DINE & DRINK

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The king of Thai food in Chicago, chef Arun Sam­pan­tha­vi­vat’s North­west Side restau­rant is a tem­ple to the art of fine Asian fare. In­dulge in prix-fixe-only 10- and 12-course menus and craft cock­tails in the re­cently rein­vented space. 4156 N. Kedzie Ave., 773-539-1909; arun­sthai.com

THE AVIARY

From world-fa­mous Alinea chef Grant Achatz and part­ner Nick Kokonas, Ful­ton Mar­ket District’s The Aviary is the city’s pre­mier des­ti­na­tion for avant-garde cock­tails. IN­SIDER TIP: Af­ter your first drink, ask your server if there’s room in the teensy down­stairs speakeasy The Of­fice—home of the ul­ti­mate clas­sic cock­tails—for round two. 955 W. Ful­ton Mar­ket; theav­iary.com

BANGERS & LACE

It’s a sausage fest at this cu­rated craft beer and en­cased-meats restau­rant, whose re­cently opened Ad­di­son Street lo­ca­tion gives Wrigleyvillers a dig­ni­fied al­ter­na­tive to the sports bar mad­ness. IN­SIDER TIP: Brunch is a real find; don’t miss the shak­shouka, a spicy Moroc­can to­mato stew with eggs and lamb sausage. 1851 W. Ad­di­son St., 773-697-8667; 1670 W. Di­vi­sion St., 773-252-6499; 810 Grove St., Evanston, 847-905-0854; banger­sand­lace.com

BAR LUPO

Dou­ble whammy: Not only does this River North Ital­ian pub boast an in­dus­try vet in owner Brian O’con­nor (Maple & Ash, RIA, North Pond)—the bev­er­age pro­gram is cu­rated by star mixol­o­gist Liz Pearce. Chicken parm and an Aperol spritz? Yes, please. IN­SIDER TIP: Dig into the killer late-night menu with meat­ball subs and $3 house shots. 217 W. Huron St., 312-643-3400; barlupochicago.com

NEW BAR­RIO

For its lat­est con­cept, Dineamic Group teams up with an­other Top

Chef vet­eran, Kat­suji Tan­abe, for a Mex­i­can restau­rant with a bit of

Asian flair (think dishes like grilled diver scal­lops with poblano-uni rel­ish) in a stun­ning, ex­pan­sive space smack in the heart of River North. 65 W. Kinzie St., 312-940-9900; bar­riochicago.com

BODEGA

As if the ACME Ho­tel weren’t al­ready a hot­bed of craft cock­tails (Berk­shire Room, any­one?), the surg­ing Fifty/50 Restau­rant Group has opened this up­stairs sis­ter venue serv­ing “all things fizzy, frosty, and boozy.” 15 E. Ohio St., 312-8940945; acme­hotel­com­pany.com

BOLEO

One of the lat­est in Chicago’s string of hot-hot-hot ho­tel bars, this sexy rooftop lounge in the Kimp­ton Gray Ho­tel serves con­tem­po­rary takes on South Amer­i­can street fare—think ce­viche and em­panadas—along­side pisco-cen­tric cock­tails and sul­try live mu­sic. 122 W. Mon­roe St., 15th Fl., 312-750-9007; boleochicago.com

BRO­KEN ENGLISH TACO PUB

Mex­i­can street food gets the Tech­ni­color treat­ment at this vi­brant, whim­si­cal new des­ti­na­tion from Chicago restau­rant leg­end Phil Ste­fani. Of­fer­ings in­clude 12 kinds of tacos (shrimp, bar­ba­coa, carne asada), plus snacks like achiote hum­mus and street corn hush pup­pies. 75 E. Lake St., 312-9293601; tacopub.com

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