You Can’t Pass Up These 5 Underrated Speakeasies in Illinois
The prohibition era experience is alive and well in Illinois. Here, you’ll find many bars that emulate the historic speakeasies of the 1920s and 1930s by keeping a low profile while serving high-quality drinks. Maybe you’re not the type who would’ve gathered in underground bars out of sight from the law, but nowadays you don’t have to risk arrest to drink an arresting alcoholic beverage. These five bars offer a range of speakeasy experiences, from the upscale to the quirky, but all of them make an incredible cocktail.
The next time you’re looking to cut loose with a cocktail that’s both classy and classic or you’re hoping party like it’s 1929, give one of these seriously good Illinois speakeasies a shot. It will make you think fondly of the prohibition era and, at the same time, make you very, very glad it’s over.
Where else do you raise a glass to the end of an era (the prohibition era, that is)? What are your favorite underground bars and lowdown cocktail lounges in Illinois? We love to hear your stories and see your photos. Get in touch!
Address: 2553 S Ridgeway Ave, Chicago, IL 60623, USA
Address: 40 W Chicago Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA
Address: 1520 N Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60622, USA
Address: 161 E Chicago St, Elgin, IL 60120, USA
Address: 105 E Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174, USA
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Benjamin Clancy is the Illinois and Indiana writer at Only In Your State, a doctoral candidate at UNC Chapel Hill in Communication, and an artistic type who has attended the Vermont Studio Center residency in poetry writing and makes something like music as "little other." They grew up in Austin, Texas and currently live in Chicago, IL with their partner, two dogs, and a cat. Get in touch by emailing email@example.com.