Behold the 16 hottest bars in Chicago

Beyond where to eat right now, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater often have another burning question: Where should one drink right now? While the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering the best standbys and neighborhood essential restaurants across the city and the Eater Heatmap highlights where the restaurant crowds are flocking to at the moment, the Eater Chicago Cocktail Heatmap shows the hottest bars and restaurants which have been open for less than nine months, where cocktail, beer, and wine aficionados are drinking right now.

June in Chicago means summer weather is here and along with it the long-awaited patio and rooftop drinking season. And with the weather comes three new additions to the heatmap: two more Fulton Market hotspots Aba and Ballast Point, as well as the large new beer garden taqueria The Gringo in West Town. Meanwhile, three also drop off, as LiqrBox’s heat dies down in River North, Maplewood Lounge is replaced by newer beer havens, and Punch Bowl Social is eclipsed by newer hotspots in Fulton Market. Happy drinking.

June in Chicago means summer is imminent and patio and rooftop drinking is in full swing. And the latest Heatmap shakeup adds three hot new drinking spots: two more new Fulton Market hotspots with Aba and Ballast Point, as well as the large new beer garden and taqueria The Gringo. Meanwhile, three also drop off, as. Happy drinking.

15. Aba

Lettuce Entertain You’s newest entry to the parade of Fulton Market hotspots is Aba, a sun-drenched rooftop Mediterranean charmer helmed by chef C.J. Jacobson of Ema. While a dedicated restaurant, the space includes multiple bars, an extensive elevated outdoor space, and plenty of upscale lounge seating to sip on an array of summery cocktails from bar star Liz Pearce as well as large-format drinks and an extensive wine list. 302 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607, (773) 645-1400.