Nightlife in Pilsen

Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Beviamo (Up to 64% Off)

Beviamo

West Town

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

$50 $19

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Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players – cp2 at Jazz Showcase on November 3 at 8 p.m. Up to 40% Off)

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Jazz Showcase

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The Chicago Philharmonic’s jazz chamber ensemble dives into the work of one of its own: composer and saxophonist Jim Gailloreto

$20 $12

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Songs for Sound – Hear the Music Tour with Jim Collins on Saturday, October 25, at 6 p.m. (Up to 43% Off)

Songs for Sound - Hear the Music Tour w/ Jim Collins, Andrew Pates, and Wendell Mobley

Moonlight Studios

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Jim Collins, Andrew Pate, and Wendell Mobley use their lauded pipes and lyrics to raise awareness for cochlear implants

$85 $50

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One or Two Bottles of Wine with Meats and Cheeses at 694 Wine & Spirits (50% Off)

694 Wine & Spirits

694 Wine & Spirits

Boutique wines pair with olive platters, cheese plates, and Armandino Batali artisan-cured meats

$78 $39

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$20 for a Movie Package for Two with Drinks and Popcorn at the Gene Siskel Film Center (Up to $35.50 Value)

Gene Siskel Film Center

The Loop

See an independent, international, or classic film while sipping soda and eating popcorn at a major hub of the Chicago film community

$35.50 $20

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A Nightmare on Hubbard Street - Halloween Costume Bar Crawl on Saturday, November 1 (Up to 47% Off)

A Nightmare on Hubbard Street

John Barleycorn

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Annual Halloween-themed bar crawl weaves through River North, with costume contests, drink specials, and live DJs along the way

$22.79 $12

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Latino Comedy Night Starring Gina Brillon at Castle on November 9 at 7 p.m. (Up to 55% Off)

Latino Comedy Night starring Gina Brillon

Castle

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Popular New York comedian seen on Comedy Central and in The Fluffy Movie scores huge laughs in a chic nightclub

$22.09 $10

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Comedy Show for Two or Four at iO Theater Through January 14 (Up to 50% Off)

iO Chicago

iO Improv

The troupe has spawned hordes of comic luminaries in the last 30 years, including Mike Myers, Chris Farley, and Tina Fey

$28 $14

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"This Business Is Murder" for Two at Harold Washington Cultural Center on Friday, November 7 (Up to 73% Off)

"This Business is Murder"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

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When it comes to the murder of candy magnate Sir Alan Sweetener, everyone—including his family—has motive and means

$150 $40

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Ivan Amodei's "Intimate Illusions" on November 28–30 (Up to 47% Off)

"Ivan Amodei's Intimate Illusions"

Ritz-Carlton Chicago

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An award-winning magician dazzles with carefully wrought illusions and witty banter, accompanied by a live cellist

$85 $45

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Wine, Beer, or Whiskey Flight with Appetizer for Two or Four at The Sedgwick Stop (53% Off)

The Sedgwick Stop

Near North Side

Gastropub that emphasizes whiskey and craft brews also spotlights sliders, poutine, and spare ribs

$32 $15

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Standup Show at UP Comedy Club (Up to 38% Off)

UP Comedy Club

Near North Side

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Nick Thune, Moshe Kasher, Todd Glass, and other regulars on the club circuit take the stage at The Second City’s standup venue

$27.50 $17

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The Last Speakeasy at Chicago History Museum on Thursday, December 4

Chicago History Museum: The Last Speakeasy

Chicago History Museum

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Celebrate the 81st anniversary of Prohibition’s repeal with live music, dancing, craft cocktails, and guest speaker

$55 $55

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Uncover the Secrets of the Human Body at an Autopsy Seminar

Autopsy Seminar

International Museum of Surgical Science

The founder of the Autopsy Center of Chicago fields questions about death and the body during a slideshow

$50 $50

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"The Empire Brings Sexy Back: A Star Wars Burlesque" or "Holy Bouncing Boobies: A Batman Burlesque" (Up to 39% Off)

"Empire Brings Sexy Back" or "Holy Bouncing Boobies: A Batman Burlesque"

Gorilla Tango Theatre

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Performers sling jokes and shed clothes during burlesque parodies of “Batman” and “The Empire Strikes Back”

$33 $20

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$10 for $20 Worth of Drinks at Glascott’s Saloon

Glascott's Saloon

Lincoln Park

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

$20 $10

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Burgers, Pub Food, and Drinks for Two or Four at Lincoln Avenue Social (50% Off)

Lincoln Avenue Social

Chicago

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

$30 $15

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

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

$60 $29

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ComedySportz or The Blue Show Improv Show for One or Two with Drinks Through December 13 (Up to 53% Off)

ComedySportz

Lakeview

Comedians add a dash of competitiveness to short-form improv shows, with teams vying for the most audience laughs

