Dec 20

Worth a trip: Mezcal old fashioned from Vol. 39

If Batman came down from that dark aerie, he would most likely tuck himself into the tufted leather sofas in the corner of Vol. 39 bar (39 S. LaSalle St. 312-604-9909) on the second floor of the Kimpton Gray hotel.

    Worth a trip: Mezcal old fashioned from Vol. 39
    On the weekends, when the bankers flee to the 'burbs, filching swigs of liquor on the Metra, the LaSalle Street canyon goes dark. The corridor between Jackson Boulevard and Madison Street becomes a lonely hearts club, inhabited by scant hotel dwellers and a few stragglers purged from revelry at The Berghoff or Miller's Pub.
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Dec 14

Best Chicago happy hour deals: Dec. 14-20

The Pony Inn (1638 W. Belmont Ave. 312-453-9397) hosts a "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" premiere happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring white Russians, white gin fizz, dark and stormy and dark rum old fashioned cocktails for $5. Come in costume and you'll get a half-price pizza.

Regards to Edith (326 N. Morgan St. 312-763-6564) offers $2 Budweiser bottles, $5 select draft beers, $8 select glasses of wine and $4 cheese fries with pickled peppers from 4 to 6 p.m.

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Benchmark (1510 N. Wells St. 312-649-9640) offers a $20 mimosa package from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Boozy eggnog is half-price from 4 to 6 p.m. at Petit Margeaux (11 E. Walton St. 312-625-1324).

The Social Hour lounge menu offered from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House (41 E. Chestnut St. 312-982-0050) includes $2.50 oysters, $9 ceviche, $10 escargot, $12 sangria and $16 oak-aged Manhattans.

Black Bull (1721 W. Division St. 773-227-8600) offers a rotating selection of three pintxos for $10 plus paella and a porron of sangria for $50 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Gage (24 S. Michigan Ave. 312-372-4243) offers $8 glasses of wine and select cocktails and $5 draft beers from 8 p.m. to midnight, with food specials including $7 fresno poppers and $13 Creole crab cakes available until 10 p.m.

    Best Chicago happy hour deals: Dec. 14-20
    Here's where to drink on a budget this week in Chicago.
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Dec 12

Alulu Brewpub summons 'Star Wars'-themed menu and beer pairings to celebrate 'Last Jedi' release

Alulu Brewpub, 2011 S. Laflin St. 312-600-9865

    Alulu Brewpub summons 'Star Wars'-themed menu and beer pairings to celebrate 'Last Jedi' release
    With "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" getting its wide release Friday, all the reveling Jedi and Padawan fans will be out in full Force this week. One of the more sustaining celebrations comes from Alulu Brewpub in Pilsen, where head chef Jesse Skolmoski has created a menu of "Star Wars"-themed items -- complete with beer pairings -- that will be available from Wednesday Dec.
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Dec 01

Donate your old instrument to young musicians at the Ace Hotel tonight

One answer: You could donate that instrument. Conveniently enough, the Ace Hotel and the D’Addario Foundation are teaming up for an “Instrument Drive” from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. this evening at the West Loop hotel (311 N. Morgan St.) in the lobby area.

    Donate your old instrument to young musicians at the Ace Hotel tonight
    The Ace Hotel and the D'Addario Foundation are collecting old musical instruments to support music programs in communities that need it.
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Nov 03

Worth a trip: Fat Elvis burger from Fizz Eatery

7958 W. Belmont Ave. 773-839-3499

    Worth a trip: Fat Elvis burger from Fizz Eatery
    Elvis died early, but he made the most of his short life. He wore glittery jumpsuits, hung out with Nixon, had a private jet and his own super-estate, Graceland. Culinarily speaking, he totally didn't care. I mean, the guy's favorite sandwich was reportedly peanut butter, bacon and banana on white bread, maybe sometimes deep fried.
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Nov 02

Young Thug kicks off Red Bull Sound Select's '30 Days' concert series

Fake Shore Drive 10th Anniversary: Big Tymer$, Tee Grizzley, special guests — Nov. 4 at Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Discogs Presents Crate Diggers Record Fair: Poliça, Ohmme — Nov. 5 at House Of Vans, 113 N. Elizabeth St.

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Ibeyi, Themind, Koda — Nov. 10 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.

Alice Glass, NOLIFE, Nadia Tehran — Nov. 17 at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave.

