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  • Night life: Barbakoa celebrates a birthday Oct 29, 2014 1:08 PM
    Barbakoa celebrates its first birthday with 10 days of drink specials; Granite City opens in Naperville; Anyway's Pub offers daily specials.

  • Suburban bars crank up costume contests, creepy cocktails for Halloween Oct 29, 2014 2:20 PM
    With Halloween falling on Friday this year, area bars and restaurants are stepping up to offer an entire weekend of spooky fun. So get dressed up and enter a costume contest, dance until the witching hour, sip some themed cocktails and party like a true creature of the night.

  • Lake Barrington's Horseshoe serves bar fare with Western flair Oct 24, 2014 5:45 AM
    Open since December, The Horseshoe Grill on Northwest Highway in Lake Barrington offers a place for sports fans to watch the game while enjoying some solid grub and beers. A new menu and happy hour specials help make the place even more appealing.

  • Rock out, zombie style, at Elgin's Nightmare on Chicago Street Oct 24, 2014 6:14 AM
    Get ready to rock out, zombie style, at Elgin's fourth annual Nightmare on Chicago Street. The event takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, and features a variety of creepy and bizarre acts, along with horror-themed music and costume contest.

  • Night life events: Fall for Tap House’s seasonal drinks Oct 21, 2014 3:00 PM
    Tap House Grill's suburban locations embrace fall with themed drinks through Oct. 31. Among the choices are the pumpkin martini for $6 and dracula’s kiss, made with Effen black cherry vodka, Coke and bourbon-soaked cherry. Get happy all day Monday through Friday at Saranello’s in Wheeling with $5 Lemoncello Lemonade, White Peach sangrias, cosmo martinis, and red and white wines.

  • Cocktails becoming a big part of suburban restaurants’ concepts Oct 17, 2014 1:24 PM
    These are not your classic James Bond “shaken, not stirred” martinis. We’re talking martinis with chia seeds. Martinis with blackberries. Martinis with chocolate. Suburban restaurateurs who want to attract customers know that mixing a great martini — or indeed any signature drink — is an important part of the equation.

  • Night life: Grand opening for new Scorched Earth Oct 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    Scorched Earth Brewing Company holds a grand opening party, complete with tours, Saturday in Algonquin; Spears’ introduces October drink specials; Angry Orchard and fish and chips at The Lantern.

  • Crystal Lake Brewing all about exceptional beers crafted in-house Oct 10, 2014 2:10 PM
    Crystal Lake Brewing bought a 1960s car dealership that was being used to hold garage sales early this year and started construction immediately to open a taproom and production facility in August. While the brewery's products are served at restaurants throughout McHenry County, if you go right to the source, you'll get to taste brews you can't find anywhere else.

  • Night life events: $5 martini Mondays at Hopvine Oct 8, 2014 6:15 AM
    It’s Monday martini madness at Hopvine Brewing Company in Aurora. A long list of martinis are all $5. Stop in for a pint at Rack House Kitchen and Tavern in Arlington Heights and then take it home on Tuesday night “Keep the Pint” nights from 6 to 9 p.m.

  • Enjoy moonshine and messy barbecue at Schaumburg's Old Crow Oct 3, 2014 6:07 AM
    The owners of John Barleycorn shut down their massive Schaumburg location in June 2013, using the 22,000-square-foot venue for private events while they tried to sell the space. But instead of selling, the restaurant group wound up reopening the space as a second location of its Chicago concept Old Crow Smokehouse -- a great place for barbecue, cocktails and, on weekends, country music.

  • Night life: Craft beers come to Morton Arboretum Oct 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    Morton Arboretum’s craft beer fest will feature more than 80 unique beers from dozens of breweries; check out dueling pianos at America’s Bar; the Bears inspire drink specials at the Thirsty Whale in Algonquin.

  • Old favorite Jimmy's in Naperville goes upscale in menu, style Sep 26, 2014 7:28 PM
    Jimmy's Grill in downtown Naperville has changed for the better. In its new incarnation, Jimmy's emphasizes fresh quality fare and dozens of craft beers, many on tap from local breweries, plus it boasts large flat-screen TVs in the bar, dining rooms and on the patio, which on a recent Sunday were showing pro football games.

  • Night life events: West Dundee’s Bikini Bottom goes black light Sep 25, 2014 7:30 AM
    Black lights will create a special look Friday through Sunday at West Dundee’s Bikini Bottom Grill — and the bar is urging patrons to wear white.

  • Elgin rolls out the red carpet for annual Short Film Festival Sep 24, 2014 3:28 PM
    The Elgin Short Film Festival is returning for its sixth year at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. The Elgin Short Film Festival consistently draws high-quality film entries from national and international professional and semiprofessional filmmakers. Films in any genre and subject matter are submitted annually.

  • New lounge a delightfully mellow entry in St. Charles bar scene Sep 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    A Salute Lounge & Grill took over East Side Pub & Grill's former space in December, transforming the St. Charles sports bar into a mellow hangout. The spot, located at 2400 E. Main St., offers solid dinner options and cocktails along with room to dance.

  • Night life: Learn to make your own cocktail Sep 19, 2014 6:00 AM
    Waubonsee Community College and Stockholm’s pair up to teach cocktail making; also check out Tap in Pub’s HD golf simulators and Martini Room’s flights.

  • Oktoberfests in full swing around the suburbs Sep 12, 2014 1:07 PM
    The weather is starting to cool, but before you break out your coat you can still have some outdoor fun at suburban Oktoberfest celebrations. The large German population in the area means there are plenty of places where you can enjoy sausage, beer, games and music and celebrate the changing of the seasons.

  • Night life events: Elmhurst Pub Crawl happening Saturday Sep 9, 2014 8:25 AM
    Follow the sound of the bagpipes at this year’s Elmhurst Barstool Open Pub Crawl from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. Tailgate at Spears Bourbon Burger Beers throughout the month of September with live entertainment, including rock/reggae/pop band Dollar Giraffes Sunday, Sept. 13.

  • Wine and dine in Maple Park, St. Charles Sep 5, 2014 5:45 AM
    Four years ago, Vito Brandonisio opened Acquaviva Winery in Maple Park, named for the small vineyard his grandfather owned in Italy. He used family recipes to make wines using grapes grown just across the street and gradually expanded his line to about a dozen varieties of red and white wines. The popularity of its wines has led Acquaviva to expand its operations throughout the area. In May 2013, Acquaviva Tasting and Wine Bar opened in downtown St. Charles.

  • Night life events: Trivia Thursdays at Karma Pub Sep 5, 2014 5:45 AM
    Team trivia at Karma Pub in Mundelein; Bear down at Hawthorn’s Backyard in West Chicago; Jimmy’s Grill in Naperville under new ownership.

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