Tone Productions Dj Services extends the heartiest of welcomes to you for their ongoing season of theater in Oak Lawn.
If you've worked up an appetite, no worries! This theater also has a fabulous restaurant.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Over the course of its history, the brick tied house at the corner of Belmont and Southport has hosted tenants that helped shape Chicago’s personality. Originally built as a tap room by the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company in 1903, the homey corner bar would later transform into Schubas Tavern, one of t he North Side’s preeminent music clubs. Nestled right next door, the Harmony Grill flaunts both its history and proximity to musical derring-do. As diners gather around tables and booths lit by intimate glass-petal hanging lamps, stained glass windows and ornate molding compete for eyes’ attention with the murals, paintings, and photographs of musicians that cover the walls.
In the kitchen, chefs preside over design menus brimming with contemporary, regional American cuisine featuring ingredients sourced from local and regional producers. Their tactics reflect this obsession with freshness; they make all soups, sauces, breads, and desserts in-house daily, ensuring that ingredients remain unspoiled and naïve enough to go into the pot willingly. All of this attention to culinary detail pays off at lunch and dinner, of course. Then, chefs accent home-style mac 'n' cheese with combinations of more than 30 toppings, and build beef or veggie burgers, traditional Cuban sandwiches, and shrimp po' boys. They also specialize in brunch, crafting sweet seasonal pancakes, Mexican-inspired egg dishes, and French toast from scratch each weekend. Barkeeps also get a chance to shine, pouring a dozen draft beers—including imports as well as local brews—and local rye whiskeys and vodka.
Five Things to Know About Drag City
At first, there was “College Rock,” the catch-all term for not-quite-ready-for-Top-40 acts such as R.E.M., 10,000 Maniacs, or The Cure, who were adored by college kids before anyone else. Then came “Alternative Rock,” the blanket term for Brit pop, grunge, industrial, and anything else that wasn’t Aerosmith or Milli Vanilli. But one could argue (as music nerds do) that “Indie Rock”—that term reserved to define music’s more obtuse, uncommercial, and, well, independent offerings—came to be thanks to Chicago’s scrappy, venerable, and just plain smart record label Drag City. Here’s some facts to back that up (and records you should own).
Their first release was what your mom would call “different.” Columbia Records debuted with the Metropolitan Opera. Motown’s first single was Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. As for Drag City? Royal Trux: two unrepentant junkies chafing your earlobes with sloppy, noisy avant-garbage in a year (1990) when Wilson Phillips had the #1 song of the year.
They gave you Pavement. The first “Summer Babe” 7”, the Perfect Sound Forever and Demolition Plot J-7 EPs, and the Westing (By Musket and Sextant) compilation made it from Stephen Malkmus’s 4-track to your ears thanks to Drag City’s prescient tastes. Also: if you caught Pavement’s 2010 Pitchfork reunion, that was Drag City’s Rian Murphy introducing the band in the spirit of Tony Clifton
They made the harp a thing again: Remember when nobody played the harp or hung out with harp players, and then Drag City released Joanna Newsom’s The Milk-Eyed Mender and everybody was all like, “I want a harp! I want to marry Andy Samberg?” Thanks, Drag City.
They raised the dead OK, that’s a fib. But they did reissue the hard-to-find demos of the Detroit protopunk band Death. Plus, albums by acts such as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Bill Callahan of Smog are known to make listeners feel like they just woke up from being buried alive.
They know what’s funny. It takes some gall and guts to release comedy albums from standups as divisive as Andy Kaufman, darling as Fred Armisen, and derelict as Neil Hamburger
Treat yourself to tasty, homemade barbecue at The Smoke Daddy in Chicago.
Be sure to take advantage of The Smoke Daddy's BYOB policy and bring along your own beer or wine.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
Worried about taking a big group out for a night on the town? The Smoke Daddy has you covered with private rooms made for loud parties.
At The Smoke Daddy, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at The Smoke Daddy.
The Smoke Daddy visitors enjoy a taste of live music with their food as well.
The restaurant fills up on the weekends, so keep that in mind before heading out.
Comfort is prioritized at The Smoke Daddy, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
Catering services are also available.
This restaurant also offers delivery and take-out options for those who want to make it a night in.
Parking is easy at The Smoke Daddy, especially those looking to park on the street or in a lot close by.
Diners can take advantage of the nearby public transit options, including Division (Blue Line) and Damen-o'hare (Blue Line).
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at The Smoke Daddy.
For a decently-priced meal that s not too fancy, The Smoke Daddy hits the nail on the head.
Conveniently charge by major credit card when cash isn't an option.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
The Smoke Daddy is serving up barbecue with a fresh new twist, making it the perfect meal for any occasion.
Just remember to swing by The Smoke Daddy next time you're dreaming about smoked brisket or a side of slaw. Barbecue at its best is well within reach.
Four Things to Know About Civic Opera Barber Salon
Many feet above the stage in the Civic Opera Building, Sam Gullo practices a more subdued but no less meticulous art: old-school barbering. The longstanding barbershop offers artful grooming with a personal touch. Read on for a couple reasons to make the (elevator-enhanced) climb:
They’ve been above you the whole time. The barbershop has been hovering above the city on the 15th floor since 1973, and it’s drawn a faithful clientele of men who enjoy the barber’s skill and the tucked-away vibe.
Writers and TV cameras have descended from Floor 15 to spread the word. Civic Opera Barber Salon has been voted a top Chicago barber by CBS and Chicago Magazine, and it appeared as the go-to spot for a shave and a haircut on AMC’s The Pitch.
The focus is on how their clients look when they leave, not what they look at when they enter. The simple, throwback design was praised by Michigan Avenue Magazine, which wrote, “the only hint of the presence of a shave and shoe shine shop is the only one that matters—a bright red, white and blue barber pole. If that doesn’t convince you, the more than 35 years of sharp trims should.”
Their services hark back to patient, relaxed men’s grooming. In addition to haircuts, services include hot lather shaves, men’s manicures, and shoe shines that might make the modern world a little jarring afterwards.
Chicago Sinfonietta was already markedly different from its counterparts when it played its first notes in 1987. Its founder and conductor Paul Freeman wanted to create a symphony that actually reflected the community in which it existed. The ensemble he formed brought together musicians from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, who interpreted both classical pieces and forgotten compositions from composers of color. His concept proved successful—the symphony toured Europe, played the Kennedy Center twice, and produced 14 albums, all while tunefully demonstrating the universality of music.
Today, Chicago Sinfonietta continues to perform unique programs, and supports music education and professional development opportunities for members of underrepresented communities. Freeman retired from his post at the end of the 2011 season, passing the reins new music director Mei-Ann Chen, but his legacy lives on in the music of performers he helped get started, including classical-music legend Yo-Yo Ma.