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10 Can't-Miss Chicago BYOB Restaurants

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    The benefits of a BYOB restaurant are exactly twofold: First, one may choose the wine, or wines, they'd like to accompany their meal. Secondly, and of far greater importance to most, is that nixing the alcohol tab can easily cut a bill in half.

    While, in some circles, a BYO designation is still taken as a telltale sign of informality, these days nothing could be further from the truth. From some of the city's most treasured neighborhood comfort-food spots to wildly creative, forward-thinking cuisine that's wowing the national critics, it's safe to say that, in many cases, there is almost zero downside, for the customer anyway.

    So, whether you're heading out in a group this weekend for the last-meal-worthy queso con chorizo at Nuevo León or splurging on a fine-dining experience at Goosefoot, you may want to start asking yourself, and your favorite corner wine store authority, one very important question: What pairs well with that?

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