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The Chaser

9 years
ago

120 Degrees Ultra Lounge: A Fanny-Pack-Free Bar Near Navy Pier

It would be a strange existence to live in Lake Point Tower, I’ve always thought. I love admiring the gently curving building from vantage points along LSD, but imagine going home to it: What would you call that little slice of non-neighborhood?…

9 years
ago

5 Ways to Drink This Week, Starting Tonight

It’s officially fall—well, as of Friday. We’re too old for back to school (thank heavens), but this week still feels like a good time to apply ourselves to being the most overachieving scenesters we can be. Below, five things to do for every type of learner…

9 years
ago

Farmhouse in River North: Sort of Like the Chaser’s Own Homestead but with More Booze

I knew I’d feel right at home in a bar called Farmhouse since I grew up in a house on a farm myself. Yes, my family’s farmhouse was in the middle of a field with a frog pond off to the side, while Farmhouse, the “Midwestern craft tavern,” is on Chicago Avenue with an L stop off to the side, but there had to be similarities, right?…

9 years
ago

Me and You and Everyone We Know: South Loop’s The Scout Is Crowded Already

If you ever dined at Jerry Kleiner’s South Loop restaurant Opera, the building’s new occupant, The Scout Waterhouse + Kitchen, is bound to give you a serious jolt of culture shock. The interior of The Scout, which is in soft-opening mode now in advance of its grand opening on August 19, is done in a style I’d call post-Kleiner: nary an inch of velvet, an ounce of wrought iron, or a dash of primary color anywhere in sight…

9 years
ago

Parking It at The Garage, the Far Northwest Side’s Undiscovered New Biker (Kinda) Bar

Much to my mother’s chagrin, I am a sometime passenger on the back of The Creative Director’s motorcycle, so I was heartened last night to find a row of hogs parked outside my destination: The Garage, a brand new bar in the Gladstone/Jefferson Park area, just a few blocks south of Superdawg. “These are my people,” I thought, having barely recovered from a numb posterior brought on by last weekend’s cruise to summer camp in Elkhorn, Wisconsin…

9 years
ago

Be Your Own Brewmaster: Brew Camp Opens Today in North Center

Attention, beer geeks: You now have yet another reason to head north. Just a few blocks from Half Acre Beer Co. and not so far from Metropolitan Brewing, the friends and business partners Jared Saunders and Whit Nelson are opening Brew Camp, their temple to homebrewing tucked into a cozy North Center storefront, today…

9 years
ago

Tasty Freeze: Beat the Heat with Icy Drinks

My friend Joan, recently back from a vacation in Cuba, messaged me on Facebook last week: “Amalie—serious work-related question. Where can I find a good frozen daiquiri in Chicago? We had so many good ones on our trip, but it seems every place here tells me they don’t have a blender!” The first thing that came to mind…

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