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Best bars in The Great Lakes

Taco Place
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“Whiskey/Tacos/Beer. Big star has some of the best of each at very reasonable prices and one of the very best patios in city. Heart of Wicker Park. ”
385local recommendations
Bar
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“Queen St West, or West Queen West as it's known locally, is Toronto's premier walking street, full of small shops and boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants. It's not a tourist street; it's where Torontonians go to shop and play and live. You could devote an entire visit to just walking Queen Street, from Parkdale in the west, through the shopping district right through downtown. Further east, the neighbourhood of Leslieville offers great restaurants and a friendly vibe. Queen St continues even further east, eventually ending up in the iconic Beach neighbourhood, where the city meets the lake and where each year the Beach Jazz Festival, well jazzes up the scene.”
284local recommendations
Hotel
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“A popular hipster hotel-restaurant-bar with busy night scene, 2 large patios, and a small concert venue in the basement. The food and cocktails are delicious but on the pricey side.”
319local recommendations
Jazz Club
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“I personally can't stand this place but if you like jazz it's probably your spot! I went on a date here once and the bouncer shushed me, and then the bartender made fun of me for ordering a whiskey sour. But Al Capone used to hang out here so what the hay. ”
248local recommendations
Café
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“Farm-to-table fixture with seasonally-changing menu. Has been one of my favorites since I moved to Chicago 12 years ago.”
247local recommendations
New American Restaurant
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“Whiskey bar & farm-to-table restaurant with a focus on meat (but vegetarian options are available).”
244local recommendations
Brewery
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“I'd probably just go here while you are shopping or out in Wicker Park but they brew a local beer (and it's great).”
202local recommendations
Brewery
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“Our most well-known Brewery! Massive outdoor patio with fire-pits, live music, all the beers.”
58local recommendations
Burger Joint
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“Favorite burger spot (there will often be lines here, so try to go off hours if you decide to go).”
164local recommendations
Brewery
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“If you like beer, you should visit this small brewery with patio. It's always very busy, but they have good selection of craft beer. ”
230local recommendations
Speakeasy
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“Creative cocktails & small bites define this sophisticated, stylish bar. Hidden door on the street, but usually a line of people outside waiting to get in. Totally worth the wait!”
232local recommendations
Brewery
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“Just north in Sawyer, Green Bush is located on Sawyer Road just east of I-94. It does get crowded but the beer and food are very good. When there, stop into Sawyer Home & Garden Center! Near hardware store and market with some interesting items.”
89local recommendations
Brewery
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“Steam Whistle Brewing is home to Canada's Premium Pilsner. Made with only 4 natural ingredients and brewed at the historic Roundhouse in downtown Toronto - you can take a tour! ”
168local recommendations
American Restaurant
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“One of the most famous places to visit in Chicago, IL is the Hancock Building on Michigan Avenue located downtown. There is an observation deck on the 96th floor of the building. If you are not looking to spend your money on admission to have a beautiful view, you can simply visit the Signature Room, a restaurant and bar one floor down for a drink or a bite. The view is at least as good as on the 96th floor and you get to sip on your favorite cocktail.”
155local recommendations
Bar
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“10 min drive -- The most popular restaurant in New Buffalo, casual American dining in walking distance to the beach. Huge menu, everything from pizza to salads and sandwiches. Accommodating for big groups but call in advance. Also a very fun 21+ rooftop patio!”
76local recommendations
Hotel
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“This Restaurant and hotel is located in PEC. It's a fun spot on the water for a drink and some food.”
86local recommendations