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  • 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.

  • 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.

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