Rockit Burger Bar fits right in as part of Rockit Ranch Productions' Chicago-based empire of hip gastropubs and innovative fusion spots. Its chefs enhance beloved American comfort foods with inventive flourishes and haute-cuisine ingredients—high-end foodstuffs such as truffle crème fraîche, locally raised Midwestern beef, and red-onion brioche buns feature prominently on the impressive lineup of burgers, and flatbread pizzas show off toppings of wild mushrooms, gruyère cheese, and calabrese salami. Diners cap off their feasts with caramel-banana milk shakes and warm brownie sundaes, or supplement dinners with frosty craft beers and cocktails mixed with rye, absinthe, and bitters.
Rockit Burger Bar's uniquely rustic yet upscale interior bristles with eccentricity and fun, with multiple moose antlers dangling above the bar space and huge windows filling the room with light and lively street scenes. Located across the street from Wrigley Field, the space is a hub of constant activity, whether from Sunday brunchers chowing down on waffles and breakfast burritos, or ticketless baseball fans trying to peer through the stadium walls with x-ray goggles.
Kevin Warwick of the Reader called Alice's Lounge " one of the best worst decisions you can make on a Saturday night at 3 a.m." Best for the legendary karaoke, stiff drinks, and ever-present snacks––worst because the sun is about to come up and you’ve foregone sleep for the chance to sing. Wood paneling and neon beer signs validate this spot's credentials as a dive bar, which keeps its doors open until 4:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
From within Ding Dong Dang’s variously sized private rooms, drifts the sounds of singers living out vocal dreams previously unleashed exclusively in the safety of the car or shower. As crooners belt out popular songs or fill in forgotten lyrics with their social security numbers, the bar concocts drinks to lubricate parched windpipes, drawing heavily upon the dulcet notes of a Korean liquor called soju. Against the soundtrack of newly proud singing and clinking glasses, dishes clatter against tables, laden with Asian options including breaded pork donkatsu, crisp popcorn chicken, and pingsu, a dessert that combines red beans, fruit, and ice.
Treat yourself to the most accurate recreation of Japanese culture this side of Kankakee. For only $20, today's Groupon lets you indulge in $50 worth of sake, karaoke, and authentic Japanese cuisine at Chicago's new (and only) sake lounge, Murasaki, located just off the Magnificent Mile at 211 E. Ontario St. Visit the spot Chicago magazine calls a "little slice of heaven" for a lesson in the art of the Japanese alcoholic rice beverage. The mother-son owner-duo will happily fill you in on the details about the delicate liquor—from different grades to sake cocktail concoctions to the tastiest food complements.
Beer's servers deliver platters of jumbo smoked wings, homemade chili con carne, and barbecue-soaked baby back ribs as bartenders pour heady brews. Beer hosts karaoke every Tuesday through Sunday night at 9 p.m. to entertain a bevy of aspiring Sinatras and closed-caption enthusiasts. The Wrigleyville watering hole also opens at least two hours before every Cubs home game, entertaining the North Side team’s fans before, during, and after baseball games.
M.I.L.F. is a fast paced, one-hour comedy show featuring 6 local acts. The lineup bridges the gap between provocative rising talents in Chicago’s sketch, music, stand-up and filmmaking communities. Featuring acts who have performed at the TBS Just For Laughs Festival, Chicago’s Underground Comedy Club, iO & Second City.