Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Chicago(312) 467-4287 thehophaus.com41.893615 -87.635717 646 N Franklin St (between Erie and Ontario Sts) River North, Chicago
Brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch (Mon–Fri), dinnerAverage main course: $11
If you’re looking for a place near downtown where you can get a great burger and a great beer, Hop Haus is halfway there. Riding on the growing appreciation for craft beers, the owners (also the muscle behind the Leona’s chain) have invested heavily in fantastic beer pairings for each of the 20 burgers on offer. The burgers themselves are somewhat mediocre (although the ground lamb patty with feta, cukes and smashed kalamatas is mighty tasty) and the dining room is a corporate-feeling. But with cocktails from stellar (though already departed) mixologist John Kinder, 25 great bottles under $35 and the best beer list in River North, we’ll deal with a few missteps.