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  •  There are reports that the Cubby Bear North in Lincolnshire closed recently.

    Cubby Bear reportedly closed in Lincolnshire Jan 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    There are reports that the Cubby Bear North in Lincolnshire closed its doors recently. A worker at the Cubby Bear Chicago location confirmed the Lincolnshire location had closed, but provided no further comment. Owner George Loukas could not be immediately reached.

  • D Hangout Bar and Grill at 550 S. McLean Blvd. in Elgin will have its grand opening Friday, said owner Mike Deol of Streamwood, a former professional wrestler who went by the name Killer Khalsa Sing.

    New Elgin sports, piano bar opens Friday Jan 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    D Hangout Bar and Grill is set to have its grand opening Friday after securing approval for a sports bar and piano bar on different floors. The eatery at 550 S. McLean Blvd. was formerly Streets of Chicago and Dieterle's Restaurant Lounge. It had been vacant since 2011.

  • Owner David Pedersen draws a root beer at Tavern on 60.

    Tavern on 60 brings new game plan to Mundelein locale Jan 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Tavern on 60 is hardly the first bar/restaurant to try to make a go of its Mundelein location, on Townline Road near Route 83. But with well-known local restaurant owner Phil Gilardi, owner of Philly G’s in Vernon Hills, and partner Dave Pedersen now calling the plays, this sports bar is getting back in the game.

  • Night life events: Chill out with Cab’s martini of the month Jan 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Forget the cold. Warm up at these suburban night life events: Brauer House’s risque bingo in Lombard; Irish Mill Inn’s pub trivia Mondays in Mundelein; Cab’s martini of the month; and Tap In's postseason specials in Naperville.

  • Bartender Mickey Phillip pours a cosmopolitan for Jennifer Vick of Batavia at Wilson Street Tavern.

    Batavia's Wilson Street Tavern caters to laid-back crowd Dec 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    New owners took over The Spotlight Inn on Wilson Street in Batavia in May 2012, keeping the bar at the center of the space but ditching the rest of the worn out décor. Since then, the new Wilson Street Tavern has served as a laidback hangout for locals looking to put some tunes on the jukebox and have a glass of wine or craft beer.

  • There are still plenty of options available in the suburbs for a fun New Year's Eve.

    New Year's Eve options still plentiful in suburbs Dec 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    If you've procrastinated, had plans change or just aren't as excited about ringing in the New Year with Ryan Seacrest as you once were, there are still plenty of options available in the suburbs for a fun New Year's Eve. You can find options in Aurora, Oakbrook Terrace, Rosemont, Schaumburg, St. Charles and more.

  • Night life events: Get in the game at Old Towne Pub Dec 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    See all your favorite teams this weekend at Old Towne Pub in Geneva. Watch the Chicago Blackhawks take on the St. Louis Blues Saturday. Drink specials include $5.50 Captain Morgan cocktails and $3.50 Bud Light and Budweiser tall boys. On Sunday, the Chicago Bears take on the Green Bay Packers for the NFC North title.

  • Get a group of friends together to usher in 2014 at a new suburban bar or restaurant.

    New bars, restaurants gear up for first New Year's Dec 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    No matter what kind of year it's been for you, 2013 is ending and there's no better way to break with the past than going somewhere new to celebrate. Whether you're looking for a nice dinner, a place where you can celebrate with the kids or a party that will last all night, you can welcome 2014 at one of these new suburban bars or restaurants come Tuesday night.

  • Night life events: Winter Tartan Ale now on tap at Rock Bottom Dec 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Get into character with the seasonal Winter Tartan Ale at Rock Bottom Brewery locations in Lombard, Warrenville and Orland Park. Available now through Jan. 5, the traditional Scottish ale is known for its smooth, malty flavor and hint of vanilla. Plus, Hofbrauhaus offers the Christmas Festbier through the end of the month.

  • Dry or sweet? It's just one of the decisions you make when selecting a Champagne.

    Raise a glass to understanding all that Champagne has to offerDec 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Champagne. Bubbles. Holidays, New Year's Eve, weddings, birthdays and other miscellaneous celebrations.About sums it up, doesn't it? Well, no. Like any other region, Champagne turns out wines that are varied in style and nuance, and to typecast its signature creation as a celebration toast does not do it justice.

