Chicago’s Quiet(er) Bars

November 3, 2011 6:00 AM

(credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

With the elevated train rumbling over your head, honking cars and police sirens screeching in your ears, this city is noisy enough! The last thing you want to do after a long week is find yourself at a bar with friends where you can barely hear one another speak. Luckily this noisy city also offers a slew of fun bars that are quiet enough to chat while not being eerily quiet!

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Jack’s Bar & Grill

2856 N Southport Ave

Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 404-8400
Mon-Fri 5pm-2pm; Sat 11am-3am; Sun 11am-2am

I had friends from college in town recently and the last thing I wanted was to take them somewhere that was too noisy to be able to catch up on what’s been going on in our lives. I chose Jack’s because I love bringing out-of-town friends to Southport’s charming neighborhood. The choice was well received and I was pleasantly surprised that Jack’s offered a great selection of drink specials and especially impressive service. With quiet music playing and muted flat screens all around, Jack’s offered us a great place to grab a drink and enjoy each other’s company.

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Black Duck Tavern & Grille

1800 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 664-1801
Mon-Thu, Sun 5pm-1am; Fri 5pm-2am; Sat 12pm-3am

Located in Lincoln Park just South of Armitage, Black Duck houses a cozy, candle-lit tavern with dark wood all around. Its plush furniture is arranged in such a way that you and your friends have your own little nook to relax in, and with its house music at a reasonable volume, it’s hard not to sink into your seat and relax.

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The Kerryman

661 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 335-8121
Sun-Fri 11am-2am; Sat 11am-3am

Kerryman bustles with noise and excitement on the weekends, but on the weekdays it can be a different scene. Mostly there’s an after-work crowd – people in their 20s and 30s looking to grab a drink and unwind. Find a seat in the greenery-lined patio or in a booth on one of the three floors.

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PJ Clarke’s

1204 N State Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 664-1650
Mon-Thu 11:30 am – 2 am; Fri-Sat 11:30 am – 4 am; Sun 10 am – 2 am

If your favorite team is playing but you don’t want to go to a bar where you know you’ll leave with your ears ringing, PJ Clark’s is the place to go. Grab a table, some friends, a round of drinks, and a straight shot of the screen and you’ll be sipping peacefully in no time.

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Wilde Bar & Restaurant

3130 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 244-0404
Weekdays 11am-11:30pm; Weekends 10am-11:30pm

How many bars in Chicago can boast that they have a “grand library” to cheers in? Wilde, named after – you guessed it –Oscar Wilde, can be found in the heart of east Lakeview near Belmont and Broadway. Surrounded by shelves of classic books, enormous leather booths, antique dark wood bars and a majestic fireplace, you’re guaranteed an experience that is unique and relaxing. Cheers to that!

Amanda Look lives in Chicago and works for an academic association doing event coordination. She blogs about city living and never gets tired of exploring its neighborhoods and events.

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