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  • Night life: D.O.C. celebrates a birthday in style Nov 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    D.O.C. Wine Bar celebrates seven years in Lombard; Spotted Fox turns two; warm up with White Tavern’s chili cook off.

  • Manny's in Elmhurst aims for neighborhood feel Nov 12, 2014 6:12 AM
    After years of working at beer-focused chain Yard House's Glenview location, Kleomenis Papadatos decided he wanted to use the knowledge he'd gained there to open his own neighborhood bar. He partnered with his father to open Manny's Ale House at 683 W. St. Charles Road in Elmhurst in August.

  • On the road: Reserve a spot on the Holiday Lights bus Nov 8, 2014 5:30 AM
    Make your reservations now for Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Bus Company's “Holiday Lights Tour,” where you'll be whisked through glittering lights and seasonal sights of Chicago, including The Magnificent Mile, Macy's holiday windows, historic State Street and Navy Pier's Winter Wonderfest.

  • Barbecue, moonshine offer Southern comfort at Mount Prospect’s Whiskey River Nov 7, 2014 6:00 AM
    The owners of Dick’s River Roadhouse in Mount Prospect have changed things up, reopening the 6,000-square foot space in July as Whiskey River BBQ & Honky Tonk. The new concept focuses on Southern flavors including barbecue, moonshine cocktails and country music. Plus, Blackhawks and Bears games bring out big crowds, too.

  • Night life events: Wildfire serves gluten-free drinks, dinner Friday Nov 5, 2014 6:30 AM
    Wildfire Restaurants celebrate gluten-free week Friday, Nov. 7, with a five-course gluten-free dinner and gluten-free cider and wine pairings. Plus, catch Monday night football at John & Tony’s in West Chicago. Drink specials include $2.50 14-ounce Miller Lite drafts and $3.50 18-ounce drafts.

  • Old Tom gin is in again Oct 31, 2014 5:45 AM
    Almost extinct, Old Tom has been getting a new lease on life as part of the overall rise of gin and the resurrection of classic cocktails. Many old cocktail recipes, including several by bartending legend Jerry Thomas, call specifically for Old Tom, and craft distillers have reintroduced the style, which falls somewhere between London dry and the sweeter, maltier genever from Holland that is gin’s ancestor.

  • 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.

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