Above: The Owl
The newest addition to Logan Square's imbibing roster has quickly earned a following, one that favors a good pint just as much as a craft cocktail. And the tunes ain't bad, either.
The Owl, 2521 North Milwaukee Avenue (just west of Sacramento Avenue); 773-235-5300.
Anyone living in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood counts this cozy dare-we-say-dive among his or her favorites. All the usual beer suspects are present, and you might even catch some live music, too.
Simon's Tavern, 5210 North Clark Street (at Foster); 773-878-0894.
The Violet Hour
If the rules posted on the bathroom wall weren't evidence enough that this place means business, the high-backed chairs that seclude you from other clientele should be some indication. Behave yourself in here...or else.
The Violet Hour, 1520 North Damen Avenue (at Pierce Street); 773-252-1500.
Frequent patrons of this Uptown bar will all say the same thing: This place is comfortable. You shouldn't fret too much about what to wear (though, don't we always?), and expect to be greeted warmly, every time. Swing by on Thursdays for live country music.
Carol’s Pub, 4649 North Clark Street (at Leland Avenue); 773-334-2402.
Photographed by Caleb Condit