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Billy Sunday

Our Tip The drinks using house-made tonic are the main draw, but all the offering at this cocktail destination are worth ordering.
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First Look: Cocktails at Billy Sunday, Chicago

First Look: Cocktails at Billy Sunday, Chicago

Much like at Yusho, Alex Bachman's deep commitment to crafting drinks is evident simply by reading the ingredients in Billy Sunday's cocktails. He's known to develop his own bitters, syrups and tinctures, and the highest cabinets of the back bar are loaded with jars of exotic botanicals. But for all the custom housemade potions he concocts, "Tradition is the core of it all," Bachman said.

Porky Bar Snacks We Love in Chicago

Porky Bar Snacks We Love in Chicago

Considering the amount of effort lavished on their drink menus, it makes sense that bars would eventually get around to crafting better snacks. And by better I mean that the snacks are now made of pork.

Eat This Now: Hot Brown at Billy Sunday

Eat This Now: Hot Brown at Billy Sunday

The Hot Brown at Billy Sunday looks unlike any version of the dish I've ever encountered. Not that I've seen thousands of variations, but I did eat my requisite share of the Kentucky classic while growing up in the Louisville area, and none of them looked nearly as beautiful as this one.

5 Great Places for Booze-Free Drinks in Chicago

5 Great Places for Booze-Free Drinks in Chicago

Luckily, Chicago is a great drinking city, and some places are up to the challenge of offering non-alcoholic beverages that won't induce diabetic shock. Whether you are expecting, entertaining a pregnant guest, or simply looking to cut back on your spirit consumption, here are my five favorite options for Chicago drinking without the booze.

Nick's Best Chicago Bites of 2013

Nick's Best Chicago Bites of 2013

No matter how much I think I have the dining scene figured out, there is always more to find. I can't wait to get back to work in 2014, but here are the dishes that genuinely excited me in 2013.