Chicago is a world class destination to visit any time of year as evidenced by the more than 58 million visitors to the Windy City in 2018. The lakeshore with its fountains, art, parks and attractions shines in the summer; the shopping districts and markets are bustling at the holidays; museums, concerts, and the architecture are worth marveling year-round; and the restaurant and bar scene are renowned in this foodie town.

But since we’re #Winetravelers, we’re here to talk about the wine scene. Which honestly, can seem overwhelming in this vast city. While there’s no shortage of options, the Chicago Wine Bar recommendations below offer a place to get you started from River North to Logan Square and from unique wines by the glass to interesting wine lists.

River North, Chicago

Bar Ramone

441 N. Clark, Chicago, Illinois

(“L” Stop – Grand Avenue Red Line or Merchandise Mart Brown Line – also a short walk across the river from the Loop.)

Bar Ramone, located in Chicago’s popular River North neighborhood, is a wine bar with a Spanish heart. The wine program features more than 100 bottles to pair with a delicious offering of small plate options like the house-made tomato bread, Patatas Bravas XL Fries, Mushroom Pintxos and Galacian Octopus. If you’re not feeling the Spanish vibe, not to worry, you’ll also find incredible wines from around the world both by the glass and bottle.

Make sure to check out the events menu for exclusive wine dinners, meet and greets with winemakers and special menu tastings — like the Tuesday Tasting Tours offered on the first Tuesday of each month. This monthly offering, presented by the bar’s in-house Sommelier, walks guests through a featured region with a sampling of favorite wines, while providing education on the history of the wine and region. You’ll also learn how to sip the wines and what to sip them with.