Clubs in Downers Grove

Standup or Improv Comedy Show at The Comedy Shrine Theater (Up to 50% Off)

The Comedy Shrine Theater

The Comedy Shrine Theater

$20 $10

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Comics and resident improvisers fill standup showcases and a Whose Line Is It Anyway? tribute

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

UP Comedy Club

Near North Side

$27.50 $17

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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

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

Comedy Night with Benji Brown at Castle (Up to 55% Off)

Comedy Night with Benji Brown

Castle

$53.74 $25

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Star of Wild ‘N Out and The Rickey Smiley Show and Ghana-born comedian get crowds rolling

Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, Hannibal Buress, and More on August 31 at 5 p.m. (Up to 44% Off)

Oddball Comedy Festival

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

$27 $15

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Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, Hannibal Buress, Chris D'Elia, and others star in a two-stage comedy fest blowout

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

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Grotto Oak Brook offers a meat-centric approach to fine dining. The dinner menu features prime steaks and chops, seafood, and pastas trimmed from the willow-like foliage of Tuscan semolina trees. Commence consumption with an appetizer of baked clams ($8 for a half-dozen, $15 for a dozen) or bruschetta, heaped with juicy tomatoes, fresh basil, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil ($9). Oxymoron-lovers can sink teeth into a nine-ounce petite filet mignon ($33), while Manhattanite meatheads can slice into their hometown with the generous 14-ounce New York strip-steak ($37). Specialties such as the half-chicken Vesuvio ($21 for boneless, $20 for bone-in), as well as seafood dishes, including the jumbo-shrimp scampi ($26), cater to animal-haters, while vegetarians can find plant-based sustenance in eggplant parmigiana ($17) and customizable pasta dishes ($16+). Pair your meal with a selection from the list of more than 60 wines imported from Italy, France, California, and the recently discovered lunar grape arbor.

3011 Butterfield Rd
Oak Brook,
IL
US

Hailed by Chicago magazine as one of 2009's best new restaurants, Glen Prairie has solidified its commitment to Midwestern flavor during the ensuing years, with a kitchen that transmutes organic, gluten-free or family-farmed ingredients into platefuls of contemporary American cuisine. Buns cradling certified Black Angus burgers or Dietzler Farms all-natural patties materialize atop sleek tables in puffs of purple smoke as diners lounge beneath the incandescent light of the sage-toned dining room. The hip setting belies the restaurant’s homey flavors, as elements of comfort food infuse dishes such as the mac ‘n‘ locally farmed cheese, which accompanies chervil-crusted pike or arrives solo as part of the vegetarian selection.

Eco-friendly wines share the fruits of sustainable vineyards. And a choice of regular or mini desserts punctuates meals with perfectly portioned chocolate-chip-cookie sundaes, smothered in gelato and smoked sea-salted caramel. A brunch menu greets the morning with more healthy spreads, featuring frittatas, benedicts, and omelets made from cage-free eggs, trans-fat-free oils, and vegetables that got perfect scores on their ACTs.

1250 Roosevelt Rd
Glen Ellyn,
IL
US

At Orange 13, swaths of burnt-orange organza and crystal chandeliers transform tables into secluded enclaves. At two granite-topped bars, bartenders pour 50 handpicked wines and mix martinis with top-shelf liquors. The chefs strive to match the sleek, sultry environs with a menu of creative fusion fare: they adorn a trio of buffalo, elk, and Kobe burgers with brie and bleu cheese and add zest to tender lamb chops with lemon-thyme glaze. To encourage an experience as fun as the cuisine is exquisite, live entertainment and DJs spin beats until 3 a.m., and high ceilings make it plausible that dancing giraffes appear, too. Live bands hit the stage at 8 p.m. on Fridays and DJs begin to spin sets at 11 p.m. on Saturdays.

14196 McCarthy Rd
Lemont,
IL
US

Rose and Stanley Sacharski never meant to open a tiki bar. Their first watering hole, The Lucky Start on Fullerton and Lockwood, was a simple neighborhood tavern until some bamboo wall coverings inspired endless questions from customers: were they a tiki bar? By 1963, the Sacharskis decided their answer was yes, and let their young son pick a new name—Hala Kahiki—from a copy of Dennis the Menace Goes to Hawaii.

Now located inside a former greenhouse in River Grove, Hala Kahiki pours more than 100 tropical-themed cocktails, mingling rum with daiquiris and gin with tropical fruits. Hanging shells sway above the bamboo-lined bar, and rattan lampshades and cane chairs evoke the pleasures of an endless Hawaiian summer. Tables and chairs dot a spacious outdoor garden, and an on-site gift shop stocks Hawaiian shirts, leis, wood-hewn lamps, and several former cast members of Gilligan's Island.

2834 River Rd
River Grove,
IL
US

Dance music pulsates through Red Velvet Lounge as party-goers indulge in late-night eats and specialty bar drinks amid a spacious nightclub. Bartenders pours out beverages from a fully stocked bar as guest saunter to the hardwood dance floor illuminated by the sporadic flickers of a colorful lights. Themed parties for Halloween and New Year’s Eve add variety to weekends, and Friday and Saturday nights introduce crowds to special-guest DJs and their finger-puppet entourages. Bites from the Lounge’s Italian-inspired menu fuel evening adventurers, with options including gorgonzola chips, Sicilian tilapia, and lemon-mascarpone torte.

11011 Southwest Hwy
Palos Hills,
IL
US

The LBGT-friendly Velvet Rope invites revelers with open minds and refined tastes to enhance their evenings with the lounge's slate of fine wines, international cuisine, and elaborate entertainment in the form of go-go dancers and drag shows. Beneath the suffuse lighting of tulip chandeliers, the bustling main floor hosts a full bar, where 35 specialty martinis brim with creative ingredients—such as cookie-dough vodka and absinthe—while the private VIP loft accommodates dozens with a dedicated server, a private television, and plush furnishings for late-night pillow forts. Food and drink packages deck out special events, and the nightclub's calendar overflows with karaoke nights, drink specials, and live performances.

728 Lake St
Oak Park,
IL
US

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