Jacob Banks, Durand Jones & The Indications — Nov. 22 at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave.

Kehlani, Kodie Shane, Blaise Moore, DJ King Marie — Nov. 3 at Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave.

Music + Photo Master Class: Jeremy Deputat and more — Nov. 6 at The Annex, 1620 W. Chicago Ave.

Kali Uchis, Twelve'len, Elley Duhé — Nov. 9 at Thalia Hall, 1225 W. 18th St.

Sabrina Claudio, Kiya Lacey, Amanda Delara — Nov. 12 at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.

Music & Tech: Carl Chery, Andrew Barber — Nov. 13 at Columbia College, Hokin Lecture Hall, 623 S. Wabash Ave.

Parquet Courts, Meat Wave, Good Willsmith — Nov. 15 at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave.

Mura Masa, Tennyson, bonzai — Nov. 16 at Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Daniel Caesar, SiR, Cherrie - Nov. 20 at Reggie's Rock Club - 2015 S. State St.

Kweku Collins, KAMAU, Trapo - Nov. 25 at SPACE - 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston

Xavier Omär, Jesse Baez, Jake&Papa - Nov. 28 at Chop Shop/1st Ward - 2033 W. North Ave.

Khalid, Amber Mark, Marteen - Nov. 29 Aragon Ballroom at 1106 W. Lawrence Ave.

    Young Thug kicks off Red Bull Sound Select's '30 Days' concert series
    On the first day of November, Young Thug led off Red Bull Sound Select's "30 Days in Chicago" concert showcase with a banger. The notoriously tardy rapper-no shots, but he missed his set at Chance the Rapper's Magnificent Coloring Day last September-arrived basically on time and played to a ravenous, sold-out Metro crowd for a little more than an hour.
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Oct 24

Halloween in Chicago: 10 events and parties for a scary fun weekend

2230 N. California Ave. 773-252-1110

2936 N. Southport Ave., 773-935-6875

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101 E. Erie St., 21st floor rooftop, 312-667-6796

12 S. Michigan Ave., 312-940-3552

213 W. Institute Place, 312-291-8735

201 N. State St., 312-239-9400

    Halloween in Chicago: 10 events and parties for a scary fun weekend
    Unless you're an avid attendee of masquerade balls, Halloween is the only time of year when you can wear a mask-or any other type of identity-concealing clothing-to a party and people won't think you're a total creep. If dressing up doesn't do it for you, then an excuse to drink might.
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Oct 23

Get to know the finalists for our 2017 Big Idea Awards

Location: Untitled Supper Club, 111 W. Kinzie St, Chicago, 60654

    Get to know the finalists for our 2017 Big Idea Awards
    Chicago, we asked for your biggest and brightest ideas for The Big Idea Awards, and you delivered. After sifting through all the submissions and making some tough decisions, we've picked the 16 finalists for our fourth annual ideas showcase, which will be Nov. 6 at Untitled Supper Club.
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Oct 18

Do good with magic for kids from Open Heart Magic

...black tie gala, Casino Magicale, at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at The Casino Club (195 E. Delaware Place). The ticket price is a hefty $250, but that includes “heavy hors d’oeuvres and...

    Do good with magic for kids from Open Heart Magic
    Magicians often get the punchline treatment, be it in popular culture or from your pretentious friend. But for Open Heart Magic in Chicago, the magic in what the organization does can feel pretty real. Using magic tricks, the organization brings smiles and laughter to seriously ill children in local hospitals.
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Oct 17

12 places to grab food and drinks around our favorite music venues in Chicago

1375 W. Lake St. 312-666-6775

1350 W. Randolph St. 312-733-1314

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1111 W. Lake St. 312-877-5929

1035 N. Western Ave. 773-276-3600

1039 N. Western Ave. 773-395-2483

948 N. Western Ave. 872-206-8054

2424 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-525-2501

2576-2580 N. Lincoln Ave. 312-929-0045

2446 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-883-2422

3730 N. Clark St.,773-549-4140

1349 W. Cornelia Ave. 773-935-3552

1101 W. Waveland Ave. 773-388-8249

1807 S. Allport Ave. 312-526-3851

1510 W. 18th St. 312-733-3045

1227 W. 18th St. 312-526-3851

    12 places to grab food and drinks around our favorite music venues in Chicago
    Maybe we're getting old, but concerts can wear us out these days. At the least, we usually need a bit of a push to get the evening going, with either a nourishing nosh or a stiff drink. Thankfully, our fine city is flush with dining and drinking options, many of them mercifully situated just around the corner from your favorite music venue.
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Oct 16

