Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Super Bowl Parties Near Ray's

The best 2015 Super Bowl parties near Ray's:

Just down the block from Ray's you can watch the game at Floyd's Pub. They have great food, cheap drinks, and a lovely corner bar atmosphere.
1944 N. Oakley Chicago, IL 60647
The Boundary is a sport's bar in Wicker Park that boasts s a 70-bottle-strong beer list. Superbowl specials include $10.99 chicken wings and $9.99 potato skins with bourbon beef chili. 

1932 W. Division Chicago, IL 60622

Barley & Brass in Wicker Park is serving draft beers, lollipop wings and poutine for $5, and $3 housemade cinnamon whiskey shots.
2015 W. Division Chicago, IL 60622

The Chop Shop has $12 domestic buckets, $3 fireball shots, $3 ham on rye shots, and $7 for two sliders with fries.
2033 W. North Ave Chicago, IL 60647

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Myopic Books in Wicker Park

Bookshops are an essential part of cultural life, and a wonderful way for people who love books to meet, talk, and explore. Myopic Books, with three stories and a basement of floor to ceiling bookshelves, is filled with a  great selection of new, used, rare, limited edition, and signed books. It is a book lovers dream, and conveniently located less than a mile away from Ray's! 

The store also offers a semi-weekly poetry series, and 
an improvised/experimental music series on Monday's at 7:30pm.

Myopic Books
1564 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Make it yourself at the Chopping Block:
Head to Chicago's largest cooking school to learn how to make pasta dough from scratch, sushi, and sauces. You can explore the food of places like India, France, or Germany by trying out one of the nightly classes the Chopping Block offers. There are also health classes, kid friendly classes, date night options, and boot camps.

Find a list of classes --> HERE

class prices range from $30 - $85

The Chopping Block
4747 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60625

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Subterranean in nearby Wicker Park has free (or occasionally a $5 cover) weekly events:
Funk samba party with live music by Will From Brazil. The fun starts at 9pm, and ends at 2am.
Open Mic Hip Hop Battle - Hip Hop Tuesdays bring local talent to the mic, and people come back every week to watch or compete in this melting pot meeting place for underground rappers. From 10pm-2am, and beer pitchers are $5.
  If you feel like dancing, moving and sweating to some modern and classic reggae, head to the Reggae Gold Dance Party. Voted best reggae night by Chicago Magazine, you will be sure to start your weekend off right. Starts at 10pm, and ends at 2am, but head there early so you won't need to wait in line.
Flashback Fridays spin party classics from the 60s-90s. Listen to motown, disco, funk, house and more while whirling around the dance floor. Starts 10:30pm, and ends at 2am
2011 W North Ave
Chicago, IL

Friday, January 2, 2015

Start the new year off right with a spelling bee!

The Elbo Room hosts a free monthly buzzed spelling bee. There are speed rounds, shot rounds,and the winner gets a $50 bar tab, along with tickets to a show of their choice. Some buzzing $3 PBR Tall Boys are available as well.
The next event is on January 12
8pm sign up, 9pm start
2871 N. Lincoln Ave