Subway: Blue to Damen(773) 278-1600 empireliquors.com41.909964 -87.676929 1566 N Milwaukee Ave (between Honore St and North Ave) Wicker Park, Chicago
Wed–Fri, Sun 9pm–2am; Sat 9pm–3am (closed Mon, Tue)Average cocktail: $8
The crowd has changed at Empire over the course of its lifetime. As the scenesters decided too many people were crowding the spot, they left for more off-the-beaten-path hangs. Through it all though, the swank nightspot has stayed the course and kept the hip-hop-focused dance party going. The faces may be more Lincoln than Wicker Park, but the place is still a damn good time.