November 1, 2011 |
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...
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...
October 12, 2012 |
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.
May 18, 2012 |
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.
December 18, 2012 |
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.
April 3, 2014 |
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...