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  • Summer bucket list: Make the most of those hot July days Jun 29, 2014 5:45 AM
    What's on your summer bucket list? Have you made one yet? If not, here are 31 ideas of fun things to do in the suburbs and Chicago in July. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are enough events going on this summer that you could plan a few activities every day and still have many more unique options to choose from. So, get started. What are you waiting for?

  • On the road: See Dolphins In Action show at Brookfield Zoo Jun 28, 2014 6:00 AM
    Friday and Saturday nights rock at Brookfield Zoo's Summer Nights programs, including cool animals, roaming performers and a special Dolphins In Action demo. Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood is set for ths weekend's Taste of Lakeview festival, featuring all kinds of food, music and arts and crafts vendors.

  • Sand volleyball, outdoor patio give Gnarly J's a laid-back feel Jun 25, 2014 1:47 PM
    New owners took over North Beach's former digs in Downers Grove in September, transforming the beach-themed spot on Butterfield Road into a laidback hangout called Gnarly J's. Here you'll find everyone from hipsters to bikers mingling while playing pool, sand volleyball or bags or watching games and enjoying the upgraded food and beer offerings.

  • Night life events: Go country after dark at Arlington International Jun 25, 2014 6:56 AM
    Tuck the horses into bed and party into the night starting at 6 p.m. Friday, June 27, at Arlington International Racecourse’s Miller Lite Party in the Park After Dark — Country Night. For $25, enjoy a three-hour open Miller and Coors draft beer bar with branded beer mugs, as well as dancing, live music and giveaways.

  • Night life: Gibsons rolls out summer drinks Jun 18, 2014 2:19 PM
    Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse rolls out summer drink specials; Max’s Deli’s celebrates summer with sangria and s'mores; Alibi Bar & Grill offers new eats and drink specials.

  • Suburban bars offering drink specials for World Cup watchers Jun 18, 2014 5:52 AM
    The hockey and basketball seasons are over and the Cubs and White Sox have less than spectacular records. If you're feeling short on good options to get in your sports-watching fix, you're in luck since the World Cup, one of the biggest athletic events on the planet, is going on right now. Bars throughout the suburbs are screening the games, decking themselves out in flags and offering drink specials and giveaways to get you into the soccer spirit.

  • Extensive beer menu, fresh fare on tap at Oak Brook's Old Town Jun 13, 2014 6:15 AM
    Chicago's Old Town Pour House opened a location at the Oak Brook Center mall in November, bringing its massive selection of 90 beers on tap paired with fresh American fare to the suburbs. Take advantage of the nice weather and enjoy some summery food and brews on Old Town's lovely patio, too.

  • Night life events: Wine for a penny at Karma Jun 12, 2014 5:45 AM
    Throughout June, order two entrees at Karma Asian Food and Wine in Mundelein and add a bottle of red or white wine to your meal for a penny. Test the waters this weekend at Thirsty Whale Bar. Catch Hi Fi Superstar starting at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

  • Geneva's Penrose Brewing taps into a love of beer Jun 6, 2014 5:00 AM
    If you want to learn more about craft beer, you should take a trip to Penrose Brewing Company, which opened in Geneva in March. Whether you take a tour, try a sampler of their novel brews or just spend some time chatting with their knowledgeable bartenders, you're sure to improve your understanding of suds.

  • Night life: Ted’s whips up adult milkshakes Jun 6, 2014 5:00 AM
    Ted's Montana Grill introduces new adult milkshakes; ICe Bar to reopen in Rosemont; Peggy Kinanne’s toasts the World Cup with drink specials.

  • On the road: Ride and sample around Madison May 31, 2014 5:45 AM
    Sample microbrews and drink in the scenery as you pedal around one of the Midwest’s most scenic cities during a Madison Brewery Bike Tour provided by Hop Head Beer Tours & Machinery Row Bicycles. The 49th annual Andersonville Midsommarfest offers five stages of music, lots of vendors hawking handmade wares, and more than a few Swedish meatballs. Chicago’s 57th Street Art Fair is celebrating its 66th year, and this year promises to be an excellent one with over 250 artists participating in the annual Hyde Park event.

  • Sugar Factory coming to Rosemont entertainment district May 28, 2014 5:42 PM
    Rosemont’s entertainment district is nearly built out — featuring bars and restaurants, a movie theater, bowling alley, comedy club, and recently opened indoor sky diving facility. Come this summer, add one more venue to the list: the Sugar Factory, an upscale candy store/bar/restaurant suited for kids and adults alike. "We’re not your average candy store where you’re just going to get Snickers,” said founder/owner Charissa Davidovici.

  • Des Plaines' Tap House makes impression with eclectic beer list, unique menu May 27, 2014 12:59 PM
    Tap House Grill in Des Plaines looks like a modern take on your neighborhood watering hole. It's comfortable, friendly and welcoming. The bar is not cluttered with memorabilia or knickknacks, but there are plenty of big screens for watching sports whether you are there for dinner or a craft beer.

  • Night life events: Sip a summer drink on Snuggery’s patio May 27, 2014 12:15 PM
    Snuggery Schaumburg’s patio is now open. Grab a $5 drink and relax outdoors. Everyday $5 cocktails include mojitos and margaritas, 20-ounce Long Islands, lemon drop martinis and more. In other news, Urban Spoon named McGonigal’s Pub in Barrington one of the best Irish pubs in the Chicago area.

  • Champagne and caviar, heels and late nights: It's this Mount Prospect mom's job May 18, 2014 8:35 AM
    While many of us have gone from shoveling snow to mopping up flooded basements, Mount Prospect native Shari Duffy has been sipping champange, dancing the night away and hob-nobbing with beautiful people. Columnist Burt Constable writes that it's her job.

  • Batavia’s The Range caters to hungry families, beer lovers May 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    Open Range American Grill reopened as The Range Grill & Tap in May, after the owners revamped the space to make it more family-friendly while offering a bigger selection of beer and wine. With a brand new patio expected to open this weekend, the Batavia bar/restaurant appears set to become a popular summer hangout.

  • Night life events: Parkers’ gets spirited at special dinner May 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    Pair the spirits of Michigan-based Journeyman Distillery with Parkers’ Restaurant & Bar’s food starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22. Plus, now through August, let it flow at Eddie Merlot’s with new white and red wine flights.

  • Suburban bars celebrate Craft Beer Week May 12, 2014 2:43 PM
    During the fifth annual Chicago Craft Beer Week, Aurora's Hopvine Brewing Co. plans to dedicate all of its 32 taps to breweries from the state. “There are over 80 craft breweries in Illinois now,” said brewmaster Ken McMullen “It's not a big stretch for us.” That boom in local breweries is what the festival aims to nurture, while also introducing the area to craft beers from around the world.

  • Night life events: Pappadeaux mixing up new drinks May 6, 2014 3:13 PM
    Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen introduces new cocktails to the menu; EvenFlow’s open jam night; Hawthorne’s Backyard offers trivia and wings.

  • Cinco de Mayo the perfect time to savor a margarita May 2, 2014 5:30 AM
    With Cinco de Mayo coming up on Monday, bars and restaurants throughout the suburbs will be doing a brisk business in margaritas — adding special touches to make the drink all their own. Some are traditional; others tend toward the spicy. And at least one is served ablaze. “The simplicity of the drink is something that anyone can replicate,” said Barbakoa bar manager Xavier Carlin.

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