W. Diversey Parkway 773-857-2540
Remember chef Nick Lacasse from The Drawing Room and "Around the World in 80 Plates"? He's running the show at this seafood-centric restaurant on the border of Lincoln Park and Lakeview, turning out summery seafood dishes ranging from razor clams with chervil butter to octopus with green gazpacho.
5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West 312-801-2100
The long-awaited Hyde Park bar/restaurant/music venue from the Longman & Eagle team opened last week with a food menu from chef Jared Wentworth (Longman & Eagle) that makes ample use of the kitchen's roaring open hearth, plus a 12-drink-deep cocktail list divided by spirit (rum, tequila, gin and whiskey). Read our full review online.