  •  East Dundee agreed to help Bandito Barney’s Beach Club and Bordello with an expansion project that aims to extend the beer garden season, grow its building and cut down on noise from live bands. The village is contributing $300,000 toward the $1.1 million project out of money from a tax-increment finance district. The projects are scheduled for completion next year.

    E. Dundee helping Bandito Barney’s local bar expand Dec 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    East Dundee officials decided Monday night to help a long-standing business with a pair of its expansion projects, one that will more than double the facility and another that will extend its beer garden season.“That’s where our money is,” said Roger Shelton, president of Big Kahuna Corporation, which owns the bar.

  • While keeping their menu fresh, Old Towne Pub has been catering to local crowds and sports fans for more than a decade.

    Burgers, beer and ballgames draw crowds to Geneva's Old Towne Dec 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    Looking for a place to watch the game with a big group? Old Towne Pub & Eatery in Geneva has been appealing to local fans since 2001 while upgrading to keep people coming back.

  • Night life events: At The Post hosting martini challenge Dec 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Sit ringside at the Daily Herald's Martini Challenge at Elk Grove Village's At The Post; Whirlyball hosts holiday-style Beer Summit in Vernon Hills; Tavern ’45 opens in Buffalo Grove.

  •  Fewer than 15,000 bottles of Sam Adams Utopias were brewed this year.

    How to brew up holiday cheer with craft beerDec 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Today, craft beers have the respect they deserve, opening up tons of fresh ways to share the cheer this season. But there is a drawback, too. The number of producers and styles available even in small shops — never mind larger grocers and specialty stores — has proliferated almost ridiculously. Here are some suggestions for the beer geeks on your list.

  • Martini Room’s Naughty Santa is made with rum, melon liqueur and blue Curacao.

    Suburban bars fete the season with holiday cocktails Dec 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    With chilly weather solidly upon us, it can be hard to muster enthusiasm for going out. But local bars are rewarding those who bundle up with a taste of the season, serving up hot cocktails and drinks filled with seasonal flavor to provide some holiday cheer.

  • Parkers' Restaurant and Bar offers specialty cocktails like the St. Germain, made with St. Germain, sparkling wine and lime juice.

    Night life events: Parkers adds 3 cocktails to menu Dec 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Parkers' Restaurant and Bar in Downers Grove boasts three new specialty cocktails: the St. Germain cocktail, Caitlin's Peachy Dreamin' of the Beachy cocktail and the By the Seat of Your Pants drink.

  • Lou Waldmeir taps a beer at Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville.

    Solemn Oath showcases its brews in Naperville taproom Nov 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    Since opening in May 2012, Solemn Oath Brewery has been distributing its beers to restaurants and bars throughout the Chicago area. But if you want to get the brews straight from the source, you should head to their taproom — at 1661 Quincy Ave. in Naperville — where you can enjoy some suds within sight of where they were made.

  • Wickets Bar & Grill in Schaumburg offers beer specials for Black Wednesday.

    Suburban bars welcome crowds on Black Wednesday Nov 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    Dubbed Black Wednesday, the night before Thanksgiving has traditionally been a big bar occasion. But increasingly suburban bars are adding extra incentives to bring in crowds looking to relax with friends before sitting down with family the next day.

  • Since Jim Bergeron bought the former BlackFinn American Saloon in downtown Naperville and turned it into the Wise Boxer Pour House, police have not responded to any fights or violent incidents at the restaurant and bar.

    Naperville's Wise Boxer '180-degree change' from previous bar Nov 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    A year ago, BlackFinn American Saloon was serving a four-day suspension of its late-night liquor permit, a product of several fights. Now, Wise Boxer Pour House, which replaced BlackFinn in that location, has brought an end to the late-night trouble. “I think it's taken a 180-degree change,” said Mayor George Pradel, who serves as the city's liquor commissioner and imposed the sanctions on BlackFinn last year.

  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s vintage cocktail menu includes the $12 Pomegranate Martini.

    Night life events: Ruth’s Chris goes cocktail classic Nov 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Ruth’s Chris keeps it classic this holiday season with a $12 vintage-inspired cocktail menu that includes the Classic Cosmo, Pomegranate Martini, Ruth’s Manhattan, Moscow Mule and the Rocks Rita. Plus, a happy hour takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with $7 eats.

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