Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Merchandise Mart(312) 321-1351 thegridchicago.com0.000000 0.000000 351 W Hubbard St (between Orleans and Kingsbury Sts) River North, Chicago
Mon–Fri 5pm–2am; Sat 11am–3am; Sun 11am–2amAverage cocktail: $12
After Baume & Brix closed, the Grid, formerly resigned to the basement space, moved upstairs and brought in chef Dirk Flanigan (The Gage) to overhaul the menu. And it's a huge improvement—while the bar is still a sceney space and cocktails are mediocre, the food is strong across the board. Pizzas are smoky and topped with an array of creative combinations, fried calamari tastes fresh and comes with charred leeks and the housemade sausage is a worthy contender to any in town.