Nightlife in Michigan City

Jim Brickman: On a Winter's Night at Morris Performing Arts Center on December 29 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Jim Brickman: On A Winter's Night

Morris Performing Arts Center

$38.50 $19

Live_logo

Silky-voiced adult-contemporary singer and pianist plays Christmas hits such as "The Gift" and "If You Believe" on a holiday tour

Wine Tasting with Cheese and Chocolate Platter for Two or Four at Hickory Creek Winery (Up to 54% Off)

Hickory Creek Winery

Baroda

$50 $25

(20)

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

Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Baroda Founders Wine Cellar (Up to 47% Off)

Baroda Founders Wine Cellar

Baroda

$16 $10

(17)

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

$11 for $20 Worth of Food 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

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

Navy Pier Four Star Comedy Presents Morning Show Comedians at Pepsi Skyline Stage at Navy Pier (Up to 62% Off)

Navy Pier Four Star Comedy presents Morning Show Comedians

Pepsi Skyline Stage At Navy Pier

$33.30 $12.50

Live_logo

WGN Morning News' Mike Toomey, Ana Belaval, and Pat Tomasulo moonlight as standup comedians, showing off their skills at Navy Pier

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

Beviamo

West Town

$50 $19

(112)

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

The Second City's Deep Cuts or Improv All-Stars at UP Comedy Club on September 1–November 10 (Up to 43% Off)

The Second City's Deep Cuts or Improv All-Stars

UP Comedy Club

$24.50 $17

Live_logo

Annoyance Theatre founder Mick Napier directs a cast of top improv talent; revue about living in the Internet age collects past sketches

"When You Cry, I Cry" a Stage Play at Harold Washington Cultural Center on Saturday, August 23 (Up to 40% Off)

"When You Cry, I Cry"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

$65 $39

Live_logo

One family struggles with the aftermath of violence in this dramatic play that stars Silk’s Gary “Lil G” Jenkins and and BerNadette Stanis

"A Tribute to the King of Pop Michael Jackson" at The Portage Theater on Saturday, August 30 (Up to 41% Off)

A Tribute to the King of Pop Michael Jackson

The Portage Theater

$20.20 $12

Live_logo

Vegas-style tribute show honors the iconic performer with live music, performers, and movies

Weekend Matinee or Midnight Movie for Two or Four at The Music Box Theatre (Up to Half Off). 72 Options Available.

The Music Box Theatre

The Music Box Theatre

$16 $10

(306)

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

"Hank Williams: Lost Highway" at Greenhouse Theater on August 2-31 (Up to 44% Off)

"Hank Williams: Lost Highway"

Greenhouse Theater Center

$43 $24

Live_logo

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

Sideshow Theatre Company's "Stupid F*cking Bird" for Two (Up to 57% Off)

"Stupid F*cking Bird"

Richard Christiansen Theatre at Victory Gardens

$47 $20

Live_logo

The Chicago premiere of Aaron Posner's acclaimed, fourth-wall-breaking take on Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull"

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

Brew & View

Lakeview

$14 $8

(221)

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

Practice Pool Fundamentals in a Historic Billiards Hall

Fundamentals of Pool Class

Chris's Billiards

$30 $30

Pool expert Pat Hays guides students through the FUNdamentals of billiards in the historic hall where The Color of Money was filmed

Joffrey Ballet Presents "Stories in Motion" at Auditorium Theatre on September 18–21 (Up to 40% Off)

"Stories in Motion"

Auditorium Theatre

$83 $50

(159)
Live_logo

Balanchine's famous ballet of a biblical tale, Tudor's Edwardian love triangle, and Possokhov's story of love and loss

Comedy Night with Benji Brown or The African King of Comedy Michael Blackson Live at Castle (Up to 54% Off)

Comedy Night with Benji Brown

Castle

$53.74 $25

Live_logo

Star of Wild ‘N Out and The Rickey Smiley Show and Ghana-born comedian get crowds rolling

"Late Nite Catechism" at Royal George Theatre, August 9–September 21 (Up to 43% Off). 14 Showtimes Available.

