Illinois Nightlife

"Cats" at The Paramount Theatre on October 8–12 (Up to 47% Off)

Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre

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Andrew Lloyd Webber brings the poetry of T.S. Eliot to life with colorful characters and lush, evocative songs such as “Memory”

$51 $30

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One or Two Hours of Billiards and Nonalcoholic Drinks for Four at Rockford Billiard Cafe (Half Off)

Rockford Billiard Cafe

Signal Hill

Players wash down Pepsi products during one- or two-hour sessions of billiards at a café with 17 tables

$10 $5

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Chef Robert Irvine Live! at Rialto Square Theatre on Friday, October 10, at 8 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

Chef Robert Irvine Live!

Rialto Square Theatre

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Celebrity chef presents an interactive, multimedia event with onstage cooking demos and challenges, spiced up with music and videos

$58.25 $35

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"Masters of Illusion" at Genesee Theatre on Friday, October 24, at 8 p.m. (Up to 46% Off)

Masters Of Illusion

Genesee Theatre

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Performers from CW’s Masters of Illusion share mind-boggling sets of magic

$55.90 $30

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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

Sample 10 brews while tasting American, tavern-style cuisine

$50 $25

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The Dinner Detective Chicago in Chicago or Schaumburg (Up to 50% Off)

The Dinner Detective Chicago

Multiple Locations

Amateur sleuths dig into delectable multi-course meals while trying to solve a mysterious murder perpetuated by disguised actors

$92.09 $46

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Concert and Meal Package for Days of the New or Sponge at Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill (Up to 52% Off)

Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill

Bolingbrook

Concertgoers enjoy appetizers and beers along with live rock music from Days of the New and Sponge

$71.99 $39

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One More Time: A Daft Punk Tribute for One or Two at Durty Nellie's on Friday, November 14 (Up to 67% Off)

One More Time: A Daft Punk Tribute

Durty Nellie's

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Re-creation of Daft Punk's 2007 tour includes a full-scale replica of their pyramid

$15 $7

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Food and Hookah at D'wan Hookah Lounge (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

D'wan Hookah Lounge

Orland Park

Freshly packed hookahs filled with aromatic blends of tobacco including safari melon dew, citrus mint, and tangerine dream

$24 $14

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$25 for Two French Wine or European Beer Flights and One Appetizer at Suzette’s Creperie ($43 Value)

Suzette’s Creperie

Wheaton

Flights of French wine or European beer pair with savory appetizers, including three-cheese soufflés, ham & cheese crepes or croque monsieur

$43 $25

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Hookah for Two or Four at Aromas Hookah Bar (Up to 50% Off)

Aromas Hookah Bar

DeKalb

More than 200 flavored shisha tobaccos including blueberry, lemon, citrus dream, and strawberry margarita

$20 $10

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Two-Hour Movie-Screen Video Gaming Session at Buffalo Grove Theater (52% Off)

Buffalo Grove Theater

Buffalo Grove IL

Bring up to 20 friends to play Xbox, Nintendo Wii, or PlayStation games on one of the theater's movie screens

$120 $58

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Pub Food and Drinks for Two at Old Towne Pub and Eatery (Up to 50% Off)

Old Towne Pub and Eatery

St. Charles

Selection of burgers, sandwiches, and dinner plates, including barbecue ribs and butterfly shrimp; sports-pub setting

$20 $11

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Burgers, Beers, and Appetizers for Two or Four at Scoreboards Pub & Grill (Up to 62% Off)

Scoreboards Pub & Grill

Oswego

Friends gather to watch games and pound pub food, choosing from an ever-evolving beer menu to complement their bites

$37.97 $15

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Distillery Tour for Two, Four, or Six with Tastings and Bottle of Vodka at Mastermind Vodka (Up to 55% Off )

Mastermind Vodka

Mastermind Vodka

Groups tour the digs where distillers create small batches of American vodka from Midwestern grains

$70 $35

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Story Pirates at McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage on Saturday, October 4 (Up to 60% Off)

"Story Pirates"

McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage

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Grownup actors, including occasional celebrity guest stars, perform imaginative plays written by grade-school children

$47.50 $19

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Winery Experience for Two or Four with Wine Tastings and Entrees at StarView Vineyards (44% Off)

StarView Vineyards

Cobden

Pulled-pork sandwiches and Italian-style pasta salads headline the cafe menu; 12 signature wines

$34 $19

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

Elite Cafe & Billiards

Melrose Park

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

$25 $13

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Appetizers for 2, 4, 8, or 10 People at Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery (Up to 50% Off)

