Nightlife in North Side

The Music Box Theatre – Up to Half Off Matinee or Midnight Movie

The Music Box Theatre

The Music Box Theatre

$16 $10

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Choose from a wide variety of cult hits and musicals, including Mallrats, Aliens, Bye Bye Birdie, and Cabaret

Sebastian Bach or Tribute Band Up to 52% Off Show at The Cubby Bear

Cubby Bear

Cubby Bear

$8.93 $6

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Chicago-based tribute bands resurrect some of the 90s’ hard-rockingest acts; Sebastian Bach himself inspires crowd with his own anthems

Up to 67% Off Drag Show and Drinks at Hydrate Nightclub Chicago

Hydrate Nightclub Chicago

Lakeview

$36 $15

Audiences watch a rotating guest lineup of drag performers strut their stuff onstage while sipping champagne

Sideshow Theatre Company – Up to 50% Off "Tyrant"

Sideshow Theatre Company presents "Tyrant"

Theater Wit

$40 $20

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Drama takes an incisive look at economic disparity by positing a future where homeless people are forced to work in wealthy people's homes

Up to 48% Off Comedic Burlesque Show

"Off Off Broadzway: Weight Loss Wishes and Dry Hump Dreams"

Stage 773

$28.75 $15

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Bawdy comedic burlesque troupe showcases new revue with audience interaction and plenty of double entendres

Up to 43% Off Movie and Popcorn for Two

Brew & View

Lakeview

$14 $8

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An evening of recently released titles as well as cult, classic, and underground favorites in the Vic Theater

Up to 53% Off Theatrical Comedy

"101 Ways to...Fall in Love"

Studio BE

$32 $15

A soon-to-be divorced writer narrates 101 true tales of love, acted out by comedic performers

Up to 57% Off at Pressure Billiards and Cafe

Pressure Billiards & Cafe

Edgewater

$46.85 $20

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13 Brunswick Metro pool tables framed by eight LCD TVs vie for dominance against a café menu of burgers, sandwiches, and cocktails

Lanita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center – Up to 40% Off

"White Supremacy: A Black Experience"

Links Hall

$15 $9

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Animated projections and dance fuse into an exploration of the gender-based and racial prejudices that can shape history

Kingston Mines – Up to 42% Off Blues

Kingston Mines

Lincoln Park

$24 $14

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Legendary blues club stages performances by equally legendary blues musicians seven nights a week

52% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Show

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Interactive dinnertime murder mystery that stars professional actors tests diners’ sleuthing skills throughout a multicourse meal

50% Off Burgers, Pub Food, and Drinks at Lincoln Avenue Social

Lincoln Avenue Social

Chicago

$30 $15

The pub menu features classic sandwiches, Tex-Mex plates, and Burgers topped with beef chili and mac and cheese

Kiss Kiss Cabaret – Up to 50% Off Burlesque

Kiss Kiss Cabaret

The Greenhouse Theater Center

$20 $10

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A vaudevillian host, magic acts, and a troupe of teasing dancers fill an old-fashioned burlesque show

Organic Theater Company – Up to 57% Off

"The Diviners" or "Macbeth"

Lincoln Park

$46 $20

One of Shakespeare's most gripping tragedies runs in repertory with Jim Leonard's tale of a troubled young man with an otherworldly gift

"Hank Williams: Lost Highway" – Up to 44% Off

"Hank Williams: Lost Highway"

Greenhouse Theater Center

$43 $24

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The tumultuous, short life of Hank Williams unfolds alongside renditions of more than 20 of his most beloved songs with a full live band.

"Girls Night: The Musical" – Up to 50% Off

"Girls Night: The Musical"

The Apartment at Lion Head Pub

$66 $33

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Girls Night: The Musical follows five women sharing life stories during a night of karaoke filled with bawdy laughs and classic songs

Damon Williams – Up to 42% Off Standup Comedy

Comedy Night at The Apartment with MTV's Wild N Out Anthony "Chico" Bean

The Apartment

$32.64 $19

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Regular on BET's Comicview and former host of Showtime at the Apollo takes the stage at The Apartment

$10 for Drinks at Glascott’s Saloon

Glascott's Saloon

Lincoln Park

$20 $10

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Bellied up to a wooden bar at an authentic speakeasy, guests sip on a selection of 18 draft beers, imported brews, and glasses of wine

Up to 52% Off Juke Fest, Jam-Band Tribute, or The Baseball Project

The Baseball Project or Mom's Kitchen (A Tribute to Widespread Panic) or Juke Fest

