1001 West Roosevelt Chicago, IL 60608 +1 312 421 7800
Duncan YMCA Chernin Center for the Arts is dedicated to hosting programs with subjects of arts and culture. They hold seminars and performances for the small and big alike. One of the most critically acclaimed plays enacted here is A Gospel Song which has enthralled the audience completely. Apart from plays, there are also dance performances and comedy acts put up like the The Love Song of Saul Alinsky and The Wiz. The famous playwright August Wilson and author Ken Kesey visit Duncan YMCA Chernin Center for the Arts often to offer their services towards the development of arts and culture.
150 West Joe Orr Road Chicago Heights, IL 60411 +1 708 754 9003
With music patrons all over the city, music venues are in plenty. Mr Kelley's Music Box, is one such venue in Chicago Heights that is always live with a lot of action and variety of music events. Rock, metal, pop, hip-hop, it's all live and rocking. During the events there are snacks and drinks too, so you can be sure to spend hours here dancing away to your favorite music.
2373 South Archer Avenue Chicago, IL 60616 +1 312 326 3443
Connie's Pizza is a delight for salivating tongues and empty tummies. Located in Chinatown, Chicago this pizza place offers some of the most heavenly pizzas topped with liberal amounts of fresh mozzarella, mushrooms, broccoli, sausages and pepperoni. This pizzeria also offers some Italian dishes such as antipasti, salads, paninis, and yummy calzones. The bar offers a brimming menu of wines and champagne along with a well selected variety of beer. Connie's Pizza is a popular spot, always full of activity and laughter. This eatery also hosts special events in their spacious private hall while also providing catering services.
204 West Cermak Road Chicago, IL 60616 +1 312 225 0100
Located in the bustling neighborhood of Chinatown, Cantonesia Restaurant is the hub of Chinese and Mandarin cuisine in the area. A sanctum of chopsticks and noodles, steamed and fried dumplings and zingy seasoning, this little eatery offers some of the best food in its category. The menu includes an extensive variety of sea food, lamb, poultry, duck and beef. With hardwood floors and dark brown chairs, the place provides for a casual yet elegant setting. The bar offers sangrias, cocktails and martinis to go perfectly with delectable Chinese fare.
300 West 24th Street Chicago, IL 60616 +1 312 225 2848
Hidden away in one of the many streets and lanes of Chinatown, Bertucci's Corner is yet another corner ready to conquer your taste buds. Bertucci's is a traditional Italian eatery with a very warm and homely setting, quite reminiscent of Old school Italian ambiance. Established in the 1930s, Bertucci's has carved a place in Chicago's history as well. The restaurant also offers a full bar with some great selections of wine and beer.
71 West Monroe Avenue Chicago, IL 60603 +1 312 332 7005
Considered as one of the most casual dining places La Cantina is located in the basement of Italian Village. The look and ambiance is more like a wine cellar with recessed seating and large fish tanks. Famous for its traditional Italian steaks and seafood with a North Italian twist to it. The food served is brilliant and a visual treat, try the macaroni with scallops and shrimp in a garlic-pesto cream sauce or the house specials manicotti with fresh tomato sauce, fresh Dover sole filleted tableside, shrimp casaligna and spaghetti mare Monti with one of the fine wines.
521 North Rush Street Conrad Chicago Chicago, IL 60611 +1 312 645 1500
Bold colors and comfortable furnishing rule the scene at Rendez-Vous. Located in the elegant and up scale Conrad Chicago, its apt for dining and drinking. Savor oyster and lobster preparations or gorge on popular snacks like French fries with Parmesan cheese. The combination of velvet chairs and sofas with the marble bar creates an elegant ambiance while the fresh flowers give this place a vibrant feel. An extensive range of refreshing drinks makes this diner a perfect place for a quiet cozy meal.
1326 West Madison Street Corner of Madison Chicago, IL 60607 +1 312 981 7100
There is no doubt that West End Bar & Grill is putting the West Loop on the map. Cab after cab come to the neighborhood that are usually headed toward the United Center now stop at this hot, new smoke-free bar. There are enough flat screen Tvs to guarantee you will never have a bad view of the game. If you are lucky enough to get one of the booths, you will be treated to two flat screen Tvs just for you. At the back there is a lounge area where you can relax on leather couches and chairs - taking in that whole clubhouse feel. Come dressed to kill or as comfortable as possible, either way, you'll be at home.
600 North Michigan Avenue At Ontario Chicago, IL 60611 +1 312 276 2500
Global cuisine reigns supreme at Grand Lux Cafe. Burgers, pasta, pizza, giant salads, and meat dishes ranging from wiener schnitzel to Jamaican pork tenderloin grace the wide-reaching menu. The Grand Lux Cafe is also an excellent destination for brunch on Saturday or Sunday mornings, with a menu that includes a number of different egg dishes as well as brioche French toast, Belgian waffles, and traditional buttermilk pancakes. One thing that you won't want to miss at Grand Lux Cafe is the dessert. As a sister restaurant to the Cheesecake Factory, it should come as no surprise that a number of cheesecakes are available for you to choose from. However, if you aren't a cheesecake fan, or are in the mood for something different, there are plenty of other options to tempt your palate. Several desserts must be chosen when you order your entree, as they are baked to order. The molten chocolate cake and warm rustic apple pie are two such desserts that are definitely worth trying. If the sweet tooth hits after you have finished your meal, no worries, as there are still plenty of fresh-baked cakes or pies to choose from. Chocoholics will definitely not want to miss the fudge cake collision;a huge portion of rich chocolate cake slathered with hot fudge and vanilla ice cream.
1415 West Randolph Street at Loomis Street Randolph Wine Cellars Chicago, IL 60607 +1 312 942 1313
Whether you're a newbie, a wannabe, or a certified expert on wine, you'll feel right at home in the Tasting Room. The little piece of perfection in the West Loop features overstuffed sofas and high backed chairs making you feel right at home as you savor a glass of pinot noir. Can't commit? Try one of the many wine flights, which gives you more than a taste of various reds or whites. Wine can be paired with a variety of cheese flights, seafood flights, and charcuterie flights. Small plates are also available if you've had your fill of flights. Come, relax, and learn at the Tasting Room. -Eun Jung Decker