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Here Are Chicago's 10 Priciest Corkage Fees

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Whether seeking to impress your dinner date with that one-of-a-kind bottle you've been waiting to open for years or you're scheming for a way to shave a few bucks off your bar bill, the good news is more and more Chicago restaurants are obliging their clientele with an under-the-radar BYOW (bring your own wine) policy. What's the catch? A big, fat fee.

While both of Chicago's three-Michelin-starred restaurants, Alinea and Grace, don't allow outside wine, here's a list of Chicago's 10 priciest corkage fees at restaurants that do.

—Melanie Hesdorffer

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Everest Restaurant

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If Everest’s extensive selection of 1,600 wines - stored in a temperature and humidity-controlled cellar and served in crystal stemware - or the $98 wine pairing that accompanies Chef Joho’s seven-course tasting menu doesn’t meet your fancy, no need to fret. Everest will happily uncork your bottle for $75.

Those uninterested in Acadia’s $105 wine pairing to compliment chef Ryan McCaskey’s seasonal tasting menu may instead bring in any two standard size bottles of their own for $65 apiece.

Topolobampo

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If the vintage, private label wine at Topolobampo isn’t tempting enough and you can’t be swayed by classic cocktails, seasonal margaritas, featured wines, mezcals and drafts, for $55 you may bring a bottle not on their list.

Sixteen

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Not so keen on the idea of BYO, Trump’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant, Sixteen, permits guests to bring one bottle per table of four for a $50 fee.

In spite of their collection of 1,500 wines from around the world, Tru will allow guests to bring up to two bottles of any wine not on their list for $50 a pop.

For those unenthused by Naha’s globally influenced wines and creatively crafted cocktails, for $50 a bottle guests may opt to bring their own.

Spiaggia

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If Italian wine (and French Champagne) is not quite your style, Spiaggia invites guests to bring no more than two bottles of any wine not on their list for $50 each.

Moto Restaurant

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If their $95 wine pairing “progression” fails to excite, Moto will happily uncork your bottle for $50.

Pump Room

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For a $45 corkage fee, the Pump Room will happily uncork as many bottles as you’d like.

RPM Steak

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For a corkage fee of $40, guests are allowed to bring no more than one bottle per table of any wine not on the list at RPM Steak.

Everest Restaurant

If Everest’s extensive selection of 1,600 wines - stored in a temperature and humidity-controlled cellar and served in crystal stemware - or the $98 wine pairing that accompanies Chef Joho’s seven-course tasting menu doesn’t meet your fancy, no need to fret. Everest will happily uncork your bottle for $75.

Acadia

Those uninterested in Acadia’s $105 wine pairing to compliment chef Ryan McCaskey’s seasonal tasting menu may instead bring in any two standard size bottles of their own for $65 apiece.

Topolobampo

If the vintage, private label wine at Topolobampo isn’t tempting enough and you can’t be swayed by classic cocktails, seasonal margaritas, featured wines, mezcals and drafts, for $55 you may bring a bottle not on their list.

Sixteen

Not so keen on the idea of BYO, Trump’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant, Sixteen, permits guests to bring one bottle per table of four for a $50 fee.

TRU

In spite of their collection of 1,500 wines from around the world, Tru will allow guests to bring up to two bottles of any wine not on their list for $50 a pop.

Naha

For those unenthused by Naha’s globally influenced wines and creatively crafted cocktails, for $50 a bottle guests may opt to bring their own.

Spiaggia

If Italian wine (and French Champagne) is not quite your style, Spiaggia invites guests to bring no more than two bottles of any wine not on their list for $50 each.

Moto Restaurant

If their $95 wine pairing “progression” fails to excite, Moto will happily uncork your bottle for $50.

Pump Room

For a $45 corkage fee, the Pump Room will happily uncork as many bottles as you’d like.

RPM Steak

For a corkage fee of $40, guests are allowed to bring no more than one bottle per table of any wine not on the list at RPM Steak.

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