Rockit Burger Bar fits right in as part of Rockit Ranch Productions' Chicago-based empire of hip gastropubs and innovative fusion spots. Its chefs enhance beloved American comfort foods with inventive flourishes and haute-cuisine ingredients?high-end foodstuffs such as truffle cr?me fra?che, locally raised Midwestern beef, and red-onion brioche buns feature prominently on the impressive lineup of burgers, and flatbread pizzas show off toppings of wild mushrooms, gruy?re cheese, and calabrese salami. Diners cap off their feasts with caramel-banana milk shakes and warm brownie sundaes, or supplement dinners with frosty craft beers and cocktails mixed with rye, absinthe, and bitters.
Rockit Burger Bar's uniquely rustic yet upscale interior bristles with eccentricity and fun, with multiple moose antlers dangling above the bar space and huge windows filling the room with light and lively street scenes. Located across the street from Wrigley Field, the space is a hub of constant activity, whether from Sunday brunchers chowing down on waffles and breakfast burritos, or ticketless baseball fans trying to peer through the stadium walls with x-ray goggles.
Beer's servers deliver platters of jumbo smoked wings, homemade chili con carne, and barbecue-soaked baby back ribs as bartenders pour heady brews. Beer hosts karaoke every Tuesday through Sunday night at 9 p.m. to entertain a bevy of aspiring Sinatras and closed-caption enthusiasts. The Wrigleyville watering hole also opens at least two hours before every Cubs home game, entertaining the North Side team’s fans before, during, and after baseball games.
Uncle Fatty’s Rum Resort wards off winter blues with 7,000 square feet of tropical decor, summertime cocktails, and a manmade lava river snaking through the bar. To buttress the beach theme, parties can order a cooler of 12, 24, or 36 brewskies to a table drenched in red and green light. In addition to signature cocktails and fishbowls filled with frozen fruit, ice cream, and chocolate liqueur, the entertainment emporium shelters cover bands that fill audiences’ ears with nostalgia and their mouths with the desire to sing along.
Kevin Warwick of the Reader called Alice's Lounge " one of the best worst decisions you can make on a Saturday night at 3 a.m." Best for the legendary karaoke, stiff drinks, and ever-present snacks––worst because the sun is about to come up and you’ve foregone sleep for the chance to sing. Wood paneling and neon beer signs validate this spot's credentials as a dive bar, which keeps its doors open until 4:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
"In Chicago, the backbone is corner taverns and bars," says Donnie Kruse on an episode of Chicago's Best. "That’s where you got your updates on your day, that's where you got your drink, that’s where you met people." In 1993, with corporate franchises multiplying and the Internet starting to change social lives, Donnie and his business partners decided to resurrect the idea of a neighborhood hangout. "We said, let's do that, and we'll bring back home cooking." Twenty years later, Stanley's Kitchen & Tap has found plenty of acclaim for its homestyle comfort food, especially its famed fried chicken and mashed potatoes—which WGN-TV lovingly spotlighted during Stanley's Chicago's Best segment.
The entire staff takes pride in their friendly atmosphere, local cast of regulars, and Chicago-style sense of community. Plus, occasional drop-ins from the likes of Dennis Rodman and other luminaries create a sense that anyone could walk through Stanley's door. But it's the crispy chicken, sumptuous potatoes, and full menu of comfort fare—washed down by 312 beer—that attracts taste buds. And while the specialty is chicken, voters at the 2011Roscoe Village Burger Fest declared Stanley's secret sauce-laden behemoth their first-place favorite. Wrigley Field agrees—the StanBurger is the official burger of the Chicago Cubs, being aerodynamic enough to sail over the fences during a home run.
M.I.L.F. is a fast paced, one-hour comedy show featuring 6 local acts. The lineup bridges the gap between provocative rising talents in Chicago’s sketch, music, stand-up and filmmaking communities. Featuring acts who have performed at the TBS Just For Laughs Festival, Chicago’s Underground Comedy Club, iO & Second City.