Hours: Sunday 5 PM-2 AM, Monday-Thursday 6 PM-2 AM, Friday 5 PM-2 AM, Saturday 5 PM-3 AM
Laid-back Logan Square bar featuring live music and high-caliber cocktails.
Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa
Part storefront art installation, part eclectic music venue (and record label), mostly craft-cocktail mecca, the Whistler is a Chicago destination, forget about neighborhood spot. Just don’t let the Friday- and Saturday-night lines deter you from visiting at more reasonable hours. Once tended by cocktail savant Paul McGee, the bar continues on with a seasonal menu of fanciful concoctions like the double-glassed Verdita—one glass contains cilantro, mint, pineapple juice, lemon, jalapeño, and habanero, while the other is filled with Don Fulano Silver tequila. The beer selection is solid and relatively upscale, but in bottles only. Low-key rock, improv jazz, thump-thump dance, or whispery folk will likely be occupying the intimate stage at some point throughout the week. The bartenders move with careful deliberation, so be patient and wait your turn. —Kevin Warwick