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Zodiac Cafe and Lounge balances a constellation of themed martinis with a Mediterranean-inspired menu of sandwiches, salads, and small plates. Diners design flights of cheese and olives, and chefs stuff grass-fed burger patties with a rotating selection of ingredients. Pints from the craft-beer menu complement edibles, as do 12 martinis that re-imagine each astrological sign as a concoction of colorful spirits. Muted earth tones and wood accents anchor both dining room and lounge to terra firma, and starburst light fixtures and an astrological chart grant insight into Zeus's interior-decorating scheme. After the sun sets on the patio, wander inside to check out the schedule of karaoke, open-mic performances, and sets from local house DJs.

113 N Main St
Crown Point,
IN
US

Inside of a charming century-old brick building overlooking Crown Point’s bustling square, head chef Carl Lindskog stays busy crafting combinations of Italian and Japanese edibles culled form the mindparts of experienced edibles. His feasts of grilled seafood, focaccia, steak and pasta grace cloth-clad tables downstairs in Amoré Ristorante, where the vintage bar dating from Chicago's 1933 World's Fair enshrines a heel print from 1930s dancer Sally Rand. Upstairs, Lindskog’s delectable sushi rolls, tempura, and dumplings pair with 109 Lounge’s 34 specialty martinis. Live music frequently fills the air during the evening hours, complementing the chef’s creations with a laid-back attitude that permits smoking and encourages playing hooky from other, less interesting dinners.

109 W Joliet St
Crown Point,
IN
US

Within Governors State University, the Center for Performing Arts welcomes audiences for engaging seasons of entertainment from fall to spring. No matter the weather outside, the venue's spacious stage keeps hearts warm with classic plays, elec

1 University Parkway
University Park,
IL
US

Flashing lights pulsate to thumping beats as smoke rises from a DJ booth framed by projection screens and swaying bodies. Though it may seem like a scene out of a movie, this energetic setting actually takes place seven nights a week at Bobby McGee's. And to keep their lively parties grooving until the wee hours, the South Side staple curates festive party themes, such as a Black Out Fridays and the occasional Hawaiian luau, which boasts an inflatable surfing game and real-life boars wandering through the crowd. Weekend concerts enliven the already convivial mood, as do bag tournaments, live band karaoke, and charity events to support causes such as cancer research.

When not catering to the party crowd, Bobby McGee's transforms the spacious dance area into bar room filled with stools and tables. Diners can dig into half-pound burgers and specialty pizzas topped with buffalo shrimp, and those craving a south-of-the-border meal can turn to the menu's Tex-Mex dishes of buffalo chicken quesadillas and beef nachos. These bar eats can be paired with weekly drink specials, from Old Style beer to shots, or the bar's signature 32-ounce long island drink served in a mason jar.

10139 S Harlem Ave
Chicago Ridge,
IL
US

Intimo's menu whisks diners to the Italian countryside with a variety of authentic house-made entrees. More than 300 bottles of distinct wines hibernate in the 58-degree walk-in wine cellar. Director Frank Pecora fosters a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere with dim lighting and sleek, dark wooden accents. Candles flicker atop tables draped in white linens, casting shadow-puppet adaptations of Godzilla vs. Fork and Knife on the exposed-brick walls.

7068 183rd St
Tinley Park,
IL
US

676 Restaurant and Bar serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Chicago's Near North Side district. Whether you're gluten-free or just health-conscious, 676 Restaurant and Bar serves a number of dishes that are good for the diet. Take a look at 676 Restaurant and Bar's extensive selection of beer, wine and cocktails to complete your evening out. Gather the whole family for a trip to 676 Restaurant and Bar — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here. For your next big bash, consider hosting at 676 Restaurant and Bar, a great space for big groups with a private room to boot. Access the internet free of charge via 676 Restaurant and Bar's complimentary wifi.

If you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, don't get stuck in line with the rest of the crowds — reservations are accepted. A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig. Getting your food to go is also an option.

Hand your keys to the valet driver, or pull into your own space in the neighboring lot. Street parking is also an option. If you're too tired to drive, public transportation will also suffice; right around the corner are stops at Chicago-Red (Red) and Grand-Red (Red).

676 Restaurant and Bar is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.

676 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US

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