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Upscale River North pub from the owners of Bull & Bear.

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Like its sibling the Bull & Bear, this pub features in-table taps for beer, but also adds one for hard alcohol. Whether this feature strikes you as pure genius or largely unnecessary is probably a good indicator of whether you'll like the place. Prices aren't cheap, but not out of line with the rest of River North; still, a single serving of mac 'n' cheese should never cost $20, not even if it comes with nine toppings. We went with a less decadent version that included nicely caramelized onions, and except for being undersalted (a condition easily remedied) it was pretty good. So was a wild mushroom flatbread with spinach, goat cheese, and plenty of slices of garlic, and I could eat the supercrispy dry-rubbed fries all day long. The beer list, with 25 varieties on tap and another 75-odd in bottles, is impressive; symbols on the menu provide helpful information on each beer's flavor, color, and the size of glass it comes in. Public House has even teamed up with Goose Island to make a house brew that changes on a monthly basis.

Julia Thiel

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This venture from the owners of the Bull & Bear features in-table taps for beer, but also adds a few for hard alcohol (by reservation only). Whether this feature strikes you as pure genius or largely unnecessary is probably a good indicator of whether you'll like the place. The beer list, with 25 varieties on tap and another 75-odd in bottles, is impressive; symbols on the menu provide helpful information on each beer's flavor, color, and the size of glass it comes in. —Julia Thiel

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