Chicago: Second City of Wine?

Chicago has long been known as the Second City.  Does that apply to wine as well?  This article from the Wall Street Journal suggests that Chicago is indeed the country’s 2nd most important wine city (following New York.)

In this piece, Lettie Teague describes Chicago’s wine scene as “vibrant” with many options for dining, retail shops, and “funky” wine bars. Here at He Sips/She Sips, we certainly agree that Chicago has an amazing wine scene.  What got us thinking though, were the specific examples she used. Binny’s, Glunz House of Fine Wines, Alinea, and Webster Wine Bar were all mentioned, as well as a few other places.
Alinea is amazing (if you can afford it); Webster Wine bar is a nice place to grab a glass or more of wine; Glunz sounds really cool (but I have to admit I’ve never been); and Binny’s is… well it’s Binny’s and it serves a purpose. OK, I don’t want to sound like I’m anti-Binny’s–I do go there quite a bit.
If you had a friend coming to town who really appreciates good wine, where would you take him or her? What stores, wine bars, and restaurants best represent what Chicago has to offer?  For us, Lush and Rootstock are among the first that come to mind.  Hit us up in the comments and let us know your picks.


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  • Lush, Lush and more Lush! With maybe a stop at Bin or Bin 36.

  • In reply to kristainchicago:

    Totally agree on the Lush part! We like Bin too. Thanks for your comment!

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