The Chaser

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…

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3 years
ago

Be Your Own Brewmaster: Brew Camp Opens Today in North Center

Attention, beer geeks: You now have yet another reason to head north. Just a few blocks from Half Acre Beer Co. and not so far from Metropolitan Brewing, the friends and business partners Jared Saunders and Whit Nelson are opening Brew Camp, their temple to homebrewing tucked into a cozy North Center storefront, today…

3 years
ago

Tasty Freeze: Beat the Heat with Icy Drinks

My friend Joan, recently back from a vacation in Cuba, messaged me on Facebook last week: “Amalie—serious work-related question. Where can I find a good frozen daiquiri in Chicago? We had so many good ones on our trip, but it seems every place here tells me they don’t have a blender!” The first thing that came to mind…

3 years
ago

Kegged Cocktails? Don’t Knock ’Em Until You’ve Sipped ’Em, Says Tavernita’s Drink Guy

The sprawling restaurant Tavernita, set to open in the old Martini Park space (151 W. Erie St.) in September with three separate bars inside, has been raising eyebrows for weeks. First came the news that the chef Ryan Poli would be leaving Perennial to head up this Latin concept from the group behind the nearby New York import Mercadito and its basement cocktail lounge, Double A…

3 years
ago

Four New Patios for When the Sun Shines Again (Plus, a Trend: Outdoor Plumbing)

Thunder rumbled last night as I waited to feed a parking box on Taylor Street, where I’d gone in search of what the proprietors of Three Aces are calling the “largest patio in Little Italy.” The storm was still a few miles off, so my pal Jenny and I waltzed up to the festive-looking expanse of picnic tables newly installed outside the eight-month-old gastropub and took our seats among a group of friends…

3 years
ago

Olivia Castellini Is One of the 20 Gorgeous Singles You Can Meet This Friday at Summer Lovin’

It’s a rite of summer—the night Chicago’s singles come out to play at the MCA—and it’s happening this Friday: Summer Lovin’ (details below) is your chance to mingle with the city’s 20 most eligible men and women over drinks and bites from local restaurants (M Burger, The Purple Pig) while supporting stroke therapy and research at Northwestern Memorial Hospital…