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April 4, 2012 | By RedEye staff
Bars with live music Ultra Lounge 2169 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-269-2900 This former clubby martini spot has been remodeled into a small-scale live music venue with a separate room for local and traveling acts playing everything from hip-hop to indie rock. Quenchers 2401 N. Western Ave. 773-276-9730 You'd be hard-pressed to find a live music bar with a better craft beer selection not just in the neighborhood, but the entire city.
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December 18, 2012 | By Kate Bernot, @kbernot, RedEye
Two bike messengers, a punk rocker and an employee from the Board of Trade walk into a bar. It sounds like the beginning of a joke -- or a Friday night at Cal's, a downtown dive bar located at Wells and Van Buren streets. But the decidedly eclectic clientele will have to find a new haunt when the bar closes at the end of the year. Fred Feirstein, one of the bar's owners, said that after he's been in the business for 54 years, he needed to pack up shop. "The time has come," he said, declining to elaborate.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2012 | By Renee Pinckney and For RedEye
Don't fear, fans of summer: There is still some warm weather and plenty of festivals to take in before the season's official send-off. The Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival in Rogers Park and Northside Summerfest in North Center are just two reasons to get out this weekend and enjoy the last weeks of summer 2012. Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival When: 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon - 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Where: Glenwood Avenue Arts District, located near Glenwood and Morse avenues in Rogers Park Cost: Free What to expect: A Friday night party...
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October 12, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave. 773-525-2508 The beautiful wood-accented back room of this hundred-year-old building is one of the city's best places to catch touring and local acts before they get big, while the front bar area serves up a mean mac 'n' cheese. The Gingerman Tavern 3740 N. Clark St. 773-549-2050 Refreshingly unpretentious, this beat-up bar is the perfect place to escape from - or mentally prepare for - the insanity of Wrigleyville with a game of a pool.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2011 | By Miki Turner and For RedEye
Although Margaret Cho's latest concert film, "Cho Dependent," will close Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival that begins Thursday, the comedian herself cannot make the 30th annual event. She's on the road. In "Cho Dependent," Cho performs her stand-up and musical numbers that riff on sex, drugs, rock and roll, politics, reality TV, "sexting" and her mother. “Cho Dependent” will be shown at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. For more info, go to reelingfilmfestival.org The San Francisco resident...
NEWS
August 29, 2012
Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-489-3160 It's not the prettiest space in the city, and some of the rock acts can creep toward the “generic” label. Still, DD has been home to early shows from acts such as Kid Rock and The Killers; In '97, the Rolling Stones played a secret show - marquee: “Rolling Stones: One Night Only - $7.” Subterranean 2011 W. North Ave. 773-278-6600 At this Wicker Park bar smack in the hopping intersection of North/Damen/Milwaukee, DJs spin on the first floor and rock/hip-hop acts - both local and up-and-coming touring...
NEWS
October 12, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave. 773-525-2508 The beautiful wood-accented back room of this hundred-year-old building is one of the city's best places to catch touring and local acts before they get big, while the front bar area serves up a mean mac 'n' cheese. The Gingerman Tavern 3740 N. Clark St. 773-549-2050 Refreshingly unpretentious, this beat-up bar is the perfect place to escape from - or mentally prepare for - the insanity of Wrigleyville with a game of a pool.
NEWS
May 18, 2012 | By RedEye staff
R.J. Grunts 2056 N. Lincoln Park West 773-929-5363 Craving a bite of history? This is where Rich Melman's restaurant empire, Lettuce Entertain You, started back in 1971. Fill up on milkshakes, half-pound burgers and platefuls from the massive salad bar. Half Shell 676 W. Diversey Parkway 773-549-1773 This divey basement seafood house started shucking oysters more than 40 years ago, way before trendy hangouts such as The Publican and GT Fish & Oyster made it cool again.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2012 | By Kate Bernot, @kbernot, RedEye
Two bike messengers, a punk rocker and an employee from the Board of Trade walk into a bar. It sounds like the beginning of a joke -- or a Friday night at Cal's, a downtown dive bar located at Wells and Van Buren streets. But the decidedly eclectic clientele will have to find a new haunt when the bar closes at the end of the year. Fred Feirstein, one of the bar's owners, said that after he's been in the business for 54 years, he needed to pack up shop. "The time has come," he said, declining to elaborate.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Before Punch House and Dusek's opened in Pilsen last year, Thalia Hall was just a building - a  beautiful, historic, dusty building in need of a lot of TLC.  Bruce Finkelman and Craig Golden, who both have experience running music venues Empty Bottle and Evanston's Space, respectively, saw a diamond in the rough.  "Looking at the space, it's not hard to figure out why it's such an engaging property," Finkelman said last October, shortly...
