17 Spots for Dinner and a Show Around Chicago (Date Night, Sorted!)
The holidays may be over, but the party has just begun.
Winter has come to Chicago (brrrrrr!) and that’s the perfect time to seek out places where you can plop yourself in one spot for the whole evening. Who wants to pay to park (or ride share, or take the El or Metra) more than once? Who in their right mind wants to spend any more time outside than is absolutely necessary? Hint: These are rhetorical questions. The answer is NOBODY.
Chicago is a music and theater town; there is no shortage of performers, starting with your restaurant’s front staff — every artist needs to pay rent. So it’s no surprise that we’ve got a plethora of places from which to choose, including stalwarts like Kingston Mines, SPACE/Union Pizzeria, Schubas Tavern, Andy’s Jazz Club, and Thalia Hall/Dusek’s, all of which you can read about here.
But, some new venues have popped up that are worth a try, and equally as toasty on a cold January night.
Wise up, people! Find a good restaurant, and then stay to be entertained afterward, be it theater, comedy, film, or music. We’ve got just the list for you.
Menus and Music
With two locations — Chicago and Rosemont — Lettuce Entertain You’s reincarnation of the original Bub City offers many options, from Live Band Karaoke and Whiskey Wednesdays to nationally known visiting music acts. Millennials flock here for the Fried Pickles ($10); TNT Taquitos ($12) stuffed with spicy smoked brisket; Southern Fried Chicken ($10-$16); and Chicago-Style Ribs ($19/$29). Come for the BBQ, stay for the country music.