Next summer when they reopen for the season, travel up the Lakefront Trail past Oak Street Beach Food + Drink and Castaways on North Avenue beach, all the way up to Osterman Beach, and there you’ll find the best bar on Chicago’s beachfront. Nacho Mama’s is a simple patio with blow-ups of lotteria cards for decoration, and the menu is everything you need on a summer beach day. The Nacho Mama Margarita is worth the splurge, a generous frozen helping brightened up with mint and ginger. And their Fiesta Fridays can’t be beat: $10 for an all-you-can-eat taco bar and a house margarita, with all additional margs fifty percent off.
5800 N. Lake Shore, 773.878.1183, nachomamasbeachbar.com
Best of Chicago 2017