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Roselle

Waitresses clad in mini kilts ferry burgers, Dublin-inspired stew & ice-cold Guinness to tables with views of HD sports games

$20 $11

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LEAD Parent University Keynote with Ashley Merryman at Gorton Community Center on October 8 (Up to 35% Off)

LEAD Parent University Keynote with Ashley Merryman

Gorton Community Center

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New York Times–bestseller Ashley Merryman uses new social-science experiments to challenge common beliefs about parenting

$40 $26

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

Bensenville Theatre

Bensenville

Guests grab buckets of popcorn and large sodas before heading into intimate twin theaters to view recent releases screening twice daily

$21 $11

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One or Three Groupons for $22 Worth of Pizza, Sandwiches, and Pub Food at Harry's Sports Bar

Harry's Sports Bar

Countryside

Sports bar with more than 30 TVs and three projection screens entertains guests devouring wraps, pizzas, and nachos

$22 $12

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Martini and Vodka Tasting with Appetizers for Two, Four, or Six at Mid Oak Distillery (Up to 66% Off)

Mid Oak Distillery

Midlothian

Guests enjoy mini martinis and light appetizers such as a cheese platter at Mid Oak Distillery

$56 $28

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

Chalk

Forest Park

Craft beer from local breweries such as Revolution and Lagunitas; fries, chicken tenders, and stout beer battered onion rings

$30 $17

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

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

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

$60 $29

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$13 for $25 Worth of Wine and Food at Hidden Lake Winery and Banquet Center

Hidden Lake Winery and Banquet Center

Hidden Lake Winery

Winery tucked in the Silent Forest features award-winning wines made from local fruit

$25 $13

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Two Martinis and Two Small Plates or $15 for $30 Worth of Tapas (Up to 50% Off)

Olive Black Martini & Wine Lounge

Richmond

Martini lounge exudes 1940s elegance with a large selection of classic cocktails, a tapas menu, and live jazz music amid plush sofas

$35.90 $20

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

Valentino Vineyards & Winery

Long Grove

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

$48 $19

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One or Two Bottles of Wine with Meats and Cheeses at 694 Wine & Spirits (50% Off)

694 Wine & Spirits

694 Wine & Spirits

Boutique wines pair with olive platters, cheese plates, and Armandino Batali artisan-cured meats

$78 $39

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Cirque Italia at Westfield Fox Valley on October 3–5 or 8–12 (Up to 41% Off)

Cirque Italia

Westfield Fox Valley

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Capering clowns, strongmen, and death-defying acrobats perform atop a water-filled stage during a two-hour spectacle

$52 $31

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

Blackened

Mojoes

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

$17.30 $8

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$5 for a Movie Outing with a Ticket at Studio Movie Grill (Up to $10.50 Value)

Studio Movie Grill

Wheaton

A wide selection of new releases and cult classics is projected on towering screens as viewers watch from leather recliners and tables

$10.50 $5

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Chicago Family Fun Expo for Two at Dupage Expo and Convention Center on October 18–19 (Up to 50% Off)

Chicago Family Fun Expo

Dupage Expo and Convention Center

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Vendors and demos educate about health and wellness while face painting, obstacle courses, and magic shows entertain

$14 $7

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

Cab's Wine Bar Bistro

Glen Ellyn

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

$49 $24

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$15 for $30 Worth of Tropical Appetizers and Drinks at Hala Kahiki

Hala Kahiki

River Grove

Tropical cocktails named for Pelé and coral reefs poured in Polynesian-themed bar opened in 1963

$30 $15

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Lyric Opera of Chicago's "Don Giovanni" at the Civic Opera House on September 30 or October 2 (Up to 49% Off)

"Don Giovanni"

Civic Opera House

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Reframed within the roaring 1920s, the Lyric Opera’s take on Don Giovanni emphasizes the “anti” in antihero

$79 $40

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Sample Gin and Light Bites at a Three-Hour Tasting Event

Gin-Tasting Event

The Sedgwick Stop

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Sample Martin Miller’s gin and throw back $5 gin cocktails during a tasting event featuring door prizes, music, and appetizers

$20 $12

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The Tasters Choice Food and Networking Event at EXACT Publicity on Sunday, October 12 (Up to 54% Off)

The Tasters Choice Food and Networking Event

EXACT Publicity

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Savor unlimited tastings of dishes and cocktails from emerging culinary artists, enjoy live cooking presentations, and mingle with foodies

$106.49 $49

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Naughty Little Cabaret at The Original Mother's on October 4–November 1 (Up to 33% Off)

