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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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1. Untitled Supper Club

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111 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 880-1511
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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.

2. LH Rooftop

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85 E Wacker Dr Upper
Chicago, IL 60601
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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3. The Gage

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24 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 372-4243
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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.

4. Cindy's

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12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 792-3502
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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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5. Bohemian House

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11 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 955-0439
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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.

6. Henry's Swing Club

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18 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 955-8018
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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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7. Latinicity

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108 N State St Fl 3
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 795-4444
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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.

8. Al's #1 Italian Beef

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234 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 360-0022
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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.

9. The Berghoff Restaurant

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17 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 427-3170
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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.

10. Three Dots and a Dash

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435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 610-4220
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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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11. Miller's Pub

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134 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 263-4988
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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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1. Untitled Supper Club

111 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
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.
111 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

2. LH Rooftop

85 E Wacker Dr Upper, Chicago, IL 60601
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.
85 E Wacker Dr Upper
Chicago, IL 60601

3. The Gage

24 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
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.
24 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

4. Cindy's

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
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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.
12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

5. Bohemian House

11 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654
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.
11 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654

6. Henry's Swing Club

18 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
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.
18 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

7. Latinicity

108 N State St Fl 3, Chicago, IL 60602
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.
108 N State St Fl 3
Chicago, IL 60602

8. Al's #1 Italian Beef

234 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60604
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.
234 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60604

9. The Berghoff Restaurant

17 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603
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.
17 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603

10. Three Dots and a Dash

435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Courtesy of Three Dots and a Dash
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.)
435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

11. Miller's Pub

134 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
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.
134 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

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