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                                                                                                               Market’s new retractable roof.   Through the Roof!
        N                                                                                                                                       Market, owned by Karl
                                                                                                                                                Spektor and Sox GM Kenny
                                                                                                                                                Williams, has one-upped the
       nightlife
                                                                                                                                                Cell itself with the addition of a
                                                                                                                                                revolutionary retractable roof on
                                                                                                                                                the outdoor beer garden. Push a
                                                                                                                                                button and shelter rolls over the
                                                                                                                                                2,500-square-foot space within
                                                                                                                                                minutes—making this West Loop
                                                                                                                                                spot the hottest place to watch a
                                                                                                                                                game any time of the year. 1113
                                                                                                                                                W. Randolph St., 312.929.4787.




                                                                                                                                                     Crowds pack Big Star in Wicker Park.



                                                                                                                   The Nightly News
                                                                                                                    the report is in on these four new
                                                                                                                      nightlife spots you can’t miss
                                                 Head to the back loading zone of 308 W. erie St. to find the
                                                           unmarked entrance to Champagne lounge Cuvée.
                                                                                                               douBLe a Besides the invite-        BiG StaR Tacos can be ordered
                                                                                                               only glamour (e-mail rsvp@          as early as 11:30AM when
                                                                                                               doubleachicago.com), and            hours change this month,
                                  “We’ve had John Cusack, Pam Anderson, Jay Cutler,                            good luck) and private              but nighttime is still the
   Bubble                         the Kardashians,” says Ivan Madera, co-owner of River
                                  North’s Cuvée, barely pausing for breath. “Jeremy
                                                                                                               collection of premium
                                                                                                               tequilas, Mercadito’s
                                                                                                                                                   right time at Paul Kahan
                                                                                                                                                   and Terry Alexander’s
   or Nothing                     Piven and the guy who plays Johnny Drama. Hopefully
                                  we’ll get Diddy in this weekend—he’s in town.” But
                                                                                                               underground lounge is
                                                                                                               revolutionizing Chicago’s
                                                                                                                                                   honky-tonk paradise,
                                                                                                                                                   Wicker Park’s new “It”
                                  the glittery Champagne-geared ultra-lounge—don’t                             mixology scene with soon-           spot. Spirits director
                                  call it a club!—isn’t all celebrities. You’re in if you dress                to-arrive oversized snifters        Michael Ruble serves classic
   the best new nightspot?        the part (men: suits or sport coats) and fit the 60/40                        in which bartenders swirl,          drinks, some with his own
                                  female/male ratio Cuvée shoots for each night. Drinks                        not shake, crafty cocktails.        specified blend of W.L.
   cuvée, where stars             range from Champagne cocktails to the new extreme in                         108 W. Kinzie St.                   Weller bourbon. 1531 N.
   get uncorked                   bottle service: the Salmanazar (a nine-liter Champagne                                                           Damen Ave., 773.235.4039.
                                  bottle). Te biggest tab so far? $48,000. 308 W. Erie St.,                    SMaLL BaR Not so small
                                  312.202.9221.                                                                anymore, the new Lincoln            BaR NoVo Owners of the
                                                                                                               Park sibling to the Logan           amped-up hotel bar in the
                                                                                                               Square and Wicker Park              Renaissance Chicago plan
                                                                                                                                                                                            market photo by aleJandro marin




                                                                                                               locations holds 140                 to add a DJ on Tursday
         “i’ve always loved chicago. When i was 17 or 18, my                                                   at the former St. Paul              nights to rev the after-work
         dad played here and we would hang out at kingston                                                     Billiards. Order mini kegs          crowd—as if the buttered
                                                                                                               of Kostritzer, Bell’s and           rum with pear liqueur and
              mines and those jazz clubs along that strip.”                                                    more. 1415 W. Fullerton             apple isn’t enough. 1 W.
                            designer stellA mccArtney                                                          Ave., 773.525.2727.                 Wacker Dr., 312.372.7200.



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                                                    VOYEUR
THE RADAR | NOW! | Edited by Marissa Conrad


                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pistachio liqueur—
                                                    The Purple Pig                                Tuesday, 5PM                                                                                                  nutty, or genius?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                We say both.

                                                    A first in Voyeur history: We showed up to shoot at The Purple Pig one recent evening and it was too packed
                                                    to even set up our camera. So we tried again the next week an hour earlier, and voilà!—success. The secret
                                                    to this Michigan Avenue pork palace? Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr.’s inspired Mediterranean fare and the convivial
                                                    buzz that comes with communal tables, a fab wine list and chatter in the air. Show up. Wait. Dine. Repeat.




