Subway: Brown to Montrose(773) 697-8204 fountainheadchicago.com41.961468 -87.678709 1970 W Montrose Ave (between Damen and Winchester Aves) Ravenswood, Chicago
Mon–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat noon–3am; Sun 10:30am–2amAverage beer: $6
With its carefully attended-to beer list and homey, taverny look, this pub from the Bar on Buena folks has a serious Hopleaf vibe to it. The big difference? The crowds, though passionate drinkers, are not so large that they’re lining up on the sidewalk. So keep this underrated gem to yourself, or suffer the throngs of craft-beer geeks.