Forget the typical "dinner and a movie" date this winter without sacrificing the entertainment or dining portions of your fun night out. Concert dining, specifically dining while you enjoy a concert, is becoming more and more popular in Chicago.While we doubt the list stops here, we put together some of the city's best options.
You'll get a much different perspective on Lakeview venue Schubas Sunday mornings than you would attending a sweaty Saturday night rock show. The cozy, wooden interior of the concert hall transforms for its Acoustic Brunch series every week. Local musicians curated by the Old Town School of Folk Music take the stage and play an unplugged set while diners enjoy some of the best Bloody Mary's in the city. Also, we know that mac and cheese isn't a typical item for a brunch menu, but you'd be crazy to skip Schubas' take on the classic comfort dish! Reservations aren't required and there's no cover charge but if you'd like to know who's playing before you show up, check out the website.
With so much packed under one roof, it's no surprise that Uncommon Ground has expanded into a two-location restaurant, music venue and art gallery. On any given night, you can grab a seat at either the Lakeview or Edgewater locations and sample from the organically-conscious dinner menu while you catch local and touring acts on stage. For the best seats in the house, reservations are recommended. See a full menu and performance schedule on Uncommon Ground's website.
Andy's Jazz Club
Nothing says big city experience like jazz music and a New York strip steak. Dinner service starts at 4:30 p.m. nightly at Andy's Jazz Club just off Michigan Ave. Live music is also a nightly occurrence at this classic club, usually kicking off around 7 p.m. Visit Andy's website for full performance calendar and menu.
When City Winery opened up in West Loop in 2012, it was hard to tell what people were more excited about: looking at it or experiencing it. The Winery combines beautiful décor that falls somewhere between modern and rustic with fantastic concert dining and, you guessed it, an in-house winery. City Winery's dining room is large enough to accommodate larger artists like Sinead O'Connor and Kenny G but still provides an intimate feel. Reserved tickets are required for most shows. Visit the restaurant's website for a full events calendar.
House of Blues
Feeling particularly spiritual? Kirk Franklin's Gospel Brunch is a long running Sunday morning tradition at the House of Blues. Enjoy both classic and contemporary takes on gospel tunes led by Franklin while chowing down on the delicious unlimited buffet. Tickets to the weekly 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. brunch sessions are available on House of Blues' website.