                                                         Pamela Kanner Henry                         John Hendricks
                                                         Darien, freelance writer                    River Forest, ad sales exec                                                        Hip Sips
                                                         “I’ve heard that ‘Much                      Loving the communal table                                                          Pour these new-to-Chicago
                                                                                                     setup. “With seven beautiful             Jimmy Bannos Jr.
                                                         smoking kills live men and                                                                                                     spirits—the Bentleys of wines,
                                                                                                     women at the table, you’d be             Park Ridge, chef/partner,
                                                         cures dead swine.’”                                                                                                            bubblies, liquors and liqueurs—
                                                                                                     smiling like a Cheshire cat too!”          e Purple Pig
                                                                                                                                                                                        at your next dinner party.
                                                                                                                                              Can’t get over how crowded
                                                                                                                                              his new restaurant is. “I need            DUMANTE VERDENOCE: is pistachio liqueur
                                                                                                                                              the patio to open up ASAP!”               makes chocolate Martinis sexy again.
                                                                                                                                                                                        But its complex sweet-and-nutty flavor
                                                                                                                                                                                        also stands strong as a simple post-dinner
                                                                                                                                                                                        sipper. $39.99 at Binny’s, dumante.com.

                                                                                                                                                                                        DOM PÉRIGNON ROSÉ OENOTHÉQUE 1990:
                                                                                                                                                                                        Marking the first time in Dom’s
                                                                                                                                                                                        300-year history that a rosé has been
                                                                                                                                                                                        released from the ultra-controlled
                                                                                                                                                                                        Oenothèque vault, this bubbly is bold,
                                                                                        Megan Kanner                                                                                    spicy and unlike anything you’ve tasted.
                                                                                        Edgewater, jewelry buyer                                                                        $799 at Binny’s, domperignon.com.

                                                                                        “Who knew there were so                                                                         MAKERS 46: Can you teach an old
                                                       Sarah Henry
                                                                                        many edible pig parts?”                                                                         bourbon maker new tricks? After
                                                       Butler University, student
                                                                                                                                                                                        50-plus years of making one product
                                                       Enjoying a going-away                                                              Steve Paluck                                  only, Maker’s Mark releases a
                                                       dinner before a trip to                                                            Beverly, line cook, Terzo Piano               94-proof, bolder bourbon in July. $36
                                                       China and thinking to                                                                                                            at Binny’s, makersmark.com.
                                                       herself: “I thought this                                                           Informed us that after our
                                                       is where the celebrities                                                           photographer left, Danica                     C. DONATIELLO: Small-batch pinot noirs and
                                                       hung out?”                                                                         Patrick and her husband sat                   Chards from Cali’s Russian River Valley
                                                                                                                                          down kitty-corner to him                      have us enamored with their quality
                                                                                                                                          at the bar.                                   and snazzy labeling system, marking
                                                                                                                                                                                        everything from the harvest date to
                                                                                                                                                                                        number bottled. $24-$72 at Galleria
                                                                                                                                                                                        Wine & Liquor, cdonatiello.com. –M.C.


                                                    BURNING QUESTION              Hey, bouncers: What’s the craziest thing someone has done to get inside your bar/club?
                                              “After a patron was denied entry for wearing tennis shoes,
                                                                                                                              “A girl at the door flashed me to get in front of the line. After getting there, she whispered in
                                              he noticed a couple coming out of the club, so he offered the
                                                                                                                              my ear, ‘I just want you to know you’re sexy’ and grabbed my crotch.” –NICK SELESKY, HUB 51
                                              gentleman who was leaving $500 for his dress shoes. e man
                                              leaving took the offer.” –NICHOLAS THAYER, CUVEE
                                                                                                                             “I’ve heard every story in the book, and nobody outsmarts me. Except for one time
                                              “ ere was a guy trying to get into Underground, but he wasn’t                  when the roof was at capacity and nobody was getting up there. At least that’s what
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     VOYEUR PHOTO BY DARKROOM DEMONS




