It often seems like anything goes on CTA trains, but unless being frog-marched onto the streets by CTA security is on your to-do list, you typically wear pants after you tap your Ventra card. The afternoon of Sunday, January 13 is an exception, as the annual No Pants Subway Ride returns to the Red Line. RECOMMENDED: See photos from past editions of the No Pants Subway Ride Founded in 2002 by public performance art collective Improv Everywhere, the No Pants Subway Ride took place in over 60 cities last year, including international destinations such as Amsterdam, Lisbon, Prague and Munich. Participants in each city strip down to their underwear just before boarding a train, then ride for several stops as if nothing is out of the ordinary. Chicagoans who want to join in on the trouserless fun can convene on Sunday at the fourth floor of the parking garage at 1209 W Arthur Ave (right next to the Loyola Red Line stop) promptly at noon and board the Red Line at 12:30pm. The ride will end in the Loop, where participants typically stage an impromptu dance party on a Red Line platform. Those wishing to brave the blustery conditions (34 degree temperatures are in the forecast on Sunday) and participate are advised to buy their CTA tickets prior to arriving and should wear what one normally wears on a winter day in Chicago. Pants won't be shed until right before riders board the train and underwear is required, obviously. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
All eyes were on Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey on Sunday night when his last-second 43-yard field goal attempt missed, resulting in the Bears being bounced from the first round of the NFL playoffs by the Philadelphia Eagles. As all angry and intoxicated fan bases do these days, the Bears faithful flocked to Twitter to collectively place the blame for the team's loss on Parkey's errant kick (slowed down footage later revealed that the ball was tipped by Eagles defensive tackle Treyvon Hester). In response to the vitriol, many fellow players and celebrities came to Parkey’s defense, including model and author Chrissy Teigen. Goose Island Beer Company came up with a more creative way to show support for the beleaguered kicker. On Monday, the Chicago-based brewery announced via Twitter that it will construct a goal post in front of its Fulton Street brewery to allow Bears fans to experience firsthand just how hard it is to to kick a 43-yard field goal, with a referee on hand to call each attempt. Anyone who is able to successfully kick a 43-yarder on their first attempt will win a free case of beer, chosen by Goose Island, every week, for a year. There are a few stipulations attached to the prize: Winners will need to pick up their free case at the Fulton Street brewery each week and they shouldn't expect to find any of Goose Island's coveted Bourbon County Brand Stout in their weekly allotment. If you think you have what it takes to kick a 43-yard field goal, you can sign
Here we are: It's the Friday before New Year's Eve, and you still haven't made plans. Lucky for you, some of the best restaurants in Chicago have open tables. We scoured reservation platforms in search of the most coveted seats in Chicago—from a buzzy new German beer hall to a subterranean wine bar to a Michelin-starred restaurant in the West Loop. If you're thinking about ringing in the new year at one of these spots, act now—they're disappearing faster than 2018. Editor's note: Reservations listed below were available at press time on Friday, December 28. All reservations are for two guests and are bookable via links provided. Be sure to check the restaurants' websites for special menus and restrictions. Good luck! RECOMMENDED: New Year's Eve parties in Chicago Bar Biscay: 6:30, 6:45, 7, 7:15, 7:30, 8, 8:15, 8:30, 8:45, 9, 9:15, 9:30pm Bar at Elske: 5:15pm BiXi Beer: 6:30, 6:45, 7, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, 8:15, 8:30, 8:45, 9, 9:15, 9:30pm Daisies: 5:15pm Dos Urban Cantina: 6:30, 6:45, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, 8:15, 8:30, 8:45, 9, 9:15pm Ella Elli: 5:15, 10:30pm Entente: 9, 9:30pm Funkenhausen: 7, 7:15, 7:45, 8, 8:15, 8:30, 9, 9:15, 9:30pm HaiSous: 5:30, 9:30, 9:45, 10, 10:15pm Income Tax: 5, 5:15, 5:30, 5:45, 10pm Kumiko: 5, 5:15pm Milk Room: 5:30pm Mott St: 10:15, 10:30pm Pacific Standard Time: 5, 5:15, 10:30, 10:45pm Quiote: 6:45, 7, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, 8, 8:15, 8:30, 8:45, 9, 9:15, 9:30, 9:45pm The Promontory: 6:45, 7, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, 8:30, 8
