Nightlife in Michigan City

Jeff Bridges & The Abiders – Up to 30% Off Rock Concert

Jeff Bridges & The Abiders

Hammond

$41 $28.70

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Iconic actor Jeff Bridges shows off his musical side in a set packed with bluesy pop-rock numbers

Beatles Fest 2014 – Up to 56% Off

Beatles Fest 2014

Downtown Hammond

$12 $6

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Beatles fans of all ages enjoy tribute bands, a beer garden, food and merchandise tents, and more; about 20 miles from downtown Chicago

Up to 54% Off Wine Tasting at Hickory Creek Winery

Hickory Creek Winery

Baroda

$50 $25

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Customers taste locally grown wines in rustic tasting room, pulling up to the rough-hewn wood bar or stepping outside for picturesque views

Up to 50% Off Wine Tasting at Free Run Cellars

Free Run Cellars

Berrien Springs

$16 $8

Participants receive a souvenir glass and tastings of five of the winery's small-batch wines or spirits

Up to 47% Off a Wine Tasting at Baroda Founders Wine Cellar

Baroda Founders Wine Cellar

Baroda

$16 $10

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

Up to 45% Off at Smith's Downtown Tap and Grill

Smith's Downtown Tap and Grill

Mishawaka

$20 $11

Cooks assemble heaping plates of nachos, pizzas, shaved prime rib sandwiches, and hot meatball subs inside family-friendly bar & grill

"Generations of Divas: The Musical" – Up to 50% Off

"Generations of Divas: The Musical"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

$40 $20

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The stories of Diana Ross, Beyonce, Chaka Khan, and other powerful female artists come to life with the help of a live band

Chaka Khan – Up to 25% Off Benefit Concert

An Evening With Chaka Khan

Chicago Theatre

$73.31 $55

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10-time Grammy winner behind "Tell Me Something Good" raises funds for a nonprofit with Syleena Johnson and comic Damon Williams

Marcus Combs – Up to 45% Off Standup

Marcus Combs

The Apartment

$37.92 $21

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Veteran Chicago comic seen on HBO's Def Comedy Jam and Puff Daddy's Bad Boys of Comedy fills the stage with laughs

"Hank Williams: Lost Highway" – Up to 44% Off

"Hank Williams: Lost Highway"

Greenhouse Theater Center

$43 $24

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The tumultuous, short life of Hank Williams unfolds alongside renditions of more than 20 of his most beloved songs with a full live band.

Gorilla Tango Theatre – Up to 39% Off Burlesque

"Empire Brings Sexy Back" or "Holy Bouncing Boobies: A Batman Burlesque"

Gorilla Tango Theatre

$33 $20

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

Naughty Little Cabaret – Up to 50% Off

"Naughty Little Cabaret"

The Original Mother's

$30 $15

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

MKTO – The American Dream Tour – Up to 41% Off

MKTO

House of Blues Chicago

$29.45 $17.50

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Malcolm Kelly and Tony Oller spout off hip-pop hits such as "Thank You" and "Classic"

Chicago Hot Dog Fest Presented By The Chicago History Museum

Chicago Hot Dog Fest Presented By The Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum

$20 $20

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Two-day fest celebrates the great American hot dog with specialty dogs, Goose Island brews, and music

Navy Pier IMAX – Up to 44% Off Movie for Two

Navy Pier IMAX

Streeterville

$42.49 $24

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

Take in 33rd-Floor City Views During an Intimate Jazz Soiree

Intimate Jazz Mixer

Chicago

$70 $70

Jazz vocalist Erin McDougald and her ensemble serenade guests as they mingle, sip cocktails, and watch the sun set over the Chicago skyline

The Music Box Theatre – Up to Half Off Matinee or Midnight Movie

The Music Box Theatre

The Music Box Theatre

$16 $10

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Choose from a wide variety of cult hits and musicals, including Mallrats, Aliens, Bye Bye Birdie, and Cabaret

Up to 53% Off Standup Comedy

The Comedy Bar

Near North Side

$30 $15

Upscale club partnered by Jim Belushi features local and nationally renowned comics

Up to 43% Off Movie and Popcorn for Two

Brew & View

Lakeview

$14 $8

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

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

Cubby Bear

Cubby Bear

$8.93 $6

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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

Chicago

$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

Up to 64% Off a Wine Tasting at Beviamo

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

50% Off Sports-Bar Food at Suite 25

Suite 25

Logan Square

$40 $20

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Signature burgers and other sports-bar food and drinks at this second-floor sports bar

