Nightlife in LaPorte

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites" at The Mendel Center Mainstage (Up to 61% Off)

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites"

Mainstage Theatre at The Mendel Center

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Colorful puppets bring Eric Carle’s lushly painted characters to life, from the titular caterpillar to a confused chameleon

$20.75 $8

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Credit Toward Wine at 12 Corners Vineyards 37% Off

12 Corners Vineyards

Multiple Locations

Sip on wines such as riesling, cabernet franc, merlot, and traminette

$27 $17

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Baroda Founders Wine Cellar (Up to 50% Off)

Baroda Founders Wine Cellar

Baroda

Each guest samples seven wines, five classic varieties and two speciality wines, during the winery visit

$16 $9

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Laugh Link Entertainment/Comedy Show at The Dorchester on Friday, February 27 (Up to Half Off)

Laugh Link Entertainment/ comedy show

The Dorchester

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Standup comedy from five comics, along with entertainment that might include live music or spoken-word poetry

$40 $20

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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's "Drumming" or Peking Acrobats at Harris Theater (Up to 50% Off)

Drumming or Peking Acrobats

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

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Four percussionists join two pianists for works by Živkovic and Bartók; acrobats dazzle with wire-walking and trick cycling

$20 $10

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Uncover the Secrets of the Human Body at an Autopsy Seminar

Autopsy Seminar

Near North Side

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

$39

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Murder-Mystery Dinner Show for One, Two, or Four on February 13–14 at AFC Center (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

$50 $25

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Lanita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center's "Black: Expressions of Love" on Saturday, February 28 (Up to 38% Off)

"Black: Expressions of Love"

South Side Community Art Center

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Multigenre performance focuses on the stories of 100 black boys and men during this homage to Black History Month

$40 $25

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"First Date" at Royal George Theatre on February 5–20 (Up to 51% Off)

"First Date"

Royal George Theatre

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Musical comedy that finds a blind date interrupted by the couple’s respective exes, friends, co-workers, and families

$49 $24

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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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Freestyle Fever 2015 at The Portage Theater on Saturday, February 14 (Up to 50% Off)

Freestyle Fever 2015

The Portage Theater

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with freestyle stars Stevie B, Lisette Melendez, Nyasia, and FastForward, along with local DJs

$50 $25

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Brunch, Bloodys and Breweries Trolley Tour to Lagunitas and Revolution Brewing

Brunch and Brewery Tour

Flagship Tavern & Grill

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Following bloody marys and brunch, ride a trolley to Lagunitas and Revolution Brewing for tours and samples of some of their best beer

$85 $65

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Pub Food and Drinks at Headquarters Beercade (Up to 40% Off)

Headquarters Beercade

Multiple Locations

Bar and arcade entertains patrons with retro games, craft beers, and updated comfort food

$25 $15

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"Roasting On the River" at River Roast on Friday, February 6 at 7 p.m. (Up to 29% Off)

"Roasting on the River" sponsored by Supply Hope

Roasting on the River

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Second City improvers come out for a comedy show to support nonprofit Supply Hope

$41.99 $30

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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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"Broadway Soul" VIP Package for Two at Harold Washington Cultural Center on February 13–15 (Up to 80% Off)

"Broadway Soul"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

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Hits from Cinderella, Shuffle Along, and Carmen Jones fill a musical homage to African-American Broadway performers

$150 $30

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Barry Manilow on the "One Last Time!" Tour at United Center on Saturday, February 14 (Up to 51%Off)

Barry Manilow

United Center

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Barry Manilow thanks his fans with a night of timeless hits plus smooth-jazz star Dave Koz

$51.15 $25

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Sinbad at The Chicago Theatre on Saturday, February 14, at 8 p.m. (Up to 44% Off)

Chicago Theatre

The Chicago Theatre

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Veteran standup named to Comedy Central’s Top 100 Greatest Standups of All Time performs an animated, dynamic set

$53.84 $30

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Naughty Little Cabaret presents "Naughty Little Valentine's Day Show" on February 12, 13, or 14 (Up to 33% Off)

Naughty Little Valentines Day Show

Original Mothers

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Male and female burlesque revue celebrates Valentine’s Day with clothes-shedding belly dancers, contortionists, fire-breathers, and more

$30 $20

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The Second City's Improv All-Stars or Game Night at UP Comedy Club on January 4–February 25 (Up to 40% Off)

UP! Comedy Club

UP Comedy Club

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Annoyance Theatre founder Mick Napier directs a cast of top improv talent; game night tosses the improv cast into a gameshow medley

$33.50 $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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$29 for an IMAX Movie for Two with Popcorn and Sodas at Navy Pier IMAX (Up to $52.75 Value)

Navy Pier IMAX

Near North Side

New releases and visually stunning documentaries take over the screen with crisp imagery and surround sound

$52.75 $29

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Burlesque Shows at Gorilla Tango Theatre, January 16–March 28 (Up to 39% Off)

Gorilla Tango Theatre

Gorilla Tango Theatre

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Performers sling jokes and shed clothes during burlesque parodies of “Star Trek,” “Batman,” and “Indiana Jones”

$33 $20

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

Michigan Wine Country Day Trip with Transportation

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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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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The Plagiarists' "These Saints Will Burn – A Tale of Joan of Arc" on March 22–April 16 (Up to 50% Off)

"These Saints Will Burn – A Tale of Joan of Arc"

The Den Theatre

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The Plagiarists reimagine the tale of Joan of Arc as a tragically farcical war epic enhanced by giant puppets and a talking crow

$20 $10

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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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$349 for a One-Year Wine Club Membership with Two Cases of Wine from Paired Wine Co. ($600 Value)

Paired Wine Co.