In 1855 Levi Boone, the anti-immigrant, pro-temperance mayor of a nascent Chicago, tried to leverage his power against a growing German population by going after their right to drink. He ordered police to enforce an old law requiring taverns to be closed on Sundays, a move that would disproportionately impact immigrants, who worked Monday through Saturday and (surprise) liked to throw back a few steins on their sole day off. He also jacked up liquor license fees from $50 per year to $300 a quarter, threatening to drive the city’s mostly German- and Irish-owned saloons out of business. Hundreds of tavern owners defied the law by remaining open on Sunday and were arrested. The day of their scheduled mass trial, some 1,000 protestors marched downtown, prompting Boone to call in militia reinforcements. A fight broke out between protestors and police, leaving one German man dead. A disgraced Boone was forced to release the prisoners and lower liquor license fees, and his weakened party didn’t run for re-election in 1856. Thanks in part to German voter turnout, a statewide prohibition referendum failed, leaving citizens to enjoy a drink as they pleased and helping a marginalized group claim a place in the growing, diversifying city. From this earliest instance of civil unrest known as the 1855 Lager Beer Riot, which laid the groundwork for Chicago’s rough-and-tumble politics, to the 19th century brewery-induced building boom that would establish the city as an architectural power
We've grown accustomed to making the trek to Logan Square for an afternoon of Negroni slushies, hush puppies and crispy fried chicken, but you'll soon have another option when you're craving a meal at Parson’s Chicken and Fish. The Land and Sea Dept. concept will open a second location in Lincoln Park on Tuesday, December 18, housed in a former auto garage situated just north of the Fullerton, Lincoln and Halsted intersection at 2435 N Halsted St. The interior of Parson's new Lincoln Square digs should feel familiar if you've spent any time inside the original Armitage Avenue location, sporting white brick walls, swiveling stools and red checkered accents. With seating for 110 people at tables and 30 at the bar, the dining area features vaulted ceiling, skylights and planters that give the space a much more open and airy feel than the original Parson's. When the weather warms up, garage doors on the front of the building can be opened to connect the indoor area to the requisite outdoor patio, which will take over a former parking lot in front of the building. You'll be able to find everything that Chef Hunter Moore has served in Logan Square on the menu at Parson's Lincoln Park, and the parity extends to beverage director Charlie Schott’s lineup of slushies, cocktails, beer and wine. Both Parson's restaurants will maintain identical hours (11am–midnight Monday–Friday, 10am–midnight Saturday and Sunday), which means that brunch, weekday happy hour specials and Tuesday night
Dumpling fiends know that Qing Xiang Yuan in Chinatown serves some of the tastiest dumplings in town. The family-owned restaurant, which traces its humble roots to a basement food court, will open a second, quick-service location in the Loop this spring. JIAO is expected to start slinging doughy pouches at 18 South Wabash Avenue in May 2019. (For all you Loop lunchers, that's next door to Nando's Peri-Peri and Naf Naf Grill.) Guests can expect the same soupy dumplings that are served at the Chinatown location, though there will be fewer options to keep things moving. Manger Eric Zhou says the Loop shop will offer six rotating choices that include beef, chicken, lamb, pork, seafood and vegetable. Dumplings are served steamed or pan-fried. Though JIAO's menu isn't available just yet, diners can get a feel for the possibilities by checking out QXY's exhaustive selection of existing creations. Zhou says the Loop location will also serve Chinese appetizers, like braised beef with brown sauce and spicy seaweed salad, as well as "Skyline" tea that's topped with a milky float. "Combining Chinese style with American fast-food culture is not an easy thing, but we did it," Zhou says, explaining the painstaking detail that was put into the forthcoming Loop restaurant's interior. Take a look at the renderings below, and start preparing your lunchtime routine for an infusion of handmade dumplings. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Chicago chef Stephanie Izard is making moves once again, this time with a Peruvian rooftop restaurant in Fulton Market. The forthcoming eatery, named Cabra, is slated to debut inside The Hoxton hotel this spring, as first reported by Eater Chicago. Cabra is Izard's fourth restaurant in the city, joining Girl & the Goat, Little Goat and Duck Duck Goat. It's not her only project at the moment: The Top Chef winner recently announced that she'll turn the space above Little Goat into a rotating pop-up restaurant called Tiny Goat. Oh, and she's bringing Girl & the Goat to Los Angeles in 2019. Though the details are still scarce, here's what we know about Izard's foray into Peruvian cuisine at Cabra. 1. The name translates to "goat" in Spanish—naturally. Izard owns a herd of restaurants that include the word "goat," so it's only appropriate that the new spot pays homage to the existing culinary empire. There's no word yet on whether or not Cabra will offer goat-based dishes, but given the fact that all of Izard's spots feature goat meat on the menu, it seems likely. 2. It's located in the epicenter of Fulton Market. Cabra is situated on the rooftop of the Hoxton, a 182-room hotel opening this year at 200 North Green Street in the West Loop. It's around the corner from The Publican and Duck Duck Goat and just across the street from Momotaro. In other words: premium real estate. 3. Izard is trekking to Peru next month to research the cuisine. In a media release today, Izard said th
