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  • Best dive bars in Chicago
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    Best dive bars in Chicago

    Dive bars can be polarizing: Either you love their particular brand of cheap, grimy fun or hate it. While the flickering neon signs, $2 shots, and off-key karaoke strike some patrons as endearing, the allure is totally lost on others.

    If grizzled patrons, faded pool tables, and tallboys of beer are your thing, you’re going to want to check out this list. Stacker used data from Foursquare to rank the 30 top dive bars in Chicago, Ill. Foursquare’s algorithm takes check-ins, rating signals, category matches, tips, and photo trends into account to come up with the best hole-in-the-wall pubs. Click through the list to see the best dives Chicago has to offer—and find out whether your favorite gin mill made the list.

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  • #30. Galway Bay
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    #30. Galway Bay

    Address: 500 W. Diversey Pkwy.

    Foursquare rating: 7.8

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  • #29. Stella's
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    #29. Stella's

    Address: 935 N. Western Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 7.6

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  • #28. Cole's Bar
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    #28. Cole's Bar

    Address: 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 7.6

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  • #27. Cardinal Wine & Spirits
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    #27. Cardinal Wine & Spirits

    Address: 4905 N. Lincoln Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 7.7

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  • #26. Ten Cat Tavern
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    #26. Ten Cat Tavern

    Address: 3931 N. Ashland Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 7.7

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  • #25. Nilda's Place
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    #25. Nilda's Place

    Address: 1858 W. Iowa St.

    Foursquare rating: 7.8

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  • #24. Simon's Tavern
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    #24. Simon's Tavern

    Address: 5210 N. Clark St.

    Foursquare rating: 8.2

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  • #23. Billy Goat Tavern
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    #23. Billy Goat Tavern

    Address: 430 N. Michigan Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 8.2

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  • #22. Weeds Tavern
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    #22. Weeds Tavern

    Address: 1555 N Dayton St.

    Foursquare rating: 7.9

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  • #21. Rite Liquors
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    #21. Rite Liquors

    Address: 1649 W. Division St.

    Foursquare rating: 8.0

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  • #20. Happy Village
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    #20. Happy Village

    Address: 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 8.3

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  • #19. The Gingerman Tavern
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    #19. The Gingerman Tavern

    Address: 3740 N. Clark St.

    Foursquare rating: 8.0

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  • #18. Will's Northwoods Inn
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    #18. Will's Northwoods Inn

    Address: 3030 N. Racine Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 8.5

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  • #17. Cleo's Bar & Grill
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    #17. Cleo's Bar & Grill

    Address: 1935 W. Chicago Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 8.1

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  • #16. Exit
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    #16. Exit

    Address: 1315 W. North Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 8.2

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  • #15. Innertown Pub
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    #15. Innertown Pub

    Address: 1935 W. Thomas St.

    Foursquare rating: 8.7

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  • #14. Nisei Lounge
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    #14. Nisei Lounge

    Address: 3439 N. Sheffield Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 8.3

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  • #13. Rainbo Club
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    #13. Rainbo Club

    Address: 1150 N. Damen Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 8.3

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  • #12. Empty Bottle
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    #12. Empty Bottle

    Address: 1035 N. Western Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 9.0

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  • #11. Rossi's Liquors
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    #11. Rossi's Liquors

    Address: 412 N. State St.

    Foursquare rating: 8.2

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  • #10. Delilah's
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    #10. Delilah's

    Address: 2771 N. Lincoln Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 9.1

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  • #9. Skylark
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    #9. Skylark

    Address: 2149 S. Halsted St.

    Foursquare rating: 8.4

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  • #8. Bird's Nest
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    #8. Bird's Nest

    Address: 2500 N. Southport Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 8.7

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  • #7. Old Town Ale House
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    #7. Old Town Ale House

    Address: 219 W. North Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 8.5

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  • #6. Best Intentions
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    #6. Best Intentions

    Address: 3281 W. Armitage Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 8.7

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  • #5. Go Tavern & Liquors
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    #5. Go Tavern & Liquors

    Address: 3219 W. Armitage Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 8.7

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  • #4. The Long Room
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    #4. The Long Room

    Address: 1612 W. Irving Park Road

    Foursquare rating: 8.8

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  • #3. Charleston
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    #3. Charleston

    Address: 2076 N. Hoyne Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 8.7

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  • #2. EZ Inn
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    #2. EZ Inn

    Address: 921 N. Western Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 8.8

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  • #1. Sportsman's Club
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    #1. Sportsman's Club

    Address: 948 Western Ave.

    Foursquare rating: 9.1

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