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Riverwalk “Domes” Prolong Outdoor Drinking Season

Plus, other news you need to know about Chicago’s dining scene this week

Sip wine along the Chicago River even when the weather’s garbage.   Photo: Courtesy of City Winery

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River North party people have a new place to karaoke at Mom’s Place (650 N. Dearborn St.), a bi-level bar that took over the storefront recently vacated by the Joynt.

If that’s not your jam, there’s also a new River North place to play spy, thanks to Safehouse (60 E. Ontario St.). The interactive spy experience and restaurant, which has been a Milwaukee fixture for nearly half a century, expands operations to Chicago when it opens this evening. Once you locate the subterranean door and gain entry (either via password or by performing a potentially embarrassing “mission”), expect a highly themed bar serving up classic American food (yes, cheese curds), plus cocktails, beer, and wine.

Just when you thought you’d seen the Chipotle-style assembly line applied to every last type of cuisine, in comes the Polenta Bar (1002 W. Lake St., West Loop), where the customizable cornmeal-based creations feature eight sauces and an evolving roster of veggies.

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Considering the garbage weather we’re currently experiencing, the idea of drinking wine under a temperature-controlled dome along the river sounds pretty enticing. You can do just that at the City Winery location along the Riverwalk starting March 17 through April 30. Starting at $100 per person for a group of six, you’ll get 90 minutes of private dome time, plus your own personal carafe of wine and a cheese and charcuterie board. You can reserve your slot here.

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