Every weekend hundreds, if not thousands, of Loyola students get on the red line and migrate south like a flock of geese. They're heading for the watering holes of Lake View and Lincoln Park, of course. However, it is now time to get the word out on a new spot in the Roger's Park neighborhood--just a stones throw from the university.
63, formerly Hamilton's, is a recently renovated and reopened establishment, and oh boy, did they do a great job with the interior. The long bar has an ebony finish to match the floor, the red brick walls are adorned with a chalk white outline of a lion crest, and the ceiling fans sort of resemble revolving water lilies.
The first thing you'll notice about The Benchmark , nestled in the rich neighborhood of Old Town, is the abundance of outdoor seating--the sidewalk out front hosts plenty of tables, and even a few couches. The building is incredibly modern. The white panel walls, large front windows, and glass covered rooftop resemble the esthetic of a Malibu beach restaurant, rather than one found in Chicago. The interior of the bar is sleek, cool, and some may even say borderline sexy. The nucleus of the large rectangular space is a monolithic bar sporting a gargantuan TV. The polished wood floors gleam under the suspended ceiling lights, and the tables are surrounded by nice leather backed chairs instead of stools. The ceiling opens up, letting anyone down below observe the scene above. The top level is divided into two parts-- one of them being a room with a retractable celing thats completely encased in glass.
How many times have you planed an “epic bar hoping night” with your friends only to end up wondering the streets drunk, alone, lost, and extremely angry? I'm sure you've seen them before--they're the guys in the button down shirts, stumbling alone down the streets and yelling into their phones; they're the over dressed girls in tiaras crying at the L station; they're anyone and everyone including yourself.The problem often comes down to too much planning and unrealistic expectations. Sometimes its best to think a bit smaller, and to just have fun where you are without making it a point to fit in as many places as possible.
Fall can be hectic, but there's a great way to escape. Take in a show at 59E59 Theaters! They recently announced their 2012 fall schedule of performances so check out what's going on below and purchase your tickets here.
Wednesday, September 5 – Sunday, September 30
FLY ME TO THE MOON, written and directed by Marie Jones
With Tara Lynne O’Neill and Katie Tumelty
Produced by Green Shoot Productions
Francis and Loretta are community care workers. Together they care for Davy, a lonely old man whose greatest loves are Frank Sinatra and the races. When Davy dies on the day his horse finally comes in, his two carers are faced with a moral dilemma that threatens to tear their lives - and their friendship - apart. This hilarious new dark comedy from Northern Ireland’s premiere playwright Marie Jones (Stones In His Pockets) is the timely tale of two women struggling in today’s tough economic climate and just how far they will go to make ends meet.
I must admit, I am a bit weak on my US history. Things got blurry beyond the point when that Paul Revere guy started riding around like a headless chicken saying something about the English coming… I don’t know. What I thought I knew was that there was a big divide between the North and South of the United States. Something about confederates and unionists, and a general hatred between the two?
So then what the hell is going on in Chelsea? Tipsy Parson opens its door on Monday, and releases dreams of beautiful southern belles in floral dresses and sweet-as-cherry-pie voices that just make me want to…