8355 South Pulaski Chicago, IL 60652 +1 773 767 4838
If hard rocking mainstream trends are what you are after, this South Side club is for you. In fact, it epitomizes the idea of rock first, concept second. It is a lived-in environment perfect for any group looking for a night on the rampage. The club hosts a myriad of up-and-comers from the local and regional pool of talent. And if you get the munchies while rocking out, do not despair as the kitchen stays open late into the night.
556 West 18th Street Chicago Chicago, IL 60616 +1 773 552 8616(Toll Free)
Having arrived from Moscow in 2003, the Dream Theater did not take much time for the theater-loving audiences of Chicago to sit up and take notice of it. Their repertoire of productions are bold, beautiful, unique and memorable to say the least, while the talented artistes spin magic with their sheer variety of emotion and raw expressions. Check their website for a list of upcoming events.
1358 West Taylor Street Chicago, IL 60607 +1 312 455 8255
A great decor and some fine wine is what attracts crowds at Beviamo. This place serves 80 different kinds of wines and are known to be some of the best in town. You can laze around the chic couches while the in-house DJ spins some house or trance. You can also catch your favorite bands play live here. However, the place tends to get a bit crowded on the weekends. Call ahead to know more.
411 S. Wells Street Between Congress Parkway and I-290 Chicago, IL 60607 +1 312 922 1778
If you are scouting for an ideal space that has cool drinks and casual ambiance, then Alcocks is the place to be. You can can lounge around with your favorite drink or sit on the outdoor patio and watch the hustle bustle of the city. Being located near the Board of Trade, Alcocks is always buzzing with traders and employees that drop-in for a drink or two. The friendly crowd makes an outsider feel completely at ease and you will surely end-up being a part of the large and fun group chilling and discussing baseball over a round of frothy beers. It also has an amazing range of wines and other concoctions to choose from. Alcocks can be rented for private events and functions like birthday and anniversary. For further details, please call ahead or check the website.
1335 South Halsted Street (cross-street Maxwell Street) Chicago, IL 60607 +1 312 997 2128
Can't decide what you want to eat for dinner? Go to Joy Yee's. Its extensive menu offers a truly pan-Asian selection with creative presentation and low prices. First, don't miss out on the fresh fruit freezes, with choices such as lychee papaya and green bean coconut milk. Then, on to appetizers that run the gamut from shrimp shumai to Thai fish cake. Entrées come in all shapes and sizes. You can get baked rice served in a bamboo pot, soups, and every type of meat and seafood. From the traditional to the exotic and everything in between, you can eat your way across Asia without leaving Chicago. - Eun Jung Decker
1321 West Taylor Street Chicago, IL 60607 +1 312 243 1577
Three Aces is a welcome addition to the Taylor strip and brings farm-to-fork Italian fare in a laid-back and vibrant atmosphere. Attentive service, rustic interiors and exciting theme nights make this joint a favorite go-to restaurant in the neighborhood. On offer are classic Italian specialties alongside regular pub-grub; highlights being the Pappardelle bolognese, Ace burger, Boozy eggnog pie and Saltimbocca panini. The lengthy drinks line-up boasts of some impressive cocktails, draft beers and wines which can be enjoyed at leisure at the bar or paired with the food.
1301 South Halsted Chicago, IL 60607 +1 312 243 9980
Located in the vicinity of University of Illinois at Chicago, La Taberna Tapas on Halsted is a fresh addition to the dining scene of the area. Specializing in Spanish inspired Tapas and cuisines derived from Latin America, Mexico and Mediterranean, this restaurant offers a unique dining experience to its patrons in a vibrant and friendly environment. Specialties include dishes like Croquettas De Pollo, Empanadas de Picadillo, Vieras Salteadas, Zarzuela and Salmon. Sangrias, Tequilas, Margaritas and Beers make up the eclectic drinks line-up.
Mario's Italian Lemonade, the hole-in-the-wall joint on West Taylor street, scoops up some of the best versions of the popular ice treat in town. The dessert is comprised of intricately shaved ice and chunks of fresh fruits drizzled with sumptuous syrups, almost like a slushie. It comes in an array of seasonal flavors like cherry, blue raspberry, lime, orange, peach, watermelon and so on. Also on offer are delicious cocktail renditions like pina colada and the all-time favorite chocolate. The generous portions at affordable rates make it a popular niche in Little Italy.
915 East 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637 +1 773 702 2787
Featuring a mix of events in its programming, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts is an eclectic performing arts center located on the campus of the University of Chicago. This multi-facility arts and cultural center is focused on hosting not just the events of various partners in the university but also that of other organizations in Chicago. The state-of-the-art center comprises a performing hall, theaters, exhibition hall, digital media center, rehearsal spaces and many more facilities to support the works of various organizations in various fields like concerts, drama, film, etc. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.
215 East Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60611 +1 312 467-7177
Known for offering some of the best tapas in town, this place has moved from its earlier locale over on Fullerton, and has maintained the same popular tapas recipes. At this incarnation called Sol y Nieve, you can choose from over 40 regular selections of mini Spanish appetizers, plus some daily specials. You can partake of entrees, too, but, whether you are being festive with a large group or romantic with your partner, it's always nicer to nibble from many little platters than one big. The atmosphere is lively and colorful, with booths and tables in two spacious rooms.