Illinois Nightlife

Half Off Billiards and Drinks

Signal Hill

$10 $5

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

Led Zeppelin 2 – Up to 50% Off Tribute

Mojoes of Joliet

$20 $10

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Acclaimed tribute band channels Led Zeppelin with uncanny fidelity as they recreate famous gigs

Half Off Wine Tasting with Retail Discount at WineStyles Naperville

Naperville

$40 $20

Wine tasting and education event features instructor-led tasting of six wines; sessions focus on region or styles

Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra – Up to 50% Off

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

$80 $40

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Maestro Leif Bjaland and Lyric Opera harpist Marguerite Lynn Williams lead pieces by Dvořák, Saint-Saëns, and Vaughan Williams

Up to 50% Off Improv Show with Popcorn

Streets of Woodfield

$22 $11

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Improvisers can perform a show with spontaneous scenes, games, and songs

Cornmeal – Up to 46% Off Bluegrass

Durty Nellie's

$18.38 $10

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Bluegrass music with a modern twist combines locomotive-paced rhythms with intricate string melodies

Aerosmith – Up to 38% Off Concert

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

$40 $25

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The "Bad Boys from Boston" play the hits on their "Let Rock Rule" tour, with extra guitar power from Slash

$6 for a Movie Outing at Studio Movie Grill

Wheaton

$10.50 $6

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

Up to 53% Off Wine Tasting

Downers Grove

$20 $10

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Samples of six wines accompany light appetizers during tasting sessions for two, four, or six

$5 for a Film Premiere

AMC Yorktown

$10 $5

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Discover the true story of a young Indian Muslim women who fought the Nazi regime in Paris, as narrated by Helen Mirren

51% Off Movie-Screen Video Gaming Session

Buffalo Grove

$100 $50.99

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

Up to Half Off at McBrides Plainfield Pub & Grille

Joliet

$20 $11

Burgers laden with chipotle sauce or pulled pork; wings drenched in six sauces; ample domestic drafts and craft beers at a full bar

Up to 53% Off Movie and Snacks at Pickwick Theatre

Park Ridge

$28 $15

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Historical building houses spacious auditoriums that showcase recently released Hollywood films as patrons snack on popcorn and soda

Up to Half Off American Food at Firewood Restaurant & Sports Lounge

McHenry

$20 $10

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Sports lounge serves burgers, pizzas, pastas, steak, fish, & more while 36 TVs air sports; champagne included in Sunday brunch

48% Off Pool and Snacks

Melrose Park

$25 $13

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

"Il Divo: A Musical Affair" – Up to 52% Off

Rosemont Theatre

$62.30 $30

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Tony-winner Lea Salonga joins the operatic pop quartet for an evening filled with the greatest songs of Broadway

Shop, Sip & Tip Business Expo – Up to 55% Off

Holiday Inn Chicago Matteson Conference Center

$20 $9

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Ladies night bustles with business vendors, shopping, cash bars, raffles, live music, and DJ sets

Up to 52% Off Wings, Beer, and Karaoke at Philly T's

Palos Hills

$30 $15

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Glasses of frothy beer paired with wings, nachos, or mozzarella sticks; sports every night

Half Off Pub Food at Harry's Sports Bar

Countryside

$22 $12

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

Half Off Wine Tasting with Retail Discount at WineStyles Shorewood

Shorewood

$40 $20

Wine tasting and education event features instructor-led tasting of six wines; sessions focus on region or style

Up to 66% Off Martini and Vodka Tasting at Mid Oak Distillery

Midlothian

$56 $28

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

52% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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

Bella Voce – Up to 50% Off Choral Concert

Grace Lutheran Church

$30 $15

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Choir rings in the spring with works by Renaissance composers Josquin and Ockeghem

Up to 55% Off at Olive Black Martini Lounge

Richmond

$56 $25

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

Riverfront Mayfest – Up to 57% Off Festival

Chicago Tribune Festival Lot

$23.25 $10

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New outdoor music festival features '90s tribute acts on Friday, local bands on Saturday, and country music on Sunday

Tom Dreesen – Up to 33% Off Standup

Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College

$52 $35

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Charity event for the Hundred Club of DuPage County stars comic legend Tom Dressen, who shares tales of his years touring with Sinatra

The Plagiarists – Up to 53% Off "War Song"

Berger Park Coach House

$26.87 $12.50

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A story of an African-American sergeant in the Civil War comes alive through song, poetry, and writings by W.E.B. DuBois and Lincoln

Gorilla Tango Theatre – Up to 30% Off Burlesque

Bucktown

$70 $49

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Performers sling jokes and shed clothes during burlesque parodies of Batman and Star Wars

