Chicago is a consummate boozer’s town, and one of the best US cities for bars, catering to just about every group and interest, with many open until 3, 4 or even 5am. The city’s drinking areas include the touristy Division Street, the post-college melange that is Wrigleyville and a clutch of places in bookish Hyde Park. Wicker Park is the trendiest hangout zone, while Halsted Street between Belmont and Addison is known as Boystown for its gay bars and clubs. The hundred-plus cafés and coffeehouses across the city may not have taken the place of the traditional taverns, but they’re a growing alternative.

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