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Classic Chicago Spots
Imbibe your way through a history lesson at these Chicago institutions.
Green Mill. The Green Mill, opened in 1914 in Uptown, has undergone quite a few makeovers and owners (including Al Capone). We like its current incarnation: dark-wood carvings, passionate jazz, and intimate booths. 4802 N. Broadway, Far North Side, Chicago, IL, 60640. 773/878–5552. www.greenmilljazz.com.
Original Mother's. Since the 1960s, Original Mother's has been a local favorite for cutting-edge music and dance-'til-you-drop partying. The subterranean singles' destination was immortalized by Demi Moore, Jim Belushi, and Rob Lowe in the film About Last Night. 26 W. Division St., Near North, Chicago, IL, 60610. 312/642–7251.
Pump Room. Ian Schrager revamped the historic Ambassador East Hotel as the affordably chic Public Chicago. In keeping with the democratic pricing, he opened up the restaurant naming to locals, who voted to keep it the Pump Room. In the sleek bar area, complete with gold-leaf ceiling, celebrity spotting still reigns supreme—as it did in the storied restaurant's heydey, when the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall occupied Booth One. A separate Library Bar off the lobby offers coffee and pastries by day and cocktails at night. 1301 N. State Pkwy., Old Town, Chicago, IL, 60610. 312/787–3700. www.pumproom.com.
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