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra – Up to 73% Off

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

$44 $12

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The national premiere of a symphony suppressed by the Nazis, a Vaughan Williams piece, and a collaboration with the lauded Avalon Quartet

50% Off "Fifty Shades of Grey" Parody

The Apartment

$86 $43

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Performers romp through the funny side of the hit erotic novel to the tune of Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Carly Rae Jepsen

$8 Off Movie Outing

Logan Square

$19 $11

Historic theater screens current releases and classic films

"Second City's Game Night" – Up to 46% Off

Near North Side

$31.50 $17

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Using audience suggestions, skilled improvisors create scenes that riff on TV game shows at the new cabaret theater

UP Comedy Club – Up to 45% Off Standup

Near North Side

$27.50 $15

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Chappelle's Show favorite Donnell Rawlings; frequent @midnight guests Kurt Braunohler and The Sklar Brothers

Uncover the Secrets of the Human Body at an Autopsy Seminar

Bucktown

$50 $50

The founder of the Autopsy Center of Chicago fields questions about death and the body during a slideshow

Up to 64% Off a Wine Tasting at Beviamo

West Town

$50 $19

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

Up to 51% Off Movie Package at The Harper Theater

Hyde Park

$40 $20

Renovated historical theater screens blockbuster films in high-def digital projection

$10 for Drinks at Glascott’s Saloon

Lincoln Park

$20 $10

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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

Half Off Dessert for Two at The Solstice

DePaul

$26 $13

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Gelato paired with martinis in 20 dessert flavors such as crème brûlée, peanut butter cup, key lime pie, and Asian mint hibiscus

Trippin Billies – Up to 42% Off Dave Matthews Band Tribute

Cubby Bear

$26 $15

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Popular group pays tribute to Dave Matthews Band with spot-on instrumentation and vocals

LePercolateur – Up to 57% Off Gypsy Jazz

Mayne Stage

$28 $12

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High-energy gypsy-jazz quintet gets swinging with energetic showmanship and soulful singing; includes an unreleased live CD

Up to 66% Off Concerts or St. Patrick's Fest

The Abbey Pub

$9.99 $5

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Acclaimed Beatles tribute act, classic-rock cover concert, or St. Patrick's Day Fest with beer

"Triumphant Love" – Up to 43% Off Dramatic Dance

Bronzeville

$26.62 $17

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Three couples face love's challenges and celebrate its triumphs through drama and dance

Up to 31% Off Dance Performance

Harold Washington Cultural Center

$27.37 $19

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Choreography and monologues weave together in an evening examining body image and celebrating women

Up to Half Off Concert for Two at The Elbo Room

Lakeview

$20 $10

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Intimate music venue hosts diverse schedule of local and national performers, including former member of Prince's New Power Generation

Up to 40% Off R&J Productions' "Desperate"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

$50 $30

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Groupon salutes Black History Month with R&J Productions and Richard Gallion's third show—a tale of personal ambition and family duty

The Indie Horror Film Festival – Up to 43% Off

The Assembly Hall at Schurz High School

$53 $30

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Gore, grime, and psychological terror reign for a weekend in independently produced horror movies from across the country

Up to 43% Off Piano Concerto Competition

Chicago Symphony Center

$20 $12

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Full orchestra backs three young finalists of international music competition as they perform piano pieces

Up to 67% Off Drag Show and Drinks at Hydrate Nightclub Chicago

Lakeview

$36 $15

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

Third Rail Music Festival – Up to 39% Off

Chicago Tribune Festival Lot on Chicago River

$82.37 $55

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Chicago's newest electronic dance music festival hosts local and national underground artists including Animale, DJ Rozz, and RKTR

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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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Coconuts Comedy Club, located in Jack’s Joint since 1998, has been luring in chuckle-seekers for more than two decades with a glittering stage filled with nationally touring comedians. To keep growling stomachs from heckling comedians out of frustration, visitors can mute tummy rumbles with a full menu bursting at the seams with saucy wings, 14-inch hand-tossed pizzas, and brawny steaks.

4034 Fox Valley Center Drive
Aurora,
Illinois
US

Oscars Pub & Grill is a locally owned business. We offer "BETTER THAN BAR FOOD". We offer everything from Hand Made Never Frozen Burgers, Fish Tacos, Grouper, Ahi Tuna, Pizza, Wraps,Wings & Salads. We make our own soups, bread our own fish and even cut & bread our chicken strips.

2522 11th St
Rockford,
IL
US

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.

21 W Jefferson Ave
Naperville,
IL
US

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