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  • New bars, restaurants go all out to ring in 2015 Dec 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    Tired of the same old New Year’s Eve party? Try something new by heading to one of these suburban bars or restaurants, which are all celebrating both the end of 2014 and their first year in business.

  • Long Grove's Broken Earth offers taste of wine country Dec 19, 2014 10:29 AM
    Sisters Marsha Forsythe and Melissa Bernadette have ties to both the suburbs and California's wine country — and celebrate both with the new Broken Earth Winery. The wine bar is located in downtown Long Grove, where the women grew up. And the laid-back, cozy spot, which opened early this fall, serves and sells selections from their family-owned winery in Paso Robles.

  • Decades later, Anchor has kept its Christmas secret Dec 19, 2014 6:01 AM
    Christmas beer? Before 1975, that phrase didn't mean much. That changed 39 winters ago, when Fritz Maytag decided to give his customers a special beer instead of a card. Maytag, then the owner of Anchor Brewing in San Francisco, introduced the first version of Our Special Ale (a.k.a. Anchor Christmas Ale): a hoppy pale ale.

  • Hunt for Havana Club yields Cuban-style rums worth the effort Dec 18, 2014 6:01 AM
    “You’ve never tried Havana Club?” My friends were incredulous. Over the years I’d sampled hundreds of rums, but apparently, my education was incomplete without a couple of ounces of this iconic Cuban brand, dating back 80 years. Redolent of vanilla, brown sugar and pecan pie, I was hooked from the first delicious sip of it in Paris, and a new obsession was born.

  • Night life events: Grab a Wobble glass at Spotted Fox Dec 16, 2014 6:01 AM
    Go home with a Two Brothers Brewing Co.’s Wobble glass at Spotted Fox Ale House in St. Charles between 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. Buy a pint of Wobble, keep the Wobbling glass.

  • Smoking Gun takes the ‘Best Martini in ’Burbs’ title Dec 16, 2014 6:01 AM
    After nearly 8,000 votes were cast and the judges sipped samples of the top cocktails, the Daily Herald named the “Best Martini in the ‘Burbs” Monday night.

  • Algonquin's Scorched Earth Brewing Co. spreads cheer through beer Dec 12, 2014 8:02 AM
    When Michael Dallas got into home brewing, he began dreaming of opening his own brewery and taproom to share his work with others. Working with his wife, Jennifer, he opened Scorched Earth Brewery in Algonquin in August and has since set his sights on spreading his beers throughout the area.

  • Night life: Shaw’s serves up Pearl beer Dec 10, 2014 3:57 PM
    Shaw’s commemorative Goose Island brew. Caliendo’s free app with toy donation. Hawthorne’s Wednesday specials and trivia.

  • On the road: Take in tea service to warm up this winter Dec 6, 2014 5:00 AM
    Holiday Tea is a festive tradition during which you can warm up and relax after holiday shopping downtown, and the Atwood Cafe in the Hotel Burnham has just the thing. The City Winery Chicago hosts a music, wine and champagne pairing concert. And Heidel House Resort & Spa in Wisconsin offers a storybook holiday for you and your family.

  • Jasters in Crystal Lake aims to expand palates Dec 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    Named for the 100-year-old building it’s located in, which was built by former Crystal Lake mayor John J. Jaster, Jasters Craft Beer and Winery opened in November 2013 and added a dining room in October. Dubbed Jasters Raw Bar & Bistro, the restaurant side offers a full menu that mixes approachable foods with dishes meant to open diners’ minds.

  • Night life events: Martini Room serves up seasonal mini drinks Dec 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    Christmastini flights reign on Wednesdays throughout December — five mini martinis for $15 from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Mini martini flavors are: gingerbread martini, candy cane martini, naughty Santa martini, Christmas joy martini and eggnog martini.

  • Oakbrook Terrace's Remedy Pub dispenses beer, burgers Nov 28, 2014 5:45 AM
    New owners took over Opa! Estiatorio's space in August, transforming the Greek restaurant into a lounge focused on craft beer and quality pub food. With live music and space for private parties, the spot, located on Summit Avenue in Oakbrook Terrace, has proved popular with groups of all ages.

  • More training coming for Naperville bar security Nov 24, 2014 5:20 PM
    New bar restrictions in Naperville mean it won't be dollar beer night on the "Black Wednesday" before Thanksgiving. Regulations also mean more training could be in store for security personnel at Naperville bars, especially as the Restaurant Association of Naperville will be offering training above what the city requries.

  • Suburban bars embrace moonshine as 'the next big thing' Nov 19, 2014 2:54 PM
    In July 2011, Tennessee's Ole Smoky Distillery began selling moonshine in the Chicago area. The unaged whiskey proved so popular that five spots that opened in the last two years made it the focus of their drink menus: Rack House Kitchen & Tavern in Arlington Heights, Old Crow Smokehouse in Schaumburg and Chicago, Whiskey River BBQ & Honky Tonk in Mount Prospect, and The Still Bar and Grill in Bartlett.

  • Night life events: Devon has half-priced bottles of wine on Thanksgiving Nov 19, 2014 6:00 AM
    Devon Seafood + Steak’s offers half-priced bottles of wine on Thanksgiving. It's free wing Wednesdays at Snuggery Schaumburg. And America’s Bar hosts a black Wednesday bash.

  • 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.

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