Bars, Places

Secret Bars In River North You Have Never Been To

Chicago is the place to be when you’re looking to drink. You are probably so used to going to the same places every weekend and want to try something new – something special.

The Windy City is always full of surprises. How could you get bored of this place? If you want an adventure, just walk down the street!

We have a list of secret Chicago bars that you should make your way to if you’re ever in the mood. Below are secret bars in River North you have never been to…and should visit!

1. The Library
The Library

This beautiful intimate space is hiding below Gilt Bar. It has a lot of books of the leather-bound, gold-lettered, antique variety. The perfect bar to feel like your back in college…except you’re actually drinking at the library which is way more fun.

2. Jimmy

This secret bar is located past the sandwich counter of David Burke’s Bacon Bar. The door is unmarked and guarded by a men dressed in tuxedos. The bar the is inspired by 1970’s cinema. This is one bar you will love being at.

3. The Drifter
The Drifter

The Drifter is located beneath the The Green Door Tavern and is all about the vintage vibe. Why? Because it’s an actual speakeasy from the Prohibition. This awesome bar offers burlesque shows and a great menu of cocktails.

4. Watershed
The cocktail lounge is located below Pops for Champagne. The theme gives you a lovely 1986 Holiday Inn feel. Cocktail prices are only $10 and includes different concoctions with them on the side. Sounds amazing! It’s like you’re in a time machine when you visit Watershed.

5. Double A

This secret bar is located below Mercadito. What makes this bar special is the environment because you get to stand next to the bartender. See – you can easily make friends here in the open space.

If you have any free time and a few bucks to spare, hit up one of these speakeasy bars and have yourself some fun.


Life, Preview Chicago Exclusives

Are You Ready For These Outdoor Chicago Activities?

The weather is warming up and guess what? It’s time to enjoy the weather. Being stuck indoors is such a hassle. There’s so much more to do around this big city than sit in a bar and eat at the same restaurant.

Look at Chicago in the summertime, it’s beautiful:

Why would you wanna do this:

When you could enjoy this:

So, step outside and enjoy these outdoor Chicago activities below:

1. Bobby’s Bike Hike Chicago
Get on a bike and take a tour of the city. Bobby’s Bike Hike Chicago offers different biking tours around Chicago such as Lakefront Neighborhood Tours, Bikes Bites & Brews tour, City Lights at Night Tour and much more.

2. Seadog Cruises
Seadog Cruises is one of most popular attractions at Navy Pier, Seadog attracts history buffs, those who love architecture and even people just looking for a good time. While riding in a huge speedboat, you can enjoy views of Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, the Chicago Harbor, Chicago’s Museum Campus and more!

3. Lincoln Park Zoo
Spend a day with the animals at Lincoln Park Zoo. The zoo offers outdoor activities and fun for everyone all ages. Who doesn’t love animals, anyways?

4. Chicago Line Cruises
Chicago Line Cruises offers Architectural Cruise, Cocktail Cocktail Cruises and Firework Cruise. All cruises are 90 minutes, and have complimentary Starbucks Coffee and soft drinks. Score!

5. Urban Kayaks
Have you ever been on a kayak? Luckily, Chicago is known for its kayak tours! You can even rentals kayaks and get lessons on the Chicago River all thanks for Urban Kayaks.

There is so much going on in Chicago! Gather up some friends and family and get out there!


Bars, Places, Restaurants

Best Chicago Happy Hour Specials For Any Craving

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!


And in Chicago, it’s all day every day.

Are you looking for the best happy hour spots and daily special deals on drinks/food? We’ve got you covered!

Chicago has tons of places that will fulfill your craving for saving money and having fun…regardless.

Check out the best Chicago happy hour specials in your neighborhood. Most of them are all day! Unless stated otherwise:

– River North

  • Thursday: Gilt Bar – 230 West Kinzie St. – $4 table wine
  • Saturdays and Sundays – Theory Chicago – 9 W. Hubbard St. – $5 mimosa and Bloody Mary bar and $5 fireball shots.

– The Loop

  • Friday: Monks Pub – 205 W. Lake St. – $4 draft beers
  • Saturday: Emerald Loop – 216 N. Wabash Ave.: $9.95 breakfast buffet (9am-1pm)

– Bucktown

  • Monday: 6 Degrees – 1935 N. Damen Ave: $4 Magic Hat #9 and $5 burgers
  • Saturday: Jack and Gingers – 2048 W Armitage Ave: $1 mini burgers

– Gold Coast

  • Tuesday: Bootleggers – 11 W. Division St.: $5 domestic beer pitchers
  • Thursday: Bull & Bear – 431 N. Wells St. – $7 tall draft beer

– Roscoe Village

  • Wednesday: Four Moon Tavern – 1847 W. Roscoe St.: $2.50 Hamm’s cans and Miller Light cans
  • Saturday: Fizz Bar and Grill – 3220 North Lincoln Ave: 1/2 off pizza before 7pm

– Lakeview

  • Wednesday: Redmonds – 3358 N. Sheffield Ave.: $1 well drinks
  • Saturday: Schubas Tavern – 3159 N. Southport Ave: $4 Screwdrivers

– Wicker Park

  • Sunday: People – 1560 N. Milkwaukee Ave.: $5 Tapas at the bar and $3 Jameson shots
  • Tuesday: Fatpour – 2005 W. Division St. – $2-$3 tacos

– Lincoln Park

  • Thursday: Hidden Shamrock – 2723 N. Halsted St.: $1 domestic draft beer
  • Friday: Kincades – 950 W. Armitage Ave.: $6 Red Bull drinks

– Old Town

  • Sunday: Declans Irish Pub – 1240 N. Wells St. – $5 bloodies and Mimosas
  • Monday: Old Towne Pizza Pub – 1339 N. Wells St.: $1 PBR

– Wrigleyville

  • Wednesday: Rockwood Place – 3466 N. Clark St. – $3 Bud Light and $5 tequila shots and margaritas
  • Saturday: Yak-Zies – 3710 N. Clark St. – $4 bloodies

What are some of your favorite daily specials? There’s something to look forward to every day!