Naughty Little Caberet

Naughty Little Cabaret

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Male and female burlesque revue dazzles with acrobatics, teasing, and titillating dance moves

$30 $20

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Afterburn featuring Goldroom: The Great Chicago Fire Festival on Saturday, October 4 (Up to 63% Off)

Afterburn feat. Goldroom: The Great Chicago Fire Festival

Redmoon Theater

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Festival afterparty features EDM from Goldroom, a fire-expelling pipe organ, and an aerialist suspended from a wine-filled chandelier

$105.99 $39

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Storytelling Show and Class with the Founder of Story Club

Storytelling Show and Class with the Founder of Story Club

Uptown

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

$20 $20

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"Desperate 2" at Carver Military Academy High School on November 8 or 9 (Up to 47% Off)

"Desperate 2"

Carver Military Academy High School

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Award-winning singers star in world-premiere drama exploring themes of family, love, and faith

$75 $40

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

Cubby Bear

Cubby Bear

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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

$13 $7

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$12 for a Movie for Two with Popcorn at The Logan Theatre ($20 Value)

The Logan Theatre

Logan Square

Historic theater features current releases and classic films

$20 $12

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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

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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

$24.50 $17

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

UP Comedy Club

Near North Side

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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

$27.50 $17

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"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

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

$33 $20

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

Rotana Cafe

Chicago

On weeknights, groups can enjoy their hookah with house soft drinks or they can bring wine or drinks from home on Saturdays

$19.83 $11

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

Lincoln Avenue Social

Chicago

The pub menu features classic sandwiches, Tex-Mex plates, and Burgers topped with beef chili and mac and cheese

$30 $15

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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

13 Brunswick Metro pool tables framed by eight LCD TVs vie for dominance against a café menu of burgers, sandwiches, and cocktails

$46.85 $20

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$10 for $20 Worth of Drinks at Glascott’s Saloon

Glascott's Saloon

Lincoln Park

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

$20 $10

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

Wines for Humanity

Redeem from Home

Professional wine adviser teaches guests to discern distinctive notes in seven exclusive vintages and pair them with appropriate dishes

$250 $59

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

Beviamo

West Town

Two reds, two whites, and one bubbly from across the world recommended by a wine specialist; complimentary eats

$50 $19

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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

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

$36 $16

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Wine, Beer, or Whiskey Flight with Appetizer for Two or Four at The Sedgwick Stop (50% Off)

The Sedgwick Stop

Near North Side

Gastropub that emphasizes whiskey and craft brews also spotlights sliders, poutine, and spare ribs

$32 $16

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Before moving to Chicago, Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh began their culinary careers in New York as a way to support themselves while they looked for work as actors. It wasn’t their acting that brought the duo to stardom, however. Against odds of 10,000 to 1, they sent a tape into the Food Network and, to their surprise, became the first-ever winners of the Next Food Network Star contest, landing their own show on the cable channel. That success enabled them to grow their catering business’s small café into a full-fledged restaurant serving up brunch, lunch, and dinner.

"Our focus is on what we love, which is mid-century food and the American culture of dining, and that kind of collective memory we have . . . taking those recipes and updating them for a modern palate," Steve says. For example, they top sweet potatoes with black-thyme-pepper marshmallows and create corn dogs with rabbit sausage in red-velvet butter. Steve says that they love creating conversation at their tables, especially as guests reminisce about memories evoked by dishes such as tuna noodle casserole and their Hearty mac ‘n’ cheese. "For Dan and I, that's a major part of the dining experience," he says. "If we can get their heads moving as well as their mouths, we feel pretty successful." Their efforts have paid off. "The duo is making magic by keeping it simple," said Phil Vettel in a review on WGN. "There's at least one wow ingredient on every plate. A simple burger is brightened with triple-cream cambozola cheese, sugar-cured bacon, and garlic aioli. Bacon-wrapped shrimp arrives on a pile of wonderful white cheddar grits . . . It's fun and delicious."

Dan heads the kitchen, while Steve forges many of the signature cocktails, aiming to discourage the intimidation that often surrounds craft cocktails. He and Dan even authored a book whose 200+ drink recipes include every cocktail made at Hearty, proving that everyone can make the drinks at home. Steve's even been known to chat up tables in hopes of introducing them to a new drink. "It's amazing, the amount of people who don't think they drink gin—so I have to force them," Steve says. "Once you have a gin that is different than that gin that you drank in the 1980s that was so harsh and juniper-heavy, once you're having one of these new American gins along with just simple fresh citrus and the other spirits… you understand what the fuss is about." He's also curated an exclusively American wine list with bottles from unexpected sources—including Dr. Frank's Salmon Run rkatsiteli from the Finger Lakes in New York, which he calls "floral and highly acidic . . . Everybody loves it."