Half Off Beer Flights and Bar Snacks at Paramount Room

Paramount Room

Central Chicago

$32 $16

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

50% Off Burgers, Pub Food, and Drinks at Lincoln Avenue Social

Lincoln Avenue Social

Chicago

$30 $15

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

Up to 57% Off at Pressure Billiards and Cafe

Pressure Billiards & Cafe

Edgewater

$46.85 $20

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

$10 for Drinks at Glascott’s Saloon

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

76% Off Wine Tasting from Wines for Humanity

Wines for Humanity

Redeem from Home

$250 $59

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

52% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Show

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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

Up to 49% Off Vintage Pop-Up Carnival

Remember Summer- A Vintage Pop-Up Carnival

Ignite Glass Studios

$69.18 $35

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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

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

History of Freestyle Music – Up to 51% Off Concert

History of Freestyle Music 2014 II

Concord Music Hall

$200 $99

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Celebration of freestyle music features New York stars including Stevie B, Lil Suzy, and Safire

Kiss Kiss Cabaret – Up to 50% Off Burlesque

Kiss Kiss Cabaret

The Greenhouse Theater Center

$20 $10

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A vaudevillian host, magic acts, and a troupe of teasing dancers fill an old-fashioned burlesque show

International Festival of Life – Up to 51% Off

International Festival of Life

Union Park

$16.37 $10

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

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

"White Supremacy: A Black Experience"

Links Hall

$15 $9

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

Babasonicos – Up to 44% Off Concert

Babasonicos

Concord Music Hall

$26.74 $15

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Innovative Argentine rockers make a rare stateside visit, delighting fans with lush, poppy melodies and decadent lyricism

Stand-Up Throw Down – Up to 37% Off

Stand-Up Throw Down

Township

$14.25 $9

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Weekly showcase produced by Chicago comics features established and up-and-coming standups

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

Sideshow Theatre Company presents "Tyrant"

Theater Wit

$40 $20

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

Ultimate Brewery Tour (39% Off)

Ultimate Milwaukee Brewery Tour

Chicago

$129 $79

Visit 4 Milwaukee breweries, micro & macro, & taste some of their best beers; hearty lunch at Milwaukee Ale House; transportation included

Kingston Mines – Up to 42% Off Blues

Kingston Mines

Lincoln Park

$24 $14

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Legendary blues club stages performances by equally legendary blues musicians seven nights a week

Up to 53% Off Theatrical Comedy

"101 Ways to...Fall in Love"

Studio BE

$32 $15

A soon-to-be divorced writer narrates 101 true tales of love, acted out by comedic performers

"Girls Night: The Musical" – Up to 50% Off

"Girls Night: The Musical"

The Apartment at Lion Head Pub

$66 $33

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Girls Night: The Musical follows five women sharing life stories during a night of karaoke filled with bawdy laughs and classic songs

"Living Without Love" – Up to 47% Off Theatrical Drama

"Living Without Love"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

$75 $40

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Actor/writer/director Richard Gallion revives his uplifting debut fable of families and faith, featuring a star turn from singer Kymm Lewis

Jazz at The Met – Up to 26% Off Fundraiser

Jazz at The Met

Metropolitan Family Services - Calumet Center

$50 $37

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Annual fundraiser for social programming features live jazz and blues along with dinner and a silent auction

Organic Theater Company – Up to 57% Off

"The Diviners" or "Macbeth"

Lincoln Park

$46 $20

One of Shakespeare's most gripping tragedies runs in repertory with Jim Leonard's tale of a troubled young man with an otherworldly gift

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

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

UP Comedy Club – Up to 45% Off Standup

UP Comedy Club Presents: Kurt Braunohler, Donnell Rawlings, and The Sklar Brothers

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

Up to 48% Off Comedic Burlesque Show

"Off Off Broadzway: Weight Loss Wishes and Dry Hump Dreams"

Stage 773

$28.75 $15

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Bawdy comedic burlesque troupe showcases new revue with audience interaction and plenty of double entendres

Up to 40% Off EDM Concert

Rock and Rave Memorial Day Weekend DJ Dance Party

Hard Rock Cafe Chicago

$30 $18

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

"Fault Lines" – Up to 55% Off Theatrical Drama

"Fault Lines"

The Den Theatre

$33.04 $15

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Inspired by a horrific kidnapping, this Midwest premiere follows the victim's friends as they make sense of the attack 20 years later

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

Hydrate Nightclub Chicago

Lakeview

$36 $15

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

Up to 78% Off Seasonal Martini-Making Class for One or Two

Mid Oak Distillery

Midlothian

$80 $25

Students make tropical summer cocktails using locally made vodka during a hands-on class that includes artisan cheese board

