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Bar Ramone (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

At Bar Ramone, a cozy 80-seater in Chicago’s River North—the first wine bar in Lettuce Entertain You’s 120-restaurant portfolio—longtime wine pro Ryan Arnold set out to create a list that would inspire conversation. To that end, he and sommelier Richard Hanauer built a...Read Full Story

Diversey Wine (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Logan Square continues to stake its claim as the natural-wine heart of Chicago. Now, in addition to Webster’s Wine Bar and Red and White Wines, there’s Diversey Wine, opened by Bradford Taylor, the founder of Ordinaire, a similarly focused shop in Oakland, California. Taylor, who...Read Full Story

Red & White Wine Bar (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Red & White, a wine shop in Chicago focusing on natural and biodynamic wines, has opened its long-awaited wine bar in the Bucktown neighborhood. Owner Nathan Adams has been cellaring special wines he's come across since opening the shop in 2008 and is now pouring them at the bar. The selection...Read Full Story

Proxi (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

When Proxi opened this fall, the wine world was in thrall: From the team at Sepia, a fine-dining place around the corner, it featured a tight, well-priced wine program...Read Full Story

Daisies (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

“Imagine if you plucked a chef out of Italy and made him cook usingthe bounty of the US Midwest.” That’s how Joe Frillman, chef-owner of Daisies in Chicago’s Logan Square, describes his menu, focused on tender,...Read Full Story

57th Street Wines (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Opened in October 2016 in the space that once housed O’Gara & Wilson, the city’s oldest rare bookstore, 57th Street Wines stands out for a collection of wines as diverse as its Hyde Park neighborhood. Derrick Westbrook, former sommelier...Read Full Story

Income Tax (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

A wine bar named after a classic cocktail, a bottle list that outsells by-the-glass selections, and a menu designed around the wine list: This is Income Tax, a new reason to head to Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. Owner...Read Full Story

Giant (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Two years after chef Jason Vincent left the award-winning Nightwood, he’s finally back, with Giant. Much like Nightwood, Giant’s menu is slightly cheffy (uni shooters) and largely sourced from local, sustainable farms (like this August’s marinated zucchini and...Read Full Story

Beacon Tavern (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

When Beacon Tavern opened, just a block off of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, beverage director Jon McDaniel wanted to banish any worries about the outrageous wine prices often associated with that pricey turf. “So often guests buy the second least expensive bottle on the list. I wanted to...Read Full Story

Augusta Food and Wine (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

“Millennials aren’t concerned with seeing familiar labels; they just want to try something new and delicious,” says Shad Martin, the former wine director at Volo Restaurant and Wine Bar who opened Augusta Food and Wine in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood late last year. This excites...Read Full Story

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