4181 N. Clarendon Chicago, IL 60613 +1 773 755 1955
Free wifi, comfy couches, and plenty of outlets for every laptop in sight are only a few reasons this neighborhood coffee shop is so popular. Dollop Coffee Co. aims for a friendly atmosphere and invites its customers to make themselves comfortable and stay for hours on end. With features such as exposed brick walls and a "friends don't let friends drink Starbucks" bumper sticker on the cash register, Dollop certainly has found a way to make their community of customers feel at home. The shop even has a "house" computer for customer use. Staff working behind the full service coffee bar serve up plenty of hot and cold caffeinated and un-caffeinated drinks as well as pastries and bagels. -Betsy Mikel
4656 North Clark Street (cross-street Leland Avenue) Chicago, IL 60640 +1 773 942 6763
Step up to the counter at this sandwich shop and see what's on the seasonal menu: hopefully you come in at the right time to enjoy the cashew butter and fig sandwich. The seating is set up like that of a traditional café, so you can bring some work in if you'd like. There are also plenty of coffee and tea drinks if you're just walking by-hence the name, a combination of "chai" and "java." - Gina Rosemellia
2559 West Devon Avenue Chicago, IL 60659 +1 773 338 5400
This sweet shop and snack eatery is an ideal joint to go if you are in the mood to savor some lip-smacking Indian dishes. The eatery gets very crowded on weekends, so make sure to go a little before time. Sukhadia's has a glass covered counter full of delicious Indian mithais (sweets). The golden ladoos, samosas and kesar pista jalebi are simply divine. The place also has a small sit out area where they serve a good variety of north and south Indian cuisine. It is primarily a sweet and dry-fruit shop, so forget your calories and binge on!
4147 North Broadway Street Chicago, IL 60613 +1 773 549 1815
Since 1988, Profiles Theater has been showcasing the finest talents in performing arts. With a bunch of creative writers, visionary directors and brilliant actors, this theater houses the best of the best in theater. And for all the inspiring theater artists, this place also conducts classes to brush up the skills of budding talents. The ambiance, modern light systems and acoustics create a worthwhile play viewing experience.
1145 West Wilson Avenue O'Rourke Center, Truman College Chicago, IL 60640 +1 773 878 9761
Pegasus Players is a theater company that has evolved as a producer of masterpieces of performing arts. Pegasus Players Theater, is located in the O'Rourke Center for the Performing Arts on Truman College campus. This theater is equipped with excellent sound and light technology to enhance top class performances. Its fantastic acoustics has brought festivals like the Young Playwrights Festival here.
4840 North Broadway Street Chicago, IL 60686 +1 773 506 3100
Fat Cat's is a neighborhood, after-work joint. Its art-deco bar, vertical lamps and wrap around booths create a quirky, retro atmosphere. The kitchen serves no-fuss comfort food: mac 'n' cheese, fries and burgers. Menu favorites include the ruben ball, a Ruben-like sandwich, rolled and deep fried. The bar offers 16 plus beers on tap. Curious about the beer? Simply ask for a sample. Large big screen televisions adorn the walls. This cozy, local favorite is full of character and vivacity - especially on weekends.
3700 North Halsted Between Bradley Place & Waveland Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 +1 773 525 1111
With over 100 martinis on their menu, the most difficult choice you'll have to make at the Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club is deciding which one(s) to try first. The good news is that whatever you choose, it's guaranteed to be delicious. One of the major draws to Kit Kat are the entertaining drag queens who strut their stuff throughout the evening. While martinis reign supreme on the menu, food options should not be overlooked. Whether looking for an appetizer or dessert to go with your drinks, or a larger meal, there are options on the menu for just about any taste. Given the lounge's popularity with boy's night out and bachelorette parties, a prix fixe party menu is also available.
4804 N Broadway Street Chicago, IL 60640 +1 773 784 2739
Crew Bar + Grill is Uptown's sports themed gay bar, a neighborhood favorite that attracts the gay and straight crowd alike. During the day and early evening, sports commands the most attention in the bar. Yet, as the night goes on, the bar becomes a bit more musica, with the VJ playing an eclectic mix of music videos. While the bottled beer list is expansive with over 40 brews, the drink of choice at Crew Bar + Grill is the "
"Berengaria -- a beer, tequila, and margarita mix.
5336 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60625 +1 773 275 6711
Hidden Cove is not exactly hidden from the Chicago karaoke scene. Open until late, wannabe singers and revelers belt out one song after another. Find students, club hoppers, tipplers and those out for a fun night. Additional entertainment comes in the form of dart boards, pool tables, TVs and trivia competitions. So if you think you can sing like Tori Amos, show the world.
4520 North Beacon Chicago, IL 60640 +1 773 769 4451
This theater, directed by Jackie Taylor, used to house the Organic Theater Company, followed by the Zebra Crossing Theater and has since been taken over by the Black Ensemble, which specializes in the transformation of classic works into productions with African-American themes, such as the Other Cinderella. The company also produces biographical musicals of African Americans who have made major cultural contribution to this country. Audience members have 170 seats from which to enjoy such plays as A Streetcar Named Desire and the Glass Menagerie. This place is open from Friday to Saturday at 8pm and on Sunday at 4pm.