Illinois Nightlife

"The Addams Family" for Two or Four at Prisco Community Center on January 9–11 (Up to 50% Off)

"The Addams Family"

Prisco Community Center

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Musical originally performed on Broadway follows 18-year-old Wednesday Addams as she introduces her frighteningly normal beau to her kin

$17.50 $9

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One or Two Hours of Billiards and Nonalcoholic Drinks for Four at Rockford Billiard Cafe (50% 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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"Anything Goes" at Rialto Square Theatre on January 19 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 42% Off)

"Anything Goes"

Rialto Square Theatre

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Cole Porter’s immortal score springs to life

$54.75 $32

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Wine Tasting for 4, 10, or 20 with 50% Off In-Store Purchases at WineStyles (Half Off)

WineStyles

Naperville

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

$40 $20

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$5.49 for a Movie 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 $5.49

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Wine Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Downers Grove Wine Shop (Up to 53% Off)

Downers Grove Wine Shop

Downers Grove

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

$20 $10

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Movie Night with Popcorn for Two or Four at Skyview Drive-In Theater (40% Off)

Skyview Drive-In Theater

Belleville

Drive-in theater screens double features of recent Hollywood releases and broadcasts soundtracks on FM radio

$25 $15

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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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Wine Flights and Cheese for Two or Four at The Vino Cellar (Up to 47% Off)

The Vino Cellar

Lombard

Three white or red wine samples accompanied by a cheese plate with cheddar, havarti and gouda

$30 $17

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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 54% 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 $18

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Distillery Tour for Two, Four, or Six with Tastings and Bottle of Vodka at Mastermind Vodka (Up to 69% Off )

Mastermind Vodka

Mastermind Vodka

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

$70 $25

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Pub Food and Drinks at The Howard Street Inn (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Howard Street Inn

Niles

Menu includes deli and grilled sandwiches, Angus burgers, pizza, craft and domestic brews, and speciality drinks

$20 $10

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$13 for Movie and Popcorn for Two at Cascade Drive-In ($24.50 Value)

Cascade Drive-In

West Chicago

The double features of first-run flicks pair with the audio from an FM station or in-car speakers as attendees dig into the popcorn

$24.50 $13

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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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Standup for Two and Tickets to a Future Show at Riddles Comedy Club (Up to 75% Off)

Riddles Comedy Club

Riddles Comedy Club

Weekend sets from nationally touring comedians such as Damon Williams and Meechie Hall

$75 $19

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Shop & Tip Business Expo at Holiday Inn Matteson Conference Center on Saturday, March 21 (Up to 43% Off)

Shop & Tip Business Expo

Holiday Inn Matteson Conference Center

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Business expo bustles with vendors, cash bar, live music, and DJ sets

$6.12 $4

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$26 for 20 Wings or Two Appetizers with Four Beers for Two People at Philly T's (Up to a $52 Value)

Philly T's

Palos Hills

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

$52 $26

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Wine Tasting for 4, 10, or 20 with 50% Off In-Store Purchases at WineStyles Shorewood (Half Off)

WineStyles Shorewood

Shorewood

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

$40 $20

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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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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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$30 for Wine Tasting for Four, Tapas, and Bottle of Wine at Montage Wine Bar & Tasting Room ($75 Value)

Montage Wine Bar & Tasting Room

Morris

Taste samples of whites and reds, choosing a favorite to take home in a bottle; tapas include cheeses, crackers, and charcuterie

$75 $30

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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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Walker Stalker Con 2015 at Navy Pier on February 21 or 22 at 11 a.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Walker Stalker Con 2015

Navy Pier

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The stars of “The Walking Dead” are joined by actors from horror films and fellow AMC show “Breaking Bad” during panels and events

$38 $19

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Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre on January 1–February 1 (Up to 40% Off)

Blue Man Group

Briar Street Theatre

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Acclaimed trio specializes in multimedia theatrical shows that combine music and comedy with unconventional percussion and colorful visuals

$77.75 $47

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Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre on January 1–February 1 (Up to 40% Off)

Blue Man Group

Briar Street Theatre

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Acclaimed trio specializes in multimedia theatrical shows that combine music and comedy with unconventional percussion and colorful visuals

