November 17, 2011 |
Michael O'Connor is a glass half-full kind of guy. His new sports bar, The Ogden, is set to open in a few weeks, just blocks east of United Center. The address will make it one of the closest bars to the arena, a prime stop for Bulls fans - that is, if there's a season. O'Connor, general manager at the bar and restaurant, and owner Joseph Panfil had thought their food-driven sports spot would be opening as the Bulls 2011-2012 season was picking up steam. Instead they're busy crossing their fingers that it will happen at all. "It's interesting, because this could potentially be helpful to us," says O'Connor.
March 28, 2012 |
“Let me ask you a question. Are you a teacher?” It was a Sunday night at a Clark Street bar. One of those a friend-of-a-friend-knows-the-owner situations. I turned my head to the baseball-capped fashion police. “Because if you want me to be honest, you're wearing mom pants.” I glanced down at my khakis. Baggy. Rolled up to my ankles. Well, crap. I'd thrown on the beat-up, oversized pants with a T-shirt that morning thinking, “It's Sunday.” Not “Man, I've gotta be sure I'm looking right for a Wrigleyville bar later tonight.” Because no one should ever think that.
November 8, 2012 |
November 2012 update: John Barleycorn River North is due to open Nov. 15. Article originally published July 10, 2012. Downtown Chicago football fans will have one more option when it comes to sports bars this season with John Barleycorn River North due to open in late August at 149 W. Kinzie St., next to Moe's Cantina. The sports bar and restaurant is the ninth venture from the team behind Moe's Cantina Wrigleyville and River North, as well as the John Barleycorn outlets in Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park and Schaumburg.
March 14, 2012
Setup: Ah, the NCAA Tournament. The brackets. The office pools. And you really wishing you had the day off. You COULD call in sick and revel in March Madness, but should you? YES I'll give you one. One day to call in sports-sick to your boss. And I don't want to hear you wasted it nursing a hangover the day after the Super Bowl, a mere four hours of entertainment at best on a day you already had off work. Or during the World Series - unless it's Game 7 at Wrigley Field.
October 31, 2012 |
When a bar opens downtown, there's really only one thing I want to know: Will it be someplace I actually want to hang out or better left to the tourists? On Michigan Avenue, Hard Rock Hotel's sleek sushi-and-saketini spot China Grill has been replaced with Chuck's Manufacturing, a spunkier, laid-back bar with the potential to lure locals working at nearby Illinois Center. Meanwhile, on the west end of River North where Hubbard Street dead ends into Kingsbury, the two-floor space vacated by Latin dance club Rumba also has a new life.
September 18, 2013 |
Marcel Somfelean, owner of former West Loop restaurant Pasha, loves Kuma's Corner, but doesn't care for the heaping serving of noise he gets while dining there. He's hoping to appeal to others who share that feeling with Buzz - Burgers, Barrels & Beer, which opened in North Center on Monday. "There are lots of places for burgers," Somfelean said. "We try to go high-end, sophisticated, but at the same time reasonably priced. " The restaurant uses grass-fed beef sourced from farms in Missouri and Wisconsin and buns from Highland Baking Co. in suburban Northbrook.
March 11, 2013
Looking for a local bar to cheer for your alma mater? This guide will help you zero in on where to stake out some space on college basketball gamedays. Bar owners and alumni groups: Don't see your bar included here? We'll be adding to this guide throughout the season. Send your affiliation and specials to RedEye nightlife and events reporter Kate Bernot for consideration. RedEye's college sports bar guide includes official partnerships with alumni associations in addition to bars owned by alumni and unofficial affiliations declared by bar management.
September 25, 2013 |
Due to interstate moves, familial allegiances or just plain preference, not every Chicagoan is a Bears fan. Full disclosure: While I like to see the Bears do well, I'm a bleed-blue N.Y. Giants fan. (And yes, I appreciate your condolences on our 0-3 start.) I know firsthand that fall Sundays can make some fans feel a bit homesick; games aren't broadcast, none of your friends care about your team and you just wish there was someone to high-five after a TD. Fortunately, a few Chicago bars, mostly clustered around sports bar-heavy Lakeview and Lincoln Park, happily pledge allegiance to out-of-town teams from the Midwest and beyond.