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European-style bar the Press Room is among the best places in the city for wine.
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Chicago’s Top Wine Bars

Where to drink wine in Chicago

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European-style bar the Press Room is among the best places in the city for wine.
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One thing’s for certain: Chicago can never have too many wine bars. For almost 30 years, they’ve been one of the city’s top destinations for first dates, special occasions, civilized girls’ night out festivities, and more. Plus, if you’re rolling solo, you’ll be hard pressed to stay that way for long.

Wine bars tend to be the type of venues where you can make friends fast — even if it’s with the people who work there. Everyone’s enthusiastic to chat about their favorite wines — and adventures with vino – and if you’re super lucky, someone’s guaranteed to share a bottle.

Our favorites? The boutique-ish, neighborhood spots where you’re certain to discover something you’ve never tried before. We’ve rounded up quite a few you should add to your list.

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Angelo's Wine Bar

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Originally opened in 1962 as a pizzeria, Angelo’s underwent a makeover in 2015 and added a wine program and new dishes. The neighborhood spot now features thin crust pizzas, pastas, salads, charcuterie, bruschetta, sandwiches, and more alongside bottles and flights. Outdoor dining is available on the patio.

Volo Restaurant Wine Bar

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What’s not to love about this unpretentious Roscoe Village eatery that’s a long-time favorite for date night? Volo is a casually cool destination specializing in boutique wines, artisan cheeses, and many delicious options for sharing. That ranges from chilled oysters to charcuterie with knowledgeable staffers always available to help you with unconventional wine pairings. One of Volo’s biggest draws is its spectacular year-round patio that’s spacious and a favorite for post-work gatherings.

A dining room with banquette and bar seating, hanging lights, and chalkboard specials.
Volo’s outdoor patio is a huge draw.
Volo [Official Photo]

Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar

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Robust wood-fired pizzas, a sizeable wine list, and wallet-friendly daily specials have helped solidify Frasca as a neighborhood go-to. Try the Italian sausage pie — loaded with fennel sausage, sautéed onions, and mozzarella — with a glass of Cabernet. Al fresco dining is available on Frasca’s outdoor patio. 

Glasses of wine and pizzas on a table.
Load up on carbs and wine at Frasca.
Frasca [Official Photo]

Webster’s Wine Bar

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The OG of Chicago’s wine bar scene, Webster’s Wine Bar served an extensive fermented grape selection for two decades first in Lincoln Park before moving to the current Logan Square location in 2014. Dates, friendly gatherings, and light meals are common in the dim, casual space, and the wine list focuses on Old World vintages, including a vast array by the glass.

Beautiful Rind

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Cheeses. Such beautiful cheeses. There’s no simpler way to pair wine than with a host of the best artisan cheeses from this region as well as France and Spain. Beautiful Rind, situated in Logan Square, features six- and three-ounce pours of global rosé, chenin blanc, pinot noir and other selections. Pairing classes are held regularly by local and visiting cheesemongers, plus the menu changes daily and you can take bottles to go. There’s also a patio.

Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar

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When three former Webster’s Wine Bar employees decided to open their own wine bar in Humboldt Park back in 2009, the area gained both a neighborhood hangout and an oenophile destination. Credit that to showcasing wine growers from around the world with a variety of specialties, including terroir-focused, organic, and biodynamic pours. The food only helps and nearly all of the plates rotate on the regular. The only item that stays on full-time? The burger, a Slagel Farm beef patty that is topped with bacon aioli, red onion, and cheddar. Patio seating is available.

Lush Wine & Spirits West Town

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The West Town outpost of Lush aims to be all things for its customers year-round. During the summer, it’s a popular neighborhood hang for the ample patio seating. In the winter, guests cozy up to the best seats in the house, near the fireplace. Organic eggs, artisan cheeses, prepared gourmet meals, and more may be purchased from the market. And the restaurant offers a Parisian café-style setting for those looking to get out of the house over a bottle or two of vino. Selections vary from cool regional finds to international stars.

A Michelin star was awarded in 2021 to this Portuguese- and Spanish-inspired spot that’s one of the most visually impressive places to open in Chicago in years. Most of its vibrant interior is imported, and of course, the food and wines are, too. But what makes the wines truly stand out is that Porto’s partners and beverage team travel annually to Spain and Portugal to seek out new talent. The ever-changing list reflects that and keeps guests coming back for more.

