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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Everest Restaurant

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440 S La Salle St
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 663-8920
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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.

2. Acadia

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1639 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 360-9500
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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.

3. Topolobampo

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445 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 661-1434
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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.

4. Sixteen

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401 N Wabash Ave Fl 16
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 588-8030
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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.

676 N Saint Clair St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 202-0001
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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.

6. Naha

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500 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 321-6242
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For those unenthused by Naha’s globally influenced wines and creatively crafted cocktails, for $50 a bottle guests may opt to bring their own.

7. Spiaggia

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980 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-2750
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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.

8. Moto Restaurant

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945 W Fulton St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 491-0058
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If their $95 wine pairing “progression” fails to excite, Moto will happily uncork your bottle for $50.

9. Pump Room

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1301 N State Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 601-2970
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For a $45 corkage fee, the Pump Room will happily uncork as many bottles as you’d like.

10. RPM Steak

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66 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 284-4990
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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.

1. Everest Restaurant

440 S La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60605

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.

440 S La Salle St
Chicago, IL 60605

2. Acadia

1639 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

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.

1639 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

3. Topolobampo

445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

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.

445 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

4. Sixteen

401 N Wabash Ave Fl 16, Chicago, IL 60611

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.

401 N Wabash Ave Fl 16
Chicago, IL 60611

5. TRU

676 N Saint Clair St, Chicago, IL 60611

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.

676 N Saint Clair St
Chicago, IL 60611

6. Naha

500 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

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

500 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

7. Spiaggia

980 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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.

980 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

8. Moto Restaurant

945 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60607

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

945 W Fulton St
Chicago, IL 60607

9. Pump Room

1301 N State Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60610

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

1301 N State Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60610

10. RPM Steak

66 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

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.

66 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

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