4146 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60618 +1 773 327 9478
At the intersection of Lincoln and Berteau Avenues stands an independent coffee shop that brews Intelligentsia coffee, as well as a variety of other hot and cold drinks and foods. Red Eyes Coffee is rarely crowded and offers free WiFi, making this the perfect destination to get work done without distraction. When the weather is nice, take advantage of the outdoor seating. During the blustery Chicago winter, head inside where the combination of natural light, a low-key atmosphere and a hot drink will wash away the winter blues. The menu offers options for any meal of the day. While waiting for your food to arrive, check out the café's small selection of gently-worn board games. - Betsy Mikel
1851 W Irving Park Road Chicago, IL 60613 +1 773 549 9770
Timber Lanes Bowling Alley has immaculately oiled hard-wood lanes that make the game challenging and interesting. Having an old-world charm, this alley is also a bar. The beer served here comes at a reasonable price and the score keeping is done manually. Visitors are charged $3 per game and $20 for an hour per lane. The bowling alley also allows guests to hold private parties for which the whole alley or just certain lanes can be booked. For children's parties, the per lane cost is USD35 while for adult parties, it is USD300 for 4 lanes, USD400 for 6 lanes and USD450 for the entire alley. A place for bowling lovers, Timber Lanes gives you a chance to sip your favorite beer while playing your favorite game.
2501 South Kedzie Avenue Chicago, IL 60623 +1 773 247 2400
Stress on a proper dress code, gets you dressed in your best attire and drives you to Volkan-one of Chicago's vibrant night clubs. This three-level nightspot gets buzzing with activities as party goers flock in large numbers. A favorite among locals and tourist alike, the club is abit on the expensive side. This place is divided into three parts, with each room having different theme and music. The large dance floor and great music accompanied with state-of-art lighting, create the right party mood.
2105 South State Street Reggie's Rock Club Chicago, IL 60616 +1 312 949 0120
A total entertainment venue, the Reggie's Music Joint's Bar and Grill is always full of fun and excitement. They serve "American Comfort Food" along with beers, tequilas, vodkas and whiskeys, all served really cheap. Sip on your drink as you catch live coverage of every sporting action on huge televisions screens. Vibrant motifs, bright colors and sports memorabilia give a lively feel to the bar. The huge pipes running across the ceiling make it look like an old factory space. There's Reggie's Rock Club, that you can check out as well, that is open only for performances.
3059 South Central Park Avenue Chicago, IL 60623 +1 773 277 4141
If you are in the mood to party while on a trip to Chicago, then look no further than Los Globos, the Mexican-themed nightclub. The ambiance at the nightclub is electric and this fantastic ballroom styled club has lots to offer, from its fantastic ambiance, to performances by Latino dancers and some refreshing alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Definitely a great place to unwind at after a hectic week.
1439 West 18th Street Chicago, IL 60608 +1 312 455 0019
In the up-and-coming Pilsen neighborhood, Cafe Jumping Bean is one of the most interesting and enjoyable element to have come out of to everybody's attention. This coffeehouse has combined the distinctly urban European coffeehouse with a tang of a Latin bar. It is decked out with wooden chairs and the tables are painted with lively Mexican imagery. The place attracts a variety of Hispanic intellectual community members, and you may overhear political conversation.
2119 South Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60608 +1 312 526 3385
Experience upscale dining at this quaint restaurant located in the heart of Pilsen, one of Chicago's most happening neighborhoods. Featuring an open kitchen, patio area and an exclusive wine room, Nightwood fits as an ideal venue for family dinners, romantic meals or friendly night-outs. The daily-changing menu highlights farm-to-fork creations, and the bold and contemporary flavors of American cuisine. Go-to dishes include Spit-Roasted Slagel Farm Half Chicken, Garlic Braised Oyster Mushrooms, Milk-Steamed Briskets and Cured Foie Gras. Boutique wines and classy cocktails accompany the food along with light desserts like Espresso and Dried Plum Tarts and Almond Butter Cake. An individual brunch menu is reserved for Sundays.
4544 North Lincoln Avenue Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago, IL 60625 +1 773 728 6000
One of the performance spaces at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall makes an excellent venue for musical acts. The concert hall is famed for its wonderful acoustics that have the ability to enhance any performance, and the seating arrangement is such that you are afforded a great view of the stage no matter where you sit.
550 West Touhy Avenue Chicago, IL 60068 +1 847 692 6205
Part of a chain, Houlihan's in Park Ridge, is one of the best restaurants around. Consistent in taste and quality, the food here is always yum! The menu features a long list of food, but the best thing about this is that you can order these in different portion sizes. The cocktail menu is also good. The staff here is polite and efficient. A great place to unwind with a group of friends. Call for information on happy hours.