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Locals Share Their Favorite Fall Spots

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There are cheek imprints on your patio chairs. Yes, those cheeks.

Looks like you made the most of summer. To ease the seasonal transition, we asked some savvy locals where they plan on spending the imminent chilly nights. Just reading their picks made us almost — dare we say — excited to leave 90-degree days in the dust.

Davanti Enoteca
“When the weather starts to get colder, I like to wrap myself up in a big blanket of spaghetti. Davanti Enoteca has my heart year-round, but fresh cacio e pepe and negronis on tap are particularly comforting as my seasonal depression sets in.” — Julie Kravitz, editor at Optimus

“I recently went to Travelle, the new restaurant in the Langham Hotel, and I can’t wait to go back to the lounge. The sleek decor, cool art, and amazing views of the city make this a great spot to cozy up with a cocktail. Goodbye, rooftops. Hello, Travelle.” — Kevin Aeh, freelance writer, lifestyle expert

Paramount Room
“Look no further than the round booth in back of the Paramount Room — that’s my spot. It’s cozy, they have a great beer list, and I always see a familiar face. Oh, and the steak tartare ain’t half bad, either.” — Allyson Holleb, girl who really likes to eat, stylist at Trunk Club

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West Loop Salumi
“I love putting together a great charcuterie board before sitting down to watch hours of hockey and football. So my new weekend ritual is going to be making a stop at West Loop Salumi, open only on Saturday and Sunday for now. Greg [Laketek] and Jesse [Katzman] are making some tasty meat treats.” — J. Graham Hickey, business developer

Lagunitas Brewing Company
“The Numero Group is situated in the alcohol desert of Little Village, which Lagunitas has promised to rectify with a new brew pub/bottling facility. We’re dying to meet our neighbors in an alcoholic environment (plus get our mailman drunk), but they keep postponing their ribbon cutting. Get it together, Lagunitas! We’re thirsty. Plus, we brought CDs.” — Jon Kirby, artist & repertoire at The Numero Group

The Grafton
“The couches and fireplace in the back of this Irish pub provide the perfect backdrop for sipping Irish whiskey or a Scotch so smoky and peaty it warms you from the inside. On Sunday nights, you can even catch a few notes from the Irish music session that always happens up front.” — Molly Each, writer, storyteller, managing editor of Splash

The Violet Hour
“This place is so cozy and inviting I had my wedding here. It’s best to slip into a private booth and order one of Chicago’s best mixed drinks — my poison being a champagne cocktail.” — Lindsay Segal, owner of Luxury Garage Sale

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The Berkshire Room at the Acme Hotel
“With its deco details and cozy nooks, this is a perfect spot for postwork drinks deliciously mixed up by Benjamin Schiller. I love his refreshing Clean Break and potent Old Money, and even if you get his Dealer’s Choice, you’ll be satisfied — and on your way to a nice buzz.” — Ari Bendersky, director of content at abesmarket.com, freelance food journalist

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar
“The melancholy of summer’s end is met with cashmere cable-knits and cozy cocktails in Bridgeport. For some extra comfort, order in a savory pot pie from Pleasant House Bakery next door.” — Lynne Bredfeldt, director of public relations at Park Hyatt Chicago

Lula Cafe
“Lula is my favorite place to curl up and tuck into a delicious meal on a chilly day. Whether you’re having a farm dinner with friends or chilling alone at the bar with a cocktail and a good book, it has the best vibe.” — Andrea Donadio, RAD artist rep, photographer, extreme cat lover

Photos: Courtesy of Davanti Enoteca; Yewon Kim for DailyCandy; Courtesy of The Berkshire Room  

2537 N Kedzie Blvd
@ N Linden Pl
Chicago, IL 60647
1111 W Randolph St
bt May & Aberdeen Sts
Chicago, IL 60607
15 E Ohio St
@ State St, inside the Acme Hotel Company
Chicago, IL 60611
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar
960 W 31st St
@ Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60608
1359 W Taylor St
@ Loomis St
Chicago, IL 60607
Paramount Room
415 N Milwaukee Ave
@ Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
1520 N Damen Ave
@ Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622