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Punkish hipsters and tattooed retro types hang out at Delilah’s (4771 North Lincoln Avenue), but it’s surprisingly friendly and unpretentious. More importantly, this bar boasts an awe-inspiring wall of more than 400 distilled beverages, including limited supplies of owner Mike Miller’s house blends, sourced from some of the world’s finest distilleries. Advice: take it slowly and drink hop chasers.
Hotelier Ian Schrager did a 180-degree turn and went for inclusivity with Public Chicago (1301 North State Parkway; +1 312 787 3700), the first in his planned boutique chain. Public took over the Ambassador East Hotel building – a famed Rat Pack hangout – and enlivened the ’20s wood features with a simple coat of white paint and upcycled floorboards. But at weekends the lights dim, the lobby bars fill to capacity and you’ll be lucky to land a reservation at the hotel’s Pump Room restaurant less than three weeks in advance.
Flight time: 15 hours. Etihad Airways flies to Chicago direct from Abu Dhabi (airport bus transfer available from Dubai) from Dhs5,600 return. www.etihadairways.com.
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