Subway: Blue to Damen(773) 384-1439 swigchicago.com41.908743 -87.674376 1469 N Milwaukee Ave (between Evergreen Ave and Honore St) Wicker Park, Chicago
Mon–Thu 5pm–2am; Fri 4pm–2am; Sat noon–3am; Sun noon–2amAverage cocktail: $6
This amber-tinted lounge is certainly chic and a bit upscale, but somehow lacks the stuffiness usually associated with those spots. Its restaurant-worthy menu is enhanced by the attentive, conversational staff and colorful paintings by local artists that dot the bars exposed-brick walls. The result is a laid-back atmosphere that draws an eclectic mix of artists and nine-to-fivers.