Lakeview

Membership includes 10% off purchases in store, invites to wine-tasting events, $5 voucher toward self-serving wine machines, and more

$600 $349

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Drinks at Glascott’s Saloon (Up to 45% Off). Four Options Available.

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 $11

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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 60% 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 $10

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

Mid Oak Distillery

Crestwood

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

$56 $28

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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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Rembrandt Chamber Players: "European Journey" at Nichols Concert Hall on Friday, February 13 (Up to 46% Off)

"European Journey"

Nichols Concert Hall - Music Institute of Chicago

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Mozart and Schumann provide the foundation of a sonic journey through Europe; new work by Holland-trained composer Huydts makes its debut

$35 $19

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$20 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 $20

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$12 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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Pub Food and Drinks at The Howard Street Inn (Up to 45% 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 $11

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A smattering of 20 sauces and seasonings dripping from handspun wings coats patrons' fingers as they cheer on their favorite professional sports teams broadcast on Buffalo Wild Wings' TVs. Eyes are torn between watching teams dribble a ball, shoot a puck, and land a grand jeté, and plates of plentiful wings, burgers, wraps, salads, and ribs. For more entertainment, trivia games exercise brains, and the Blazin' Challenge offers recognition for those brave enough to down a dozen wings slathered in the eatery's hottest sauce in 6 minutes.

212 Lincolnway
Valparaiso,
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Executive chef Jack Rickey brightens up his dishes at Billy Jack’s Bar and Grill by packing every recipe with crimson tomatoes, yellow sweet corn, and other colorful southwestern ingredients. The fiery flavors of chipotle peppers and chiles stimulate tongues when blended into the poblano-cream sauce poured over sizzling steak and shrimp or the aioli drizzled over sweet and spicy pork medallions. Bold ingredients find their way into seafood dishes as well, from the peaches that sweeten the BBQ roasted salmon to the jalapeno sauce that coats the restaurant's crab-stuffed tilapia and crab-stuffed piñatas.

2904 Calumet Ave
Valparaiso,
IN
US

Martinis Culinary Cocktail Lounge is aptly named—the bar's martini list boasts a roster of cocktails more than 120 drinks long. However, bartenders also pour top-shelf spirits and craft beers to complement their Mediterranean plates, which range from chicken parmesan and tortellini to build-your-own pizzas. The kitchen staff also whips up seafood dishes, such as shrimp stuffed with blue crab and linguine with clams, which evoke Italy’s seaside regions more appetizingly than free glasses of salt water. As patrons drink and dine, the lounge’s weekly shows entertain with comedy sets and live music.

1004 Calumet Ave
Valparaiso,
IN
US

Cuisine Type: American

Established: 2000

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Number of Tables: 11?25

Parking: Free street parking

Most popular offering: Burgers, wings, pork chops, and fish

Kid-friendly: Yes

Alcohol: Full bar

Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Alfonso Mack's journey to becoming a chef and restaurateur was hardly a straight line. Though he spent time in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother, taste testing and analyzing family recipes, he didn't really embrace cooking as a career option until college. As a basketball player, he often found himself hungry after a late practice, without anywhere to go to get a basket of fries to continue dunking basketballs into. He started making quick meals for the other players, and soon realized that he loved seeing friends enjoy his food as much as he loved cooking it. So, after graduating college, he founded Linden Grill.

Today, Alfonso focuses on preparing "soulful food cooked fast," and his menu reflects that aspiration. He whips up pork chops, burgers, and wings in a blur. He particularly recommends the philly cheesesteak, a gem on his menu he wishes more people ordered.

110 N Main St.
South Bend,
IN
US

Dubbing the theater “The Palace” when it opened in 1921, Chicago architect J.S. Aroner strove to capture a regal ambiance with a patchwork of diverse, though uniformly opulent, building styles. Patrons today can spot baroque, Greco-Roman, and even art-deco designs as they drift through the restored rose, blue, and cream entryway. But in 1959, The Palace was crumbling, and it seemed that future generations would miss out on this aesthetic experience. A concerned citizen by the name of Mrs. Ella Morris swooped in, though, purchasing the building for an undisclosed sum and then selling it back to the city for $1, which she promptly blew on gumballs. Newly named, the theater welcomed such acts as Louis Armstrong, REO Speedwagon, and Fleetwood Mac in the ensuing decades until a major, two-year overhaul began in 1998. Now restored to its original condition, the venue hosts standup acts, Broadway musicals, big-name concert performances, and fully produced ballets.

211 N Michigan St
South Bend,
IN
US

Comedy. Drama. Romance. All these emotions across the silver screen at Wonderland Cinema like a flipbook, but way, way better. Wonderland?part of the Moore Theatres family?digitally projects first-run movies (including 3D features) as well as special programs and kid-friendly screenings. And the concession stand serves up all the candy, drinks, and popcorn that make going to the movies such a popular alternative to begging the beadle for more gruel. On Thursdays, the theater offers free popcorn refills of our $3.00 returnable popcorn bucket.

402 N Front St.
Niles,
MI
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