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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Weekend of Nov. 14
Owen & Engine
2700 N. Western Ave. 773-235-2930
When temperatures drop, the bar at this cozy Logan Square tavern shines. Dark wood, dim lighting and a lived-in English pub vibe are only enhanced by a pint of beer pulled from the cask, or one of the restaurant's much-lauded burgers topped with caramelized onions. Bonus: Continue date night at the Regal City North Stadium movie theater directly across the street.
201 N. Morgan St. 312-888-9485
This two-month-old West Loop sibling to Wicker Park's Takito Kitchen serves some of the most affordable, fun drinks in the neighborhood, including three takes on a margarita, a caipirinha and two warm-you-up mezcal cocktails.
Yusho Hyde Park
1301 E. 53rd St. 773-643-1652
Hyde Park now has its own outpost of Avondale's yakitori-inspired bar and restaurant, though this Southern sibling is more casual and focuses less on the bar program.
Revival Social Club
1133 W. Granville Ave. 773-293-6435
This American bar and restaurant serves serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week. If that doesn't quite pique your interest enough, we have three words that will: jelly doughnut pancakes. And also: Dark Matter Coffee.
820 W. Lake St. 312-733-4818 The Boka Group (Boka, Girl & the Goat, Perennial Virant, GT Fish & Oyster) has expanded its empire with this modern Japanese dazzler in the West Loop. Based on all the different sections of the menu, you'll want to come hungry: There's sunnaku (snacks), summer (apps), soup and salads, rice and noodle dishes, sushi and robata dishes.