Nightlife in Evanston

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With live jazz music, USDA Prime steaks aged at least 21 days, and the freshest of seafood, Pete Miller's Seafood & Prime Steak is a living tribute to the colorful life of Harold “Pete” Miller. Miller grew up an avid hunter, studied History in college, and earned a Purple Heart as a marine in WWII. He even spent time slinging hats, before eventually settling on becoming a music salesman—a profession that would ignite his love of jazz and lead him to the rhythm-rich city of Chicago. Once settled, he discovered the Davis Street Fishmarket in Evanston where he became a regular, albeit outspoken, patron. He incessantly offered recommendations and recipe suggestions, eventually inciting the chef to hand him an apron and shout, “Do it yourself if you think you know so much!” Miller accepted the challenge and kicked off his culinary career with his usual flair and spontaneity.

Today, the pair of restaurants proudly carrying his name keep his legacy alive, hosting live jazz almost every night of the week, just like he would have wanted. In addition to the regular dinner menu, which features the likes of whole steamed lobsters and bone-in fillets, there’s also a bar menu that boasts more casual eats, such as burgers and sandwiches dressed in khaki slacks. The Wheeling location’s 250-seat patio features a granite bar with room for 50 people, as well as three huge fireplaces.

1450 Sherman Ave
Evanston,
IL
US

The Next Theatre Company, celebrating its 30th anniversary, stages relevant, boundary-pushing performances in a cozy, 142-seat space. Adam Rapp, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, loosely based The Metal Children on his personal experience as an author. The story, which is set in a small midwestern town, follows a young adult novelist who is forced to defend his writing to the conservative townspeople by showing them an 18-hour PowerPoint presentation. The play had a successful Off-Broadway during its run not on Broadway.

927 Noyes St
Evanston,
IL
US

Founded by Dance Legend Gus Giordano, Gus Giordano Dance School offers a wide range of dance and fitness classes for All ages & levels. DISCOVER DANCE (age 2-12), DANCE ED (high school - adult students) Scholarship Program, & Giordano Juniors Performing Company Program.

Amy Giordano, School Director

614 Davis St
Evanston,
IL
US

Cuisine Type: American tavern fare

Most popular offering: Giant German pretzel

Reservations: Optional

Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes

Alcohol: Full bar

Number of Tables: 25?50

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Established: 2013

Parking: Metered street parking

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Pro Tip: Enjoy great craft beer, tavern fare, sports, and live music.

Q&A with Chris Ciezak, General Manager

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

Our tavern fare complements the quality of our craft beer and spirits. We start with classic comfort foods, combine them with traditional bar offerings, and give them a contemporary spin. The portions are ample and the flavors are bold. Taste, savor, and enjoy.

What made you want to work with food? When did you first develop that passion?

My passion for food, craft beer, hospitality, and entertainment has been evolving since an early age. With 17 years of experience in the industry, I continue to have a passion for taking care of people and making sure they are having a good time.

1601 Sherman Ave
Evanston,
IL
US

Union Pizzeria

Determined to find out how his favorite pizzeria made its pies, 13-year-old Vince Bibattista didn't scour cookbooks or even ask the chefs. Instead, he got a job there, which jumpstarted a lifelong culinary passion that led him to various Chicago kitchens and the classrooms of Kendall Culinary College before landing him at executive chef position at Evanston’s Campagnola. At the critically lauded Union Pizzeria, Vincent combines his experience with a return to his roots as he tops his wood-fired pizzas with locally grown, organic ingredients such as lamb, potato, and capers. He supplements those pies with shareable hot plates such as shrimp and grits, as well as cold plates such as bruschetta crowned with white beans and roasted cherry tomatoes––a cold plate far more appealing than the salted snow served at other locally-focused restaurants. To round out his Italian-style feasts, Vincent also crafts a different main every day, including balsamic-braised short ribs and herb-roasted Amish chicken.

1245 Chicago Ave
Evanston,
IL
US

The spirit of rock 'n' roll is alive and well at 27 Live, a restaurant, lounge, and performance venue named to honor members of the 27 Club?rock stars such as Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison who died at age 27. The restaurant's seasonal menu puts a modern twist on American classics using local ingredients, hand-ground meats, and house-made breads and pastas. Upstairs in the whiskey lounge, craft brews pour from taps, and local bourbons are delivered to discerning palates. 27 Live's partnership with independent distillery and fellow Evanston culinary anchor FEW Spirits means the restaurant graces glasses with custom libations. If not eating at a table or clinking glasses in the lounge, patrons are relaxing in candlelight on leather sofas in the private VIP suites amid wooden beams and exposed-brick walls. In addition, 27 Live's stage and sound system host various musical performances, which guests can take in while sitting, dancing, or doing the coolest move of all?The Sitting Man.

1012 Church St
Evanston,
IL
US

Evanston Scene