● Bonsoiree (Logan Sqr/Humboldt Prk) - Save a few bottles of your best for the 4-, 7-, or 13-course tasting menu, but go with something light and versatile, like a Rosé that can match the eclectic assortment of dishes crossing your palate.
● HB Home Bistro (Boystown) - This tiny favorite expands with every bottle opened to pair up with their Amsterdam-style mussels and sautéed tilapia—you might even consider bringing a Belgian brew, like Duvel’s blonde ale.
● Mado Market & Eatery (Bucktown/Wicker Park) - The menu is always changing, but the flavors remain Mediterranean. Bring along a crisp Sauvignon Blanc and check out the specials.
● Schwa (Bucktown/Wicker Park) - Yeah, you gotta call two months out to get a reservations, but at least you can swing by the corner wine shop on the way and grab a Riesling for the rabbit course.
● Urban Belly (Logan Sqr/Humboldt Prk) - The Asian fare is on the cheaper side, albeit delicious, so why not show up with a spicy Shiraz?
● Hema’s Kitchen (Lincoln Park) - Whether you’re heading to the locale in Lincoln Park or the one on Devon, pick up an amber lager sixer (there’s lots of chilled Kingfisher to be found in the markets on Devon) or a bottle of Chianti to complement your lamb curry.
● Coast (Bucktown/Wicker Park) - Brownbag a your own sake or a bottle of Prosecco, and chopstick in some ceviche and volcano maki when you’re between sips.
● May Street Café (Pilsen) - Cuisine is Puerto Rican, Mexican, Cuban, and American, so you really can’t go wrong with Merlot or a Cab.
● Tango Sur (Wrigleyville) - The best steakhouse north of the city allows you to bring your own bottle? Try a nice Argentinean Malbec to go with your Argentinean steak, or a few pale ales.
● Terragusto (Roscoe Village) - An Italian joint with a rustic, seasonal menu—a Montepulciano should interact with all the local ingredients.