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The Chaser

April 2010

10 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…

10 years
ago

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…

10 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…

10 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…

10 years
ago

 

(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…

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