UPDATE: It's Friday, which means it's time to hit the bars — but, it's hard to balance that line between good plain fun and all-out frat bash. Try one of these watering holes on for size...what are you waiting for? This story was originally published on April 26.Chicago isn't short on bars. Any drink you're hoping for is just a quick cab ride away. But, before you hit the town, you need to keep reading. Navigating away from fratty, overly boisterous Jägerbomb zones can be tricky, so we did the legwork for you.
On our list, you'll find chic bars, cozy taverns, and even a pleasant dive or two, all frequented by crowds that are nothing short of cool. Rest assured, you'll enjoy your next cocktail (or three) in peace, with a great group or girlfriends or your next hot date. If you've been struggling to find a better brand of imbibing in Chicago, give our favorites your best shot.
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