                                              appropriately dressed or on the guest list. He waited for two                  I thought until some guy actually picked up a bus pan, and went around and filled it
                                              hours, then disappeared. About three hours later, I was inside the             with dirty dishes from around the restaurant. With the entire pan of dishes hoisted over
                                              club and bumped into the same guy, but he looked completely                    his head, he walked past me and mumbled, ‘I need to take these upstairs to get washed.’
                                              different. He must’ve gone home, changed clothes and shaved his                 Five minutes later security radioed me from the roof asking why a non-employee was
                                              head! Earlier in the night he had long dirty hair, and now he had a            washing dishes. Guess the guy felt like he should at least finish the job. For all his
                                              nice haircut.” –GRANT NIEWINSKI, UNDERGROUND                                   creativity, we let him stay.” –MARK MCKINLEY, MARKET



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the radar | nightlife




                                        Dark
                                                                                        What kind of guy is attracted to the nightlife business? A party boy with
                                                                                        a whiskey habit? A player who wants to surround himself with copious
                                                                                        (and perhaps inebriated) women? While the answer to both of those is


                                        Knights
                                                                                        probably “hell ya” for many wannabe bar owners, they’re not the kind
                                                                                        who made this list. Tese industry leaders may be young (most are under
                                                                                        35), but they’re also some of the most successful bar owners in the city—
                                                                                        and they didn’t get that way by bonging beers or hanging with boozed-up
                                        Chicago’s newest nightlife kings are            barflies. Million-dollar ideas that just keep coming, a passion for details
                                        young, hot, business-savvy and ready            and a devotion to fun times for all (except, often, themselves) have made
                                        to start an after-dark revolution               this new guard of nightlife gurus the most exciting entrepreneurs in the
                                                                                        city. And—economy be damned—they’re forging ahead with plans for
                                        | By Kate Templin | Portraits by Maia Harms |   eight more Chicago hotspots, all set to open in the next year.
                                                                                             Four Corners Tavern Group directors Marc Epstein, Ryan Indovina
                                                                                        and Tim Ryll are the sports-minded brains behind Schoolyard, Gaslight,
                                                                                        Brownstone, Sidebar, Kirkwood and West End. After determining that a
                                                                                        mix of good food, beer and huge TVs, along with personalizing each bar for
                                                                                        certain fans—alums of Indiana University, Texas, Ohio State and more watch
                                                                                        games surrounded by their team’s flags, fight songs and even their favorite
                                                                                                                                                                         cuvee photo by Jeff Millies




                                                                                        local foods—are the keys to success, the group plans to open two new bars this
                                        champagne dreams a late night at cuvee.
                                                                                        summer (Benchmark at 1510 N. Wells St. and a spot at 2548 N. Southport
                                                                                        Ave.). “A few things don’t go out of style: great food, sports continued...




          56 |          |   June 2010
           ...continued

                 According to Dexter, 32, their spots appeal to an
           eclectic clientele. “We have luxury amenities with the
           attitude and soul of a dive bar,” says Dexter, of Quality
           Social in San Diego. “Our Boston project is just like Old
           Town Social. And the new French-inspired restaurant
           will have a bohemian social aesthetic and a French
           influence in the cocktails and design.”
                 Te pair is hoping that low-key vibe and sophisticated
           service combo will help them create a national, multi-
           layered empire. “You end up cannibalizing your existing
           business if you open something similar to what you’ve
           done previously,” Dexter says. “We have serious long-
           term plans to go into multiple neighborhoods in Chicago
           and the top eight to 10 markets in the country.”
                 Creating a unique concept is equally key to Downtown
           Entertainment, the company that owns Cuvee and
           Enclave. Te Downtown team has turned up the class
           level of late-night lounges with an upscale dress code, a


             “We underestimated the market.
             bull & bear did double our
             preliminary income projections.”

