Photograph courtesy of Choose Chicago | Adam Alexander Photography

Photograph courtesy of Choose Chicago | Adam Alexander Photography

Discover Chicago like a local FED pro. Chicago bartenders answer the question, "What's your favorite thing tourists DON'T know about Chicago?"

CHEAP SHOTS

Photograph courtesy of Twisted Spoke

Photograph courtesy of Twisted Spoke

Twisted Spoke

"You can get half-priced whiskey here on Wednesdays."
FED Pro > Bartender Danny Shapiro of Scofflaw

501 North Ogden Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642
T: 312.666.1500

Photograph courtesy of Punch House

Photograph courtesy of Punch House

Punch House

"Each evening at midnight, we serve a complimentary shot of bourbon to folks seated at the bar while we feed the fish."
FED Pro > Bartender Will Duncan of Punch House

1227 W 18th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
T: 312.526.3851 | punchhousechicago.com

GO EARLY

Photographs courtesy of Mr. Brown's Lounge

Photographs courtesy of Mr. Brown's Lounge

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Mr. Brown's Lounge

"This Jamaican bar goes nightclub after 10pm, but if you come here during dinner hours, especially on a Tuesday, you will thank me for introducing you to the wonder that is the $10 jerk chicken plate. It easily feeds two with leftovers for late night snacking. I insist you get a side of their mac and cheese. The richness quells the jerk spice and is essential to enjoying this strange and wonderful place."
FED Pro > Bartender Will Duncan

2301 W Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622  
T: 773.278.4445 | www.mrbrownslounge.com

Ricobene's

"There's never a wait. Get the breaded steak sandwich. There is something about that sandwich that has you talking and contemplating more once you're done with it."
FED Pro > Bartender Dustin Drankiewicz of The Tack Room

252 W 26th Street, Chicago, IL 60616
T: 312.225.5555 | 
www.ricobenespizza.com

DON'T GO DEEP

"You don't need snowshoes in March. Also, no one eats Chicago pizza except tourists and Scotty Lobianco [bartender at Broken Shaker]."
FED Pro > Bartender Freddie Sarkis of Broken Shaker

"We don't all eat only deep dish pizza. Yes, its a nice option and I was raised on Lou Malnati's (still the best), but please try some Chicago-style thin crust. Pat's in Lincoln Park, Candlelite in Rogers Park, and Vito & Nick's in Ashburn are all superb. But if you're downtown, swing through Pizano's for a hot giardiniera and Italian sausage pie, and chase it with lots of Pepto-Bismol."
FED Pro > Bartender Graham Heubach of Sportsman Club

PAT'S PIZZA
2679 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
T: 773.248.0168 | www.patspizza.info

VITO & NICK'S
 8433 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60652
T: 773.735.2050 | vitoandnicks.com

CANDLELITE
7452 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60645
T: 773.465.0087 | www.candlelitechicago.com

PIZANO'S
Multiple Locations
www.pizanoschicago.com

LISTEN AND DRINK

Photograph courtesy of The Empty Bottle

Photograph courtesy of The Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle

"Any given night of the week you can see great live music. Places like The Empty Bottle in the Ukrainian Village have been doing live music from 5 to 7 nights a week for over 20 years and you never know who you are gonna see."
FED Pro > Bartender Dustin Drankiewicz of the Tack Room

1035 N Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
T: 773.276.3600 | 
emptybottle.com

BEYOND EATING AND DRINKING

Promontory Point

"The Promontory Point in the Hyde Park neighborhood carries so much history and some of the architecture and design that still lives from Daniel Burnham is still in play. It's cool to be in a quiet neighborhood with no tourist congestion and on top of the lake."
FED Pro > Bartender Dustin Drankiewicz of  The Tack Room

5491 South Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60615

Chicago Cultural Center Dome | Photo Credit: City of Chicago

Chicago Cultural Center Dome | Photo Credit: City of Chicago

The Cultural Center

"Definitely check out the Cultural Center in the loop. It's always free of charge and they display cool art exhibits."
FED Pro > Bartender Dustin Drankiewicz of  The Tack Room

78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602

Myopic Books

"Get lost in Myopic Books in Wicker Park, it's crazy the nooks and crannies they built to accommodate all the literature. I've found some really interesting reads here."
FED Pro > Bartender Dustin Drankiewicz of  The Tack Room

1564 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
T: 773.862.4882 | 
www.myopicbookstore.com


THE PROS

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Danny Shapiro

Head bartender at Scofflaw in Chicago.

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Dustin Drankiewicz

Head bartender at the Tack Room in Chicago.

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Will Duncan

Head Bartender at Punch House, Dusek's, Moneygun in Chicago.

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Graham Heubach

Head bartender at Sportsman Club in Chicago.

 

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Freddie Sarkis

Head bartender at Broken Shaker in Chicago.

 

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