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 July 25
Webster's Wine Bar
2601 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-868-0608
After 20 years in Lincoln Park, this mainstay has moved to the former Telegraph space in Logan Square, refreshing the decor and debuting a new food menu. Wines are available by the glass and bottle, and you can pair those with small plates including burrata and heirloom tomatoes ($12), charcuterie ($14) and coconut-curry mussels ($12).
Emporium Logan Square
2363 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-697-7922
The popular Wicker Park arcade bar earlier this week 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.
1117 W. Belmont Ave.
Popular coffee roasters Dark Matter opened a new Lakeview coffee bar earlier this week, adding to the coffeeshop empire that also includes Star Lounge in Humboldt Park and the Dark Matter "mothership" in West Town. Osmium is espresso-focused (no coffee pour-overs at this location) and will serve lattes and a small menu of bakery items.
5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West 312-801-2100
The long-awaited Hyde Park bar/restaurant/music venue from the Dusek's and Thalia Hall team finally opened this week with a food menu from chef Jared Wentworth (Longman & Eagle) that makes ample use of the restaurant's brick oven, plus a 12-drink-deep cocktail list divided by spirit (rum, tequila, gin and whiskey).
111 W. Hubbard St. 312-828-9000
It's only appropriate that Celeste's rooftop garden, which opens Friday, be as elegant as the bar's first and second floors. The rooftop, which can accommodate 85 people, evokes an English garden with white, Victorian-style couches, vintage-inspired mirrors and plenty of greenery. Take in the sun while sipping shareable punch bowls, frozen cocktails and summer smashes.