Lark - Chicago
Lakeview newcomer Lark is in the heart of Boystown, and owned by the same people behind Elixir and Replay Beer & Bourbon. They're all on the same block, in fact, but Lark is the only venue boasting a fireplace.
It's the sort of establishment meant for hunkering down with pals, and they encourage it with old-school board games like Connect Four, Jenga and Scrabble. There's also communal seating and multiple televisions tuned into sports. Much of the fare on the menu is share-able, from the pizzas to chili-stuffed potato skins.
Brunch is big around these parts, and summer brunch crowds spill out into the sprawling backyard patio.