Illinois Nightlife

$9 for Beatles Tribute Concert

American English


$17.30 $9


Managed by the Fab Four’s original promoter, this acclaimed tribute band covers The Beatles’ career trajectory in a detailed performance

Toby Keith – Up to 36% Off

Toby Keith

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

$31.25 $20


Country superstar belts out rowdy barroom hits on his "Shut Up and Hold On" tour with support from Colt Fold and daughter Krystal Keith

International Festival of Life – Up to 51% Off

International Festival of Life

Union Park

$16.37 $10


Third World, Luciano, and Tito Puente, Jr. headline four days of reggae, blues, and world music

The Fray – Up to 47% Off

The Fray

FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

$37.95 $20


Grammy-nominated rockers behind "How to Save a Life" treat audiences to piano-driven hits and songs from their newest album

Storytelling Show and Class with the Founder of Story Club

Storytelling Show and Class with the Founder of Story Club


$20 $20

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

Sebastian Bach or Tribute Band Up to 52% Off Show at The Cubby Bear

Cubby Bear

Cubby Bear

$8.93 $6


Chicago-based tribute bands resurrect some of the 90s’ hard-rockingest acts; Sebastian Bach himself inspires crowd with his own anthems

Up to 60% Off Appetizers and Drinks at Brando's Speakeasy

Brando's Speakeasy

The Loop

$36 $15

Ten varieties of martini match with classic cocktails, cheese plates, and karaoke all night long

Up to 52% Off Hookah at Rotana Cafe

Rotana Cafe


$19.83 $11

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

Half Off Beer Flights and Bar Snacks at Paramount Room

Paramount Room

Central Chicago

$32 $16


Rotating list of craft beers and Belgian ales pairs with gourmet nosh like tempura green beans or pork belly sticks with maple mustard sauce

Up to 49% Off Vintage Pop-Up Carnival

Remember Summer- A Vintage Pop-Up Carnival

Ignite Glass Studios

$69.18 $35


Vintage carnival games, Etsy gifts, and a brass band carry visitors back to a simpler time while raising funds for a nonprofit

Up to 52% Off Juke Fest, Jam-Band Tribute, or The Baseball Project

The Baseball Project or Mom's Kitchen (A Tribute to Widespread Panic) or Juke Fest

The Abbey Pub

$12.55 $6


See underground DJs and incredible footwork moves, a tribute to Widespread Panic, or a baseball-themed band with Peter Buck and Mike Mills

Up to 42% Off "Funny Females" Comedy Show

"Funny Females"

The Apartment

$32.64 $19


Night of comedy featuring some of Chicago's up-and-coming female standups

Lanita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center – Up to 40% Off

"White Supremacy: A Black Experience"

Links Hall

$15 $9


Animated projections and dance fuse into an exploration of the gender-based and racial prejudices that can shape history

Sideshow Theatre Company – Up to 50% Off "Tyrant"

Sideshow Theatre Company presents "Tyrant"

Theater Wit

$40 $20


Drama takes an incisive look at economic disparity by positing a future where homeless people are forced to work in wealthy people's homes

"Cooley High Live on Stage" – Up to 61% Off

"Cooley High Live on Stage"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

$80 $40


Theatrical adaptation of the 1975 coming-of-age film set in Chicago follows high-school pals through fun and tragedy

Aaron Watson – Up to 43% Off Country Concert

Aaron Watson with William Clark Green & The Rankin Twins

Joe's on Weed Street

$17.50 $10


Lineup of Texas country featuring crooners Aaron Watson and William Clark Green and sister duo The Rankin Twins

Up to 40% Off EDM Concert

Rock and Rave Memorial Day Weekend DJ Dance Party

Hard Rock Cafe Chicago

$30 $18


Pre-Memorial Day concert brings together some of the city's top EDM DJs for a raucous night of pulse-pounding dance music

Original Mothers Show – Up to 50% Off

"Who Can Do It?" A Live 1970s Improv Comedy Show or "Naughty Little Cabaret" Burlesque Show

The Original Mothers

$30 $18


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

3 Doors Down Acoustic – Songs From the Basement–Up to 41% Off

3 Doors Down Acoustic – Songs From the Basement

House of Blues Chicago

$57.60 $34


The hard rockers behind “Kryptonite” and "Loser" strip down their sound, unleashing melody, harmony, and deep cuts on their acoustic tour

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With a name that translates to “Golden Rooster” and a history that stretches back to Prohibition, Coq d’Or exudes confidence. It’s well earned. After all, this gentlemen’s drinking room has hosted everyone from Winston Churchill to Joe DiMaggio and continues to attract guests with its famous bookbinder soup.

