Chicago tavern culture is legendary and helps makes the city special. Dive bars play a crucial role in keeping this culture alive as a welcoming place for people to gather no matter how much money they have to spend or what they look like. They can be used for happy hour, cheap dates, or ways to blow off steam. There’s rarely any judgement inside, just as there aren’t any fancy cocktails. Though cheap canned beer still is popular, Chicago’s beer culture has changed, and it’s now acceptable to drink an IPA with extra hops or a pumpkin peach ale. Just wash them down with a shot of malort and everyone can be friends.
Because Chicago has many great dive bars and this list is limited to 20, many beloved watering holes aren’t included. Sound off on what’s missing in the comments. For the 2020 update, Happy Village, Rainbo Club, and Stella’s Tap were removed, and Simon’s Tavern, Rosa’s Lounge and L&L Tavern join the list.Read More