• Tap into the epicenter of cool in Logan Square
• Graze on yakitori and sip rare whiskys at a Japanese izakaya
• Make a night of exploring Chicago’s top bars
A few miles northwest of Wicker Park and Bucktown, the trendy Logan Square neighborhood is home to some of the city’s most ambitious drinking establishments, perfectly positioned for a snack-fueled bar crawl. First up: Yusho, a lively Japanese izakaya, for craveable treats (fried octopus, chicken-skin yakitori) and a superb selection of rare Japanese whiskys. In the mood for tiki drinks and tropical kitsch? Walk a block south to tiny, crowded Lost Lake, and prepare yourself for a sugar high. For something more balanced, continue down Kedzie Avenue to the Longman & Eagle gastropub, whose nuanced cocktails and biodynamic wines will set you straight. They pair well with nose-to-tail snacks like roasted bone marrow with green-apple kimchi and bacon-shallot jam. Then it’s across Logan Square itself to the great Billy Sunday bar (named for the famed prohibition advocate, and owned by the same team behind Yusho). With its burnished woods and elegant lighting, this tin-ceilinged boîte feels like it floated in from 1945, not least for its collection of vintage midcentury amaros, Stregas, and fernets, which you can order straight-up or in classic cocktails (like a $30 Sazerac made with 1960s-era absinthe).
Logan Square is a 20- to 30-minute cab ride northwest of the Conrad Chicago, depending on traffic; the bars and restaurants here are all located on or just off Kedzie Avenue, north and south of Logan Square proper.
YUSHO: 2853 N. Kedzie Ave.; 773-904-8558; yusho-chicago.com
LOST LAKE: 3154 W. Diversey Ave.; 773-293-6048; lostlaketiki.com
LONGMAN & EAGLE: 2657 N. Kedzie Ave.; 773-276-7110; longmanandeagle.com
BILLY SUNDAY: 3143 W. Logan Blvd.; 773-661-2485; billy-sunday.com