25 Chicago coffee shops serving up great coffee and character

6100 S. Blackstone Ave., 773-627-5058

1439 W. 18th St., 312-455-0019

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1750 W. Division St., 773-278-2739

2530 N. Clark St., 773-687-8078

1501 W. Morse Ave., 773-338-0256

305 E. Garfield Blvd., 773-855-9163

1259 W. Devon Ave., 773-654-1589

5938 N. Broadway, 773-654-1444

2035 N. Western Ave., 773-904-8177

3123 N. Broadway, 773-348-8058

2959 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-245-3005

755 W. 32nd St., 312-888-3468

2212 N. Clybourn Ave., 773-360-7591

5317 N. Clark St., 773-989-5674

1039 W. Granville Ave., 773-764-0400

1117 W. Belmont Ave., 773-360-7553

6032 W. Irving Park Road, 773-853-2261

5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-966-7531

5501 W. Irving Park Road, 773-930-3693

6764 N. Sheridan Road, 773-761-8100

112 N. Green St., 312-754-0431

    25 Chicago coffee shops serving up great coffee and character
    Chicago is a blessedly caffeinated city, not just thanks to the plethora of coffee behemoths planted on every corner-hello, Starbucks and Peet's-but also thanks to the lovely local coffee shops that adorn our city storefronts.
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Oct 13

Chicago illustrator and EDM artist REZZ build hypnotic world together in new comic book ‘Mass Manipulation’

REZZ performs at Concord Music Hall (2047 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-570-4000) Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15. Colindres plans on attending Sunday’s show. Tickets: $29.50 at ticketfly.com.

    Chicago illustrator and EDM artist REZZ build hypnotic world together in new comic book 'Mass Manipulation'
    Dinosaurs and superheroes stared down from gigantic movie posters wallpapering Luis Colindres' Lincoln Square room. The 23-year-old bent over his desk and used a black marker to add the final touches to an alien he was in the middle of outlining, his face inches away from his drawing pad.
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Oct 12

5 things to do in Chicago this weekend

...pair Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher, coming at 8 p.m. Saturday to the Vic (3145 N. Sheffield Ave.). You likely know Esposito from her TV stand-up appearances and panel work on “Chelsea...

...from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chief O’Neill’s (3471 N. Elston Ave.) but dinner reservations are available following the event. Tickets: eventbrite.com...

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...s edition in Chicago will be Friday through Sunday at the Harold Washington Cultural Center (4701 S. King Drive). Tickets: $10-$50. eventbrite.com...

...non-disabled peers. Their show, which runs from Oct. 13 to 22 at Filament Theatre (4041 N. Milwaukee Ave.), tells the story of kids on a ghost tour that stops at Resurrection Cemetery. There...

    5 things to do in Chicago this weekend
    This weekend has it all: music, comedy, booze, movies and haunted stories. Take your pick, Chicago. Chi got the blues Chicago played a huge role in the history of the blues, and the annual Logan Center Blues Fest (Oct. 13-15) celebrates those roots-particularly those from the city's South Side-with a festive collection of concerts, workshops, film, food and more.
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Oct 12

Best Chicago happy hour deals: Oct. 12-18

Eden (1748 W. Lake St. 312-366-2294) offers $10 specialty cocktails and $5 bites including lamb and beef meatballs and chili-roasted carrots from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Henry's (18 W. Hubbard St. 312-955-8018) offers $5 tallboys and well drinks from 5 to 8 p.m.

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The Delta (1745 W. North Ave. 773-360-1793) offers a menu of 13 cocktails for $8 from 2 to 4 p.m.

All beer, wine, spirits and cocktails are $2 off from 3 to 6 p.m. at Yard House (1500 N. Clybourn Ave. 312-951-7317).

I|O Godfrey (127 W. Huron St. 312-374-1830) offers $6 select wines and Absolut cocktails, $9 prime beef sliders with fries and $6 spicy tuna maki from 3 to 6 p.m.

Draft beers, select glasses of wine and bartender's choice cocktails are half-price from 4 to 6 p.m. at SideDoor (100 E. Ontario St. 312-787-6768).

    Best Chicago happy hour deals: Oct. 12-18
    Here's where to drink on a budget this week in Chicago.
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