My Hookah Cafe
5806 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
For a laid-back, Egyptian vibe, with plenty of comfortable seating, head to this West Rogers Park cafe. Hookahs often range from $10 to $12, but My Hookah Cafe does offer special rates, often during the week, when hookahs are just $6 or $8 in a wide range of flavors. While My Hookah Cafe doesn’t offer food or drinks, it is BYOB; just remember to bring your alcohol receipt!
Ambrosia Hookah Bar & Lounge
1963 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Day or night, pull up a seat and relax in this casual Lincoln Park hot spot. It offers more than 15 flavors, from citrus mist to banana split, in addition to a range of charcoals, including Starlite and Three Kings. Service has improved over the years, making it a great place to kick back and watch the game on TV, take advantage of the free Wi-Fi or hang out with friends. Ambrosia is also BYOB.
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Fumare Hookah Lounge
305 W. Golf Road
Schaumburg, IL 60195
If you’re out in the suburbs, head to this Schaumburg hookah lounge for a chill time and a smooth smoke. While this place is a bit hidden behind a Taco Bell, it’s worth seeking out for its wide range of tobacco choices, and even some of its appetizers. The best part of Fumare though is the VIP area, but make sure to call and reserve your spot in this curtained-off area.
3308 N. Harlem Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634
Unlike many other hookah lounges, this one has it all: hookah, food and alcohol. While you’re enjoying your tea or alcohol, as well as a selection of Mediterranean fare (including hummus), try out a number of different flavors. Don’t like a new flavor? That’s okay, just tell the extremely helpful wait staff, and they’ll switch it out for you. This lounge gets packed on the weekends, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation
House of Hookah
607 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
No matter what the day of the week, this late-night hookah bar is open. It’s also one of the more lively of the hookah bars, and has one of the most extensive menus — whether you’re looking for a vanilla chai latte flavor, or perhaps mint. It’s also BYOB so be sure to bring a six pack with you before you arrive in this Lakeview lounge.
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Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not writing about food, she’s writing about a variety of topics for numerous websites and blogs, and working part-time at a culinary vacation company based in the Windy City. Some of her work can be found at Examiner.com.