In Chicago Vino Veritas: Chicago’s Best Wine Bars

February 01, 2014

Wine Corks

A question I often hear is, “What’s your favorite bar in Chicago?” It’s nearly impossible for me to pick a favorite, but when I was asked to choose three of my go-to wine bars, I had some ideas.  Wanting to be fair and recognizing that a plethora of newbies have hit the Chicago drinking scene, I took it upon myself to do some on-site research.  I also re-visited some old haunts just to make sure they were still as good as I remembered.  I had a plan of attack and descended upon over a dozen wine bars in over a dozen neighborhoods. One thing became clear: I was looking for an experience.

Ambiance and wine lists were important, but these made the cut because they offered something unique to everything else out there.  So here’s my list of some of my favorite Chicago wine bars. You might have others to add, and I hope you do because, after all, variety is the spice of life – and it’s what certainly makes Chicago tick.

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