Bus: 78 Montrose(773) 463-766341.961134 -87.702396 2933 W Montrose Ave (at Richmond St) Ravenswood, Chicago
Mon–Thu 2pm–2am; Fri, Sun 11am–2am; Sat 11am–3amAverage beer: $3
This ideal neighborhood dive is somehow still an overlooked gem. The wood paneling is balanced out by exposed brick, a fantastic tin ceiling and stained-glass lamps hanging over the bar. The giant outdoor patio is one of this area’s best-kept secrets—toss horseshoes, play the beanbag game or just drink and smoke. And don’t mind the new condo-dwellers across the street complaining about the noise; they’ll either move soon or come down to join you.