$77.75 $47

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Improv or Scripted Comedy for One, Two, or Four at Under the Gun Theater (Up to 50% Off)

Under the Gun Theater

Lakeview

Improv inspired by video confessions, card games, and online dating, solo shows about romance, and other innovative forms of stage comedy

$12 $8

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$8 for a Movie and Popcorn for Two at Brew & View ($14 Value)

Brew & View

Lakeview

An evening of recently released titles as well as cult, classic, and underground favorites in the Vic Theatre

$14 $8

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Wendy Whelan: "Restless Creature" at Harris Theater for Music and Dance on Wednesday, January 21 (Up to 50% Off)

Wendy Whelan: "Restless Creature"

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

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Acclaimed ballerina joins other accomplished artists for an evening of original contemporary duets

$25 $12.50

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Lisa Lisa and Coro at The Portage Theater on Saturday, December 27, at 7 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Lisa Lisa and Coro

The Portage Theatre

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Innovator of the freestyle scene and singer of “Can You Feel the Beat” joins Miami Vice actor and voice behind “Where Are You Tonight”

$25 $15

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Naughty Little Cabaret at She-nannigan's on Select Dates, December 6–27 at 8 p.m. (Up to 33% Off)

Naughty Little Cabaret

She-nannigans

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

$30 $20

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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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$20 for a Movie Package for Two with Drinks and Popcorn at the Gene Siskel Film Center (Up to $35.50 Value)

Gene Siskel Film Center

The Loop

See an independent, international, or classic film while sipping soda and eating popcorn at a major hub of the Chicago film community

$35.50 $20

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"Hitch*Cocktails" at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, November 21–February 27 (Up to 40% Off)

"Hitch*Cocktails" at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar

The Annoyance Theatre

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Skilled improvisors and live jazz pianist create a feature-length thriller in the style of Hichcock using suggestions from the audience

$20 $12

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Day Trip to Michigan Wine Country with Lunch, Tastings, and Round-Trip Transportation Included (47% Off)

Michigan Wine-County Day Trip

Chicago

Visit 4 Michigan wineries and taste up to 20 wines during a 9-hour excursion with a hearty lunch and round-trip transportation included

$150 $79

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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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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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Dueling Pianos and Drinks for 2 or 4 on a Friday or Saturday at Sluggers World Class Sports Bar (Up to 64% Off)

Sluggers World Class Sports Bar

Chicago

Dueling pianists take requests to soundtrack lively nights of games and drinking in the shadow of Wrigley Field

$25 $9

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Distillery Tour for Two, Four, or 10 with Take-Home Cocktail Kits at Chicago Distilling Company (Up to 55% Off)

Chicago Distilling Company

Chicago

Tours detailing the entire distilling process as well as the ins and outs of craft spirits in a 4,400-square-foot, garage-like distillery

$44 $22

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Full Kits and Build-Your-Own Starter Kits or Juices at Cloud Vapor Lounge (Up to 45% Off)

Cloud Vapor Lounge

Chicago

Wide selection of vaping accessories, including custom kits and a variety of different juices

$40 $22

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

Beviamo

Little Italy

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

$50 $19

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Murder Mystery Dinner Show Tickets for Two or Four at the AFC Center on December 26 or 27 (Up to 53% Off)

AFC Center Dinner & Show

Chicago

The dinner show encourages audience members to use their sleuthing skills to solve the crime: a murder in a church

$100 $49

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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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A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.

While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.

4320 E New York St
Aurora,
IL
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  • 16: how many hours it takes to set up The Greatest Show on Earth
  • 10: how many hours it takes to tear it down
  • 2,500: average pounds of popcorn consumed in between
  • 100: the number of performers, including a nine-piece band
  • 500: the number of costumes
  • 3,140,000: the number of rhinestones and sequins on those costumes
  • 85: the number of animals, which include Asian elephants, tigers, lions, leopards, and llamas; all receive superlative animal care
  • 61: the number of cars in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus train that carries the show from city to city; that?s more than a mile long
  • 20,000: the number of miles that train will cover in one year
  • 3: the miles the train master walks each day as he tends to the animals (all seated at the front of the train for the smoothest ride) and gives them regular water and exercise stops

300 Elm Street
Rockford,
Illinois
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.

15 South Roselle Road
Roselle,
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

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