Subway: Blue to Damen(773) 235-4039 bigstarchicago.com41.909301 -87.677187 1531 N Damen Ave (between Wicker Park and Milwaukee Aves) Wicker Park, Chicago
Sun–Fri 11:30am–2am; Sat 11:30am–3amAverage beer: $4
What compelled a James Beard Award–winning chef and the owners of the city’s most exclusive cocktail lounge to open a divey bar that slings Tecates and whiskey shots for $3 apiece? A stroke of absolute genius. Brutal crowds harsh the country-music mellow on weekends, but neighborhood hipsters put up with it, dropping by the takeout window to grab a couple of tacos or planting themselves at the bar for a few beers or quality cocktails.