440 N. State St. 312-464-1400
At the neighborhood's only gay bar, expect the bartenders to call you "honey" and the entertainment to range from live cabaret to karaoke to DJs.
This small but mighty wine and swine bar is packed every night of the week with diners hungry for a taste of charcuterie, cheese and treats that do the name proud, from pork neck bone rillettes to pig's tails braised in balsamic vinegar.
325 W. Huron St. 312-664-2727
This Pan-Latin restaurant is well-loved for its globe-trotting menu and innovative cocktails designed by mixologist Liz Samples. Latin dancing nights make for prime people-watching.
GT Fish & Oyster
531 N. Wells St. 312-929-3501
This nautical-chic seafood restaurant with chef Giuseppe Tentori (
59 W. Grand Ave. 312-645-9500
This always-bustling dining room serves up a massive menu of traditional Indian dishes, including specialty dishes baked in a tandoor oven.
339 N. Dearborn St. 312-755-9463
This wine bar/restaurant/store hybrid headed up by wine director Brian Duncan quite possibly the best place in the 'hood to further your grape know-how.
626 N. State St. 312-698-5000
This bustling Italian small-plates spot with excellent pizza is a perpetual pleaser of dates, parents and everyone in between.
41 E. Superior St. 312-266-0400
This sporty pub has learned a following for its hefty selection of wings (spice ratings range from traditional buffalo to XXX) along with a solid craft beer list.
155 W Kinzie St. 312-245-2000
Garage doors that open up onto the street and a mezzanine level that overlooks the main dining room make this lively cantina a popular pick for post-work sangria and Latin-inspired snacks.
Dragon Ranch Moonshine & BBQ
441 N. Clark St. 312-955-1900
All-American flavors mix with a hint of Far Eastern influence at this eatery, which serves dishes such as slow-smoked pulled pork rubbed with a blend of Asian spices alongside moonshine cocktails served in Mason jars.
401 N. Wabash Ave. 312-588-8030
This restaurant has the formal service, luxe look and decadent dishes you'd expect of its location on the 16th floor of the Trump International Hotel & Tower—with prices to match. The dining room features sweeping views of the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower and the Chicago River, as does hotel lounge Rebar on the tower's second floor.
15 E. Huron St. 312-587-1000
The Ikram cafe, located on the second level of the uber-ubscape women's boutique of the same name, serves a frequently changing menu of salads, sandwiches and other lunchy items, all inspired by what's fresh at the farmers market.
Blue Frog Bar & Grill
676 N. La Salle Drive 312-943-8900
No-cover karaoke hosted is nearly every night of the week at this kitschy dive bar, which is cheekily decorated with holiday lights and classic board games and toys from the '70s and '80s.