The Violet Hour, Chicago
Chicago , Illinois
Tel: 773 252 1500
Concierge.com's insider take:
This posh Wicker Park lounge is the place for a hip, dressy night on the town. The unmarked door recalls a speakeasy, the name (a line from T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land) suggests romantic drama, and the interior follows suit. Designer Thomas Schlesser (the man behind Avec and Blackbird) took a break from his signature pared-down style and opted for velvet drapes, high-backed blue chairs, and crystal chandeliers. The surprisingly ambitious canapé menu includes duck meatballs and fried banana, but make sure to leave room for the Violet Hour's raison d'être: cocktails, painstakingly preparedat times with an eyedropperby the in-house mixologists.
Open Sundays through Fridays 6 pm to 2 am, Saturdays 6 pm to 3 am.