$41.25 $24

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$12 for a Movie for Two with Popcorn at The Logan Theatre ($20 Value)

The Logan Theatre

Logan Square

Historic theater features current releases and classic films

$20 $12

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Tickets to See "Beauties & Beaus" for 2, 4, 6, or 10 with Champagne at Hydrate Nightclub Chicago (Up to 65% Off)

Hydrate Nightclub Chicago

Lakeview

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

$36 $16

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Dueling Pianos and Drinks for 2 or 4 on a Friday or Saturday at Sluggers World Class Sports Bar (Up to 60% Off)

Sluggers World Class Sports Bar

Chicago

Dueling pianists take requests to soundtrack lively nights of games and drinking in the shadow of Wrigley Field

$25 $10

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Tributes to Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Weezer, Tool & More at The Cubby Bear on October 10–December 6 (Up to 46% Off)

Cubby Bear

Cubby Bear

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Rock out with tributes to Rage Against the Machine, Sublime, Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys, Tool, and more at this Wrigleyville hotspot

$9.95 $7

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"A Bright Room Called Day" at Chemically Imbalanced Theater on November 7, 8, or 9 (Up to 42% Off)

"A Bright Room Called Day"

Chemically Imbalanced Theater

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Artists in 1930s Germany fail to take action against a rising dictatorship, while a woman in 1980s America struggles with a similar dilemma

$33.04 $19

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The 80's & 90's Flashback Jam at Riviera Theatre on Saturday, November 8, at 9 p.m. (Up to 30% Off)

The 80's & 90's Flashback Jam

The Riviera Theatre

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Enjoy the biggest dance hits of the ’80s and ’90s performed by C+C Music Factory’s Freedom Williams, Sequal, and Shannon

$40.08 $28

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Hookah and Soft Drinks or BYOB Fees for One or Two at Rotana Cafe (Up to 52% Off)

Rotana Cafe

Chicago

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

$19.83 $11

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Local Motions Inc. Presents "Little Shop of Horrors" on October 30–November 2 (Up to 37% Off)

"Little Shop of Horrors"

Madison Street Theatre

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A lovelorn florist gets in trouble when his venus flytrap finds an appetite for human flesh in an R&B musical with new choreography

$30 $19

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Billiards Outing for Two or Four or $10 for $20 Worth of Billiards and American Food at Pressure Billiards and Cafe

Pressure Billiards & Cafe

Edgewater

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

$46.85 $20

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Beer School with a 10-Beer Flight and Sharable Appetizers for One or Two at World of Beer - Evanston (50% Off)

World of Beer - Evanston

Evanston

Sample 10 brews while tasting American, tavern-style cuisine

$50 $25

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$15 for $30 Worth of Tropical Appetizers and Drinks at Hala Kahiki

Hala Kahiki

River Grove

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

$30 $15

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"Desperate 2" at Carver Military Academy High School on November 8 or 9 (Up to 47% Off)

"Desperate 2"

Carver Military Academy High School

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Award-winning singers star in world-premiere drama exploring themes of family, love, and faith

$75 $40

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$26 for 20 Wings or Two Appetizers with Four Beers for Two People at Philly T's (Up to a $52 Value)

Philly T's

Palos Hills

Glasses of frothy beer paired with wings, nachos, or mozzarella sticks; sports every night

$52 $26

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Pub Food and Drinks at The Howard Street Inn (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Howard Street Inn

Niles

Menu includes deli and grilled sandwiches, Angus burgers, pizza, craft and domestic brews, and speciality drinks

$20 $11

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$13 for One Hour of Pool and $15 Toward Drinks and Snacks at Elite Cafe & Billiards ($25 Value)

Elite Cafe & Billiards

Melrose Park

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

$25 $13

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Martini and Vodka Tasting with Appetizers for Two, Four, or Six at Mid Oak Distillery (Up to 66% Off)

Mid Oak Distillery

Midlothian

Guests enjoy mini martinis and light appetizers such as a cheese platter at Mid Oak Distillery

$56 $28

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Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” with Optional DVD and Nutcracker on December 7 (Up to 51% Off)

"Great Russian Nutcracker"

Rosemont Theatre

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Professional Russian dancers leap and pirouette against stunning backdrops in a holiday ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score

$86 $43

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Food and Hookah at D'wan Hookah Lounge (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

D'wan Hookah Lounge

Orland Park

Freshly packed hookahs filled with aromatic blends of tobacco including safari melon dew, citrus mint, and tangerine dream

$24 $14

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$5 for a Movie Outing with a Ticket at Studio Movie Grill (Up to $10.50 Value)

Studio Movie Grill

Wheaton

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

$10.50 $5

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$25 for Two French Wine or European Beer Flights and One Appetizer at Suzette’s Creperie ($43 Value)

Suzette’s Creperie

Wheaton

Flights of French wine or European beer pair with savory appetizers, including three-cheese soufflés, ham & cheese crepes or croque monsieur

