Seen on the Scene

May 2010

4 years
ago

Weekend Photos: The Vibe @ Kingsbury Hall

Crobar didn’t quite make it to legal drinking age—after 19 years in business, the clubbing institution closed in April for renovations—but its heir, The Vibe, debuted Saturday with a party atmosphere and a familiar line out the door. “We’re going for a diverse mix—a broad cross-section, not unlike the city,” says the longtime owner Joey Vartanian. “We’re…

4 years
ago

Weekend Photos: The Piggery

What to pair with pork? An apple martini ($8), according to Ken Pospiech, a co-owner of northwest Lake View’s new porcine palace, The Piggery (1625 W. Irving Park Rd.; 773-281-7447), which opened April 22nd: “We do an apple-cider glaze and we do our own applesauce, so the martini goes great with that.” Our photographer stopped by the 170-seat spot on…

4 years
ago

Weekend Photos: Fountainhead

You don’t have to be an Ayn Rand fan to hang out at Fountainhead, a new bar on the border of North Center and Ravenswood that shares its name with Rand’s 1943 novel—but you do have to like beer. Phil Kuhl, the bar’s manager and beer director, won a local following as the headmaster…

4 years
ago

Weekend Photos: Blue Frog 22

From a tadpole comes a frog: Now open, from the mother-and-son owners of Blue Frog Bar & Grill (676 N. LaSalle St.; 312-943-8900), River North’s charmingly scruffy go-to karaoke dive, is Blue Frog 22 (22 E. Hubbard St.; 312-527-1200), a more polished and spacious second location stocked with board games, 14 flat-screen TVs, an expanded menu—and, yes, karaoke…