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Best hangout after a day at Rogers Park's beaches 

RoPa Restaurant & Wine Bar

1146 W. Pratt
773-508-0002

roparestaurant.com

If you're heading to the public beaches on the far north side, wash up at RoPa for an après-swim meal and summery cocktail. Located just down the block from the lake, this Rogers Park wine bar exudes beachy European elegance with live piano and large open windows that overlook a quiet tree-lined street. Enjoy kebabs, sliders made with kofte (Turkish meatballs), and sauteed calamari with a bottle of wine while you close your eyes and pretend you've spent the day sunning on the Mediterranean. —Sallyann Price

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