I'll be making a trip out to chicago in a few weeks and am in desperate need of some local bar recommendations. Past few trips we've just wandered around north of the loop or wicker park, and we've always found places to drink, but I always get the feeling those 'great bars' are just around the corner.
My idea of a great place? It's the type of place where you can sit at the bar and get a decently made cocktail, a solid pour of whiskey, or at least couple local tap beers. The type of place with a bit of..character.
It'd be ideal if a couple bars were within walking distance of each other. I'd love to be able to make a night of it. But that might be wishful thinking.
I'll be staying in River North - so any neighborhood within a $10-15 taxi is on the table.