The Chaser

4 years
ago

Bear Down Boy: Pete Wentz works the room at Angels & Kings’ Hard Rock opening bash

At first glance, I thought the fuzzy bear hood worn by Pete Wentz at last night’s VIP reopening of Angels & Kings in the Hard Rock Hotel—view a photo gallery here—signaled either a transition out of his flat-hair phase or further proof that the fashion industry, and the faux-fur trade in particular, will be taking a truly whimsical turn for spring…

4 years
ago

French Revelation: A First Sip at Maude’s Liquor Bar

For a spot that’s only been open a week and a day, the West Loop scene-stealer Maude’s Liquor Bar—brought to us by the owner of Gilt Bar and Curio, and one of my most fervently anticipated nightlife openings of 2011—was sailing a smooth ship last night during The Chaser’s first visit…

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4 years
ago

Like Springtime in Paris: Oh là là, Le Bar!

Last week, when it was a bizarre but welcome 52 degrees outside, The Creative Director and I went on a Parisian minibreak in Chicago’s Gold Coast. I had a coupon for a one-night stay at the Sofitel that was about to expire, so we folded a few things into the vintage leather valise that TCD’s mother had just given him for Christmas and took the Red Line downtown…

4 years
ago

The Chaser Countdown: 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Chicago Bars

As a creative procrastination measure to avoid making her own New Year’s resolutions for 2011, The Chaser gets the job done for Chicago nightlife.
10: Hire more cicerones. “Cicerone” was a new word for me in 2010. Pronounced sis-uh-ROHN, these “beer sommeliers” are experts at helping drinkers find their next favorite brews…

4 years
ago

Checking the Pipes: The Chaser Tries Out Racine Plumbing in Lincoln Park

As I stood shivering last night on a Lincoln Park sidewalk, bitterly waiting for one of those waste-of-paper receipts to emit from a horrid parking box, I noticed a young couple exiting a nearby apartment building, hand in hand. “Where in the world is that girl’s coat?” I wondered, predicting pneumonia would put a damper on her holiday hi-jinks…