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The Chaser

March 2011

4 years
ago

Inside the Vault: An Early Peek at Wicker Park’s Bank-Turned-Bar-and-Kitchen The Bedford

Finally! Instead of saddling another major intersection with a blank-faced bank, someone’s taking a stand and opening a bar. Well, a bar inside an old bank.
The brother/sister development team of Eric and Anne Nordness and their partner, Matthew Mering, all of Salita Development, took me on a tour yesterday of their new Wicker Park venture-in-progress, The Bedford…

4 years
ago

A Wild Goose Chase with Pals Old and New in North Center

Last night I resolved not to let a drop of alcohol pass my lips. The previous night’s cocktail tasting at Bridge Bar was more imbibing than I’d usually do before midweek, so I sautéed up a piece of mango salmon and settled in with the remote, happy to catch up on my Glee stockpile…

4 years
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Beef in a Glass: Bridge Bar Narrows the Food/Beverage Gap

I ate beef jerky for the first time in my life last night. I drank beef jerky for the first time, too. The Creative Director and I were at Bridge Bar (315 N. Lasalle St.), the so-called “cocktail kitchen” above Fulton’s on the River, which celebrated its opening night Monday with a tasting of nine craft cocktails and a few plates from its quirky food menu…

4 years
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Green Day: Sable Puts a Sophisticated Spin on St. Pat’s Revelry

By St. Patrick’s Day proper—when the dying of the river and its attendant 8:30 a.m. shots seem like ages ago—the green is already off the clover. But if you’re looking for a way to celebrate tonight and you’ve long since graduated from green beer, go for an afterwork nip at River North’s Sable Kitchen & Bar, where the head bartender, Mike Ryan, is pouring flights of Irish whiskeys with a craft cocktail chaser for $20…

4 years
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Bringing Home the Bacon: A Visit to 694 Wine & Spirits Lingers the Morning After

Who needs breakfast when, with a simple toss of the head, you can catch a whiff of last night’s bacon?
The Creative Director had a lot of directing to finish up yesterday before heading off to New York this morning to help with a friend’s art show booth. But he still had time to send me an e-mail with the subject line “Future Drinks”…

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Still Glam at 78: The Ever-Popular Coq d’Or Gets a Facelift

There’s only one Gold Coast bar I haven’t tried yet, so after a party last night at the Hermès flagship on Oak Street, I tried to enlist a few friends to help me check out the neighborhood’s only Cancun-themed spot. “Who wants to go to Paradise Cantina?” I proposed brightly as we stood on the sidewalk, debating our options…

4 years
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Drinking Among Co-eds: The Chaser Strolls Down Memory Lane at McGee’s

One of my favorite ways to spend a night out is to begin with something glamorous—the kind of party where your eye shadow glimmers in the soft light of the chandeliers and you fill up on endless Champagne top-offs while exclaiming that the flower arrangements are really altogether spectacular—then switch gears, ditching the heels for flats and wrapping up with something at the opposite end of the spectrum…

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