3819 N Broadway St
Chicago,
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While audiences laugh it up at the rib-tickling comedians, Morty's slick performance space entertains their eyes. Eschewing the dowdy aesthetic of many comedy clubs, Morty's features sleek, modern tables and chairs and a wood-paneled bar. A full menu of tasty food, meanwhile, quells hunger while drinks and craft beers cool tongues and help keep people from spontaneously combusting.

4034 Fox Valley Center Dr
Aurora,
IL
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Established in 1968, Midway Village Museum embodies a sprawling, 137-acre time capsule. Within the museum’s 27 fully functioning, Victorian buildings, exhibits tell the story of Rockford since its incorporation in the early 19th century. Throughout the years, the town has made history as the progenitor of the sock monkey, the launching point for aviator Bert Hassell, and home of the Rockford Peaches—an all-female baseball team fictionalized in the film A League of Their Own, though the real squad neither played in the 1943 championship nor battled a CGI dragon. Other attractions amid the barns, blacksmiths, and general stores include a dollhouse museum and a meticulous archive of Rockford’s long, proud history in the furniture industry.

6799 Guilford Rd
Rockford,
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Named in honor of local firefighters and police, The Department's restaurant and liquor lounge serve modern cuisine in a loft-style space outfitted with exposed-brick walls, gleaming wood floors, and an abundantly stocked bar. In preparation for the dinner rush, waiters flip crisp white cloths to hide tables’ risqué tattoos while chefs fire up the grill and stir marinades for gourmet steaks, pork loin, and seafood plates. House specialty dishes reflect the chef's meticulous attention to detail; the Cajun rib eye basks in a marinade for 48 hours, and the crab-stuffed tilapia offsets the rich seafood with a white-wine sauce. At lunch, a menu of gourmet sandwiches and burgers fosters casual meals. Fridays see live acoustic entertainment filling the air with quarter notes as bartenders work hard shaking potent cocktails and luring corks out of wine bottles with maraschino cherries. Those craving al fresco eats during warmer months may dine on The Department's tree-lined, second story balcony.

205 N Chicago St
Joliet,
IL
US

With its massive selection of varietals and styles, Lynfred Winery seems determined to make something for almost any wine drinker. The cellar brims with everything from bold, spicy reds to crisp and refreshing whites, as well as fruit wines made from apples, cherries, rhubarb, and pears. The grapes arrive from vineyards throughout California and Washington state, although the rest of the fruit typically comes from a bit closer to home, including growers throughout Michigan and Wisconsin. Despite this variety, the staff's commitment to approachable, fruit-forward flavors characterizes virtually everything that the winery makes.

This dedication to easy drinking seems only natural given the winery's origins in a home basement. In 1975, Fred Koehler, along with his wife Lynn, decided to try to re-create the family wines his father and grandfather had made throughout the 1920s. The batches grew larger with each passing vintage, and, in 1979, Fred and Lynn chose to upgrade their homespun hobby into a commercial venture. Within six years, Lynfred Winery's creations began to appear in the national spotlight as they garnered awards and medals from wine competitions across the country. This attention allowed Fred to swell production even more, eventually expanding to a larger location in 1990.

Fred and Lynn's legacy continues to inspire the staff as they operate a facility that creates more than 100,000 gallons of wine each year using as many as 80 varietals. These wines appear on restaurant menus, on retail shelves, and inside fish tanks throughout the Chicagoland area.

15 South Roselle Road
Roselle,
IL
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The Winery at Shale Lake sprawls over 212 acres of verdant terrain, with a 10-acre vineyard producing a menu of eight original wines for enjoyment in an array of charming settings. Spin around the 24-acre lake during a 30-minute bike ride aboard any of the Surrey cycles available for rent, or hike the scenic trail to slowly experience nature and the soothing melodies of Bigfoot quartets. Sip on up to five complimentary varieties of wine in the tasting room, built into the barn for a fine equine view through the picture window, and chow on gastronome goodies, including baked brie with raspberry sauce ($6), or white garlic and sausage pizza ($9). Kick back in the winter loft during colder months, playing pool and swirling sippers such as the Fifth Dimension, a sweet red foch wine, and the Beginners Luck, a semisweet chambourcin (all $4.50 by the glass). Live performers burst into song roughly twice a month, so thirst quenchers can enjoy sweet sounds while tickling their taste buds and their friends' bellies on Saturday evenings.

1499 Washington Ave
Staunton,
IL
US

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