37. Cardinal


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Cardinal is not your typical bar. Two friends have created a free-spirited space in south Grant Park’s Beacon development—hidden behind their small food market, Third Street Goods—not only for congregating over iced vermouth or CBD juice drinks but for highlighting priorities such as waste-reduction and locavorism. As befits a conscientious and creative joint like this, the cocktail menu offers low-ABV cocktails, sherry and vermouth bottle service, and smartly curated wines. The old-fashioned horseshoe bar is crafted of rich walnut wood, large tables in various corners foster conversation, and the hypnotic lighting (the owners have been collecting vintage fixtures—most of them globes—and light bulbs over the past year) make it easy to fall under Cardinal’s spell. 1039 Grant Street, no phone, thirdstreetgoods.com/cardinal