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  • Batavia’s The Range caters to hungry families, beer lovers May 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    Open Range American Grill reopened as The Range Grill & Tap in May, after the owners revamped the space to make it more family-friendly while offering a bigger selection of beer and wine. With a brand new patio expected to open this weekend, the Batavia bar/restaurant appears set to become a popular summer hangout.

  • Night life events: Parkers’ gets spirited at special dinner May 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    Pair the spirits of Michigan-based Journeyman Distillery with Parkers’ Restaurant & Bar’s food starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22. Plus, now through August, let it flow at Eddie Merlot’s with new white and red wine flights.

  • Suburban bars celebrate Craft Beer Week May 12, 2014 2:43 PM
    During the fifth annual Chicago Craft Beer Week, Aurora's Hopvine Brewing Co. plans to dedicate all of its 32 taps to breweries from the state. “There are over 80 craft breweries in Illinois now,” said brewmaster Ken McMullen “It's not a big stretch for us.” That boom in local breweries is what the festival aims to nurture, while also introducing the area to craft beers from around the world.

  • Night life events: Pappadeaux mixing up new drinks May 6, 2014 3:13 PM
    Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen introduces new cocktails to the menu; EvenFlow’s open jam night; Hawthorne’s Backyard offers trivia and wings.

  • Cinco de Mayo the perfect time to savor a margarita May 2, 2014 5:30 AM
    With Cinco de Mayo coming up on Monday, bars and restaurants throughout the suburbs will be doing a brisk business in margaritas — adding special touches to make the drink all their own. Some are traditional; others tend toward the spicy. And at least one is served ablaze. “The simplicity of the drink is something that anyone can replicate,” said Barbakoa bar manager Xavier Carlin.

  • Night life events: At the Post goes all out for Kentucky Derby Apr 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    Bring your hat and more to At the Post’s Kentucky Derby party. The party tent opens at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, with a DJ all day and band Not Done Yet starting at 8 p.m.

  • Aurora pub caters to sports fans, beer lovers Apr 25, 2014 1:19 AM
    Black Door Pub took over McCue's former location in Aurora in June, offering locals a new place to watch sports and fights while enjoying some craft beers. With regular specials and DJs spinning all weekend long, the spot brings in regulars even when there's nothing exciting on TV.

  • Night life events: Hofbrauhaus brings Maibock to the world Apr 22, 2014 1:26 PM
    Hofbrauhaus taps its new spring Mailbock in Rosemont; Jimmy's Grill brings spring tastes to the forefront; Cooper’s Corner hosts dance party in Winfield.

  • Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer Apr 21, 2014 6:03 AM
    Once-filled tables in Belgium pubs are now often empty, a sign of the hard times many pubs like these have fallen upon as Belgians have stopped drinking beer like they used to. The Belgian beer federation is trying to rekindle local interest in the drink with a “Proud of our Beers” public awareness campaign, including a tricolor national flag with the middle yellow turned into a glass of beer.

  • Jimmy B’s sets the table for summer and sports Apr 18, 2014 5:30 AM
    Jimmy B’s Ale House, which opened in October in what once was Boston Blackie’s and for a short while City Island along Route 59 in Naperville, has already become a destination for families and other locals looking for some comfort food while they watch the game. With a new patio open for business, the bar also offers a place to lounge and enjoy the warming weather.

  • Night life events: Wine Knows hosts Beer Summit Apr 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    It’s an organic beer throwdown at this month’s Beer Summit from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Wine Knows in Grayslake. Learn about all kinds of beer at this structured yet casual monthly gathering. Get a taste of Emmett’s Brewing Company at a brewmaster dinner Thursday, April 24. Sample beers at a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m.

  • New book taps into local craft breweries Apr 11, 2014 5:00 AM
    When Chicago resident Anna Blessing was doing research for her book, “Locally Grown: Portraits of Artisinal Farms from America’s Heartland,” she discovered that Midwestern chefs weren’t the only ones taking advantage of local produce. So she went on to write “Locally Brewed: Portraits of Craft Brewers from America’s Heartland.” The book uses photos and interviews to profiles 20 Midwestern breweries, including several in Chicago and the suburbs.

  • Night life events: bd’s Mongolian rolls out new drinks Apr 9, 2014 2:19 PM
    bd’s Mongolian Grill rolls out five new drinks; the Thirsty Whale Bar has some new cocktails to sample; watch the Blackhawks at the Snuggery Schaumburg.

  • Elgin’s D Hangout boasts two bars in one Apr 4, 2014 12:01 AM
    D Hangout Bar and Grill, which took over Streets of Chicago’s long-empty space on Elgin’s McLean Boulevard in January, is effectively two bars in one. With a sports bar upstairs and a piano bar in the basement, you can easily transition from watching the game to relaxing with some live music, all while enjoying the same friendly service.

  • Night life events: Rack House celebrates Cubs home opener Apr 1, 2014 5:00 AM
    Celebrate the Cubs’ home opener with specials at Rack House in Arlington Heights; Woodstock honors Orson Welles with a pub crawl; Dave & Buster’s opens in Vernon Hills.

  • Sunday picks: Last chance at laughs with Orny Adams Mar 30, 2014 10:22 AM
    See why Orny Adams was prominently featured in Jerry Seinfeld's documentary “Comedian” when he continues performances this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase. See the popular children's book character Lyle the crocodile come to life onstage in the musical “Lyle Finds His Mother” at Lifeline Theatre in Chicago. This year's International Vintage Poster Fair carries the theme of Ideas and Innovation: A Century of Vintage Posters this weekend at the Chicago Cultural Center.

  • Weekend picks: Christian artists to raise up Sears Centre Mar 29, 2014 5:00 AM
    Newsboys, Lecrae, Colton Dixon and other Christian music stars are on the bill for the Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular, which plays Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena. This year's International Vintage Poster Fair carries the theme of Ideas and Innovation: A Century of Vintage Posters this weekend at the Chicago Cultural Center. Switch off the lights to conserve energy and enjoy family activities in the dark at the sixth annual Earth Hour celebration at the Eastside Community Center in Batavia.

  • Night life events: McNally’s hosts traditional Irish musicians Mar 26, 2014 5:01 AM
    Sit in on a traditional Irish music session on Sundays at McNally's in St. Charles; chill out at John and Tony’s not-so-manic Mondays; Tommy Nevin’s Naperville offering Thirsty Thursday drink specials.

  • Elburn pub aims for big splash in small space Mar 26, 2014 5:00 AM
    Elburn used to be a quintessential small town — a modern-day “Mayberry,” if you will — that rolled up the sidewalks at night. Well, no more. There's a thriving nighttime bar scene along Route 47, and one of the hotspots is Eddie Gaedel Pub and Grill.

  • Weekend picks: Three Dog Night to rock Arcada Mar 24, 2014 4:45 PM
    If you love 1970s hits like “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Black and White” and others by Three Dog Night, then don’t miss their concert at the Arcada Theatre. This year’s International Vintage Poster Fair carries the theme of Ideas and Innovation: A Century of Vintage Posters this weekend at the Chicago Cultural Center. Switch off the lights to conserve energy and enjoy family activities in the dark at the sixth annual Earth Hour celebration at the Eastside Community Center in Batavia.

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