Your Guide to the Best Chicago Wine Bars

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While Chicago might be better known for our handcrafted cocktails and local beers, that doesn’t mean that we’re not also experts in fine wine.  Some of the country’s top sommeliers are even right here in (or around) our own backyard. Whether you’re after a glass of bubbles or a classic pinot noir, we’ve got the perfect place for you to sip, nosh and unwind.  These are some of the best Chicago wine bars:

Enolo Wine Café

Location:  450 N Clark St., River North

Enolo is the perfect place to relax and catch up with friends.  Designed in a vintage-chic setting, the Wine Cafe features chandeliers, a gold ceiling and an ornate bar.  In addition to an impressive wine selection, the lounge offers a delicious array of New American/Italian plates that pair nicely.

J9 Wine Bar

Location:  1961 N Halsted St., Lincoln Park

Enjoy catching up with friends, date night, or a book in one of J9’s cozy seating areas.  This wine bar really wants you to feel at home as soon as you step inside and settle into their living room atmosphere.  Whether you’re in need of a great glass of wine or craving a wonderfully crafted classic cocktail, J9 has it all. They also offer cheese and charcuterie platters to enjoy with your libation.

3rd Coast Cafe

Location:  1260 N Dearborn St., Goethe

This American Restaurant is nestled in the heart of the Gold Coast.  Its vintage location has been a site for famous restaurants since the 1920’s and the Coast continues that heritage today.  With a full menu of culinary delights, this café also offers selected boutique wines, hand crafted beers and a full bar.


Location:  505 N Michigan Ave., Near North Side

This warm, inviting wine bar makes you feel like you’re in an upscale wine cellar.  When you walk in, you’ll see a gorgeous display of delicious cheeses and chocolates as well as glass-enclosed wine racks containing award-winning selections all around the room.  A gourmet cornucopia awaits with superb wines, an outstanding international menu of cheeses, handmade truffles and bars.

The Boarding House

Location:  720 N Wells St., River North

The Boarding House is a wine-driven concept in the River North neighborhood.  The entire first floor is a stunning bar. Guests can enjoy a selection of 20 wines by the glass, 450 wines by the bottle, custom cocktails, specialty spirits and craft beers to pair with traditional wine bar provisions, including cheeses and charcuterie, as well as a full dining menu from the second level.

City Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk

Location:  11 W Riverwalk S, The Loop

City Winery on the Chicago Riverwalk provides Chicagoans a way to engage with the city in a unique way.  Guests are treated to a truly special experience with locally and sustainably-made products with a menu that features the restaurant’s top selling items from their West Loop location.  Even their wine selection shows their commitment to sustainability, as it’s served through a unique tap system.

No matter what you’re craving, these wine bars offer the best of the best and plenty of delightful options.  So, come out, grab a glass, and enjoy the atmosphere.


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