Subway: Blue to Division(773) 227-2284 redsquarechicago.com41.903238 -87.675408 1914 W Division St (between Wolcott and Winchester Aves) Wicker Park, Chicago
Mon-Fri 8am-11pm; Sat, Sun 7am-midnight.Average small plate: $8
Many people will tell you it’s a terrible idea to mix alcohol and dehydrating heat chambers such as the saunas at this recently reopened bath house, but none of those people are from Eastern Europe. Here, a pour of vodka or a beer is de rigueur after a session in the saunas, from which most patrons emerge still in their robes. Enjoy it, along with surprisingly ambitious food like house-cured gravlax and a flavorful borscht, in the dining room, where TVs are framed with curtains to resemble windows and display video footage of a rolling countryside. It’s not quite a ride on the Trans-Siberian Railway, but it’s terrifically wacky nonetheless.