A favorite of TheWit Hotel’s Concierge Eric Loughlin is The Delta, a fantastic new cocktail bar in Wicker Park featuring upscale Southern cuisine “Remember the face that bartender gave you when you asked for a mint julep or mojito?,” he says. “Not here, The Delta’s signature cocktail offerings are all smashes using everything from absinthe to vodka.” Not really that into Southern cooking? Loughlin suggests you dig into one of their signature tamales, especially their hot-tamale version of the South Side’s Jim Shoe sandwich (gyro-spiced beef and lamb topped with pastrami, sweet peppers, giardiniera, provolone, and their house sauce). Insider tip: Loughlin says their burger is one of the best in the city. Hungry late? You’re in luck, the kitchen here runs a late night menu all the way until 1 a.m. (and, yes, the burger is on it!).
In a nod to the beatnik era of the 1950s, this luxe lounge is a favorite of Hotel Palomar Concierge Mark Kraemer for its awesome mid-century vibe and standout cocktails. From bright and vegetal sippers to smooth, herbaceous cocktails and mocktails, Kraemer says it’s hard to go wrong. Miles Bertling, concierge at The Kimpton Gray Hotel, also agrees. He recommends grabbing a seat on one of their plush couches and ordering a Deer Hunting in Paradise, a lovely concoction of amaro paired with passionfruit and garam masala.
For drinks that are as artfully prepared at the museum itself, Langham Chicago’s Chef Concierge Philippe Gills recommends bellying up at bar in Marisol, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s new restaurant and lounge. The latest concept from Jason Hammel, the celebrated chef/owner of Lula Cafe in Logan Square, the drink menu here includes a variety of craft beers on tap and in bottles/cans, as well as wine, housemade cocktails, and a robust selection of vermouth (there’s seven different types of the fortified wine on the menu).
Atop the Viceroy Chicago sits Devereaux, a chic new bar and lounge with views of the Gold Coast that John Dillon, concierge at the Ritz-Carlton, describes as “beyond compare”. This swanky spot boasts glam decor circa the ’40s and a well-curated lineup of libations, all featuring witty names such as Don’t Be Bitter, Julep and Not Your Mom’s Negroni. The food options include some large plates, and smaller snacks such as oysters, fries, and crudites.