Perhaps one of the biggest things I miss most from living in Chicago is the tiny little rituals I created for myself since I moved into the city when I was 19 from the West suburbs. Moving from the corner of Grand and State in 2009 to Huron and Wabash, I managed to find really solid go to lounges within the small gold coast/ river North parameter. One of these places I’ve ritualized and attended regularly was Pops for Champagne tooting a menu with hundreds of quality champagnes and wines. A food enthusiast, Pops also kept my interest by changing their menu seasonally sometimes having fresh-shucked oysters with savory and sour garnishes, and always a decent array of fresh cheeses. Their charcuterie plate paired with a few cheeses suits an indecisive pallet on a Friday night with a nice bottle of bubbly to wash it all down. My ultimate guilty pleasure? Their frothy peach foam bellini with sparkling rosé topped off with a fresh raspberry. For anyone with a sweet tooth, it’s a safe way to go since some of their drinks can cater toward a more experienced drinker with a taste for slightly bitter aperitifs. Appropriate for a nice night out to catch up with an old friend from out of town, or an intimate first date. Some nights they have a live jazz band playing and a hidden jazz lounge in the basement to transition into a later night if need be.
What are some of you personal favorites? Check this place out and let me know if it’s still got it!