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  • Jerry's Sandwiches
    There’s no Jerry at Jerry’s. Owners Mark Bires and Mindy Friedler chose the moniker as an homage to Jerry Garcia, whose freewheeling spirit they evidently share, given that they’ve traveled the country sampling sandwiches ranging from Chicago's italian beefs to Philly's cheesesteaks, from New Orleans's po boys to New England’s lobster rolls. It’s easy to see the influence of their journeys on the eatery’s menu, a staggering array of more than 100 regional and ethnic sandwiches that could make a magic 8 ball cloud over from indecision. Root-beer-glazed ham, beef tenderloin, and fried tofu are but a few of the sandwiches’ centerpieces, their flavors accented by offerings such as fried green tomatoes and grilled asparagus. Diners can also customize their own creations from a board filled with meats, veggies, and 10 different bread options. Hand-formed burgers, rustic-cut fries, and decadent desserts add weight to the menu like an extra stripe adds weight to a zebra. At the eatery's bar, diners scan rows of roughly 200 American craft beers accessible by bottle or tap, and they savor a selection of 70 American whiskeys. When the digital jukebox needs a break, Jerry's hosts live music, the catchy tunes of which slither through door cracks and out to the outdoor dining area.
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    1938 W Division St
    Chicago, IL US
  • Marge's Still
    Prohibition proved no match for Marge’s Still, a corner bar that’s been quenching the neighborhood’s thirst since 1885. The pub-turned-speakeasy kept the libations flowing throughout America’s dry years, mixing bathtub gin on the second floor and serving it to drinkers daring enough to slink through a side stairwell to wet their whistle. Marge’s interior was once as colorful as the characters it hosted—stained glass lighting fixtures cast a cheery glow upon the festivities and an upright piano kept a vaudeville soundtrack ringing throughout the windowless drinking hole. New owners have since retooled the interior and the menu, recasting the storied spot as a neighborhood restaurant and bar whose bistro ambience is the latest chapter in the spot’s colorful history. At dinner, entrees such as duck l’Orange, a fillet layered with Grand Mariner sauce and accompanied by a duck leg confit, share table space with pub classics such as black angus burgers and baby back ribs. Cooks weave the bistro theme onto plates at brunch with favorites such as the omelette du jour and cinnamon apple butter brioche French toast. Lively conversation still ricochets off the walls at night, fueled by cocktails, microbrews, and glasses of sparkling, red, and white wines.
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    1758 North Sedgwick Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Mullen's On Clark
    Order all of your favorite pub classics and munch away at Mullen's On Clark. No need to miss out on Mullen's On Clark just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The bar has tons of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Just because you're out on the town doesn't mean you have to miss the game. TVs are on in the bar area to give you all the latest scores. Ideal for birthday parties or other large get-togethers, Mullen's On Clark has all the room you'll need to be comfortable. Eat outdoors Mullen's On Clark (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating. You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the bar can get noisy. Mullen's On Clark can fill to capacity on Fridays and Saturdays, and with their no-reservation policy, you may need to wait a bit for your table. Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Mullen's On Clark, known for its laid-back ambience. If you feel like saving gas, opt for public transportation, with a stop conveniently located at Addison (Red). Street parking is provided for those dining at the bar's N Clark St location. The average check at Mullen's On Clark will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
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    3527 N Clark St
    Chicago, IL US
  • Mirabell Restaurant and Lounge
    Near Addison and the Kennedy Expressway sits an unexpected slice of Bavaria: Mirabell Restaurant & Lounge. Taking in the German flags, live accordian music, and dirndl-clad servers, it's not difficult to sit back and imagine the twin towers of Munich's Frauenkirche looming just outside the doorway. But it's the food and drink, more than anything, that firmly roots this Irving Park cornerstone within the German beerhall tradition. A hefty menu of central European staples includes the “best damn Wiener schnitzel in town,” according to the Sun-Times, as well as what the Chicago Reader calls, “some of the city's best goulash.” And their extensive beer selection is flush with iconic German brews such as BBK, Juilius Echter Weiss Beer, and Krombacher Black. The heartiness of Mirabell's fare is offset by an airy, skylighted dining room. Banners and plants hang from the main space's lofted ceiling, casting dappled shadows over a collection of ornate steins, Hummel figurines, and crystal pieces. During warmer months, a leafy beer garden lets drinkers supplement beers with a little sunshine, which is allowed by German beer purity laws as long as the sun is not frowning.
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    3454 W Addison St
    Chicago, IL US
  • Howl At The Moon
    As Tommy, one of Howl at the Moon’s piano players, explains on the club’s website, “Every night…we try and throw a party, regardless of whether it’s a Tuesday night or a Saturday night.” The bar’s trademark dueling pianos serve as the epicenter of these nightly celebrations; patrons submit their favorite songs on slips of paper for the pianists and backing musicians to recreate. If the website’s playlist is any indication, the bands can handle popular songs from all genres and eras, from Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” The performances are spirited: colorful lights splash upon a stage where servers, guests, and chairs that have somehow developed mobility all dance along to the music. Fueling the celebration is the bar’s indulgent selection of drinks. Servers stand over patrons to plunge jello injectors into their mouths, and revelers grab colorful straws to help drain 86-ounce booze buckets filled with sangria or other fruity libations. Pomegranate liqueur and honey-infused whiskey sweeten specialty cocktails, and local beers add depth to coolers stocked with Stella Artois and Dos Equis.
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    26 W Hubbard St
    Chicago, IL US
  • Via Veneto Ristorante Italiano Chicago
    Make your way to the table at Via Veneto, and chow down on swanky Italian cuisine. Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on Via Veneto's menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit. Be sure to take advantage of Via Veneto's BYOB policy and bring along your own beer or wine. Toast your evening out at Via Veneto with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list. Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at Via Veneto. The private room at Via Veneto is an excellent option when you're heading out with a big group for a night of celebration. Dine under the sun (or stars) at Via Veneto with their charming outdoor seating. Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table ahead of time. Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Via Veneto. Call Via Veneto for catering if you have a big event coming up. If preferred, visitors can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well. Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30. All major credit cards are accepted. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
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    6340 North Lincoln Avenue
    Chicago, IL US

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