Seen on the Scene

3 years
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Weekend Photos: CIMM After-Party at Rodan

After the screens for the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival went dark last Thursday, Rodan kept the flicks-plus-tunes theme going steady. The Wicker Park bar and lounge played host to the festival’s opening-night after-party, where reggae DJs dug into record crates beside projections of moving pictures…

3 years
ago

Weekend Photos: Scofflaw

It’s been close to a month since the doors opened to Scofflaw, a Logan Square bar and lounge that, like certain cocktail-driven predecessors, resembles an alluring, dimly lit sitting room…

3 years
ago

Weekend Photos: A Final Four Faceoff at Lottie’s Pub

The University of Kansas pride runs deep year-round at Lottie’s Pub, so predictably, the multilevel Bucktown sports bar was a mad house on Saturday night, when KU took on Ohio State in a literal nail-biter (which you’ll see in the photos) of a showdown. Our photographer was there to capture the Jayhawk faithful…

3 years
ago

Weekend Photos: Old Town Pour House

At around 10 p.m., a line literally poured out onto Wells Street outside the nearly two-week-old Old Town Pour House. Inside, a well-heeled crowd buzzed with activity…

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3 years
ago

Weekend Photos: St. Patrick’s Day at Fulton’s on the River

Even in the typical sleet, slush, and slop, the St. Pat’s party people come in droves for a glimpse of the Chicago River in its one day of Kelly green glory. So, with its July-like temps, Saturday’s riverside merriment was off the charts…

3 years
ago

Weekend Photos: Ada Street

Wow. Talk about a diamond in the rough. On Saturday, we sent our photographer to a lonely industrial stretch west of Lincoln Park and just north of Goose Island…

3 years
ago

Weekend Photos: Estate

Gone are the remnants of Slow Down: Life’s Too Short, the hamburger- and hot-dog-topped bar on Elston Avenue that closed in 2004. In their place: Estate, the sleek new riverside spot that opened its doors to the public on Leap Day…

3 years
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Weekend Photos: Academy Awards Viewing Party at ZED451

There were no tuxes or sparkly dresses last night at ZED451 but there were plenty of Oscars handed out for $12 apiece—Oscar cocktails, that is (bourbon, muddled oranges and cranberries, simple syrup) at an Academy Awards viewing party in the River North restaurant and lounge…

3 years
ago

Weekend Photos: Barcito at Tavernita

Ryan Poli, a pig leg, and a chic crowd: all things we spotted Saturday night at Barcito, the pintxos bar that opened January 23 inside River North’s newest Spanish restaurant, Tavernita…

3 years
ago

Nightlife Photos: Trenchermen Pop-Up at Logan Square Kitchen

Their upcoming Wicker Park venture, Trenchermen (40 percent bar, 60 percent restaurant—at least according to the seat allocation), is on target for a late March opening in the old Spring space. But brothers and chefs Michael (Blackbird) and Patrick Sheerin (Signature Room at the 95th) aren’t holed up testing recipes under top-secret lockdown until then…

3 years
ago

Weekend Photos: Super Bowl XLVI at The Ogden

A mostly dispassionate crowd—Bears fans to the core, we presume—kept one eye on the game last night at The Ogden (1659 W. Ogden Ave.; 312-226-1888) as the Giants beat the Patriots, 21–17…

3 years
ago

Weekend Photos: Frank “Big Hurt” Thomas @ Public House

What would America’s pastime be without beer? It was only a matter of time before a baseball legend would slap his nickname on some tall boys, and that legend is former White Sox slugger Frank “Big Hurt” Thomas…