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  • 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.

  • Libertyville's Mickey Finn's pairs lively atmosphere with home brews Aug 29, 2014 3:31 PM
    Mickey Finn's in downtown Liberytyville is a comfortable, if sometimes boisterous, gathering place to go with family or friends for an artisanal beer or two. But the convivial spot has more to offer than that homemade brew. Its still-evolving menu includes above-average pub grub and, depending when you visit, lively music.

  • South Side Italian finds home at Hinsdale's Fox's Aug 22, 2014 6:17 AM
    The family-owned Fox's Restaurant and Pub in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood has expanded to the suburbs to cater to residents who grew up on the South Side and still crave its Italian fare. The latest addition is Fox's Pub in Hinsdale, which opened last June and has been bringing out big crowds for family dinners and sports games.

  • Night life: Scorched Earth tap room now open Aug 21, 2014 5:45 AM
    The taproom is now open at Scorched Earth Brewing Co. in Algonquin; and a beer maker's dinner at Hopvine in Aurora includes a venison Wellington and sweet corn ice cream.

  • Night life events: $5 margaritas and a view at Fox Lake's El Puerto Aug 15, 2014 6:25 AM
    Enjoy the view at El Puerto Mexican Restaurant at Leisure Point in Fox Lake. Stop in for $5 margaritas, all day every day, to sip while noshing on items from the extensive menu.

  • Sophisticated, tasty dishes and drinks impress at Westmont’s Neat Aug 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    Neat Kitchen + Bar, which opened at 246 N. Cass Ave. in Westmont last summer, focuses its small menu on simple preparations with high-quality ingredients. What you get are tasty, sophisticated takes on bar food favorites that you can enjoy in a casual atmosphere.

  • Lauren Bacall: 1924-2014 Aug 12, 2014 8:08 PM
    A look a iconic actress Lauren Bacall through the years. Bacall died Tuesday at 89.

  • Night life: Bigby’s opening a new joint in Rolling Meadows Aug 8, 2014 5:30 AM
    Bigby’s Pour House set to open in Rolling Meadows; Bulldog Alehouse’s Monday and Tuesday specials; The Lucky Monk introduces its August beer of the month, Replicale.

  • Bartlett's The Still spotlights moonshine and more Aug 8, 2014 8:44 AM
    The owners of Village Bar & Grill in Buffalo Grove opened The Still Bar & Grill in Bartlett in June, serving a fresh menu of barbecue and moonshine-based cocktails. The family-friendly space also offers plenty of options for kids, including the chicken fingers the spot at the Buffalo Grove Golf Club has become known for.

  • Downtowns search for balance between rousing, rowdy Aug 3, 2014 7:54 AM
    During the day, a vibrant downtown is a blessing, an economic boon, a destination — something that puts a suburb on the map. But at night, even the most pleasant of downtowns can take a turn toward the chaotic because of its bar scene. “The challenge is to strike a balance between a vibrant downtown and a rowdy downtown,” says Naperville City Council member Joseph McElroy, who is pushing for tighter regulations on downtown bars.

  • Grab a beer and take a seat at new Brody's in Aurora Aug 1, 2014 3:29 PM
    With the June opening of Brody's Irish Pub on the west side of Aurora, the bar is filling a need for those seeking a local watering hole in a sea of chain restaurants nearby. Tucked into an unassuming strip mall on the north side of Galena Boulevard, Brody's takes over the former digs of Patrick's Irish Pub. More American sports bar than Irish pub, a loyal following already seems to be developing.

  • Brewers feed growing thirst for American craft beers overseas Jul 31, 2014 6:00 AM
    Helping to quench a growing thirst for American craft beer overseas, some of the United States’ largest craft breweries are setting up shop in Europe, challenging the very beers that inspired them on their home turfs. It’s the latest phenomenon in the flourishing craft beer industry, which got its start emulating the European brews that defined many of the beer styles we drink today.

  • Night life events: DJ rocks Addison’s JD Muggs in August Jul 30, 2014 6:00 AM
    Friday’s throughout August, a DJ rocks the house at JD Muggs Still-n-Grill in Addison. Join the summer bags tournament at Cadillac Ranch in Bartlett on Wednesdays. Winners earn $50. Not bad for a fun night out.

  • O'Hare's Pub serves up Irish fare, friendly service Jul 25, 2014 6:00 AM
    When Peggy O'Hare Vance and her husband, Bill Vance, traveled to Ireland, they were amazed at the friendliness of everyone they met. Now they're bringing that strong sense of hospitality to Bartlett with O'Hare's Pub, which opened in November in the space formerly occupied by Sheep & Fiddle.

  • Popular craft beer bar coming to Rolling Meadows Jul 24, 2014 2:03 PM
    Bigby's Pour House, a popular craft beer bar in Addison, will open a Rolling Meadows site next month where the Caribou Coffee used to be on Algonquin Road.

  • Night life: Cruise in to Tailgaters Jul 23, 2014 6:00 AM
    Tailgaters offers cruise-ins Saturdays through September; Monday hideaways at The Annex; have a pint with Peggy Kinnane.

  • Night life: Dinner for two with wine Jul 16, 2014 11:23 AM
    Treat yourself to Eddie Merlot’s summer grill menu; H.O.M.E. Bar offers industry Sundays in Arlington Heights; sip and shop at Old Orchard event.

  • Chatterbox of Long Grove spotlights beer, small plates Jul 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    With its homey, rustic decor and trendy small-plates menu, Chatterbox of Long Grove seems a perfect fit for the village. Open just five months, the new bar’s menu and beer list should appeal to those who want a casual spot to unwind over appetizers and a cold drink.

  • Night life events: Aurora’s Chef Amaury hosts Goose Island for beer dinner Jul 8, 2014 6:15 AM
    Goose Island beers meet the fine dining of Chef Amaury in Aurora starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16. Featured beers include Sofie 2014, Lolita 2013, Matilda 2014, Pepe Nero 2012 and Pere Jacque 2013 with a 5-course meal. Cool off with Bandito Barney’s new drink specials at the East Dundee bar. Stop in any day for $7 Bacardi punch, $4 Bacardi “O” bombs and six for $22 Corona buckets.

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