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Murder Mystery Dinner Parties In Chicago

When a friend asked me if I wanted to play a “real-life” version of Clue, I jumped at the chance. A dinner party that combines the board-game-setting with being a real-life sleuth sounded like a great solution for this grown up gamer.

03/01/2012

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Drink Of The Month: Big Star’s Champurrado

You’ve been to Big Star for awesome tacos and other Mexican dishes, now swing by the Wicker Park joint for champurrado, a warming chocolate drink. CBSChicago.com recently caught up with Justin Large, chef de cuisine at Big Star, to learn how to make the drink at home.

02/15/2012

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Barn & Company: A New Chicago BBQ Bar

You can smell the smoker used at Barn & Company, a BBQ bar, a block away. The atmosphere is overwhelmingly fun! The layout is as big as a barn, the lighting is warehouse-bright, and the wood walls are adorned with pigs…

01/26/2012

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A Fun Night Out For Only $30

One reason I love Chicago so much is that a night out means endless possibilities. From doughnut shops to wine bars and comedy venues, I make a point to try as many spots as I can, while still watching my wallet. Take a look at my quest to hit the streets for good food and fun for under $30!

01/19/2012

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Cocktail Of The Month: Ceres’ Table’s Eggnog

The seriously good Italian-influenced menu at Ceres’ Table is worth a trip to Ravenswood (for the pumpkin ravioli alone!), and the cocktail menu is stacked with well-made drinks. One of their winter drinks, Ceres’ Holiday Eggnog, is a treat even after the holidays are over…

01/04/2012

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Chicago’s Enduring Speakeasies And Prohibition Era Bars

Here are a few of the city’s greatest bars and former speakeasies that not even Prohibition could stop, open for business so you can wet your whistle – no password required.

11/24/2011

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Plaintiff: Airline Owes Me Free Drinks

Adam J. Levitt says Southwest Airlines owes him 45 free drinks, and he filed a federal lawsuit Thursday trying to get the airline to honor previously issued drink coupons.

11/17/2011

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Chicago’s Unique BYOBs

I’m hooked on BYOBs. I’ll trade a $9 glass of wine for an $8 bottle any day. What an ingenious idea, and it’s even better when you nix the corkage fees. These locales offer a twist on the bring-your-own-booze concept. Check them out!

11/17/2011

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Crawling Through Lincoln Square One Sip At A Time

Not all pub-crawls are created equal, and finding a stretch through which to drink, possibly eat and definitely be merry can take a little planning. Here’s a list of Lincoln Square bars perfect the pub crawl you and your friends have always dreamed about.

11/10/2011

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Chicago’s Happy Hours That Earn Long-Term Love

For most post-work revelers, happy hour is a marriage of convenience. After work, watering holes aren’t typically picked for their trendy menus or dazzling drinks but their proximity to your home or office; in some cases, adequate bar food and some dirt cheap drink selections are all you need…

10/06/2011

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Shake Things Up: Five Unique Bars To Visit

here’s comfort in frequenting a bar that you already know you like. You can find me a couple blocks from my apartment, perched at a highboy by the window, pint in hand with my friends. But there comes a time to break the monotony and shake things up. I like these five bars for five very different reasons. Check them out and find a new place to call your own!

09/29/2011

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Q&A With Neighborhood Bar: Wells On Wells

There’s no diggin’ for reasons to visit Wells on Wells. The neighborhood bar is just seven years old and has become a cornerstone on Old Town’s bustling Wells Street. The bar succeeds for many reasons, and one is it’s a family-run business…

09/15/2011

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Chicago’s Upcoming Fall Entertainment: Shows, Concerts & More

If you’re looking to add some entertainment to your nightlife read about Jellies and a few of Chicago’s other upcoming options!

09/08/2011

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Sunday Night Social, Where To Go Out

For those who need to keep some semblance of a social life active past Saturday—yet still have to show up in one piece come Monday—Sunday night options that offer fun in a lower gear are essential. We’ve put together some of our favorite fun, relaxing ways to cap off the weekend.

08/25/2011

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A Safe Haven Bar For Soccer Fans

Chicago isn’t the friendliest city when it comes to Soccer, so where can a true fan find their mecca? The Globe…

08/18/2011

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Best Post-Art Event Drink Spots

Arts districts, museums and community arts organizations tend to make the biggest splash the first two Fridays of every month. All of these events typically come with the booze already built-in, but if you’re looking to end your night with something other than a cold can of PBR or a white wine in a plastic vessel, we’ve selected some nearby establishments to help you round out your night of culture.

08/04/2011

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Cheers to Chicago’s New(ish) Bars

Six years ago I moved to the city. My cousin Carol moved here at the same time, and we ventured out together every Friday night to a restaurant we’d never been to before. At the time, that included pretty much every one in the city. Bellies full and cocktails in hand, we sat and laughed, enjoying the experience of trying something new. Here are five of the latest bars to check out.

07/14/2011

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Guide To: West Fest

Despite the glut of summer festivals and street fairs, West Fest manages to stands apart from the pack thanks to its staggeringly good musical lineup and the range of activities that appeal to everyone from parents to pet lovers.

07/07/2011

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Best Bars to Catch Mid-Week Live Music

When you feel like casually catching some live music on the fly, but didn’t snag tickets to a show in advance, finding last-minute music plans can be tricky. Luckily, many of Chicago’s friendliest bars and coziest pubs book a diverse range of local and national acts to play during the week – often with no cover charge.

06/23/2011

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