The Abbey Pub

$12.55 $6

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See underground DJs and incredible footwork moves, a tribute to Widespread Panic, or a baseball-themed band with Peter Buck and Mike Mills

Babasonicos – Up to 44% Off Concert

Babasonicos

Concord Music Hall

$26.74 $15

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Innovative Argentine rockers make a rare stateside visit, delighting fans with lush, poppy melodies and decadent lyricism

History of Freestyle Music – Up to 51% Off Concert

History of Freestyle Music 2014 II

Concord Music Hall

$200 $99

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Celebration of freestyle music features New York stars including Stevie B, Lil Suzy, and Safire

Stand-Up Throw Down – Up to 37% Off

Stand-Up Throw Down

Township

$14.25 $9

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Weekly showcase produced by Chicago comics features established and up-and-coming standups

50% Off Sports-Bar Food at Suite 25

Suite 25

Logan Square

$40 $20

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Signature burgers and other sports-bar food and drinks at this second-floor sports bar

Aaron Watson – Up to 43% Off Country Concert

Aaron Watson with William Clark Green & The Rankin Twins

Joe's on Weed Street

$17.50 $10

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Lineup of Texas country featuring crooners Aaron Watson and William Clark Green and sister duo The Rankin Twins

"Fault Lines" – Up to 55% Off Theatrical Drama

"Fault Lines"

The Den Theatre

$33.04 $15

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Inspired by a horrific kidnapping, this Midwest premiere follows the victim's friends as they make sense of the attack 20 years later

Up to 52% Off Hookah at Rotana Cafe

Rotana Cafe

Chicago

$19.83 $11

On weeknights, groups can enjoy their hookah with house soft drinks or they can bring wine or drinks from home on Saturdays

UP Comedy Club – Up to 45% Off Standup

UP Comedy Club Presents: Kurt Braunohler, Donnell Rawlings, and The Sklar Brothers

Near North Side

$27.50 $15

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Chappelle's Show favorite Donnell Rawlings; frequent @midnight guests Kurt Braunohler and The Sklar Brothers

Up to 49% Off Vintage Pop-Up Carnival

Remember Summer- A Vintage Pop-Up Carnival

Ignite Glass Studios

$69.18 $35

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Vintage carnival games, Etsy gifts, and a brass band carry visitors back to a simpler time while raising funds for a nonprofit

Half Off Beer Flights and Bar Snacks at Paramount Room

Paramount Room

Central Chicago

$32 $16

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Rotating list of craft beers and Belgian ales pairs with gourmet nosh like tempura green beans or pork belly sticks with maple mustard sauce

Up to 53% Off Standup Comedy

The Comedy Bar

Near North Side

$30 $15

Upscale club partnered by Jim Belushi features local and nationally renowned comics

Ultimate Brewery Tour (39% Off)

Ultimate Milwaukee Brewery Tour

Chicago

$129 $79

Visit 4 Milwaukee breweries, micro & macro, & taste some of their best beers; hearty lunch at Milwaukee Ale House; transportation included

Up to 40% Off EDM Concert

Rock and Rave Memorial Day Weekend DJ Dance Party

Hard Rock Cafe Chicago

$30 $18

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Pre-Memorial Day concert brings together some of the city's top EDM DJs for a raucous night of pulse-pounding dance music

International Festival of Life – Up to 51% Off

International Festival of Life

Union Park

$16.37 $10

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Third World, Luciano, and Tito Puente, Jr. headline four days of reggae, blues, and world music

Navy Pier IMAX – Up to 44% Off Movie for Two

Navy Pier IMAX

Streeterville

$42.49 $24

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New releases and visually stunning documentaries take over the screen with crisp imagery and surround sound

76% Off Wine Tasting from Wines for Humanity

Wines for Humanity

Redeem from Home

$250 $59

Professional wine adviser teaches guests to discern distinctive notes in seven exclusive vintages and pair them with appropriate dishes

Up to 60% Off Appetizers and Drinks at Brando's Speakeasy

Brando's Speakeasy

The Loop

$36 $15

Ten varieties of martini match with classic cocktails, cheese plates, and karaoke all night long

Up to 64% Off a Wine Tasting at Beviamo

Beviamo

West Town

$50 $19

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Two reds, two whites, and one bubbly from across the world recommended by a wine specialist; complimentary eats