Riddles Comedy Club – Up to 75% Off Standup

Riddles Comedy Club

Alsip

$75 $19

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

Half Off Pub Food at Harry's Sports Bar

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

WeishFest 2014 feat. Rodney Atkins – Up to 43% Off

WeishFest 2014 feat. Rodney Atkins

Standard Bank Stadium

$26.25 $15

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Award-winning country star Rodney Atkins headlines a daylong ballpark festival benefiting The Andrew Weishar Foundation

Survive Paint Wars – Up to 49% Off EDM Party

Survive Paint Wars

Hawthorne Race Course

$39.50 $20

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Outdoor EDM party mixes tunes from top DJs with hundreds of gallons of colorful paint to be poured on attendees

Up to 41% Off at Mega Beer Fest

Mega Beer Fest

Toyota Park

$100 $59

Choose 10 beer samples from more that 75 different brews and pair them with saucy barbecue from Porky's Rib Fest

"Lost In Time" – Up to 40% Off Drama

Magnified Gift Theater and Dance Company presents "Lost In Time"

Madison Street Theater

$25 $15

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Drama from Chicago director Rosette Jarriet depicts a woman overcoming her past and a family's struggle with death and abuse

Up to 46% Off Craft Beer and Appetizers

Chalk

Forest Park

$30 $17

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

Valentino Vineyards & Winery – 60% Off Tasting, Tour & Seminar

Valentino Vineyards & Winery

Long Grove

$48 $19

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

Half Off Tropical Snacks and Drinks at Hala Kahiki

Hala Kahiki

River Grove

$30 $15

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

"Bye Bye Liver" – Up to 50% Off Comedy

"Bye Bye Liver"

Sunset Playhouse Community Theater

$30 $15

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A troupe performs an interactive comedy show inspired by drinking, barhopping, and male-female relations

48% Off Pool and Snacks

Elite Cafe & Billiards

Melrose Park

$25 $13

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

Essenhaus Heritage Hall – Up to 50% Off Dinner Theater

"Wedding Belles" or "Pap's Place"

Essenhaus Heritage Hall

$97.50 $49

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Visitors enjoy an all-you-can-eat meal and then a live show at an Amish marketplace complex

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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
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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
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Many families gather for holidays, weddings, and other special events. The Kambouris and Zaronias clans also convene to celebrate Greek and American cuisine at Maxim's Restaurant, their eatery, cocktail lounge, and catering service. Their lunch and dinner menu brims with hearty comfort food such as homemade soup, roast turkey with dressing, shish kebobs, and more than a dozen types of pasta dishes. Tivoli pizzas, one of the kitchen's specialties, can be ordered Greek-style with gyro meat and feta cheese or American-style with hamburger or barbecued pork. From 6 a.m. to midnight, the cooks also prepare homestyle breakfasts, including omelets, biscuits and gravy, and crepes with fruit or chocolate chips. In the lounge and sports bar, mixologists pour domestic drafts and craft colorful cocktails such as bloody marys and Maxim's fruit punch. The space also hosts toga parties teeming with ouzo shots, bottled beers, and music from a live DJ.

7205 Broadway
Merrillville,
IN
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It would be nearly impossible to try every beer offered at Catch 22, since its 20 different drafts and wide selection of craft bottles are constantly changing. Cups brim over with lagers, stouts, and reds from the Indiana-local Four Horsemen Brewing Company, along with martinis and specialty cocktails. In the kitchen, an executive chef simmers up upscale pub fare, including sandwiches, burgers, and steaks. Platters and drinks spread out along the hardwood bar and tabletops that scatter the 8,000-square foot dining hall, amid the glimmer of 16 flat-screen televisions and the boom of a digital jukebox. In warmer months, a wall of garage doors opens up into an expansive patio, exposing diners to free-spirited air, warm sunlight, and gentle breezes.

500 E 81st Ave
Merrillville,
IN
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With a rich wood bar, stone pillars, and furniture imported from Dublin, T.J. Maloney's invites comparison to an authentic Irish public house. The similarities extend to the Hibernian fare, which features traditional Irish staples such as colcannon-crusted shepherd's pie, fish 'n' chips, and tender corned beef and cabbage. Felt-lined booths ensconce diners as they share laughs over pints of stout or glasses of whiskey, and live performances on Friday and Saturday evenings serenade guests with the dulcet sounds of Irish folk music, blues guitar, and Gaelic pronunciation lessons.

800 E 81st Ave
Merrillville,
IN
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