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Best Bars To Rent For A Party In Chicago

Bars can offer a lot of possibilities when it comes to hosting a party that your miniature apartment or home simply cannot. Want to know what bars offer the most? Detailed here are the best pars to rent for a party in Chicago!

02/02/2012

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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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Chicago’s Top Bars For Niche Sports

The diverse population of Chicago’s metro area means there are fan bases for niche sports, ranging from rugby to racing. Whether you’re cheering for your favorite scrum-half or welterweight, here are a few Chicago bars that are devoted to some of the less noted sports.

12/29/2011

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Ringing In The New Year Chicago Style

Ball dropping in Times Square is New York’s thing. In Chicago, we ring in the New Year with amazing views of the Magnificent Mile, local rock and roll, our glittering skyline and nods to our frothy Prohibition past. In other words, when it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations in Chicago, you can find just about any party to fit your style. Here are some of the most fun, festive and unique ways to ring in the New Year.

12/22/2011

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An Interview With Rockit Bar & Grill: Rockit During The Holidays

Rockit Bar & Grill, one of my favorite stomping grounds, has this holiday tradition down. I caught up with Josh Hauer, General Manager and Operating Partner at both Rockit Bar & Grill locations (River North and Wrigleyville) to chat about how Rockit celebrates the holidays…

12/15/2011

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Citizen Scene Spotter: Chicago’s Holiday Scene

Part of being a true Chicagoan is the ability to survive a frigid winter. Not only a frigid winter, but a very, very long, frigid winter. As the temperature dips below zero, sometimes our spirits go with it. One way to beat the winter blues is to take advantage of Chicago’s upbeat bar scene…

12/08/2011

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Best Holiday Bar Crawl: TBOX 2011

On the second Saturday of December, TBOX gave to me… the 15th annual bar crawl over in Wrigley. I’m already counting down the days for this fun and festive event that seems to be getting better and better each year. The morning will start off as usual at the Cubby Bear for an opening ceremony, then proceed on to 36 (yes, 36!) neighborhood pubs and bars…

12/01/2011

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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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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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Citizen Scene Spotter: Tips About Chicago’s Nightlife, Mike

I met Mike on Michigan Ave. on a Tuesday afternoon while on his way to grab lunch. I asked if he’d be a sport and answer a few questions for me about the bar scene in Chicago. Despite the sweltering heat, Mike agreed to offer his words of wisdom.

10/20/2011

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Citizen Scene Spotter: Tips about Chicago’s Nightlife, Jessica

I stopped Jessica on the platform of the red line stop at Belmont. Heading to see friends in the loop, Jessica agreed to give me a few minutes of her time to answer some questions about the bar scene in the city. Two trains came and went while Jessica divulged her wealth of knowledge about Chicago’s nightlife!

10/13/2011

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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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Cheap Chicago Clubs With Music – For Free

If we’re ruling out “the coffee shop barista’s illegal loft space” (and you probably should) then there are a couple places you can go to enjoy Chicago’s fine musical traditions without breaking the bank.

10/03/2011

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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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Guide To Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Few, if any, of Chicago’s festivals have the dedicated focus and local ties of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Now five years old, the festival is also unique for its sprawling lineup that weaves throughout the Hyde Park neighborhood…

09/22/2011

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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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You Are What You Drink

Most people crave a drink after a long day at work, but have you ever stopped to consider why you ordered that particular drink? Below are the most common drinks and where to satisfy your taste buds.

08/29/2011

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