"Lost In Time" – Up to 40% Off Drama

Magnified Gift Theater and Dance Company presents "Lost In Time"

Madison Street Theater

$25 $15

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Drama from Chicago director Rosette Jarriet depicts a woman overcoming her past and a family's struggle with death and abuse

Survive Paint Wars – Up to 49% Off EDM Party

Survive Paint Wars

Hawthorne Race Course

$39.50 $20

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Outdoor EDM party mixes tunes from top DJs with hundreds of gallons of colorful paint to be poured on attendees

"Living Without Love" – Up to 47% Off Theatrical Drama

"Living Without Love"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

$75 $40

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Actor/writer/director Richard Gallion revives his uplifting debut fable of families and faith, featuring a star turn from singer Kymm Lewis

"Cooley High Live on Stage" – Up to 61% Off

"Cooley High Live on Stage"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

$80 $40

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Theatrical adaptation of the 1975 coming-of-age film set in Chicago follows high-school pals through fun and tragedy

Up to 46% Off Craft Beer and Appetizers

Chalk

Forest Park

$30 $17

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Craft beer from local breweries such as Revolution and Lagunitas; fries, chicken tenders, and stout beer battered onion rings

Half Off Tropical Snacks and Drinks at Hala Kahiki

Hala Kahiki

River Grove

$30 $15

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Tropical cocktails named for Pelé and coral reefs poured in Polynesian-themed bar opened in 1963

48% Off Pool and Snacks

Elite Cafe & Billiards

Melrose Park

$25 $13

Retro pool hall gives players plenty of space to maneuver around its 17 billiards tables

Up to 41% Off at Mega Beer Fest

Mega Beer Fest

Toyota Park

$100 $59

Choose 10 beer samples from more that 75 different brews and pair them with saucy barbecue from Porky's Rib Fest

Jazz at The Met – Up to 26% Off Fundraiser

Jazz at The Met

Metropolitan Family Services - Calumet Center

$50 $37

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Annual fundraiser for social programming features live jazz and blues along with dinner and a silent auction

Half Off Pub Food at Harry's Sports Bar

Harry's Sports Bar

Countryside

$22 $12

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Sports bar with more than 30 TVs and three projection screens entertains guests devouring wraps, pizzas, and nachos

Up to 50% Off Movie Outing

Bensenville Theatre

Bensenville

$21 $11

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Guests grab buckets of popcorn and large sodas before heading into intimate twin theaters to view recent releases screening twice daily

Riddles Comedy Club – Up to 75% Off Standup

Riddles Comedy Club

Alsip

$75 $19

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Weekend sets from nationally touring comedians such as Damon Williams and Meechie Hall

52% Off Movie-Screen Video Gaming Session

Buffalo Grove Theater

Buffalo Grove IL

$120 $58

Bring up to 20 friends to play Xbox, Nintendo Wii, or PlayStation games on one of the theater's movie screens

WeishFest 2014 feat. Rodney Atkins – Up to 43% Off

WeishFest 2014 feat. Rodney Atkins

Standard Bank Stadium

$26.25 $15

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Award-winning country star Rodney Atkins headlines a daylong ballpark festival benefiting The Andrew Weishar Foundation

43% Off Movie Outing

Star Cinema Grill

Arlington Heights

$10.50 $6

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Servers at dine-in theaters deliver optional, freshly prepared menu items as guests enjoy first-run releases

Up to 78% Off Seasonal Martini-Making Class for One or Two

Mid Oak Distillery

Midlothian

$80 $25

Students make tropical summer cocktails using locally made vodka during a hands-on class that includes artisan cheese board

Up to 50% Off Improv Show with Popcorn

Laugh Out Loud Theater

Streets of Woodfield

$22 $11

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Improvisers can perform a show with spontaneous scenes, games, and songs

Valentino Vineyards & Winery – 60% Off Tasting, Tour & Seminar

Valentino Vineyards & Winery

Long Grove

$48 $19

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Following a brief tour in the vineyard, guests enter a winery to sample 5 estate wines during wine appreciation seminar

Up to 78% Off Standup at The Improv Comedy Club

The Improv Comedy Club

Chicago Improv of Schaumburg

$177.95 $39

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Nationally known comics such as Adam Ferrara, Dave Coulier, and Loni Love, paired with appetizers such as crispy jalapeño ravioli

$6 for a Movie Outing at Studio Movie Grill

Studio Movie Grill

Wheaton

$10.50 $6

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A wide selection of new releases and cult classics is projected on towering screens as viewers watch from leather recliners and tables

