The Chaser

3 years
ago

Fun and Games at Norse Bar, Edgewater’s New Beer and Mario Kart Destination

How long does it take for a bar top to feel gluey to the touch, the smell of stale beer to override the scent of fresh paint, and the bartenders to become a little surly? I wondered this after The Creative Director and I blew threw the door on a 50-mile-an-hour breeze and later sat waiting for a pizza to be delivered to the Norse Bar, a spanking new spot in Edgewater that doesn’t serve food but offers an interesting beer list…

3 years
ago

Vera Wine Bar: Sherry-Obsessed Mom and Pop to Open in the West Loop Next Week

There’s a flurry of action under the El tracks on Lake Street as husband-and-wife team Mark and Elizabeth Mendez—both formerly of Carnivale, where he was the executive chef and she was the wine director—prepare to open their new Spanish-inspired wine bar, Vera, at the address that last housed the short-lived Addiction Sports Bar…

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3 years
ago

120 Degrees Ultra Lounge: A Fanny-Pack-Free Bar Near Navy Pier

It would be a strange existence to live in Lake Point Tower, I’ve always thought. I love admiring the gently curving building from vantage points along LSD, but imagine going home to it: What would you call that little slice of non-neighborhood?…

3 years
ago

5 Ways to Drink This Week, Starting Tonight

It’s officially fall—well, as of Friday. We’re too old for back to school (thank heavens), but this week still feels like a good time to apply ourselves to being the most overachieving scenesters we can be. Below, five things to do for every type of learner…

3 years
ago

Farmhouse in River North: Sort of Like the Chaser’s Own Homestead but with More Booze

I knew I’d feel right at home in a bar called Farmhouse since I grew up in a house on a farm myself. Yes, my family’s farmhouse was in the middle of a field with a frog pond off to the side, while Farmhouse, the “Midwestern craft tavern,” is on Chicago Avenue with an L stop off to the side, but there had to be similarities, right?…

3 years
ago

Me and You and Everyone We Know: South Loop’s The Scout Is Crowded Already

If you ever dined at Jerry Kleiner’s South Loop restaurant Opera, the building’s new occupant, The Scout Waterhouse + Kitchen, is bound to give you a serious jolt of culture shock. The interior of The Scout, which is in soft-opening mode now in advance of its grand opening on August 19, is done in a style I’d call post-Kleiner: nary an inch of velvet, an ounce of wrought iron, or a dash of primary color anywhere in sight…

3 years
ago

Parking It at The Garage, the Far Northwest Side’s Undiscovered New Biker (Kinda) Bar

Much to my mother’s chagrin, I am a sometime passenger on the back of The Creative Director’s motorcycle, so I was heartened last night to find a row of hogs parked outside my destination: The Garage, a brand new bar in the Gladstone/Jefferson Park area, just a few blocks south of Superdawg. “These are my people,” I thought, having barely recovered from a numb posterior brought on by last weekend’s cruise to summer camp in Elkhorn, Wisconsin…