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Night Moves

The city never sleeps at these new hot spots.

Inside Trump Tower’s renovated lounge

No, it’s not your imagination—Chicago’s nightlife scene has become much more interesting lately. From a sophisticated lounge smack-dab in the heart of tourist central to a laid-back patio in Logan Square that’s the talk of the town, there truly is something for everyone. In other words: Going to bed early isn’t an option this fall. Here, our favorite new places to call it a night.

1. The Berkshire Room
Don’t let the small size of this Acme Hotel lounge fool you—there’s a lot going on here beyond its plush seating, copper pipe light fixtures and vintage glassware. To wit: barrel-aged cocktails, creative signature sips and custom-designed drinks. With star mixologist Benjamin Schiller in charge, it’s no surprise the Berkshire has already earned a loyal following. Save us a seat. 15 E. Ohio St., 312.894.0945

2. Parson’s Chicken & Fish
Leave it to the Longman & Eagle gang to create an uberhip spot in an under-the-radar area. Belly up to the outdoor bar with the smart set as you wait for a seat at a communal table. Cool your heels with a terrific negroni slushy, a kicky michelada or a craft beer. All pair wonderfully with the addictive fried chicken and fish. 2952 W. Armitage Ave., 773.384.3333

3. The Dec Rooftop Lounge + Bar
Located at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago 12 stories above the Mag Mile, this buzzing 57-seat spot features stellar views, a color-changing LED wall and a stainless steel circular sculpture. Quench your thirst with handcrafted cocktails, select wines and craft beers. Gourmet sundaes from a roving old-fashioned ice cream cart are hard to resist. 160 E. Pearson St., 312.573.5160

4. American Junkie
At 17,000 square feet, this bi-level River North restaurant/lounge/venue is definitely the biggest of the new bunch. Our favorite spot? The second-level area with its cushy couches, 360-degree bar and retractable roof. No matter where you sit, you’ll have access to the contemporary American food of chef Kendal Duque. 15 W. Illinois St., 312.239.0995

5. Rebar
It’s always been hard to beat the up-close views of the river and the Michigan Avenue Bridge from this Trump Tower lounge. But now there’s more to love with the addition of 1,500 square feet, including a corner bar and 46 more seats to take it all in. Thank you, Donald. 401 N. Wabash Ave., 312.588.8034

6. Howells & Hood
As if the 114 beers on tap, a globally inspired menu from chef Scott Walton and its location inside the historic Tribune Tower weren’t enough, this downtown upscale sports bar also features a 300-seat patio with granite-topped communal tables, a pavilion bar and terrific views of Michigan Avenue. 435 N. Michigan Ave., 312.262.5310

7. Vertigo Sky Lounge
On the 26th floor of the Dana Hotel, Vertigo has ditched its casual aesthetic for a more refined one, with white couches and a stainless steel fire pit. Consider yourself lucky to snag one of the six seats at the new custom-designed outdoor bar, which features a five-course cocktail tasting menu. A liquid diet never tasted so good. 2 W. Erie St., 312.202.6060

8. Tippling Hall
We feel confident in saying that, with the same players behind such hot spots as Tavernita, Mercadito and Little Market Brasserie involved, this soon-to-open River North destination will be a hit. After all, chef Ryan Poli and cocktail-on-tap impresarios the Tippling Bros. (aka Paul Tanguay and Tad Carducci) have a stellar track record. Frozen drink machines and plenty of keg cocktails are in the works; on the dining side, look forward to a menu of global comfort food. 646 N. Franklin St., 312.448.9922

9. Jimmy
Tucked away behind the new Burke’s Bacon Bar in The James hotel, this ’70s-inspired spot from a trio of NYC nightlife gurus promises a grown-up lounge experience focusing on artisan cocktails. When it opens this fall expect a cool, contemporary atmosphere; both classic and inventive drinks; and moves like Jagger—in the form of Bianca Jagger-inspired server uniforms, that is. 610 N. Rush St., 312.660.7191

10. Three Dots and a Dash
It took its sweet time opening but now that it has, this tiki bar underneath Bub City from mixologist extraordinaire Paul McGee and the Melman siblings doesn’t disappoint. Its spot-on island decor—check out the blue wall of skulls—and tropical cocktails served in kitschy glasses will have you saying aloha in no time. 435 N. Clark St., 312.610.4220