$43 $25

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$19 for a Vineyard Tour, Tasting of Five Wines, and Seminar for One at Valentino Vineyards & Winery ( Value)

Valentino Vineyards & Winery

Long Grove

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

$48 $19

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Appetizers for 2, 4, 8, or 10 People at Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery (Up to 50% Off)

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Roselle

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

$20 $11

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Ranked as some of the Best Barbecue in Chicago by CBS News, Honky Tonk Barbecue is the brainchild of pit-master, chef, and owner Willie Wagner. Within the Pilsen space, Wagner rubs and smokes his famous pulled pork for 17 hours, using the same recipe and technique that won him third place at the world Championship Barbecue Cooking contest in 2008. Barbecue-loving Midwestern crowds—and celebrity chef Guy Fieri—flock to Honky Tonk for not just the pulled pork, but also to sample bacon candy, beef brisket sandwiches, and bold slabs of dry-rub St. Louis ribs.

1800 South Racine Avenue
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It’s a difficult task to pull off—taking a hodgepodge of recycled odds and ends and creating something entirely new. Simone’s Bar, however, has proven up to the challenge. An architectural potpourri of artifacts salvaged from around the city, the Pilsen bar is best known for the retired pinball machines that line its walls. These ancient tables lend a retro vibe to the bar area, where microbrews and cocktails take the place of pins on a recycled bowling lane. Other idiosyncratic elements include chemistry tables from nearby Westinghouse High School, conveyer belts from Chicago’s Fanny May Candies factory, and a chandelier molded from bicycle chains and rocking chairs. Combined with the solar panels on the rooftop, these repurposed knickknacks have earned Simone’s status as a three-star certified green restaurant. Simone’s décor may come from all corners of the city, but its food is influenced more by the bar’s immediate surroundings. Empanadas and a grilled cheese sandwich with Chihuahua cheese nod to Pilsen’s proud Mexican heritage, as do burgers topped with jalapenos and guacamole. The drink menu also has a local slant, highlighting Chicago brews and craft cocktails that would feel right at home in one of the galleries on nearby Halsted Street.

960 West 18th Street
Chicago,
IL
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Masterminded by brothers and Pilsen natives Everardo and Adres Garcia, Del Toro puts forth a straightforward menu of family recipes that the Chicago Sun-Times asserts is “…pretty much the prototype for what an upscale taqueria should be.” While its granite bar is sleek and its abstract art modern, Del Toro’s food is largely pared down and simple—fish and carne asada tacos come with pico de gallo, and house-made soups steam under a cover of queso fresco and sour cream. The drink list, on the other hand, includes a wide selection of tequilas for coloring cocktails. The hibiscus, one of many signature margaritas, swirls with Gran Centenario Roseangel tequila, Gran Torres orange liqueur, Jamaica syrup, lime juice, and grapefruit juice.

2133 S Halsted St
Chicago,
IL
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When passing by Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar, one might mistake it for a liquor store. But behind the windows shuttered with bottle-lined shelves lies a DIY masterpiece, unfolding with bomber bottle chandeliers, floors made of reclaimed hardwood, and stamped metal ceilings. The selection of American craft brews and Belgian ales showcases a rotating inventory of more than 450 at any given time, which guests can sample onsite, or take home. The whiskey and spirits is equally as daunting in the best way possible, with a roster of ryes more than 60 strong, including a smattering of Irish whiskeys. Though guests would be hard pressed to find a proper food menu, the slashie hosts regular tasting events, many of which are backed by live DJs and tunes from a specific musical era or artist. Diners often nosh on bites from a variety of restaurants, from the Mediterranean Zaytune to the Pleasant House Bakery, while listening to The Smiths and Morrissey. Maria’s also serves complementary Korean-Polish barbecue in the beer garden every Monday throughout the summer.

960 West 31st Street
Chicago,
IL
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Push the boundaries. That's pretty much the only rule for performances at the Chicago Fringe Festival, an unconventional expo of new theatrical works from around the world. Now in its fourth year, the Windy City's festival joins in a dramatic tradition shared by cities including Indianapolis, New York, and the original outpost, Edinburgh. The week-long event provides a prominent stage for up-and-coming productions, helping little-known companies catch some buzz and established groups test out new ideas. A lottery system determines the year's lineup, a process that keeps each festival exhilaratingly unpredictable while delighting statisticians.

2003 South Halsted Street
Chicago,
IL
US

Located within the Bridgeport Art Center, Wet Paint Chicago offers instructional art classes in a social setting. In the evenings, BYOB art classes invite adults to congregate, paint, sip on beverages, and mingle as they equip themselves with provided brushes, aprons, and materials. Meanwhile, afternoon classes invite students of all ages to paint in family-friendly sessions.

1200 W 35th St.
Chicago,
IL
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