The Chaser

December 2011

3 years
ago

Room 13: Speakeasy Slated to Open Mid-January in Lake View (We Think)

About a week ago, I received a cryptic email that said there “may or may not” be a new bar opening near the corner of Sheffield and Belmont in January. Huh? The message continued, “There definitely won’t be prohibition-era slot machines, décor, music, and cocktails…”

3 years
ago

Saddle Up at Derby, Lincoln Park’s Racing-Themed Bar Opens Tomorrow

On Friday, the old Charlie’s on Webster will make its debut as Derby, a new bar that endorses three of my favorite things in life: horse racing, bourbon, and Kentucky. Derby is another project from the folks at Big Onion Tavern Group (404 Wine Bar Co., Jack’s Bar and Grill, the Irish Oak), and word has it that a couple of the silent investors have a special affinity for the South…

3 years
ago

Highball Lounge: A Blast from the Past in River North

I’ve heard a lot of buzz about Highball Lounge, which opened the week I was out of town for Thanksgiving. Judging by the photos taken by our Scene on the Scene photographer last Saturday, it has become an overnight hit…

3 years
ago

Impress Your Holiday Party Hosts With These Expert-Approved Bottles of Wine

Choosing a bottle of wine as a hostess gift for a holiday party is never my finest moment. There I am, wandering the aisles of Binny’s in a sequined dress, desperately scanning labels to find something that won’t get me laughed out the front door. Was merlot the wine the guy hated in Sideways? Finally, I settle on one with a pretty label and a not-too-cheap price…

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