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The campus Union is Madison's gathering spot...
A vestige from the days when Division St was ‘Polish Broadway,’ the Gold Star remains a divey winner, drawing a posse of bike messengers – and people who dress like them – for cheapie libations and a great metal-and-...
Practice your home-run swing at Sluggers, a popular bar and grill across from Wrigley Field. Sidestep the shnockered Cubs fans and giant screen TVs and head to the 2nd floor, where there are four batting cages...
With a heaven and hell theme, this is the spot in Detroit for dancing. Housed in an old piano store, the venue is now a techno hothouse...
One of the few lesbian-centric bars in Chicago, the Closet changes mood and tempo at 2am, when the crowd becomes more mixed, the music gets louder and things get a little rowdier...
Duke Ellington’s Queenie Pie and Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth are the 2014 schedule headliners – indications of this innovative group’s broad range...
Sporty Crew offers a change from the usual scene, with good microbrews and 21 hi-def TVs tuned to all the big games. Weekly trivia and karaoke nights slip into the schedule, as does the occasional underwear contest.
Presenting some of the most innovative plays for children in the country, from blockbusters such as High School Musical to slightly lesser-known works like How I Became A Pirate. Performances are at the Apollo Theater.
It pours strong, European-style beers. You're welcome to bring in your own food (there's a choice fish and chips place a block east). Dangerous Man is one of many breweries sprouting in the Northeast neighborhood.
It specializes in Belgian-style beers. Set in an old chapel with stained glass and a vaulted ceiling, the atmospheric brewpub also serves locally sourced cheese plates and burgers at farmhouse-style communal tables.
Linger over good coffee at thrift-store tables and couches along with all the laptop-toting writers tapping out their screenplays. The in-house roasting system uses oil from the coffee beans to run the machine...
The piano in this tiny, dark and mirrored room can get as scratchy as the voices of the crowd, which consists mainly of older folks who like to sing along. The ivory strokers here are veterans who know their stuff.
This ragtag operation once had to hold a fundraiser to purchase a bathroom for its tiny theater, but it is now drawing bigger audiences for its consistently great productions of European avant-garde plays and origina...
It's a Cubs game prerequisite to beer up at this well-loved, historic watering hole, only steps away from the entrance to Wrigley Field’s bleacher seats. Fans jam into this place like sardines on game day.
With threadbare couches and broken-in board games, this neighborhood fave has the homey charm of your uncle’s ‘70s rumpus room – if your uncle had loads of young hip pals with an insatiable thirst for Pabst.
Copper kettles cook up the house beers, while the patio unfurls awesome views of the riverfront and Roebling bridge. It's a busy spot pre or post Reds game, as it sits across the street from the stadium.
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