Laugh Out Loud Theater sprays the suburban fringes of Chicago with a thick foam of world-class improv comedy. An extensive, experienced cast brings a highly interactive, audience-assisted experience to the intimate Schaumburg stage, drawing on hive mind suggestions to kick off its inevitably LOL-worthy sketches. Families can provide the laugh track for the 7:30 p.m. show, which serves up healthy levels of consistent hilarity minus the inclusion of swearwords or adult situations such as applying for bank loans and replacing lost driver’s licenses. The 9:30 p.m. adult show is structured the same way, but performers will take audience suggestions that pave the way for hilarious onstage ribaldry guaranteed to knock the buckle-hat off your inner puritan. Both shows rely heavily on audience participation, and LOL’s indefatigable ad-libbers make it a point to invite willing audience members up on stage to help them achieve exponential levels of funny.
Following in the footsteps of their father, the three Coli brothers aim to capture the flavors and traditions of classic Chicago cuisine with their slate of hearty comfort fare. Backed by a team of chefs, they forge Georgio's Chicago Pizzeria and Pub’s trademark deep-dish pizzas from a more than 60-year-old recipe, kept hidden to preserve its authenticity and hand-model-caliber hands. The hefty pies, along with their crispy thin-crust cohorts, were declared the best pizza in McHenry County by readers of the Northwest Herald, and helped the eatery garner a slot on Pizza Today magazine’s list of the Hot 100 Independent pizzerias in 2011. The brothers complement their acclaimed creations with a roster of pasta and sandwiches, dished up amid a sleek, upscale sports-bar atmosphere. Both locations are decked out in flat-screen TVs and reclaimed exposed brick.. The comfortable environs regularly play host to fundraisers and events, such as dinners that pair the Coli brothers’ prize-winning pizzas with a lineup of craft beers on tap.
Fragrant hookah smoke swims through the vividly hued lounge at Arabian Nights, undulating past curtains, pillows, and curling decorative accents. Guests take in scents through the winding tubes attached to their stations' apparatuses, choosing from an extensive list of shishas that includes herbal varieties for those who'd like to avoid tobacco. Guests are free to bring their own snacks to the lounge, which also serves teas, sodas, coffees, and juices.
The decor is eclectic. In one section, royal-blue walls contrast with the fairy-light-sprinkled vines that crawl around the perimeter of the ceiling. In another, orange and red walls corral a TV and a DJ station flanking a fireplace. Dramatic mirrors, low cushions, and checkerboard walls characterize other regions of the softly lit space, filled with guests surfing the web with complimentary WiFi and caterpillars avoiding political topics on first dates.
Chicago City Limits, an official Blackhawks bar, hosts a horde of televised and live entertainment options and a home team of servers who sling a specials-studdedmenu of classic bar fare and drinks. Dinnertime diners can defeat hunger in overtime with a full slab of ribs ($15.95), while pieces of beer-battered Alaskan whitefish lead the weekly all-you-can-eat Friday fish fry to victory ($6.99). Weekday lunch specials arrive tableside sporting a dapper fez and a choice of sides from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and include a classically prepared hamburger and chef salad ($4.99 each). Break fasts on Saturdays and Sundays until noon with a choice of french toast ($2.95), a three-egg omelette flanked by potatoes, toast, and coffee ($5.95), or a bacon-topped breakfast sandwich ($3.95). Wash down this array of eats with beer by the bottle, pint, or pitcher, or a cocktail creation coached by a varsity mixologist.
Wild Sake's eclectic menu melds traditional Japanese and American cuisines. Teriyaki-glazed steak comes served with mashed potatoes, and the hot wings are slathered in Japanese-style sauces. However, the big draw here is the sushi. The lounge serves up more than a dozen maki rolls, ranging from spicy salmon to the tilapia crunch, a mix of avocado, cucumber, and shrimp tempura. Bento boxes can be customized to include your choice of appetizer, sushi, salad, and entree.
During the week, Wild Sake closes just after lunchtime, but the sushi chefs are at it til well after sundown on the weekends. They also provide catering services for up to 300 people for special events such as birthdays, weddings, and graduation parties.
The dull roar of a bustling restaurant, the spirited chatter of commentators on HD TVs, the pulsing beats of live DJs—at Strike Ten Lanes, such noises ring commonly in harmony with the thunder of strikes and the screams of falling pins. The lanes’ modern touches, including automatic scoring, carry over into the lane-side lounge areas, stuffed with comfy couches and low tables. On the other side of the alley, customers can take a break from bowling with video gaming, or by sitting around circular booths to chow down on burgers, pizza, and steaks from the onsite eatery's full menu. They also nab daily drink specials or any of eight beers on tap or 35 bottled varities from two full bars as TVs and projection screens display every Bulls and Blackhawks game and other heated contests between sports teams, sports analysts, and sporty monster trucks. Strike Ten Lanes keeps its doors open seven days a week, including holidays, and can cater to large, corporate events.