Subway: Blue to California(773) 227-3530 whistlerchicago.com41.925442 -87.700950 2421 N Milwaukee Ave (between Fullerton Ave and Richmond St) Logan Square, Chicago
Mon–Thu 6pm–2am; Fri, Sun 5pm–2am; Sat 5pm–3amAverage cocktail: $8
From the outside, this place looks like a gallery (which, technically, it partially is). On the inside, it’s open and loftlike, with a permanent stage set up for weekly live music and performance. But behind the bar, the drink-slingers have perfected the art of the perfect cocktail, skillfully crafting colorful refreshments that pack a punch. One sip and there’s no doubt that despite everything else going on here, the drinks are the reason to stick around.