Clubs in River Grove

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 50% Off Improv Show with Popcorn

Laugh Out Loud Theater

Streets of Woodfield

$22 $11

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Improvisers can perform a show with spontaneous scenes, games, and songs

Up to 78% Off Standup at The Improv Comedy Club

The Improv Comedy Club

Chicago Improv of Schaumburg

$177.95 $39

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Nationally known comics such as Adam Ferrara, Dave Coulier, and Loni Love, paired with appetizers such as crispy jalapeño ravioli

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

Select Local Merchants

Rose and Stanley Sacharski never meant to open a tiki bar. Their first watering hole, The Lucky Start on Fullerton and Lockwood, was a simple neighborhood tavern until some bamboo wall coverings inspired endless questions from customers: were they a tiki bar? By 1963, the Sacharskis decided their answer was yes, and let their young son pick a new name—Hala Kahiki—from a copy of Dennis the Menace Goes to Hawaii.

Now located inside a former greenhouse in River Grove, Hala Kahiki pours more than 100 tropical-themed cocktails, mingling rum with daiquiris and gin with tropical fruits. Hanging shells sway above the bamboo-lined bar, and rattan lampshades and cane chairs evoke the pleasures of an endless Hawaiian summer. Tables and chairs dot a spacious outdoor garden, and an on-site gift shop stocks Hawaiian shirts, leis, wood-hewn lamps, and several former cast members of Gilligan's Island.

2834 River Rd
River Grove,
IL
US

The LBGT-friendly Velvet Rope invites revelers with open minds and refined tastes to enhance their evenings with the lounge's slate of fine wines, international cuisine, and elaborate entertainment in the form of go-go dancers and drag shows. Beneath the suffuse lighting of tulip chandeliers, the bustling main floor hosts a full bar, where 35 specialty martinis brim with creative ingredients—such as cookie-dough vodka and absinthe—while the private VIP loft accommodates dozens with a dedicated server, a private television, and plush furnishings for late-night pillow forts. Food and drink packages deck out special events, and the nightclub's calendar overflows with karaoke nights, drink specials, and live performances.

728 Lake St
Oak Park,
IL
US

Olive or Twist pairs its 36 unique martinis, 20 bottled microbrews, and international wines with contemporary American fare concocted by chef Robert Nava. Shaken or stirred libations range from the Thin Mint martini, which comes in a Girl Scout box, to the Florida Key Lime Pie martini, a dram of Bacardi rum, Midori liqueur, and chocolate liqueur garnished with lime ($9–$11). Diners can also choose from brews including 3 Floyd's Alpha King pale ale ($5) to accompany small plates such as the potato-wrapped prawns with spinach, artichokes, and mustard-seed butter ($10). Tenderloin sliders topped with blue cheese and red-onion confit ($9) annex tummies before calling for reinforcements of classic American sandwiches ($6–$12) or large-plate entrees such as the jerk ribs with an auxiliary unit of saffron shoestring potatoes ($18). For dessert, sweet teeth delight in the banana split ($8) and apple-and-cheese strudel ($5), named after Frank Zappa's overlooked fifth child. Dinner patrons should call ahead for reservations amid Olive or Twist's low-lit tables and brick walls.

6906 W Windsor Ave
Berwyn,
IL
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Casa De Montecristo stocks its ample humidors and regal environs with row after row of tasty smoking tobacco. A La Sirena Trident summons piquancy from the depths of the broadleaf ($9.95), while an E.P. Carrillo Elite hits only the most select flavor notes ($11.95). Casa De Montecristo also boasts a free VIP membership lounge, which can be accessed by calling ahead. The spacious smoking cavern teems with plush amenities such as leather chairs and private humidified lockers. Kick back in the bar and tune in to a flat-screen television, or recline in the theater room for a movie, game, or cigar-smoking tutorial led by Groucho Marx.

1332 W 55th St
Countryside,
IL
US

The rooftop garden and solar panels may be what cemented Simone’s status as a green certified restaurant, but the recycled pinball machines-turned light fixtures, bar top made of an old bowling alley, and bike-chain-chandeliers certainty didn’t hurt. Microbrews and craft cocktails complement the quality pub food at this eclectic spot.

960 West 18th Street
Chicago,
IL
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Critics from the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Tribune are mixed on the food at Sawtooth but like the atmosphere. OpenTable reviewers give it an average of 4.1 stars, and 82% of Urbanspooners like the restaurant. Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars.

1350 W Randolph St
Chicago,
IL
US

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