21 bars for your 21st birthday

It's the night of your 21st birthday, arguably the most important milestone of your life. There's just one problem: You don't know where to go. You want cool places -- bars that aren't totally overrated and filled with fake ID-bearing teenagers. We feel you. So, we're helping you out.

We polled RedEye staffers to find out Chicago's best bars for celebrating the big 2-1. Scroll through our gallery for their recommendations.

Oh, and you should probably get some food (and birthday cake, obviously) in the tank before your wild night begins. Here's a roundup of the city's newest restaurants.

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