           well-displayed Champagne collection and chic décor at
           Cuvee. Te goal? To attract the ladies, with the mindset
           that where women go, men will follow. “We noticed
           that women are less inclined to stay out late into the
           night when the environment isn’t appealing to them,”
           says Cuvee manager Nicholas Tayer, 29. “Most of the
           choices we made in designing the space were geared
           towards providing an enjoyable atmosphere for those
           very important patrons.”
                 Te late-night scene is also important to 33-year-old
           Mike Bisbee, founder of the LGN Group and co-owner
           of Manor, RiNo, Stay and Te Cedar Hotel. Bisbee has
           been in the bar industry since college, but a new economy
           has inspired him to be more food-centric. “Te club
           scene is way too saturated,” Bisbee says. “Te kind of
           place I want to do now focuses on a whole new realm of
           customers, people who aren’t buying bottles of vodka but
           maybe are buying three bottles of wine with dinner.”
                 To that effect, Bisbee brought in a new chef at Te
           Cedar Hotel (formerly Melvin B’s), a summer hotspot                                   everything myself, there are people I work with who can do most
           that boasts the largest beer garden downtown. Bisbee                                  of it better than me anyway. Tis is exactly why my partners and
           will also move further into the restaurant business                                   I are looking to Doug to help us with the new place.”
           early next year when he opens the doors for his next                                        Also adding neighborhood restaurateur to his resume
           project, an upscale restaurant across the street from                                 is Ty Fujimura, the proprietor of three locations of SmallBar
           Epic on Hubbard Street.                                                               (on Division, Fullerton and in Logan Square) and Milwaukee
                 Nightlife entrepreneur Matt Eisler—who expanded                                 Avenue cocktail lounge Te Exchange. “It’s really the sister

                                                                                                                                                                        the ceDAR hotel pAtio photo couRtesy of the ceDAR hotel
           his reach into the food industry with Nightwood last                                  concept to what we do at SmallBar,” Fujimura says of Te
                                                                         playing with
           year—plans on opening a craft beer and sausage spot           the boys                Exchange. “Craft cocktails versus craft beers, small distilleries
           this summer at Division and Paulina. Foodies, take note:      From top: twilight      versus small breweries.”
           None other than Doug Sohn of Hot Doug’s is consulting         traffic control’s              But the 34-year-old’s newest project, Ukrainian Village sushi
                                                                         brandon Zisman, luke
           on the menu. Eisler, 34, has already seen insane success      stoioff and david       spot Arami, takes him out of his booze-filled comfort zone. While
           with a diverse lineup that includes Elm Street Liquors,       rekhson own bull &      Fujimura and his brother Troy originally wanted to pay homage
           Empire Liquors, Angels & Kings and Bar Deville, but           bear and stone lotus.   to their grandparents’ general store in Oahu with a Hawaiian
                                                                         the guys from four
           says there’s no secret to creating an after-dark hit.         corners tavern group    grill and noodle shop, the concept evolved into a 55-seat Japanese
                 “I find myself having less and less time to spend at     (from left to right):   restaurant serving traditional “everyman” dishes (think rice bowls,
           some of my places, especially as I start to get involved      ryan indovina, jim      noodles, sukiyaki and lots of vegetarian options) and sushi, crafted
                                                                         hoban, tim ryll and
           with projects outside of Chicago,” says Eisler. “I’ve         marc epstein. the       by former Mirai chef BK Park.
           recently come to accept that, even if I had time to do        cedar hotel patio.            Te real kicker, says Fujimura: “We’re opening as a BYOB.”


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           calendar | September 01T1

                                                                                        four-legged friends. Proceeds help
                                                                                        the Anti-Cruelty Society repair               two egbok supporters party for a

