Subway: Blue to Logan Square(773) 661-2485 billy-sunday.com41.927821 -87.706551 3143 W Logan Blvd (at Milwaukee Ave) Logan Square, Chicago
5pm–2amAverage cocktail: $10
Who would have guessed longtime Trotter's chef Matthias Merges would find his calling checking IDs at the door of a Logan Square bar? Granted, his is not just any bar: Here, barkeep Alex Bachman combines his penchant for unusual ingredients (a syrup made from maidenhair ferns, say) with an uncanny sense of balance, turning out creations that both pay homage to and defy tradition—often simultaneously. Though Billy Sunday is squarely a bar, the food is a worthy companion to the drinks: Don't miss the banana pudding.