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Pastrami Smackdown!

The Chicago area is full of both pastrami purists and newfangled innovators. With some new delis entering the scene, we sized up a few of the latest offerings alongside some old favorites.

Nightspotting – Take a Dive

Fine service at West Town’s Five Star While on a recent visit to Five Star (1424 W. Chicago Ave.), my latest favorite watering hole, a friend compared its strip of Chicago Avenue (near Ashland Avenue) to Ukrainian Village’s Division Street. It’s true that neighboring hot spots such as Cleo’s, The Darkroom, Tuman’s, and Sonotheque have … Read more

This Way Out

If nooses and chains don’t give you the warm fuzzies, maybe you haven’t been to Exit, where the pierced and tattooed bar staff are surprisingly friendly.