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If You Love Your Dive Bar, Then Kill It!

Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree | Posted 11.23.2014 | Travel
Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree

Sure, you might not like the tourists who wander in on occasion, but you'd probably like it less if the place simply vanished forever, replaced by an upscale fashion boutique or chain restaurant.

Geek Bar Chicago Chooses Location, Prepares To Open By Spring

Posted 12.18.2013 | Chicago

Story by Serena Dai, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: LINCOLN PARK — A new bar just for geeks has finally tied down a location — 1960 N. Clybourn Ave....

30 New Craft Breweries Are Coming Soon To Chicago

Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago

Story by Janet Rausa Fuller, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: Illinois is home to more than 80 craft breweries, up from 67 in 2012, according to the Brewe...

10 Classic American Bar Signs

Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree | Posted 10.25.2013 | Travel
Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree

To some it seems a trivial kind of happiness. It's just a sign after all. But to many, neon bar signs are more: they are in fact works of art, and whole movements exist to document, photograph and preserve these all-too-frequently disappearing bits of America's past.

Chicago Mixologist Named America's Best Bartender

Posted 07.22.2013 | Chicago

A Chicago mixologist left this weekend's Tales of the Cocktail conference in New Orleans with a new title under his belt: "Best American Bartender." ...

The Great Chicago 50 Wards -- 50 Bars Project: The 2nd Ward

Matthew Bailey | Posted 07.07.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Bailey

One hundred percent of the previous 2nd Ward is not included in the new 2nd Ward, which resembles a plate of under-cooked spaghetti. Nevertheless, the show must go on so for these words, I will be sightseeing the old 2nd Ward.

Top Five Sports Bars in Chicago

Party Earth | Posted 06.25.2013 | Chicago
Party Earth

Chicago is home to five major professional sports teams and notoriously diehard fans, which is why it is one of the premier destinations to find top-notch sports bars.

The Great Chicago 50 Wards -- 50 Bars Project: The 1st Ward

Matthew Bailey | Posted 06.24.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Bailey

Zakopane has been, and will probably always be, my fave Chicago bar.

Post-Game Hotspots in Chicago's Wrigleyville

Party Earth | Posted 05.12.2013 | Chicago
Party Earth

While choosing to check out a game at Wrigley is an easy decision, deciding which of the many places to go before or after the game is difficult. Here are three suggestions for great places to go in Wrigleyville after a game.

22 Artists Name Their Favorite Dirty Dives and Late Night Joints

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.24.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

In true starving artist fashion, I polled 20 artists on their late night dives, juicy joints, hidden gems, cheap eats and all-around favorite hole-in-the-walls in the city. Take note. There are some great finds here!

PHOTOS: 10 Winter-Proof Hotel Bars

George Hobica | Posted 04.03.2013 | Travel
George Hobica

One of the most charming bars in Manhattan happens to be tucked away inside one of the city's best boutique hotels.

Cocktail Bar Debuts Homemade Malort

Posted 01.09.2013 | Chicago

Chicago is no longer a one-Malort town. The Carl Jeppson Company of Chicago first produced the bitter Swedish-style spiced liquor in the U.S., but...

South Loop Dive Bar Shuttering After 65 Years

Posted 12.28.2012 | Chicago

A mainstay watering hole of Chicago's South Loop is set to shutter following their New Year's bash. Cal's Liquors, 400 S. Wells St., has long been ...

Alpana Singh's Restaurant 'Soft' Opens Thursday

Posted 12.12.2012 | Chicago

Foodie alert! Master sommelier and long-time "Check, Please!" host Alpana Singh has announced an opening date for The Boarding House, the much-anticip...

Where To Get Your Drink On This Black Wednesday

Posted 11.20.2012 | Chicago

What with the family visits, last-minute grocery runs and risk of kitchen disasters, Thanksgiving can be a stressful time -- so why not kick back on t...

How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Bar

Party Earth | Posted 01.15.2013 | Taste
Party Earth

No bar caters to everyone. From the trendy bars in Los Angeles to the blue-collar bars in Boston, there's something different for all stripes.

Three Great Bars East of the Mississippi

Party Earth | Posted 01.12.2013 | Taste
Party Earth

While foodies are always looking for new restaurants and art lovers flock to the latest exhibits, bar flies explore the U.S. from coast to coast in search of the best bars in the country. Here are three of the coolest bars that we've found so far.

Three Chicago Clubs, Three Very Different Nights

Party Earth | Posted 12.15.2012 | Chicago
Party Earth

It's nice to know what to expect when you're set to club into the night. We're not implying you should have a detailed schedule, but the last thing you want to do is head out raring for some bumping house on the dance floor and find a DJ spinning '80s pop.

Best Dive Bars Across America

Party Earth | Posted 12.03.2012 | Travel
Party Earth

You don't have to be down on your luck or completely broke to appreciate a good dive bar. Whether you're drawn in by the dirt cheap beer, greasy eats, eclectic clientele or jukebox jams, every city has a dive bar for you. The trick to finding the right one is to weed out the seamy cesspools from the best-kept secrets.

Celebrate Beyonce's B-Day At These Dance-Friendly Bars

Posted 09.04.2012 | Chicago

Ring the alarm, Chicago! In addition to being the day immediately following the three-day Labor Day weekend, Tuesday holds another distinction some mu...

Epic Bars for the Best 21st Birthday

Party Earth | Posted 10.31.2012 | College
Party Earth

You only get one 21st birthday in your life. From that point forward, all future birthdays will only be anniversaries of that ceremoniously drunken rite of passage. Basically, it's just a sleigh ride into adulthood after the big 2-1. That said it's absolutely imperative that you do this right.

PHOTOS: 6 Stellar Summer Patios

Party Earth | Posted 10.16.2012 | Travel
Party Earth

The summer is beginning to wane, the days are starting to get shorter and all you want is to squeeze in a few more shorts-and-sandals moments before it officially ends. So here are some of the best bar patios across the U.S.

PHOTOS: Chicago's Best Boozy, Cool Treats To Beat The Heat

Posted 07.26.2012 | Chicago

It's a scorcher out there, Chicago. Temperatures are inching back up to the 90s Thursday, and the weekend ahead is looking pretty cloud-free and steam...

Happy Martini Day, Chicago! Where To Get Your Boozy Fix

Posted 06.19.2012 | Chicago

On June 19, cocktail enthusiasts across the country celebrate a uniquely American drink: the martini. National Martini Day celebrates the drink inv...

How to 'Train' Your Bar Crawl: Barhopping Chicago's Red Line

Party Earth | Posted 08.14.2012 | Chicago
Party Earth

Whether you're looking for the perfect way to wind down the workday, playing tourist, need some date ideas, or just a night out with friends, using the train may be the best way to barhop downtown Chicago.