Dining Chicago

Latest Blog Posts
Weekly Planner: Gauguin-inspired Specials, Brunch Returns to Chop Shop, New Lunch at Bittersweet and More

Gauguin-inspired Burger and Cocktail at Seven Lions In honor of the new Paul Gauguin Artist as Alchemist exhibit opening at the Art Institute of Chicago, the conveniently located Seven Lions is rolling out an inspired burger and cocktail special to run the duration of the programming, starting June 25. Courtesy of chef Patrick Russ, the […]

The post Weekly Planner: Gauguin-inspired Specials, Brunch Returns to Chop Shop, New Lunch at Bittersweet and More appeared first on Dining Chicago.

Jun 20, 2017 07:13 PM
Weekly Planner: Mercadito’s Mixology Academy, Father’s Day BBQ, Writers Club and More

One of the best ongoing beverage events in Chicago, Mercadito’s Mixology Academy is back for more on June 17, followed by an experiential dinner two days later. River North’s perpetually hot Mexican restaurant and bar is christening summer in style with their next themed shindig, featuring a lesson on Bulleit Bourbon cocktails led by beverage […]

The post Weekly Planner: Mercadito’s Mixology Academy, Father’s Day BBQ, Writers Club and More appeared first on Dining Chicago.

Jun 12, 2017 01:29 AM
Weekly Planner: Crêpes Dinner, More New Brunch

New Brunch and drinking deals in Chicago One of the most unique Sunday supper series in the city keeps going strong on June 11, as Floriole Cafe & Bakery rolls out its next crêpes-focused dinner. Giving guests a taste of France, the second installment in the dinner series focuses on late-spring ingredients and dishes inspired by […]

The post Weekly Planner: Crêpes Dinner, More New Brunch appeared first on Dining Chicago.

Jun 05, 2017 06:17 PM

Step Up To The Mic For Live Band Karaoke

Bub City

Live band karaoke at Bub City (Photo: Bub City)

 

With the crossover appeal of ABC’s hit series “Nashville,” popularity of Taylor Swift and even LL Cool J’s controversial duet with Southern star Brad Paisley, country music is hotter than ever. No wonder Bub City jumped on the twangy trend when it opened late last year.

Rich Melman’s spawn (R.J., Jerrod, Molly) reignited the 1990s Lettuce Entertain You BBQ restaurant for a new generation and teamed up with the country-themed Joe’s Bar for the music component. Country bands perform on a regular basis, but Tuesday is the best night to go for live band karaoke.

Unlike other live band karaoke events around Chicagoland, Bub City’s event comes with backup singers. So, for those looking to channel Carrie Underwood or Clint Black, this is your big shot! If you need a little liquid courage, the bar's stocked with a large selection of bourbons, plus one of the strongest Manhattans in the city. Live band karaoke starts at 10pm every Tuesday. There is no cover.

 

Here’s where else you’ll find live band karaoke around town:

 

Roscoe's Tavern

Live band karaoke at Roscoe's (Photo: Roscoe's Tavern)

 

  • Piece: The popular pizza hangout and brewery gets busy with live band action every Saturday at 10pm. The crowd is a good mix of Wicker Park peeps, sports fans and those celebrating something (birthday, bachelorette, etc.), so the energy level is high.
  • Roscoe’s Tavern: The bustling Boystown bar has always been a favorite for hearing the latest boy band, so here’s a chance to pretend like you’re in one. Every Monday at 10pm, live band karaoke happens with most guests picking show tunes, pop classics and ditties from the divas.
  • Stanley’s: This Sunday night party continues to draw lines down the street every week, particularly when Monday’s a holiday. The playlist ranges from hard rock to Motown soul. Celebrities have been known to show up and sometimes get on the stage. From Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman to the entire Blackhawks team, Stanley’s live karaoke night certainly attracts sports royalty. The bar boasts Templeton Rye on tap. 
Neighborhoods: River NorthWicker ParkLakeviewOld TownRiver North

They've got the usual multiple flat-screen monitors, nightly specials and live-music acts, but Tuesday nights are reserved for "Quarter Beer Night."


East Coast-style pizza, handcrafted beers and live karaoke bands add a different twist to this Bucktown pizza parlor. The venue also doubles as a microbrewery, and many of its signature...

154349_4158105716040_2131844839_n Piece2 Piece3

The Lincoln Park sports bar serves many purposes and remains a long-time favorite in the area. From regular Michael Jordan and Blackhawks sightings on "karaoke night" (Sundays) to packing in...


It's the 1990s all over again with the resurrection of Bub City, a country-themed BBQ joint owned by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. This time around, LEYE chairman Rich Melman's children...

Bub_city_exterior Bub_city_interior Bub_city_food6 Bub_city_food



Copyright © 2017 Chicago's Restaurant Guide. All Rights Reserved.