Above: The spirits are crafted right behind the bar at CH Distillery

Given Chicago’s infamous history during Prohibition, it is only appropriate that the city should now have a thriving cocktail bar scene. These options cluster in the West Loop or River North, within walking distance or a short taxi ride from my recommended hotels. All maintain decibel levels conducive to relaxed conversation.

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Above: The spirits are crafted right behind the bar at CH Distillery

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