Call it Girls Night Out or time away from the family, work or dates, it’s nice to sip, share and kvetch with girlfriends. It’s also good to know of places to hold a more organized ladies-only event such as a birthday or engagement celebration. With so many places to go in the Chicago area, the challenge is narrowing down the choices. Different venues appeal to different ages and style. So, match the place to what your groups likes.
Three Dots And A Dash
435 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 610-4220

At Three Dots and a Dash, the Lagoon is perfect for 16 guests and the Bamboo Room holds up to 30 guests. In case you wondered about the name, three dots and a dash sends a Morse Code message. It equals “V for victory (think WWII) and the bar’s famed rum drink. Actually, all the drinks look special in their Tiki-styled containers. The atmosphere and the concoctions are fun, even if going with a few friends merely to catch up on news and relationships.

Mickey Finn’s Brewery
345 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, IL 60048
(847) 362-6688

Mickey Finn’s is a popular pub in north suburban Libertyville. Its convivial atmosphere, terrific beers and good food make it a go-to place any day. But if you and the girls prefer the grape, go Thursdays when glasses of wine are half-priced. On a Friday or Saturday you’ll find the sounds at Mickey Finn’s are R&B, rock, acoustic covers, electric progressive or Irish. The Amber Room is also a popular place for private parties. As an added bonus, there is no cover charge.

RM Champagne Salon
116 N. Green St.
Chicago, IL 60
(312) 243-1199

Inside RM Champagne Salon you may feel as if you stepped into a cozy neighborhood Left Bank bistro, making it a perfect option for a girls night out. RM doesn’t have a private party room but it is a popular celebration spot. If you’re thinking of inviting a larger crowd then be sure to reserve tables on the large patio. Considering the quality of food, cocktails, wines and beers, menu items are reasonably priced.

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Roof On The Wit
201 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 239-9502

Sitting 27 stories up from State Street, the views are spectacular at the Roof On The Wit. This is among the most popular places in the city to go after work. But the venue also caters to private events such as birthday parties and bachelorettes with spaces called the Loft, the Living Room, Patio and Hangover. The food is all about sharing. The Roof specializes in sushi, flatbreads, yummy appetizers and creative cocktails.

Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar
626 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 698-5000

Quartino is downtown, West of North Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile stores, but it has the feeling of a neighborhood bar and dining spot. Part of the restaurant group that includes Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Hugo’s Frog Bar and LUXBAR, it likewise pays close attention to food and cocktails. When there for some girls gab time, relax and chat over Italian specialties that are easy to share such as Neapolitan-style pizza. A popular venue for bachelorette parties, at Quartino’s you can tell the group they are eating in Naples, Venice and Rialto and drinking in Rome, all names of the restaurant’s private dining spaces.

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