Special Report | May 2013 | By Laurel Nakkas

2013 NRA Show Guide

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City Tavern

1416 S. Michigan Ave.

Distance from McCormick Place: 2.2 miles

If you’re looking for a quaint neighborhood bar within minutes of the show, City Tavern is your go-to spot. This 18th century–modeled tavern is rated one of the best bars in Chicago by Chicago Magazine and is on this year’s Michelin Bib Gourmand list, which showcases good-value eateries.

City Tavern specializes in craft beers and features 18 beers on tap. The menu is nothing to scoff at either, with hearty selections like Braised Rabbit Leg, Wild Boar and Short Rib Meatloaf, and Lamb Meatballs.


1970 W. Montrose Ave.

Distance from McCormick Place: 11.4 miles

With more than 150 beers, almost 420 whiskeys, and 30-plus wines, Fountainhead is the tavern to visit if you’re seeking variety. This Old World–themed bar, with dark woodwork and a cozy fireplace, includes a full menu, which is designed to pair well with drink selections. It features salads, snacks, small and large plates, sandwiches, and desserts.

Fountainhead even has a Sunday brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Green Mill Cocktail Lounge

4802 N. Broadway Ave.

Distance from McCormick Place: 11.3 miles

What’s a trip to Chicago without experiencing some history and jazz music? Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, Al Capone’s old hangout, is a Chicago favorite that’s hosted a wide range of jazz performers for more than 100 years. This dimly lit, sophisticated, and casual lounge, reminiscent of the 1920s, welcomes one or more jazz performers each night and hosts a Sunday-night poetry slam, a tradition since 1986. Though the club doesn’t serve food, it’s a perfect destination for a late-night drink at the full bar.


2601 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Distance from McCormick Place: 9.5 miles

Telegraph wine bar has received positive response from many critics since its debut in 2011, appearing on numerous “best of” lists.

With a focus on rustic European wines primarily from Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal, Telegraph also offers eight beers on tap and several liquor selections.

The ever-changing, moderately priced menu utilizes local ingredients and organic produce, and the menu contains choices like fish, cheeses, duck, veal, lamb, boar, and desserts like Portuguese Sweet Bread or Fenugreek Ice Cream, listed with suggested wine pairings.

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