Medieval Times – Up to 44% Off Dinner Show

Medieval Times

Schaumburg

$43.78 $29

Ironclad knights joust atop horses and battle with swords while viewers feast on a four-course meal; VIP package with DVD and banner

Up to 50% Off at Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Roselle

$20 $11

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Waitresses clad in mini kilts ferry burgers, Dublin-inspired stew & ice-cold Guinness to tables with views of HD sports games

"Bye Bye Liver" – Up to 50% Off Comedy

"Bye Bye Liver"

Sunset Playhouse Community Theater

$30 $15

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A troupe performs an interactive comedy show inspired by drinking, barhopping, and male-female relations

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Tucked away on a neighborhood street, this sun-dappled wine bar and beer garden is a quiet place where one can savor Italian entrees such as homemade pastas and stone-fired pizzas. Perhaps thanks to the bar’s discreet location, it’s usually not difficult to find seating on the shaded patio.

1329 West Wilson Avenue
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Chef Kasra Medhat's refined culinary techniques draw from his diverse gastronomic history, from his childhood filled with Turkish- and Iranian-style family meals to his college internship at a Chicago gourmet restaurant, as well as his catering work. Today, Kasra captains Magnolia Cafe, where he infuses all that passion and experience into his innovative French-American recipes.

In the kitchen, Kasra and staff cobble together ingredients plucked during their peak growing season in a variety of meat and seafood dishes. Upon white tablecloths, plates of appetizers and entrees meet with the house's specialty martinis and boutique wines in crystalline glasses, which are great for clinking or playing pieces from Mozart's glass-harmonica phase. Soft jazz music pulses amid the exposed brick and beams that ring the dining room, which is speckled with hanging photos of the flowers from which the establishment takes its name.

1224 W Wilson Ave.
Chicago,
IL
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Al Capone was a regular at this former speakeasy, and you’ll likely meet equally colorful personalities if you stick around until closing time at 4 a.m. On stage, musicians belt out roots rhythms and improvised jazz lines seven nights a week. Behind the bar, a trapdoor leads to a secret area used to hide alcohol during Prohibition.

4802 North Broadway
Chicago,
IL
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At Agami, Executive Chef Kye is not just interested in the taste of food, but in the complete sensual experience of eating it. Those who order the garlic delight specialty sushi roll will feel the warmth of the Bacardi 151 flame it's served upon. Meanwhile, those biting into a salt sun flower roll will hear the crunch of sunflower seeds, and those admiring the wild fire roll will see a colorful combination of red snapper, guacamole, and mango pico de gallo. Sushi is certainly the restaurant's specialty, but it's not all that's served here—in addition to specialty maki, nigiri, and sashimi, there's also sushi-inspired entrees as well as a kitchen menu with dishes such as steamed dumplings and teriyaki chicken.

The attempt to create a wholly experiential dining experience doesn't stop with the food. The modern restaurant was designed with high ceilings, textured walls, and seaweed sculptures, all to create the feeling of being under the sea. Underwater scenes are projected on video screens, and a lucite bottle rack behind the bar resembles bubbling ocean waters. Concentric half-circles separate the traditional dining room, lounge area, and bar, the latter two of which are open until 1 am on Friday and Saturday nights.

4712 N Broadway St
Chicago,
IL
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A mystifying and playful new force in the rapidly rising dubstep scene, Skism spins London-bred beats that boast the admiration of such notable tunesmiths as Pendulum, Chase & Status, and Rusko. Bolstered by a head-nodding cadre of dub-dishers, the event promises concert-goers a foot-blurring evening of cavernous bass and thumping rhythms, sure to have them fox-trotting until 3:30 a.m. or until a napping Bruce Springsteen stumbles down the stairs in his bathrobe. Tucked in a slab-free sector of the meatpacking district, The Mid straddles the line between swanky nightclub and ear-bending beat factory, its neon bulbs and light-lobbing disco balls hanging majestically above three full-service bars, a pulsating sound system, and dual-floor bathrooms ideal for post-concert bouts of hide and go-seek.

1113 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Its neon sign visible from the Red Line "L" tracks, Aragon Ballroom beckons concertgoers to historical confines that take their design aesthetic from Spanish palace courtyards. The two-storied venue houses a gargantuan dance floor under a wrap-around balcony where visitors can retreat to get an elevated view of the stage or a better vantage point to spot a singer’s lost contact.

1106 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

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