The Chaser

April 2010

4 years
ago

And They’re Off!: Where to Watch the Kentucky Derby in Chicago

Yes, the Kentucky Derby still bills itself as “the fastest two minutes in sports,” despite the fact that the not-so-recent invention of motorized vehicles left the poor ponies in the dust a good while ago. And with the Louisville forecast calling for an 80 percent chance of “strong storms” all day tomorrow, the bound-to-be-muddy 136th Kentucky Derby isn’t likely to break any land speed records…

4 years
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Up on the ROOFtop, The Chaser Pauses

Last weekend, prior to dinner with friends at The Wit’s Cibo Matto, The Creative Director and I rode the elevator up to the 27th-floor bar Roof for one round of cocktails (a Manhattan and a vodka soda, to be exact). “That’ll be $23,” said the bartender, right before I picked my jaw up off the floor. Talk about sticker shock—that’s half the amount it takes to…

4 years
ago

Not Home, Yet Alone: The Chaser Kicks It Solo for a Hot Minute

There’s an art to sitting at a bar alone, and I’m still mastering it. (Mom: “Sweetie, if I were you, I wouldn’t spend too much time in bars alone. So unhealthy.") I don’t know if women can pull it off as easily as men, who always have the option of hunching over some huge beer while staring with laser focus at a hockey game on the nearest flat-screen. But…

4 years
ago

The Patio Puzzle: Is True Relaxation Possible at Chicago Outdoor Hotspots?

Quick, what’s your favorite place to drink outside in Chicago? Why? What are your secrets for snagging a table? I never, ever tire of this discussion, so please leave your answers below.

Meanwhile, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I want to go to Big Star whenever I feel like it, be seated immediately and without clawing anyone’s eyes out, drink lots of…

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4 years
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(Long) Weekend Recap: The Chaser catches spring fever

Yep, it was another action-packed weekend for The Chaser. Honestly, I don’t know how I do it. Do you?

Thursday (my favorite going-out night; officially falls in Weekend category): Tried the just-opened Beauty Bar (in the former Sonotheque space); had my nails painted the most pleasing shade of mood-ring blue (martini-and-a-manicure special, $10) and began pouting inexplicably after several Perm martinis. Look for my review of this spot in the June issue of Chicago magazine…