Subway: Blue to Damen(773) 227-2300 clubluckychicago.com41.912563 -87.673671 1824 W Wabansia Ave (at Honore St) Bucktown, Chicago
Lunch (Mon–Fri), dinnerAverage main course: $18
The nearby condo dwellers with kids in tow may be a different crowd than the Polish regulars who once frequented this joint post-Prohibition, but the owners have gone out of their way to restore the original cocktail-culture look of the ’50s. The place is always packed, thanks to a dependable, old-school, family-style Italian menu with standouts like grilled calamari, chicken Vesuvio, and escarole with sausage and beans. But if you’re kidphobic, go late for the lounge vibe of Sinatra standards and signature martinis.