Despite the myth, corkage fees aren't illegal in Chicago. The city doesn't regulate corkage fees, so restaurant owners can charge customers whatever they want for bringing booze with them. And more places — like Goosefoot— are, as owners argue that BYOB policies cost them money spent on their wine lists. They also say corkage fees offset the cost of stemware, corkscrews and decanters. But there's still a subtle pleasure in sipping what you've brought. There are plenty of BYOBs in the city, and some offer no corkage fees on select nights. But if you don't want to be a slave to the calendar, here are your best bets where you can enjoy that cellared bottle.
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