Seven Things to Know About Cigars and Stripes
“A strange place for nice people.” Part philosophy and part catchy slogan, this vision drives everything at Cigars and Stripes, a beer-and-barbecue joint where patrons devour smoked meats in an atmosphere tinged with mischief and rebellion. Here are some things to know when visiting:
The meat is smoked onsite. Three smokers—including one that can handle 150 pounds of meat—slowly cook every cut to fall-off-the-bone tenderness. The smokers make regular appearances in the beer garden.
Even the hot wings are smoked. The chefs put a creative spin on this bar staple, which they tumble in one of four house sauces.
They resurrect a Chicago classic. Though they’re usually pegged as a Kansas City specialty, rib tips actually started in Chicago (according to Cigars and Stripes), and the chefs regularly toss them in the smokers.
Beers rotate on 13 taps. Selections from Chicago breweries such as Arcade, Half Acre, and Motor Row regularly appear, as do regional offerings.
Vegetarians are welcome. Despite the pride in barbecue, vegetarian-friendly dishes dot the menu, such as pizza piled high with brightly colored veggies.
There’s always something on. The gigantic big screen behind the bar plays entertainment such as live sports, professional wrestling, and The Walking Dead.
They’re a sponsor of the Route 66 Car Show. This has made the bar popular with automotive enthusiasts, who often grace the parking lot with their restored cars, hot rods, and motorcycles.
Four Things to Know About the Auditorium Theatre
Built in 1889 by the famous architectural firm Adler and Sullivan, the Auditorium Theatre once reigned as one of Chicago's finest playhouses. Today, the National Registered Landmark belongs to Roosevelt University, and still enjoys life as an active theater and music venue. Restorations in 1967 and 2002 preserved its gold ceilings, eye-popping detail, and pin-drop acoustics, giving a new generation of Chicagoans a chance to commune with the city's history. Take your eyes off the stage and read on for the marvels surrounding this classic theatre:
It’s a portrait from an architecture as a young man. Adler and Sullivan tapped none other than a young Frank Lloyd Wright as draftsman. President Grover Washington, meanwhile, came to Chicago to lay the cornerstone.
The theatre had the first ever air-conditioning unit. By modern standards, the 15 pounds of ice per day it used to cool to interiors seems a bit passe. But at the time, this was the first air-conditioning ever and a marvel of engineering.
American luminaries from all fields graced its stages. In 1921, The Auditorium Theatre hosted Chicago’s first ever live radio broadcast—a performance of Puccini's classic Madame Butterfly. Other momentous event at the theatre include concerts by Jimi Hendrix and Frank Sinatra, as well speeches by Booker T. Washington and President Theodore Roosevelt, who delivered his Armageddon speech from the Auditorium’s stage.
The gilded ceilings are still made of gold. Although its doors were shuttered for years, the theater still boasts the same arched ceilings covered in 24-karat gold-leaf that once wowed Gilded Age audiences.
Davenport's serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Chicago's Wicker Park district.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Patrons have the pleasure of listening to live music while they dine.
The restaurant picks up the most people during the week, so avoid the rush if crowds aren't your thing.
With Davenport's being close to public transit and various parking lots, you can drive or take public transit.
This dining establishment is located near hassle-free parking options.
Davenport's is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Your tab at Davenport's will usually run to about $30 per guest.
When you have a hunger craving, head over to Davenport's and treat yourself to an American classic.
Davenport's serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Davenport's and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
A local watering hole, Elbo Room is the perfect place to meet friends for your next round of drinks. Top off your entree with drinks from the bar — Elbo Room serves beer, wine and liquor. You won't feel cramped at Elbo Room, even with a large party — the bar is perfect for large groups. Feel the beat on the bar dance floor and groove to live music. Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the bar is rather noisy.
Prepare to face the crowds if you visit on the weekend — Friday and Saturday are Elbo Room's busiest days. Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Elbo Room — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
Elbo Room patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the N Lincoln Ave location. Hop on public transit if driving's not your speed; accessible stops include Diversey (Purple/Brown) and Wellington (Purple/Brown).
A meal at Elbo Room will typically set you back about $30. Elbo Room accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
Visit Gallery Cabaret for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Chicago's Bucktown.
On gameday, come here to cheer your team to victory and watch every triumph on the big screen.
The large dining space at Gallery Cabaret provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Live music is often featured for guests' enjoyment.
The restaurant fills up on the weekends, so keep that in mind before heading out.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at Gallery Cabaret, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
Take the car and arrive promptly to dinner; parking is plentiful, so don't worry about setting aside time to search for a space.
Travel by bike to Gallery Cabaret and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Shelling out big flavor at low prices is the name of the game at Gallery Cabaret, where dining out is an affordable everyday habit.
Lunch and dinner are easy as pie (and you might as well get a slice) at the delicious Gallery Cabaret.
At ComedySportz of Chicago, audience suggestions keep an all-ages, family-friendly and fast-paced vortex of scenes, games, and songs spinning in competitive shows that pit two improv teams against each other. Inside the intimate, 149-seat theater, spontaneity rules as a referee moderates the all-ages-appropriate hilarity pitched between the Chicago Bosses and The Evanston Express. At the end of each comedic duel, the points and audience votes are tallied to determine the winning team, sentencing the losers to feed the doves that live inside the winners’ top hats.
ComedySportz’s seasoned instructors also host regular workshops to teach aspiring yuksters the art of improvised hilarity and the essential virtues of spontaneity, risk taking, and engagement with the moment. Through scene work, ComedySportz games, and short- and long-form improv, students learn to keep audiences roaring in order to jump-start a career or become a more affable bank robber.