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Flashing lights pulsate to thumping beats as smoke rises from a DJ booth framed by projection screens and swaying bodies. Though it may seem like a scene out of a movie, this energetic setting actually takes place seven nights a week at Bobby McGee's. And to keep their lively parties grooving until the wee hours, the South Side staple curates festive party themes, such as a Black Out Fridays and the occasional Hawaiian luau, which boasts an inflatable surfing game and real-life boars wandering through the crowd. Weekend concerts enliven the already convivial mood, as do bag tournaments, live band karaoke, and charity events to support causes such as cancer research.

When not catering to the party crowd, Bobby McGee's transforms the spacious dance area into bar room filled with stools and tables. Diners can dig into half-pound burgers and specialty pizzas topped with buffalo shrimp, and those craving a south-of-the-border meal can turn to the menu's Tex-Mex dishes of buffalo chicken quesadillas and beef nachos. These bar eats can be paired with weekly drink specials, from Old Style beer to shots, or the bar's signature 32-ounce long island drink served in a mason jar.

10139 S Harlem Ave
Chicago Ridge,
IL
US

Dance music pulsates through Red Velvet Lounge as party-goers indulge in late-night eats and specialty bar drinks amid a spacious nightclub. Bartenders pours out beverages from a fully stocked bar as guest saunter to the hardwood dance floor illuminated by the sporadic flickers of a colorful lights. Themed parties for Halloween and New Year’s Eve add variety to weekends, and Friday and Saturday nights introduce crowds to special-guest DJs and their finger-puppet entourages. Bites from the Lounge’s Italian-inspired menu fuel evening adventurers, with options including gorgonzola chips, Sicilian tilapia, and lemon-mascarpone torte.

11011 Southwest Hwy
Palos Hills,
IL
US

Intimo's menu whisks diners to the Italian countryside with a variety of authentic house-made entrees. More than 300 bottles of distinct wines hibernate in the 58-degree walk-in wine cellar. Director Frank Pecora fosters a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere with dim lighting and sleek, dark wooden accents. Candles flicker atop tables draped in white linens, casting shadow-puppet adaptations of Godzilla vs. Fork and Knife on the exposed-brick walls.

7068 183rd St
Tinley Park,
IL
US

Within Governors State University, the Center for Performing Arts welcomes audiences for engaging seasons of entertainment from fall to spring. No matter the weather outside, the venue's spacious stage keeps hearts warm with classic plays, elec

1 University Parkway
University Park,
IL
US

676 Restaurant and Bar serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Chicago's Near North Side district. Whether you're gluten-free or just health-conscious, 676 Restaurant and Bar serves a number of dishes that are good for the diet. Take a look at 676 Restaurant and Bar's extensive selection of beer, wine and cocktails to complete your evening out. Gather the whole family for a trip to 676 Restaurant and Bar — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here. For your next big bash, consider hosting at 676 Restaurant and Bar, a great space for big groups with a private room to boot. Access the internet free of charge via 676 Restaurant and Bar's complimentary wifi.

If you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, don't get stuck in line with the rest of the crowds — reservations are accepted. A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig. Getting your food to go is also an option.

Hand your keys to the valet driver, or pull into your own space in the neighboring lot. Street parking is also an option. If you're too tired to drive, public transportation will also suffice; right around the corner are stops at Chicago-Red (Red) and Grand-Red (Red).

676 Restaurant and Bar is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.

676 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US

Relax and savor 10pin Bowling Lounge's casual ambiance and classic American cuisine. No need to miss out on 10pin Bowling Lounge just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has plenty of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. There are plenty of TVs in the bar to go around as well, so diners don't have to worry about missing out on anything. Take the kids along too — 10pin Bowling Lounge is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love. Got a big family? Tons of friends? An entire soccer team? Consider the private room at 10pin Bowling Lounge, where large groups can get together to celebrate life's biggest milestones. A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.

Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table if you're headed over on a weeknight — it can get quite busy with the after-work crowds. Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most 10pin Bowling Lounge patrons come in casual attire.

Ample parking is available — the nearby lot is open to diners, as is valet, if preferred. For those who choose to find their own space, street parking is also an option. Don't feel like driving? Public transportation is right around the corner, with available stops at State/Lake (Orange, Brown, Purple Express, Green, Pink), Clark/Lake (Pink, Brown, Green, Blue, Purple Express, Orange), and Grand (Red).

An average meal at 10pin Bowling Lounge will set you back about $30.

330 N State St
Chicago,
IL
US

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