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This modern American steakhouse from David Burke is shaking up traditions, which fits in well at this luxe hotel option. Delicious steaks fill the dinner menu, while innovative cocktails take center stage at the bar. For example, the Mojito Diego comes topped with a lime mint foam, the Poison Berry Cobbler feature Absolut Grapevine, berry-maple marmalade, lemon, and graham cracker, and the Petit Confit is made with duck fat-infuse Bulleit, Pernod, bitters, and lemon.

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 This modern American steakhouse from David Burke is shaking up traditions, which fits in well at this luxe hotel option. Delicious steaks fill the dinner menu, while innovative cocktails take center stage at the bar. For example, the Mojito Diego comes topped with a lime mint foam, the Poison Berry Cobbler feature Absolut Grapevine, berry-maple marmalade, lemon, and graham cracker, and the Petit Confit is made with duck fat-infuse Bulleit, Pernod, bitters, and lemon.
World-class museums, great parks, top-notch dining and shopping, and cutting-edge architecture make Chicago one of the most fascinating cities in the midwest. And after a windy day of taking in all the city has to offer, warming up with a nice cocktail is definitely in order. Here are some of our favorite hotel bars to get toasty — and toasted? — in Chicago: Crimson Lounge is a sexy addition to the chic, urban experience provided by the Hotel Sax Chicago. In addition to an extensive liquor menu and a good selection of small bites, the lounge is also kept hopping into the wee hours courtesy of a rotating set of DJs. This modern American steakhouse from David Burke is shaking up traditions, which fits in well at this luxe hotel option. Delicious steaks fill the dinner menu, while innovative cocktails take center stage at the bar. For example, the Mojito Diego comes topped with a lime mint foam, the Poison Berry Cobbler feature Absolut Grapevine, berry-maple marmalade, lemon, and graham cracker, and the Petit Confit is made with duck fat-infuse Bulleit, Pernod, bitters, and lemon. This urban retreat features zen decor and a serene vibe throughout, including at its popular and stylish rooftop lounge. Vertigo Sky welcomes a nightly DJ to the outdoor space, as well as an ice bar and fire pits. The views are pretty incredible, as are the drinks. The hopping nightlife scene at Angels and Kings speaks well to the hotel's rock n' roll aesthetic, which features funky decor, art deco embellishments, and plenty of rocker paraphernalia. The lounge is stylish and comfortable, with a rocker edge and stage area for live performances and DJ sets. The Hyatt Regency offers numerous spots to dine and drink, but Big Bar — as it is so aptly named — boasts the largest free-standing bar on the continent. Everything is enlarged here: the drinks menu features 1,400 choices, there are two 103-inch flat-screen TVs (in addition to many smaller screens) in the bar, and any grub you order will be have a Texas-approved portion size. The Living Room area at this W hotel is popular for afterwork drinks and small bites with the 9 to 5 crowd. Vaulted ceilings give the area a spacious feel, while decor and seating arrangements create a cozy, sexy vibe. The casual lounge at the JW Marriott should attract more visitors than it does. With happy hour specials nightly, including $5 appetizers and cocktails for the afterwork crew, the space is relaxed and fun with a good selection of options. The stylish — but comfortable — Le Bar at the Sofitel features a short menu of comfort food in addition to a lovely selection of champagne cocktails and wines. With a cozy fireplace and lovely library-esque feel to the space, it is a wonderful place to relax with a drink. The rooftop bar, Whiskey Sky, at the W Lakeshore offers amazing views of downtown Chicago as well as a delicious bar menu from Rande Gerber (owner of Whiskey Blue in New Orleans and The Whiskey in New York City). This split-level bar at the historic Palmer House Hilton comes with an extensive cocktail menu, plush leather seating, and a bit of the world's first brownie. Yes, you read that right. Brownies were invented at the Palmer House, and you can taste the original recipe at the bar. Chocolate and champagne, anyone? With over 50 martinis to choose from, the Millennium Knickerbocker's Martini Bar is a great find in this elegant hotel. A seasonal cocktail menu is offered, in addition to a rotating array of small bites and desserts.
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