If you're expecting to find chicken coops and other farm-related items at Roost, you might be disappointed. But then again, you might not. This killer Andersonville vintage store stocks all sorts of items, from carefully-curated and displayed knick knacks on the first level to a full on retro furniture explosion on the second level. The prices aren't cheap, but neither is spending all weekend driving around to yard sales trying to find just one thing worth buying. Trust us. We've tried. And the only thing worthwhile we ever seem to bring home is a six-pack to calm our nerves.
You don't have to head there for late-night eats — they open at 8:00 am, after all — but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't. Ming Hin is the place to head for after-drinks dinner, as they serve up their tasty cuisine until 2:00 am. This Chinatown spot offers nearly anything you could want — from short ribs and pot stickers to Macau-style pork belly and deep fried pigeon, as well as wine, cocktails, and oversized booths that should be more than roomy enough to accommodate you and your drinking pals.
Yes, it's in a hotel - but it's far from a "hotel bar". Drumbar is arguably Chicago's premiere rooftop bar, sitting atop the Raffaello Hotel off Michigan Avenue. This Gold Coast drinkery crafts world-class cocktails — including in-house creations made with custom bitters — but might be even just as well known for its rotating scotch collection. And don't worry if you over indulge — there is a hotel underneath you, after all.
At most markets, you're lucky to find a handful of stands offering interesting handmade goods. At the Renegade Craft Fair, you'll find nothing but. Held every Summer and Winter in Austin, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and London — and with upcoming dates scheduled in all six cities — this curated independent craft marketplace features a huge array of goods from talented artisans, spanning everything from clothes and jewelry to furniture, lighting, and artwork. Food and drink will likely be on offer as well, so all you really need to bring is yourself — and your wallet.
Think burger customization begins and ends with the toppings? Think again. At the Butcher & The Burger, you can customize everything from the meat blend to the bun. Options include pork, turkey, bison, salmon, shrimp, and both local house-blend and grass-fed beef, with a host of spices, standard toppings, and even high-end extras like foie gras, Benton's bacon, and black truffle aioli. Like what you taste? Take some patties home to serve at your next cookout.
Great drinks can certainly make a bar worth visiting, but they're only part of the draw of The Whistler. This Logan Square spot is a multi-purpose space, featuring a stylish bar serving up craft cocktails, a stage that hosts live music and DJs seven nights a week, and a friendly-yet-grungy crowd. It also offers up its storefront space for art installations, and features a large backyard patio. That not enough for you? Well, it also runs an in-house record label, and serves up PBRs for the liquor-adverse. What more could you ask for?
Ever wonder what The Walking Dead might be like as a burlesque show? No? Well luckily the people at the Gorilla Tango Theater have. Boobs of the Dead is the result — a parody/tribute to the comic and show featuring a potent mix of gore and sex appeal. Think stripping zombie dancers and you've got the idea. Back again for its second year, this well-recieved show is getting a lengthier run — Fridays and Saturdays from October 4th to December 27 — so if you missed out on it last year, here's your chance.
Stylish design. Roomy patio. And tasty food. What more could you ask for? At Parson's Chicken & Fish, not much. This new eatery from the team behind Longman & Eagle serves up what some are calling the best fried chicken in town, alongside a host of other fried treats that bring plenty of flavor for the price. Of course, food is only part of the equation, so it's a good thing that the spot's retro vibe is executed quite well from the interior out to the patio, and is matched by the cocktail menu highlighted by slushy versions of classic cocktails.
Named after the island in the Irish Sea, Isle of Man share more with its namesake than a moniker alone. This expertly edited men's shop offers a wide variety of essentials for guys, including shirts, jackets, shoes, accessories, and apothecary from the likes of Alden, Barbour, Baxter of California, Red Wing, and Woolrich. But instead of being satisfied just selling clothes, this unique store also offers a curated selection of bikes from Ducati, Triumph, and Vespa, giving the store a bit of a motoring feel — just like the island, which is famous for its TT races. The bikes are complimented by the vintage leather and boots you'll find on sale, along with vintage trunks, suitcases, and a range of custom home decor and furniture. [Scouted by Phelan]
Yes, it technically sells food — but it only takes one look at the downstairs bar of the Old Town Pour House to tell this place is all about the beer. Offering an impressive 90 taps, this posh drinkery offers everything from typical American light lagers to Belgians, bombers, and seasonals both domestic and imported. Upstairs, you'll find a full bar serving up cocktails, wine, and beer, while downstairs you'll find a larger space and more lively atmosphere. The upscale tavern-style grub doesn't disappoint, either, although if you're fan of drinking breakfast, you'll want to make a stop in for weekend brunch — the 20-ounce Churchill Bloody Mary, complete with a skewer of steak, cheese, pepper, tomato, onion, and a Slim Jim — is worth the trip all by itself.
Named after the patterns revealed when wood is cut, Endgrain is an interesting mashup of a restaurant. Located in Roscoe Village, this low-key spot focuses on using the freshest seasonal ingredients in their new American cuisine, serving up dishes like smoked chicken pot pie with a corn crust and poblanos alongside doughnuts and biscuits and jelly. The brunch menu also takes advantage of their biscuit and doughnut prowess, but nothing does so quite like the "biscnut", a terrifying delicious biscuit/doughnut hybrid that's destined to give the cronut a run for its money.
The Windy City has no shortage of high-profile places to go eat if you're in the mood for a big night out — but if you're looking for a more subdued experience, the Paramount Room is a solid bet. This cozy River West spot and former speakeasy serves up a wide variety of food, ranging from the sublime fried green beans and belly sticks to killer Wagyu burgers, ruebens, and Ahi. The beer list is also commendable, adhering to the "no crap on tap" way of thinking, and the cocktails are also unique, tasty, and strong. Keep your eye out for the burger and a pint special, when you can pick up the Wagyu burger and a solid pint of beer for just $12. [Scouted by Clay]