           Social arTS                                                                  its crumbling façade. October 1.                         purpose at carnivale.
                                                                                        6:30pm to 10pm. Tickets $125 in
                                                                                        advance; $140 at the door; $175
                                                                                        VIP. At the Hard Rock Hotel, 230 N.
                                                                                        Michigan Ave., 312.644.8338 ext.
           who is chicago?                        top local chefs, including Frank      319, anticruelty.org.
           Raymi Productions celebrates           Brunacci of Sixteen. Proceeds
           10 of Chicago’s most influential        benefit Common 2reads’ cooking         a sterling event
           philanthropists with a Champagne       programs for low-income children.     2is black-tie gala features a cocktail
           reception in their honor. September    September 23. 6:30pm. Tickets         reception, dinner, and live and silent
           10. 8pm-10pm. Tickets $40 in           $75; $150 VIP. At Fulton’s, 315 N.    auctions. Proceeds benefit A Silver
           advance; $50 at the door. At Cuvee,    LaSalle St., 312.329.2501 ext. 209,   Lining Foundation, which provides           [Q&A]
           308 W. Erie St., ceceandmelinda.com.   commonthreads.org.                    mammograms for uninsured and
                                                                                        underinsured patients. October 2.           Cambodian Idol
           Morton’s celebrity servers dinner      couture and cocktails                 6:30pm to 11:30pm. Tickets $300.
           Bears cornerback Charles Tillman       Carmen Marc Valvo shows his spring    At the Hyatt Regency McCormick              a charity that gets
           and other players work as servers at   collection at this runway show and    Place, 2233 S. Martin Luther King           chicago’s twentysomethings
           this benefit dinner. Proceeds benefit    party put on by the Women’s Board     Dr., asilverliningfoundation.org.           on their feet (and into their
                                                                                                                                    wallets)? meet Egbok
           the Charles Tillman Cornerstone        of the Joffrey Ballet. September 24.                                               mission (the acronym
           Foundation, which helps Chicago-       7pm. Tickets $250; $500 VIP. At W     Minds Matter                                stands for Everything’s
           area families in need. September       Chicago City Center, 172 W. Adams     Enjoy dinner, cocktails and live            gonna be ok), which trains
           20. 6pm reception; 7:30pm dinner.      St., 312.386.8921, joffrey.org.        music with special guest Bonnie             and empowers young adults
           Tickets $250. At Morton’s at                                                 Hunt. Proceeds benefit research              in cambodia to become
                                                                                                                                    hospitality professionals.
           Wacker Place, 65 E. Wacker Pl.,        care. cure. coMedy. chicago           at the Northwestern Brain Tumor             the organization—started
           312.201.0464, mortons.com.             Curb Your Enthusiasm star Susie       Institute. October 6. 5:45pm.               by chicagoan ben justus
                                                  Essman performs. Enjoy an open        Tickets $300. At the Palmer House,          in 2007—raised more than
           big night celebrity cheFs event        bar, food and a silent auction.       17 E. Monroe St., 312.503.0788,             $20,000 with its august
           Bill Kurtis emcees a night of eats     Proceeds benefit the Christopher       braintumorinstitute.org.                    fundraiser at carnivale, a
                                                                                                                                    hopping mixer of the city’s
           from more than a dozen local chefs,    & Dana Reeve Foundation, which                                                    young professionals. alex
           including Stephanie Izard. Proceeds    is dedicated to finding cures and      night oF a thousand noogies                 Zousmer, a volunteer in
           benefit Chicago Animal Care and         treatments for spinal cord injury.    2e Second City cast performs                cambodia, tells us more.
           Control. September 23. 6:30pm.         September 25. 6pm to 9pm. Tickets     an improv show inspired by local
           Tickets $85. At the Chicago Cultural   $250-$1,000. At House of Blues, 329   celebrities. Proceeds benefit Gilda’s        How did you become
           Center, 78 E. Washington St.,          N. Dearborn St., 973.379.2690 ext.    Club, a free support community for          involved? I first heard of
           312.224.1116, fcacc.org.               7112, christopherreeve.org.           anyone touched by cancer. October           EGBOK Mission when I
                                                                                        8. 7pm. Tickets $75; $125 VIP. At           attended their fundraiser
           coMMon threads world cookout           it’s raining cats and dogs!              e Park West, 322 W. Armitage             at Nacional 27 in March
           Take in views of the Chicago           Enjoy fare from 20 Chicago chefs      Ave., 312.464.9900 ext. 34,                 2009. I was immediately
           River while enjoying fare from         and the chance to mingle with some    gildasclubchicago.org.                      impressed. 2is March,
                                                                                                                                    EGBOK invited me to help
                                                                                                                                    in Cambodia. 2ree days
                                                                                                                                    later my flight was booked!
               the Medicine ball
                                                                                                                                    What do you do in
               2e Women’s Board of the                                                                                              Cambodia? We educate
               Rehabilitation Institute of                                                                                          underprivileged young
               Chicago celebrates its 50th                                                                                          adults—mainly orphans—
                                                                                                                                    on the global hospitality
               anniversary with this black-                                                                                         industry and teach them
               tie gala. A seated diner, music                                                                                      how to create change
               from DJ Michael Smith and                                                                                            within their communities.

               a live auction follows the                                                                                           What’s next? EGBOK
               opening cocktail reception.                                                                                          plans to expand its
               September 11. 6:30pm.                                                                                                program around the world,
                                                                                                                                                                         mEdicinE baLL photo by dan rESt




                                                                                                                                    starting with returning to
               Tickets $600. At the Chicago                                                                                         our home base, Chicago.
               History Museum, 1601 N.                                                                                              Whether we’re working
               Clark St., 312.238.6023,                                                                                             with students in Chicago
                                                                                                                                    or Cambodia, our mission
               womensboard.ric.org.                                                             guests at the 2009 Medicine ball.
                                                                                                                                    is the same. –Kira Lerner


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