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Where to Eat and Drink Before Hamilton in Chicago

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Chicagoans are lucky for a lot of reasons – amazing architecture, outstanding food scene, great bars – and now Hamilton! (The Tony, Pulitzer, and Grammy-award winning musical, in case you’ve been living under a rock.) If you scored the hottest ticket in town, you’ve got reason to celebrate. Here are some of the best spots surrounding the PrivateBank Theatre to dine and drink pre- or post-show.

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Untitled Supper Club

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When you descend into this underground establishment, you’ll feel like you stepped into an alternate universe. Find a cozy corner and savor the drinks, the food, or the entertainment, which ranges from live bands to burlesque shows.

LH Rooftop

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Chicago has plenty of rooftop bars but the London House hotel’s currently holds the top spot thanks to sweeping river and skyline views. The two-story establishment, located on the 21st and 22nd floors, features an indoor and outdoor section if the weather cooperates.
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The Gage

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Locals swear by the venison burger at this classy gastropub, and some call it one of the best in the city. The bustling restaurant is located right on Michigan Avenue so you’ll have to contend with tourists and the after-work crowd for a seat.

Cindy's

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The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is a Michigan Avenue must-stop, and the panoramic views at Cindy’s rooftop are worth the wait. (There’s often a line, so be prepared.) Strong drinks and cozy fire pits will keep you warm as you overlook Millennium Park and Lake Michigan.
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Bohemian House

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This eclectic spot is easy on the eyes and the stomach. A blend of Czech, German, and Austrian influences means you can indulge in pierogi, spatzle, and schnitzel in one sitting. Save room for the strudel and a craft cocktail or two.

Henry's Swing Club

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Henry’s stands out as a laidback alternative on a strip known for clubby spots. Sip craft cocktails in the dimly lit space while playing a game of pool or lounging on a couch. There are some tasty small bites too, including an extensive slider menu.
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Latinicity

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The term “food court” gets an upscale makeover at Latinicity, hidden on the third floor of Block 37. Choose from 10 different Latin street food stalls, from tacos to sushi to tortas, then take a seat near the expansive windows overlooking the city.

Al's #1 Italian Beef

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Chicago is known for Italian beef and Al’s has been serving it up since the 1930s. This joint may be casual but the sandwich is iconic. Order yours “dipped” with sweet or hot peppers … and don’t forget the napkins.

The Berghoff Restaurant

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Someone had to acquire liquor license No. 1 after prohibition, and the Berghoff Restaurant was it. What started as a men’s only establishment in 1898 is now a German restaurant and beer hall that’s locked its place in Chicago’s drinking history.

Three Dots and a Dash

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Getting to this tiki bar is half the fun. Find the entrance hidden in an alley then venture down a set of stairs. Your efforts will be rewarded with a sweet rum drink served in a novelty mug that tiki dreams are made of. (Yes, they’re for sale.)
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Miller's Pub

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If Chicago had a “Cheer’s” bar, this would be it. Grab a beer at the extra-long bar and take in the history that fills this 1930s-era space. Everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Chicago’s Mayor Daley to Harry Caray have imbibed here.
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Untitled Supper Club

When you descend into this underground establishment, you’ll feel like you stepped into an alternate universe. Find a cozy corner and savor the drinks, the food, or the entertainment, which ranges from live bands to burlesque shows.

LH Rooftop

Courtesy of London House
Chicago has plenty of rooftop bars but the London House hotel’s currently holds the top spot thanks to sweeping river and skyline views. The two-story establishment, located on the 21st and 22nd floors, features an indoor and outdoor section if the weather cooperates.
Courtesy of London House

The Gage

Locals swear by the venison burger at this classy gastropub, and some call it one of the best in the city. The bustling restaurant is located right on Michigan Avenue so you’ll have to contend with tourists and the after-work crowd for a seat.

Cindy's

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The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is a Michigan Avenue must-stop, and the panoramic views at Cindy’s rooftop are worth the wait. (There’s often a line, so be prepared.) Strong drinks and cozy fire pits will keep you warm as you overlook Millennium Park and Lake Michigan.
Neil Burger

Bohemian House

This eclectic spot is easy on the eyes and the stomach. A blend of Czech, German, and Austrian influences means you can indulge in pierogi, spatzle, and schnitzel in one sitting. Save room for the strudel and a craft cocktail or two.

Henry's Swing Club

Lindsey Becker
Henry’s stands out as a laidback alternative on a strip known for clubby spots. Sip craft cocktails in the dimly lit space while playing a game of pool or lounging on a couch. There are some tasty small bites too, including an extensive slider menu.
Lindsey Becker

Latinicity

The term “food court” gets an upscale makeover at Latinicity, hidden on the third floor of Block 37. Choose from 10 different Latin street food stalls, from tacos to sushi to tortas, then take a seat near the expansive windows overlooking the city.

Al's #1 Italian Beef

Chicago is known for Italian beef and Al’s has been serving it up since the 1930s. This joint may be casual but the sandwich is iconic. Order yours “dipped” with sweet or hot peppers … and don’t forget the napkins.

The Berghoff Restaurant

Someone had to acquire liquor license No. 1 after prohibition, and the Berghoff Restaurant was it. What started as a men’s only establishment in 1898 is now a German restaurant and beer hall that’s locked its place in Chicago’s drinking history.

Three Dots and a Dash

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Getting to this tiki bar is half the fun. Find the entrance hidden in an alley then venture down a set of stairs. Your efforts will be rewarded with a sweet rum drink served in a novelty mug that tiki dreams are made of. (Yes, they’re for sale.)
Courtesy of Three Dots and a Dash

Miller's Pub

If Chicago had a “Cheer’s” bar, this would be it. Grab a beer at the extra-long bar and take in the history that fills this 1930s-era space. Everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Chicago’s Mayor Daley to Harry Caray have imbibed here.

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