NEWS
August 29, 2012
Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-489-3160 It's not the prettiest space in the city, and some of the rock acts can creep toward the “generic” label. Still, DD has been home to early shows from acts such as Kid Rock and The Killers; In '97, the Rolling Stones played a secret show - marquee: “Rolling Stones: One Night Only - $7.” Subterranean 2011 W. North Ave. 773-278-6600 At this Wicker Park bar smack in the hopping intersection of North/Damen/Milwaukee, DJs spin on the first floor and rock/hip-hop acts - both local and up-and-coming touring artists - usually perform in the...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2012 | By Renee Pinckney and For RedEye
Don't fear, fans of summer: There is still some warm weather and plenty of festivals to take in before the season's official send-off. The Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival in Rogers Park and Northside Summerfest in North Center are just two reasons to get out this weekend and enjoy the last weeks of summer 2012. Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival When: 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon - 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Where: Glenwood Avenue Arts District, located near Glenwood and Morse avenues in Rogers Park Cost: Free What to expect: A Friday night party...
NEWS
May 18, 2012 | By RedEye staff
R.J. Grunts 2056 N. Lincoln Park West 773-929-5363 Craving a bite of history? This is where Rich Melman's restaurant empire, Lettuce Entertain You, started back in 1971. Fill up on milkshakes, half-pound burgers and platefuls from the massive salad bar. Half Shell 676 W. Diversey Parkway 773-549-1773 This divey basement seafood house started shucking oysters more than 40 years ago, way before trendy hangouts such as The Publican and GT Fish & Oyster made it cool again.
NEWS
April 4, 2012 | By RedEye staff
Bars with live music Ultra Lounge 2169 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-269-2900 This former clubby martini spot has been remodeled into a small-scale live music venue with a separate room for local and traveling acts playing everything from hip-hop to indie rock. Quenchers 2401 N. Western Ave. 773-276-9730 You'd be hard-pressed to find a live music bar with a better craft beer selection not just in the neighborhood, but the entire city.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2011 | By Miki Turner and For RedEye
Although Margaret Cho's latest concert film, "Cho Dependent," will close Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival that begins Thursday, the comedian herself cannot make the 30th annual event. She's on the road. In "Cho Dependent," Cho performs her stand-up and musical numbers that riff on sex, drugs, rock and roll, politics, reality TV, "sexting" and her mother. “Cho Dependent” will be shown at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. For more info, go to reelingfilmfestival.org The San...
NEWS
October 12, 2012 | By RedEye staff
Indie Burger 1034 W. Belmont Ave. 773-857-7777 This quick-serve burger joint sets itself apart from the chains with third-pound patties of organic beef, thick-cut fries and, as a nod to its “indie” nature, band posters and a schedule of upcoming concerts at music venues around town. DMK Burger Bar 2954 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-360-8686 At this lively bar from restaurateurs Michael Kornick and David Morton, thin patties of grass-fed beef are cooked medium, so double up if you're craving a taller stack.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2011 | By Katie Killacky, For RedEye
Ninety-nine percent of us watch reality TV. OK, that was a made-up statistic to make myself feel better about ... myself. I mean, I've spent my entire life earning a living in the performance arts. Unscripted reality drivel is blasphemy. Should I feel guilty about watching reality TV? Well, it CAN be educational. "Top Chef" has opened my palate, "Muslims in America" has opened my eyes, and "Toddlers & Tiaras" has opened my heart - to the fact that some children are born into unfortunate situations.
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