140 East Walton Street

The suds slingers at Village Tavern & Grill pour more than 30 types of brews in a neighborhood-style pub outfitted with more than 22 high-definition flat-screens. Diners munch on the tavern’s "world famous" chicken fingers, which can come coated in a buffalo sauce, barbecue sauce, or a top-secret honey-mustard sauce plucked from the minds of bees, as they peruse the menu to decide upon an entree. House favorites include half slabs of slow-cooked baby back barbecue ribs and made-from-scratch beef stroganoff studded with slices of new york strip glazed in red wine and brown sauce and swirled in sour cream. Char-grilled, 85% lean 10-ounce burgers are cooked-to-order, and chefs simmer smoked pulled pork in a signature house-barbecue sauce to fill the barbecue pork sandwich’s gourmet bun. Couples or touring kazoo quartets can take a break to admire memorabilia of the history of Schaumburg as they sip on domestic draft beers in a cozy dining room with exposed-brick walls.

901 W Wise Rd

There’s no Jerry at Jerry’s. Owners Mark Bires and Mindy Friedler chose the moniker as an homage to Jerry Garcia, whose freewheeling spirit they evidently share, given that they’ve traveled the country sampling sandwiches ranging from Chicago's italian beefs to Philly's cheesesteaks, from New Orleans's po boys to New England’s lobster rolls. It’s easy to see the influence of their journeys on the eatery’s menu, a staggering array of more than 100 regional and ethnic sandwiches that could make a magic 8 ball cloud over from indecision. Root-beer-glazed ham, beef tenderloin, and fried tofu are but a few of the sandwiches’ centerpieces, their flavors accented by offerings such as fried green tomatoes and grilled asparagus. Diners can also customize their own creations from a board filled with meats, veggies, and 10 different bread options. Hand-formed burgers, rustic-cut fries, and decadent desserts add weight to the menu like an extra stripe adds weight to a zebra. At the eatery's bar, diners scan rows of roughly 200 American craft beers accessible by bottle or tap, and they savor a selection of 70 American whiskeys. When the digital jukebox needs a break, Jerry's hosts live music, the catchy tunes of which slither through door cracks and out to the outdoor dining area.

5419 N Clark St

Finnegans Bar and Eatery may decorate its walls with HDTVs, but it doesn't assume that everyone's there to watch the game. From live bands and karaoke to games of bags and skee-ball, Finnegans supplies options for hours of more-active entertainment. The kitchen also ventures beyond its beer, whiskey, and pub classics such as corned beef with braised cabbage and beer-battered fish and chips to include comforting yet slightly exotic options from around the world. Wild boar rather than ground beef bursts from the several bite-size buns of an order of sliders, and Cajun tomato sauce adds zip to chicken pasta. There's also a weekend brunch menu anchored by a hefty Irish breakfast of bacon rashers, white pudding, black pudding, and irish sausage—served alongside a standard morning combo of eggs, potatoes, and toast.

Until recently, Finnegans' Gladstone Park home was the Blue Angel Restaurant, but inside there's no hint that it used to be a diner. Deep-orange walls wrap the entire room in a sunset glow, offset by dark-wood wainscoting, exposed brick, and modern touches such as bar shelves made from light panels and paintings of dogs playing Internet poker.

5310 N Milwaukee Ave

Pump Room’s sundae satisfies both sweet and salty cravings. Candied peanuts and popcorn clings to salted caramel ice cream, topped off by layers of whipped cream and chocolate sauce.

1301 North State Parkway

“Calabria is one of the world's most peaceful and beautiful places,” muses Via Carducci owner Giovanni Scalzo about his childhood home in Italy. Not only does he carry the memory and spirit of Calabria with him, he shares it with Chicagoans at his Lincoln Park and Wicker Park locations. At the Lincoln Park location, Via Carducci, mouthwatering meals show off ingredients characteristic of rustic, southern Italian cuisine that earned the restaurant a nod in the Chicago Reader and an appearance on Check, Please!. The elegant yet cozy dining room's brick walls are accented by a hand-painted mural of Scalzo's childhood home in Calabria.

At the Wicker Park eatery, Via Carducci La Sorella, his chefs stuff bell peppers with seasoned rice and ground beef and toss linguini with jumbo shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, and garlic-wine sauce, entrancing diners and delighting their seafood merchants with their shopping lists. The menu also boasts a hefty wine list replete with reds and whites from nearly every region in Italy.

1419 W Fullerton Ave

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