Nightlife in Dolton

David Spade at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino on Friday, September 26, at 8 p.m. (Up to 35% Off)

David Spade

The Venue at Horseshoe Casino

$46 $29.90

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Boyish comedian of Tommy Boy, Grown-Ups, and Saturday Night Live fame entertains audiences with his acidic wit

One or Three Groupons for $22 Worth of Pizza, Sandwiches, and 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

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

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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

$8 for a Movie and Popcorn for Two at Brew & View ($14 Value)

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

An Evening with Mr. Dick Gregory or Comedy Night With Luenell at Castle on October 5 or 19 (Up to 69% Off)

An Evening with Mr. Dick Gregory or Comedy Night With Luenell

Castle

$85.39 $35

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Sets from comedy legend Dick Gregory or popular standup and actress Luenell

Demi Lovato with Christina Perri and MKTO at United Center on October 14 at 7 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Demi Lovato

United Center

$60.84 $30

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Actress and singer blends pop, R&B, and emotive lyrics on hits including "Skyscraper" and "Give Your Heart a Break"

John Leguizamo in "Ghetto Klown" at The Chicago Theatre on Saturday, September 13, at 8 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

John Leguizamo in "Ghetto Klown"

The Chicago Theatre

$73.81 $44

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The magnetic and manic Leguizamo unleashes mesmerizing and hysterical tales from his career in his latest award-winning one-man show

Joffrey Ballet Presents "Stories in Motion" at Auditorium Theatre on September 18–21 (Up to 40% Off)

"Stories in Motion"

Auditorium Theatre

$83 $50

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Balanchine's famous ballet of a biblical tale, Tudor's Edwardian love triangle, and Possokhov's story of love and loss

Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee on Saturday, September 20, at 8 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee

Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium

$27 $13.50

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PhD-holding comedian draws on academic background and PowerPoint skills to craft cerebral, PG-13-appropriate comedy sets

Practice Pool Fundamentals in a Historic Billiards Hall

Fundamentals of Pool Class

Chris's Billiards

$30 $30

Pool expert Pat Hays guides students through the FUNdamentals of billiards in the historic hall where The Color of Money was filmed

"Late Nite Catechism" at Royal George Theatre, August 9–September 21 (Up to 43% Off). 14 Showtimes Available.

"Late Nite Catechism"

ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE

$30 $17

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Catholic nun comically pontificates on the dangers of the modern world in a participatory theater performance

Mind Reading Show at The Bar Below on September 4–24 or October 1 at 8 p.m. or 10 p.m. (Up to 52% Off)

Mark Toland

The Bar Below

$25 $12

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Mark Toland blends fast-paced humor with mind reading and sideshow stunt capabilities for an unforgettable night of entertainment

Storytelling Show and Class with the Founder of Story Club

Storytelling Show and Class with the Founder of Story Club

Uptown

$20 $20

At Uptown's Holiday Club, Dana Norris hosts an evening of storytelling before the performers take to the audience to help you craft a story

Tributes to Nirvana, Dave Matthews, Sublime, Tool & More at The Cubby Bear Wrigleyville (Up to 46% Off)

Cubby Bear

Cubby Bear

$9.95 $7

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Rock out to spot-on tributes to Tool, Korn, DMB, Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and more at this Wrigleyville hotspot

The Second City's Deep Cuts or Improv All-Stars at UP Comedy Club on September 1–November 10 (Up to 43% Off)

The Second City's Deep Cuts or Improv All-Stars

UP Comedy Club

$24.50 $17

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Annoyance Theatre founder Mick Napier directs a cast of top improv talent; revue about living in the Internet age collects past sketches

"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

$33 $20

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

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

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

$16 for Premium Beer Flights and Michelin Bib Gourmand-Rated Bar Snacks for Two at Paramount Room ($32 Value)

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

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

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

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

$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

$10 for $20 Worth of 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

$59 for In-Home Wine Tasting for Up to 16 from Wines for Humanity ($250 Value)

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

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

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

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

$36 $16

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

Craft Beer Flight and Appetizers for Two, Four, or Six at Chalk (Up to 46% Off)

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

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

Elite Cafe & Billiards

Melrose Park

$25 $13

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

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

Valentino Vineyards & Winery

Long Grove

$48 $19

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

$15 for $30 Worth of Tropical Appetizers 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

Yakov Smirnoff at Rialto Square Theatre on Saturday, September 27, at 8 p.m. (Up to 41% Off)

Yakov Smirnoff

Rialto Square Theatre

$47.25 $28

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Soviet-born comedy icon who found fame comparing the US with the USSR is still yukking it up with society-deconstructing wordplay

