By Daniel Gerzina and Ashok Selvam
Beyond where to eat right now, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater often have another burning question: Where should one drink right now? While the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering the best standbys and neighborhood essential restaurants across the city and the Eater Heatmaphighlights where the restaurant crowds are flocking to at the moment, the Eater Chicago Cocktail Heatmap shows the hottest bars and restaurants where cocktail, beer, and wine aficionados are drinking right now.
October means fall is ramping up, as well as another Heatmap shakeup with five hotspot additions. The eagerly-awaited Frank Lloyd Wright-themed bar Prairie School from cocktail icons Jim Meehan and Heisler Hospitality, the speakeasy-style bar and barber shop Blind Barber, Metropolitan Brewing's long-awaited taproom, an adorable West Loop wine bar in a historic setting, and a Wicker Park hotspot join the crew. Meanwhile, five also have to drop off, so the "Stranger Things" popup bar and Otto Mezzo come off after they both closed, and The Robey's rooftops, The Lunatic, The Lover, and The Poet, and Open Outcry Brewing also make room. Happy drinking.
This exotic new hotspot in West Town is making waves for its beautiful lush interior, hip eclectic mid-century vibes and music, and standout cocktails from Liz Pearce (The Drifter). A promising full food menu adds to what could be one of the hottest new spots of 2017.