The granite bar with boxes of fish above it. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

All Together Now

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The one stop shop in Ukrainian Village is stocked with a first-rate supply of wine, cheese, and snacks. Make self-isolation better by picking up some bottles and groceries to go or grab a seat on the outdoor patio and dive into a host of Midwestern-style dishes. All Together Now also offers picnic kits, a wine club, and a wine and cheese hotline for personalized recommendations.

Pops for Champagne

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As the name suggests, Champagne is the focus at this corner fixture, which opened its doors more than 35 years ago. River North denizens and visitors alike will find one of the largest collections of sparkling bottles, including to-go packages. If the selection process ever seems daunting, turn to the team (many of whom have been there for decades), who can also offer guidance and food pairing recommendations. On Mondays, Pops features a different and unique magnum to pour by the glass.

Joe's Imports

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Chicagoans not ready to travel abroad may still treat themselves to a globe-trotting experience at Fulton Market gem Joe’s Imports. Wine director Joe Fiely has put together an extensive bottle lineup that’s based upon his personal travels around the world. The wines are paired with small plates like fried Parmesan puffs, salumi, and lamb meatballs. They may be ordered by five or six ounces or by the bottle. Patio seating is available, and there’s great people watching inside and outside.

A bar with seats for 15 guests.
The West Loop bar offers wines from all regions.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The Press Room

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Fall 2017 saw the opening of West Loop B&B the Publishing House and its subterranean wine bar. Visitors have a global selection of more than 70 bottles from which to choose. The drinking menu complements the season-driven fare — from charred broccolini to seared scallops — and a nice mix of cheeses and charcuterie. Patio seating is available and there’s regular live entertainment.

The room features an area with a long table, a vintage cooler, and a large piece of framed art.
The European-style wine bar has a vintage vibe.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Wild Blossom Meadery and Winery

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A staple in the Beverly neighborhood for more than 20 years, Wild Blossom is the only producer of mead on the Northern Illinois Wine Trail. Sustainability is a key practice here because they raise their own bees and collect the honey to make the centuries-old fermented beverage. They also purify and use water from Lake Michigan to produce their wines, such white honey sangria as well as Chicago Bulls Blood, made from a cabernet, Syrah, and merlot blend. Weekly tours and tasting classes are available, plus there is patio seating.

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Angelo's Wine Bar

Originally opened in 1962 as a pizzeria, Angelo’s underwent a makeover in 2015 and added a wine program and new dishes. The neighborhood spot now features thin crust pizzas, pastas, salads, charcuterie, bruschetta, sandwiches, and more alongside bottles and flights. Outdoor dining is available on the patio.

Volo Restaurant Wine Bar

A dining room with banquette and bar seating, hanging lights, and chalkboard specials.
Volo’s outdoor patio is a huge draw.
Volo [Official Photo]

What’s not to love about this unpretentious Roscoe Village eatery that’s a long-time favorite for date night? Volo is a casually cool destination specializing in boutique wines, artisan cheeses, and many delicious options for sharing. That ranges from chilled oysters to charcuterie with knowledgeable staffers always available to help you with unconventional wine pairings. One of Volo’s biggest draws is its spectacular year-round patio that’s spacious and a favorite for post-work gatherings.

A dining room with banquette and bar seating, hanging lights, and chalkboard specials.
Volo’s outdoor patio is a huge draw.
Volo [Official Photo]

Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Glasses of wine and pizzas on a table.
Load up on carbs and wine at Frasca.
Frasca [Official Photo]

Robust wood-fired pizzas, a sizeable wine list, and wallet-friendly daily specials have helped solidify Frasca as a neighborhood go-to. Try the Italian sausage pie — loaded with fennel sausage, sautéed onions, and mozzarella — with a glass of Cabernet. Al fresco dining is available on Frasca’s outdoor patio. 

Glasses of wine and pizzas on a table.
Load up on carbs and wine at Frasca.
Frasca [Official Photo]

Webster’s Wine Bar

The OG of Chicago’s wine bar scene, Webster’s Wine Bar served an extensive fermented grape selection for two decades first in Lincoln Park before moving to the current Logan Square location in 2014. Dates, friendly gatherings, and light meals are common in the dim, casual space, and the wine list focuses on Old World vintages, including a vast array by the glass.

