Whether you’re in the mood to hunker down with a cabernet sauvignon or toast with a bottle of something effervescent, these Chicago wine bars have vast vino options and ambience in spades.
The owner of Penumbra hails from Ecuador, so expect Latin American wines and food at this intimate bar. The back dining room is decorated in warm tones, draped fabrics and candlelight – a cozy atmosphere for long dinners with good friends. Dishes at Penumbra are predominantly meat and seafood-based, with rubs, marinades and reductions that add Latin flair. Penumbra’s wine menu boasts bottles from some of the best vineyards spanning Chile, Argentina and beyond.