CHICAGO --From a burger joint...to a high-end locale...190 North checks out a couple new favorites for foodies! Also, we show you where to go for a 'gourmet burger on-the-cheap'! Then, see a Historic theater turned hot new 'nightlife' locale and check out a new workout, direct from New York City that will take you to new heights. And an elegant suburban retreat gets a makeover!
The name might conjure up the famous soda or a Chicago waterway around St. Patty's Day but real foodies know it's the name of a hot new dining destination that's landed right in the heart of a hospital campus. GreenRiver is the 'brainchild' of two big names in the restaurant biz.. Union Square Hospitality group that brought us 'Shake Shack' and the team behind New York's wildly popular Dead Rabbit bar. They scoped out a spectacular location on the 18th floor of a brand new clinic building of Northwestern Memorial Hospital... complete with a one-of-a-kind outdoor terrace. With Executive Chef Aaron Lirette at the helm of the kitchen, GreenRiver offers approachable fine dining. And their 32 hand-crafted cocktails promise a history lesson about legions of famous Chicagoans. Windy City Live's Ji Suk Yi checked it out
259 E. Erie
Thalia Hall/Dusek's Board and Beer/Punch House/Tack Room
When Thalia Hall was first built way back in 1892, it was a cornerstone for the largely Bohemian community... it hosted live music, theater and movies over the years. But now, the historic locale in Pilsen has been lovingly restored and is home to a Michelin-starred restaurant... called Dusek's Board and Beer...a subterranean bar called Punch House.. and a piano bar called the Tack Room. And of course, the hall itself still regularly holds concerts and performances! All this makes for a bustling nightlife scene all under one roof! Janet shows you around!
1807 S. Allport St.
Mikkey's Retro Grill-190 Big Deal
Serving up gourmet burgers is big business in Chicago... there are plenty of options but the newest entry in Hyde Park is offering up great burgers, fries and shakes, 'on the cheap'. Windy City Live's Ji Suk Yi headed to Mikkey's Retro Grill to check out the $6 cheeseburger!
Mikkey's Retro Grill
5319 S. Hyde Park Blvd.
There are countless ways to get a workout in Chicago but not many that take you 50 feet high! A New York 'import' is helping fitness buffs go 'vertical'... but Brooklyn Boulders offers much more than a climbing locale, the 25-thousand square foot facility in the West Loop offers classes... even an edgy co-work space. Our Mark Nilsson suited up and gave it a try.
100 S. Morgan St.
Broadway in Chicago
Chicago has managed to land yet another 'world premiere' Broadway musical. But your -kids- may know this guy a little better than you.. he's one of the most beloved characters in animated television. We're talking about SpongeBob... Janet got a sneak peek at some of the production recently. The previews of the Broadway-bound 'The SpongeBob Musical' begin here in Chicago on June 7th at the Oriental Theater.
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Drake Oak Brook
Anyone who has strolled Michigan Avenue knows 'the Drake'... it is an iconic Chicago hotel that has entertained legions of Hollywood's biggest names and is 'the place to be' for drinks and dinner. And now, a former 'suburban outpost' of the historic hotel is getting a second 'lease on life'. The Drake Oak Brook underwent a 2 year renovation and re-opened last summer. Our Mark Nilsson got a tour of the historic suburban retreat.
Drake Oak Brook
2301 York Rd.