Beautiful Rind

Cheeses. Such beautiful cheeses. There’s no simpler way to pair wine than with a host of the best artisan cheeses from this region as well as France and Spain. Beautiful Rind, situated in Logan Square, features six- and three-ounce pours of global rosé, chenin blanc, pinot noir and other selections. Pairing classes are held regularly by local and visiting cheesemongers, plus the menu changes daily and you can take bottles to go. There’s also a patio.

Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar

When three former Webster’s Wine Bar employees decided to open their own wine bar in Humboldt Park back in 2009, the area gained both a neighborhood hangout and an oenophile destination. Credit that to showcasing wine growers from around the world with a variety of specialties, including terroir-focused, organic, and biodynamic pours. The food only helps and nearly all of the plates rotate on the regular. The only item that stays on full-time? The burger, a Slagel Farm beef patty that is topped with bacon aioli, red onion, and cheddar. Patio seating is available.

Lush Wine & Spirits West Town

The West Town outpost of Lush aims to be all things for its customers year-round. During the summer, it’s a popular neighborhood hang for the ample patio seating. In the winter, guests cozy up to the best seats in the house, near the fireplace. Organic eggs, artisan cheeses, prepared gourmet meals, and more may be purchased from the market. And the restaurant offers a Parisian café-style setting for those looking to get out of the house over a bottle or two of vino. Selections vary from cool regional finds to international stars.

Porto

The granite bar with boxes of fish above it. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

A Michelin star was awarded in 2021 to this Portuguese- and Spanish-inspired spot that’s one of the most visually impressive places to open in Chicago in years. Most of its vibrant interior is imported, and of course, the food and wines are, too. But what makes the wines truly stand out is that Porto’s partners and beverage team travel annually to Spain and Portugal to seek out new talent. The ever-changing list reflects that and keeps guests coming back for more.

The granite bar with boxes of fish above it. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

All Together Now

The one stop shop in Ukrainian Village is stocked with a first-rate supply of wine, cheese, and snacks. Make self-isolation better by picking up some bottles and groceries to go or grab a seat on the outdoor patio and dive into a host of Midwestern-style dishes. All Together Now also offers picnic kits, a wine club, and a wine and cheese hotline for personalized recommendations.

Pops for Champagne

As the name suggests, Champagne is the focus at this corner fixture, which opened its doors more than 35 years ago. River North denizens and visitors alike will find one of the largest collections of sparkling bottles, including to-go packages. If the selection process ever seems daunting, turn to the team (many of whom have been there for decades), who can also offer guidance and food pairing recommendations. On Mondays, Pops features a different and unique magnum to pour by the glass.

Joe's Imports

A bar with seats for 15 guests.
The West Loop bar offers wines from all regions.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Chicagoans not ready to travel abroad may still treat themselves to a globe-trotting experience at Fulton Market gem Joe’s Imports. Wine director Joe Fiely has put together an extensive bottle lineup that’s based upon his personal travels around the world. The wines are paired with small plates like fried Parmesan puffs, salumi, and lamb meatballs. They may be ordered by five or six ounces or by the bottle. Patio seating is available, and there’s great people watching inside and outside.

A bar with seats for 15 guests.
The West Loop bar offers wines from all regions.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The Press Room

The room features an area with a long table, a vintage cooler, and a large piece of framed art.
The European-style wine bar has a vintage vibe.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Fall 2017 saw the opening of West Loop B&B the Publishing House and its subterranean wine bar. Visitors have a global selection of more than 70 bottles from which to choose. The drinking menu complements the season-driven fare — from charred broccolini to seared scallops — and a nice mix of cheeses and charcuterie. Patio seating is available and there’s regular live entertainment.

The room features an area with a long table, a vintage cooler, and a large piece of framed art.
The European-style wine bar has a vintage vibe.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Wild Blossom Meadery and Winery

A staple in the Beverly neighborhood for more than 20 years, Wild Blossom is the only producer of mead on the Northern Illinois Wine Trail. Sustainability is a key practice here because they raise their own bees and collect the honey to make the centuries-old fermented beverage. They also purify and use water from Lake Michigan to produce their wines, such white honey sangria as well as Chicago Bulls Blood, made from a cabernet, Syrah, and merlot blend. Weekly tours and tasting classes are available, plus there is patio seating.

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