Hidden Lounge Bars of Chicago
"Chic Evolution" of the "Speakeasy"

Hidden Lounge Bars of Chicago

In prohibitionism’s most famous city there are still some hidden bars, which reflect the perfect evolution of the 1920s “speakeasy”.

Proibizionismo chicagoprohibition_repeal-20111209-095813-e1354572972175You won’t see any sign or advertizing window, they can only be found by careful observers and people looking for something different…

If you stop by Burke’s Bacon Bar for a sandwich, walking along the streets of the “Magnificent Mile” , you can end up having the coolest aperitivo in town.

fotoIn fact after 5pm a few selected people can get into Jimmy, through a little door by the counter. The bar has got only 40 seats, and this makes it it more exlusive and secret (considering a city of 3milion citizens).

If you’re lucky or you happen to make friends with Justin, you can enjoy this elgant lounge, with a 70s design, wood and leather furniture, and soft lights . In this very cozy environment, you can taste classic cocktail as well as a new mix depending on the season.

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bar nascosti a chicagoAfter having experienced Jimmy the second challenge to become real “local” is finding a speakeasy bar in the Hipster area of Wriked Park.


A huge graffiti that changes every week and a tiny light on the top of the front door are the signs you found Violet Hour.

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Nick Warner @ Violet Hour Chicago 03.16.12

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This is not just a bar, but a true experience of elegance and mystery with some “rules” to follow: no cellphones, no baseball caps, no Cosmopolitan and, the most unique one , don’t bring anyone you wouldn’t take for lunch at you mom’s on a sunday night!

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The cocktails? They are for sure the best you could find in town, but be careful they are really strong so make sure you get a little appetizer.


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Marianna Chiaraluce
Nata nella Città Eterna, poco più che ventenne, si trasferisce nella Riviera Romagnola per seguire l'apertura del primo hotel progettato dal geniale Ron Arad. Dopo questa esaltante, ed allo stesso tempo "forgiante" esperienza, non può che proseguire la sua passione per l'hotellerie, l'arte contemporanea e il design. Vive in costante movimento con un'unica tappa fissa: la Grande Mela.

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