Blackened: Metallica Tribute Plus a Drink at Mojoes on Friday, October 3, at 9 p.m. (Up to 54% Off)

Blackened

Mojoes

$17.30 $8

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Chicago-based Metallica tribute takes the stage after tributes to Down and Stone Temple Pilots

Movie Tickets, Popcorn, and Drinks for Two or Four at Bensenville Theatre (Up to 50% Off)

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

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

$50 $25

Sample 10 brews while tasting American, tavern-style cuisine

Wine Tasting Event at Cab's Wine Bar Bistro (Up to 51% Off)

Cab's Wine Bar Bistro

Glen Ellyn

$49 $24

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Local sommelier leads wine tasting classes featuring selections from France, Italy, and the United States

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Red Lobster, Wicker Park’s Mirai Sushi, and Lincoln Park punk bar Delilah’s are three seemingly disparate venues. However, they have something in common—all three have hired graduates of American Professional Bartending Schools of Illinois to mix their drinks and man their bars. The schools have been landing graduates at notable Chicago establishments for more than 60 years, but their connection with alums doesn’t end with their first gig. Graduates receive lifetime, personalized job-placement assistance and can call the school’s career hotline 24 hours a day to find out about job openings or trade meatloaf recipes.

The schools' focus on employment also shows in their bartending classes, which are modeled after on-the-job training and led by teachers with an average of more than 20 years of industry experience. Taught at bars complete with realistic faux liquor, the sessions cover topics from mixology to presentation and etiquette.

3250 Harlem Ave
Riverside,
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Inspired by small craft spirit creators of yore, Derrick Mancini founded Quincy Street Distillery as a way to celebrate traditional, and create new, American spirits. Today, Mancini and distiller, Danny Maguire, oversee a small crew that crafts and bottles 12 artisanal, small-batch spirits including a mead-based dry honey spirit, a railroad gin, a colonial-style single malt rye, and a young bourbon whiskey that's too young to drink itself. Take a tour of the distillery to bring the full story of these libations into focus. Distillery tours detail every step of the grain-to-whiskey production, including fermentation, distillation, cutting, barreling, and bottling. Conclude with a tasting in the Speakeasy cocktail bar that includes a brief history lesson about many of the spirit brands, and after where patrons can purchase classic and original cocktails or pick up bottles at the retail shop. You can also reach the distillery by train on the Burlington Metra line just a block from the Riverside station.

39 E Quincy St.
Riverside,
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Island Sports Bar and Grill maintains the balance between good food and good fun, serving up hearty bar food to complement a full schedule of social events. The kitchen crew grills beef, turkey, and veggie burgers to order, and tops Vienna hot dogs with all the Chicago fixings. Meanwhile, customers strut their stuff during Monday-night line dancing and karaoke, learn stepping lessons on Tuesday, listen to a live band on Wednesday, cut loose at ladies night on Thursday, or slap their knees in jubilant joy or subtle spasm during the Friday-night comedy hour. The middle of the week brings a host of events.

13414 Olde Western Ave.
Blue Island,
IL
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Open for 25 years and celebrated by AM670 The Score, the Southland Star, and Patch.com, the items on the Durbin’s menu vary by location, but all of its kitchens prepare hearty sandwiches, pizzas, and barbecue. Wood embers infuse ribs and chicken with smoky flavors as USDA Black Angus steaks are plated alongside sautéed mushrooms and homemade coleslaw. Fresh donut holes are also made in-house and stacked on ice cream sundaes topped with a single red cherry that resembles the setting sun resting on a pillow of vanilla-flavored clouds.

14753 Cicero Ave
Midlothian,
IL
US

Sullivan's Irish Pub & Eatery, a bastion of Irish culture in Chicago's South Side, is a time-honored destination for traditional Irish food and cold craft beer. Servers sling plates of corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, and other comforting classics, as well as boxtys?commonly known as Irish-style potato pancakes. Burgers, wings, and draft beer from Irish breweries such as Guinness and Smithwicks round out the menu. In addition to the hearty food and drink, the pub houses a stage for live music, while an outdoor bar stays open all four seasons for open-air sipping and plate Frisbee.

4660 147th St
Midlothian,
IL
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A smattering of 20 sauces and seasonings dripping from handspun wings coats patrons' fingers as they cheer on their favorite professional sports teams broadcast on Buffalo Wild Wings' TVs. Eyes are torn between watching teams dribble a ball, shoot a puck, and land a grand jeté, and plates of plentiful wings, burgers, wraps, salads, and ribs. For more entertainment, trivia games exercise brains, and the Blazin' Challenge offers recognition for those brave enough to down a dozen wings slathered in the eatery's hottest sauce in 6 minutes.

17510 Halsted St
Homewood,
IL
US

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