"Late Nite Catechism"

ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE

$30 $17

Live_logo

Catholic nun comically pontificates on the dangers of the modern world in a participatory theater performance

Mind Reading Show at The Bar Below on September 4–24 or October 1 at 8 p.m. or 10 p.m. (Up to 52% Off)

Mark Toland

The Bar Below

$25 $12

Live_logo

Mark Toland blends fast-paced humor with mind reading and sideshow stunt capabilities for an unforgettable night of entertainment

"The Empire Brings Sexy Back: A Star Wars Burlesque" or "Holy Bouncing Boobies: A Batman Burlesque" (Up to 39% Off)

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

Gorilla Tango Theatre

$33 $20

(99)
Live_logo

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

Appetizers and Drinks for Two or Four at Brando's Speakeasy (Up to 60% Off)

Brando's Speakeasy

The Loop

$36 $15

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

Hookah and Soft Drinks or BYOB Fees for One or Two at Rotana Cafe (Up to 52% Off)

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

$20 for $40 Worth of Sports-Bar Food and Drinks at Suite 25

Suite 25

Logan Square

$40 $20

(35)

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

$16 for Premium Beer Flights and Michelin Bib Gourmand-Rated Bar Snacks for Two at Paramount Room ($32 Value)

Paramount Room

Central Chicago

$32 $16

(413)

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

Burgers, Pub Food, and Drinks for Two or Four at Lincoln Avenue Social (50% Off)

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

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

$46.85 $20

(65)

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

$10 for $20 Worth of Drinks at Glascott’s Saloon

Glascott's Saloon

Lincoln Park

$20 $10

(64)

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

$59 for In-Home Wine Tasting for Up to 16 from Wines for Humanity ($250 Value)

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

Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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

"Generations of Divas: The Musical" at Harold Washington Cultural Center on August 7 at 10 a.m. (Up to 50% Off)

"Generations of Divas: The Musical"

Harold Washington Cultural Center

$40 $20

Live_logo

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

The Cult at Concord Music Hall on Saturday, August 9, at 5:30 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

The Cult

Concord Music Hall

$42.79 $21.40

Live_logo

Ian Astbury commands the stage as his veteran hard-rock outfit rips into new gems and classics such as "She Sells Sanctuary"

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

$36 $16

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

Seasonal Martini-Making Class, Cheese Board and Vodka for One or Two at Mid Oak Distillery (Up to 78% Off)

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

One or Three Groupons for $22 Worth of Pizza, Sandwiches, and Pub Food at Harry's Sports Bar

Harry's Sports Bar

Countryside

$22 $12

(17)

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

WeishFest 2014 feat. Rodney Atkins at Standard Bank Stadium on Saturday, August 9, at 2 p.m. (Up to 43% Off)

WeishFest 2014 feat. Rodney Atkins

Standard Bank Stadium

$26.25 $15

Live_logo

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

Beer School with a 10-Beer Flight and Sharable Appetizers for One or Two at World of Beer - Evanston (50% Off)

World of Beer - Evanston

Evanston

$50 $25

Sample 10 brews while tasting American, tavern-style cuisine

Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, Hannibal Buress, and More on August 31 at 5 p.m. (Up to 44% Off)

Oddball Comedy Festival

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

$27 $15

Live_logo

Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, Hannibal Buress, Chris D'Elia, and others star in a two-stage comedy fest blowout

Craft Beer Flight and Appetizers for Two, Four, or Six at Chalk (Up to 46% Off)

Chalk

Forest Park

$30 $17

(9)

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

$19 for a Vineyard Tour, Tasting of Five Wines, and Seminar for One at Valentino Vineyards & Winery ( Value)

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

$15 for $30 Worth of Tropical Appetizers and Drinks at Hala Kahiki

Hala Kahiki

River Grove

$30 $15

(230)

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

$13 for One Hour of Pool and $15 Toward Drinks and Snacks at Elite Cafe & Billiards ($25 Value)

Elite Cafe & Billiards

Melrose Park

$25 $13

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

Select Local Merchants

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

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
US

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
US

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
US

Bulldog Brewery was born out of steelworker Kevin Clark's home brewing hobby. But founding his own brewery didn't mean Kevin was ready to quit his day job. And neither have co-owners, Bob Fausto and Jeff Kochis, a steelworker and a second-generation firefighter respectively. The hard work required of having two jobs is in keeping with the brewery's mission: to celebrate small town America and the blue collar workers who live there.

One of the ways they achieve this goal is by providing a place for customers to relax after a hard day's work, whether it's with a grilled panini sandwich or a pint of flavorful lager, stout, or IPA. Their beer also celebrates the working man. The 1890 Stout, for instance, commemorates the year that oil refineries came to Whiting. Its dark, crude-like color conceals notes of vanilla bean and cherry, and it's best consumed while wearing an oil can jauntily perched upon your head.

1409 119th St
Whiting,
IN
US

Michigan City Scene