Chefs—they’re just like us. When the temperature drops and snow begins piling up outside, even the city’s most accomplished cooks cruise apps like Grubhub and Caviar to get their favorite foods ferried straight to their door. We asked Chicago’s top chefs to divulge their delivery cravings. Just remember to tip your driver! Brian Fisher, Entente: “The Carne en su Jugo from Coyotes Restaurant is the perfect soup for fall and winter... and spring and summer. It’s rich, meaty and seasoned perfectly. The lengua [tongue] tacos are my favorite in Chicago.” Zoe Schor, Split-Rail: “If I’m lucky enough to have a quiet evening in, I’m often hanging with my parents. They live very close to the best Chinese restaurant on the North Side, Chengdu Impression. We always get the pan-fried dumplings, scallion pancakes and dry chili chicken. The chicken is so dope." Brian Jupiter, Frontier and Ina Mae Tavern: “We always order Wabi Sabi. My daughter, Adriana, really loves the Cha Shu bowl and requests it all the time. My wife and I always order the tonkotsu ramen—it’s really good. It’s all really good.” Carlos Cruz, The Promontory: "Football and wings are a great combination, but football and BBQ pork fried rice from Cheng Chopsticks is a perfect marriage! That’s typically how I like to spend my Sundays off while watching the Chicago Bears.” Sarah Grueneberg, Monteverde: “Recently, we’ve been digging MCCB. I always order a wonton soup, a favorite of mine since I was a little kid. Other mu
The Party Planning Committee at Replay Lincoln Park is reviving its wildly popular The Office-themed pop-up bar for the holiday season. Drawing inspiration from the TV show's Christmas episodes, Replay will host festive parties and events throughout December, including Classy Christmas and Moroccan Christmas. (We can only hope there's an Andy lookalike playing a sitar for entertainment.) Programming will kick off on Friday, November 30 at 7pm. Stop in on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights to check out Café Disco, themed after Michael Scott's infamous espresso-fueled dance party, where DJs will spin hip-swaying tracks starting at 9pm. Guests won't have to worry about buying tickets or paying cover: The monthlong event is free to attend and open to adults of legal drinking age. The pop-up ends with “The Ultimatum” New Year’s Eve Celebration on December 31. It's the run's only ticketed event, and early-bird passes will be available soon starting at $50. (You'll have to watch episode 13 of season 7 if you want to see how that one works out.) Take a look at the full schedule below and keep an eye on Replay's Facebook page for additional details and new events. December 6–12: Classy Christmas December 7: Ugly Sweater Christmas Party December 13–19: Moroccan Christmas December 20–27: Dwight Christmas December 31: “The Ultimatum” New Year’s Eve Celebration Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Holiday shopping just got a delicious upgrade. Earlier today, Brendan Sodikoff's food hall at 900 North Michigan Shops opened its doors, introducing shoppers to 16 food "vaults" curated by Hogsalt. The renovated 22,000-square-foot space is located on the mall's fifth and sixth floors and includes fan favorites like Small Cheval, Green Street Smoked Meats and 3 Greens Market. Sodikoff is also using the food hall to debut new concepts like Motor City Pizza, Boardwalk Seafood Co., Al Pastor Taco No. 2 and Chicago Char Dogs. Diners will be able to customize and order their meals using high-tech kiosks located near the entrance of the food hall on the fifth floor. There's seating on both floors, but the Bar & Study on the sixth floor offers a secluded, lounge-like experience for those who have time to sit down and relax after a lap around Bloomingdale's. San Francisco-based design firm AvroKO is responsible for the hall's sleek, modern look, which is inspired by a deconstructed arcade. Expect brass finishes, barrel-vaulted ceilings, leather couches and ottomans, stunning floor-to-ceiling windows and sprawling stone communal tables. Stalls on the fifth floor are open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 8pm and on Sunday from 10am to 6pm. The Bar & Study on the sixth floor is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 9pm and on Sunday from 10am to 7pm. Take a look inside the stunning new food hall below. 900 North Michigan Shops 900 North Michigan Shops 900 Nor