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Today's side deal to Candlelite Chicago gives hungry and thirsty Chicagoans a reason to visit their Far North friends. The legendary Rogers Park establishment beckons to pizza mouths and ale esophagi with a glowing neon martini glass and a reputation for friendly, neighborhood service. Though you won't miss a second of the game on Candlelite's flat-screen TVs, the cozy exposed brick and charming atmosphere allow the casual bar-goer to tune out the TVs.
Candlelite's menu features refined pub grub and savory pizza pies. Share an order of battered cheese curds ($5) with friends, or protect garlic-and-herb fries (battered and tossed in garlic, vinegar, and herbs, $5) as though they were your vulnerable and delicious offspring. Class up your championship game with mussels in butter, garlic, and white wine ($9), or tear into a juicy smokehouse burger (1/2 pounder with Muenster, applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and barbecue sauce, $10). For vegetarians, the black-bean veggie sandwich (with red pepper spread, lettuce, tomato, and onion on a pretzel roll, $8) is a delicious pick. Get a pizza or two for your group, with a list of specialty topping combos, including one pizza topped with Italian sausage and thin slices of Italian beef and another smothered in roasted garlic cloves, caramelized onions, Parmesan, and goat cheese. Pizzas are available in personal ($9), medium ($14), or large ($17).
Today's deal is valid for dine in, carry out, or delivery, though tax, gratuity, and delivery fees are not included. Candlelite opens at 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at 11 a.m., Saturday and Sunday.
- For decades the green martini glass on this neighborhood saloon’s neon sign was a beacon for wonderful cracker-thin-crust pizza—and still is. That’s even after a group of regulars took it over—including a culinary school grad—and installed flat-screen TVs in practically every sight line. Rest assured you won’t miss the big play while sitting on the can, but somehow all those plasma teats don’t seem so intrusive bordered by exposed brick, red pleather, and shiny dark wood. – Mike Sula, Chicago Reader
- Thanks to some very skilled contractors, the rehabbed interior, a maroon and black paint scheme nicely matched with dark-toned brick, has the spit and polish of a CEO's wingtips. – Patrick Corcoran, Centerstage Chicago
- not to be corny, but it feels like "cheers". great burgers, great deals and comfort foods just like home cooking. seriously. the manager greets you like family and everyone remembers me. – lily, Urbanspoon
The sounds of revelry drift across an outdoor patio, past Candlelite's martini-glass sign, which casts a soft, warm glow that hearkens back to the eatery's opening in 1950. Regulars in their fourth decade of patronage crowd around thin-crust pizzas, built upon dough made by hand each day, and cheer on athletes on 17 flat-screen televisions. Baskets of golden-brown hand-cut fries sing their cheerful sizzles out into the dining room, where five decades' worth of art and photos leave the exposed-brick walls barely visible. Bartenders slide mugs filled with sudsy caps of Oberon and Hoegaarden down the gleaming bar to thirsty diners and physicists skeptical of a third state of matter.
West Rogers Park
7452 N Western Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60645Get Directions