I recently(July) moved back to the Chicago suburbs after several years in Oklahoma City. Before I left, I wasn't a wine drinker, but have come to love good wine while I was there. I had my regular shops there, and homebrew store (was making my own wine and beer for a year or so), but am just slowly finding shops here.
So I'm looking for help/suggestions on wine bars, wine shops/liquor stores, and good small bars in general(Not technically wine there, but I enjoy a good beerin a small quiet setting too), or anything else in area I might find interesting.
I live in Arlington Heights, and work down in the Loop. Spend most of my time in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills, and immediately surrounding areas, but am willing to drive a bit. Work down on Madison and Dearborn. So you know the two areas I'm looking at.
So far I've found and been happy with Viva la Vine in Libertyville and DiCarlo's in Mundelein as shops to buy at. Fine Liquors in Mundelein is an interesting stop too for Russian/Georgian wines, none of which have reached my top list yet, but several of which have been interesting enough to convince me to continue experimenting. I also found Binny's online, and plan on stopping by their Buffalo Grove store today after work, if I have time.
So that's what I've found so far, but I know there's a lot more out there. Looking for any input. Only other place I've found that I plan on visiting is the little winery on Aptakisic Road just off of Buffalo Grove Road. Name slips my mind right now.
So as someone who grew up in area, and has now moved back, give me some help. I know there have to be members here from Chicago.
in vino veritas