Chicago: The Office
Two years ago, Grant Achatz opened his über-exclusive, ridiculously expensive speakeasy below Aviary. We would normally call $20 for a cocktail highway robbery, but when mixologist Charles Joly painstakingly crafts each drink with flavor extracts from a rotary evaporator and innovative cocktail technology such as ice cubes that surround the alcohol, the Jackson is justified. If getting the dough isn’t a problem, getting into the bar might be. Guests who dine at Aviary or Next may be invited to enjoy an after-dinner cocktail in the basement bar, but there is also a secret number to text for reservations if you know who to ask.