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November 9, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
Check out a full photo tour of The Anthem on Metromix. Blame it on “The Wonder Years” coming to Netflix Instant: We've been feeling some serious '70s nostalgia lately. TV dinners in wood-paneled basements, fondue, Fleetwood Mac - even if you didn't live through it, the era is back in a big way. A new sports bar in Wicker Park is hoping to capitalize on the feel - Shake 'N' Bake chicken and cans of Schlitz included. Set to open Wednesday, The Anthem sits just across the street from sibling bar Bangers & Lace , a craft beer and sausage bar that has quickly become a Division Street staple.
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March 12, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, RedEye
March Madness, the mass basketball hysteria that bubbles up each spring, is just around the corner. Beginning Tuesday with the First Four round, otherwise rational adults will be reduced to cheering and screaming crazies, capable of making choices only when options are presented in bracket form. (What's for dinner? Let's check the chicken-versus-salad bracket!) But while the tournament is full of upsets and surprises, most fans end up watching the games from the same boring couch year after year.
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May 18, 2012 | By RedEye staff
If you're out to explore Lincoln Park after dark, look no further than the diagonal thoroughfare of Lincoln Avenue. Though Irish pubs and sports bars with college flags proudly displayed make up the majority, here are five hangouts that stand apart from the pack. The Barrelhouse Flat 2624 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-857-0421 Lincoln Park scored a linchpin in the local craft cocktail movement when this swanky, two-story lounge opened. There's a seemingly endless menu of classic cocktails, a few hearty snack options and free billiards upstairs.
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January 4, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
Derby 1224 W. Webster Ave. 773-248-0900 Rating: !! 1/2 (out of four) Take it or leave it With a reputation built on solid bar food and plenty of drinks at spots such as The Irish Oak and Jack's Bar and Grill , Big Onion Tavern Group is at it again with its new Southern-inspired hangout Derby. The Lincoln Park bar and restaurant sits in the larger-than-it-looks space that used to hold Charlie's Ale House. While we don't tend to crave mint julips in the winter, we decided to give it a go, stopping by the sports-focused spot on a recent Thursday night for a late dinner and drinks.
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May 6, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
There's no better way to get pumped for the Blackhawks' playoff run than to share the experience with fellow hockey lovers at a sports bar. You can stake out some space at a bar that's been catering to hockey for nearly a decade or more - we've dubbed them The Old Guard here - or try out a newer hangout that's opened within the last five years. Some bars are official partners of the team , offering specials on designated drinks and hosting big parties during away games. Others attract fans with perks such as massive TVs and free shuttles to United Center.
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February 1, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
Few foods taste better on Super Bowl Sunday than a messy pile of chicken wings. Whether they come slathered in barbecue sauce or flaming buffalo, everyone seems to have a favorite. And each time a new sports bar opens, it hopes to convert you to its take on wings. If you're tempted to try something new this weekend, we've done a little research for you, tasting the wings at 5 new sports bars (In order from best to blah): 1. The Anthem 1725 W. Division St., 773-687-4804 This Wicker Park throwback spot from the team behind Bangers & Lace put the focus on big screens and calorie bomb comfort food.
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April 16, 2014 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink
Market's owner had thought about reimagining the West Loop sports bar in 2015 to better cater to guests of the pending Nobu and Soho House hotels. “We wanted to be a little more upscale," said managing partner Donald Whitcomb. "We wanted to get away from the sports bar mentality and the kind of frat-ish, heavy drinking crowd.” Then a pipe broke and filled the space at 1113 W. Randolph St. with two feet of standing water. "The whole place was gutted, water damage everywhere," Whitcomb said.
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November 17, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
Like it or not, the countdown to the holidays has begun. Between the family fights, the travel headaches and the present-budget woes, everyone could use a stiff drink. Luckily, there are plenty of new spots popping up in Chicago to accommodate the holiday blues. From comfort food like your mom used to make in Wicker Park to video games with a side of beer in Edgewater and budget-friendly cocktails in Lincoln Park, there's a little something for everyone. The Snuggery 15 W. Division St. 312-337-4349 Finn McCool's is out and The Snuggery is in at this Gold Coast location.
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April 22, 2013 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
An 800-seat ballroom and a two-story sports bar are just two of the additions future students at Northwestern University can hope to see under a new student center concept design that was presented to the university's Associated Student Government last week. The initiative to overhaul Northwestern's Norris University Center kicked off last year, according to Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, assistant vice president for student auxiliary services. It isn't the school's first effort to give the 40-year-old student center a drastic makeover: The student government released a report addressing the possibility of a new Norris Center initiative a few years ago, but so far, this initiative is the one that has made the most progress.
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July 10, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye
EAT Cheese, please Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Market 312-850-5005 It's all about the pairings at Carnivale University Summer School: Artisanal Cheese 101, where you learn about cheeses from different regions and their complementary Spanish and South American wines. Sample combos such as a rosemary manchego with a Casa Lapostolle sauvignon blanc. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $25. Phone RSVP required. Piece of the pie (free!) Gino's East Sports Bar, 521 S. Dearborn St. 312-939-1818 Stop in for opening day at the new restaurant and upscale sports bar from the folks who put Chicago-style deep dish on the map back in 1966.
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