Whether you're engaged in a post-holiday detox, maintaining sobriety for personal reasons, pregnant, or simply prefer your libations booze-free, one thing is certain: sometimes, those of us who aren't drinking want something more than just water or the standard, brand-name soda. Fortunately, bartenders and beverage directors across Chicago have answered our prayers with mocktails that sacrifice nothing, except, perhaps, the potential for a hangover.
Unlike most bars, instead of indicating which beverages can be made "virgin," this breezy rooftop escape boasts a thorough mocktail menu, which comes complete with suggestions for how to make it boozy—not the other way around. Pair your selection with unparalleled city views and large-format dishes shared with some of your closest pals. 12 S. Michigan Ave., 312-792-3502
The eats at this sleek new spot in Lincoln Park are nothing if not whimsical, so it's no surprise that the beverage program would follow suit with a small selection of house-made, booze-free sodas. The turmeric- and ginger-based Spicy Roots is an inventive twist on classic ginger beer, with sweet potato to give it richness and lime to balance the spice factor, while the Hirosaki in the Fall blends apple and clove with miso to create a cider-inspired flavor profile with an extra layer of depth. 3056 N. Lincoln Ave., 872-206-8553
This Michelin-starred restaurant recently launched an all-new cocktail menu organized into eight ingredients-focused categories: rye, corn, barley, wheat and oat, agave, sugar cane and molasses, grape and apple, and juniper. With those who choose not to drink alcohol in mind, head bartender Julia Momose has thoughtfully included one non-alcoholic option under each category, including the vibrant Left Hand Wonder (agave nectar, red beet, ginger, grapefruit, and lime) and the sweet-and-spicy Time Bender (rye berry, cocoa nib, Mexican oregano, cinnamon, caraway, ancho chili, carrot, and creme fraiche). 259 E. Erie St., 312-337-0101
While wine pairings undoubtedly have their place in the fine dining realm, the reality is that not everyone wants to—or is comfortable—partaking. This forward-thinking Michelin gem solves that problem by offering "Prohibition Pairings," a series of non-alcoholic beverage pairings available for $95 with the ten-course tasting menu and $85 with the five-course menu. 1639 S. Wabash Ave., 312-360-9500
This chic steakhouse may be best known for its luxurious cuts of meat and classic cocktail program, but its concise list of "no proof" cocktails might just be the concept's unsung hero. From the bright green Kale Kick with apple and cayenne pepper to the jalapeno-infused Spiced Pineapple, these drinks are so flavor-forward that you'll never miss the booze. 66 W. Kinzie St., 312-284-4990