HOT SPOTS

HOT BAR SPOT| Sedgwick Bar & Grill
(Chicago)

There's an unique hot spot in the Lincoln Park area called Sedgwick Bar & Grill. When in season, this spacious Lincoln Park sports bar opens at 9 a.m. on Saturdays to show European football (soccer) and rugby. Many natives of the Continent and Kingdom visiting Chicago come here to watch their homeland versions of football. The Tuesday night euchre leagues also draw patrons, as does the free food buffet on weekends. A chalkboard lists the daily specials, which sometimes offer a "ridiculously healthy sandwich." Other lauded items include the quesadillas and breakfast burrito as well as the extensive beer and martini list. Check it out for yourself lacated 1935 N. Sedgwick St., Chicago, IL 60614.


HOT ROOFTOP BAR SPOT| The J. Parker
(Chicago)
Views of the lake and skyline are sure to draw sun-seekers to this lounge atop Lincoln Park's 12-story Hotel Lincoln. It has seating for more than 150 outside, plus summery drinks and bites created by Paul Virant, the chef of Perennial Virant located on the first floor of the hotel. The bar is named after John Parker, one of Abraham Lincoln's bodyguards the night he was assassinated at Ford's Theater in Washington, who notoriously left the president's side during the play's intermission to get drunk at a nearby tavern. The bar offers classically-inspired cocktails, wine by the glass, craft beer bottles and a variety of spirits. To eat, there are several seasonal options for light and substantial bar bites such as local cheeses, burgers and desserts to pair with the bar's libations. Visit this HotSpot located 1816 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 



HOT ROOFTOP BAR SPOT| Vertigo Sky Lounge (Chicago)
Designed to feel like a penthouse party at your coolest friend's posh pad, this indoor-outdoor bar hopes to evoke a cocktail-party vibe. Outside, expect a glass perimeter giving way to city views and a firepit to extend the alfresco season, plus curvy wood benches and movable ottomans on which to perch. Besides the a sleek open area filled with leather couches and shiny silver side tables, two tucked-away nooks caught our attention: The dim-lit screening room, which'll play retro flicks, and the communal bathroom area, where you can ask for a date over the Dyson hand dryers. And if you hate yelling your drink order to a bartender in front of a bar that's three people deep, you'll love the procedure here. Vertigo has forgone the traditional bar in lieu of table service and waitresses pushing club carts of seasonal specialty drinks. Visit this hot spot located 2 W. Erie St., Chicago, IL.



HOT DINNING SPOT| Tilly's Po'Boys (Calumet City)
There's a new hidden gem located right in the south suburbs of Chicago. Tilly's Po' Boy restaurant is a hot spot in Calumet City that serves great drinks and food at awesome prices. The inside features multilevel seating, large tv's playing smooth music videos, and even slots for gaming pleasures. This establishment focused on family, food and fun. Specializing in New Orleans Style Po' Boy sandwiches theit motto is "We Don't Skimp On The Shrimp". You won't find a bad review on this spot. Check it out for yourself located 1455 Ring Rd, Calumet City, IL. 


HOT BAR SPOT| Slippery Slope (Chicago)
The team behind Scofflaw opened a two-story bar, which aims to "fill the Bonny's-sized hole in your heart," according to a release. Now that their opened," the bar incorporates elements reminiscent of beloved Logan Square dive bar Bonny's, which also was owned by the Scofflaw partners before it closed in 2012. The first floor will includes a cabin-themed dance floor perfect for uninhibited get-downs fueled by cheap beer and inexpensive bottled cocktails. The top floor, which will debut later in the year, will offer food and vintage games like Skee-ball. Slippery Slope will join other new bars such as The Radler and Analogue on an increasingly packed stretch of Milwaukee Avenue between California Avenue and Logan Boulevard. Check out this hotspot TODAY located 2357 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Illinois.

HOT BAR SPOT| Turtle Bar & Grill (Chicago)
Hot Bar spot located in the heart of the Chi. Named for owner Tom Mancine, who grew up in neighborhood and was called Turtle since childhood, this no-frills bar attracts a local Bridgeport crowd for cheap eats and drinks. Bartenders crack open a basic run of bottled beers and a handful of Woodridge wines by the glass. Everything in the kitchen cooked up is affordable. From basic bar fare like mini-burgers and wings to Italian grub such as sauced pastas, meatballs and eggplant sandwiches will cost you no more than $10. Check out this hotspot located 238 W. 33rd St., Chicago, IL. 


HOT LOUGE SPOT| IO Urban Roofscape (Chicago)
Found another amazing spot in Chicago! Located on the fourth floor of The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, IO Urban Roofscape lounge area and two bars offer views of the Chicago skyline through a retractable roof. The menu from chef Riley Huddleston, formerly of Aviary, features truffle mac & cheese, a pork belly BLT and other twists on classic American fare, plus decadent desserts like deep dish apple tart. The outdoor lounge is open year round so when it's chilly warm up with a cocktails available by the glass and pitcher such as hot butter rum. This place screams class and fun! Check out this hot spot located 127 W. Huron St., Chicago, IL. 


HOT BAR SPOT| Three Dots and a Dash (Chicago)
Paul McGee, mixologist extraordinaire, is behind this new River North tiki bar. The name is taken from an old cocktail, the drinks will be be modern takes on classic tiki drinks, evoking sun and surf even in the chillier months in the city. The menu is the size of a newspaper, and it has pictures, which makes group decision-making easier. You'll have your choice of three punches ($50-$385, serving between three and 12 people), the most expensive of which arrives in a dry ice-filled treasure chest with a bottle of Dom Perignon. Three Dots' small food menu isn't an afterthought. Fresh-from-the-fryer crab rangoon envelopes ($11) shatter upon biting and reveal a creamy, not-too-fishy crustacean filling, and the pork belly buns ($14) are served between miniature, slightly sweet Hawaiian rolls. Coconut shrimp ($13) arrive as piping hot curlicues primed for dipping in one of the four sauces. the scene is campy, with raffia, lanterns and servers in Hawaiian-print maxi dresses. Check out this hotspot located 435 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL.


HOT BAR SPOT| Linkin House (Chicago)
The former Lincoln Park home of The Pitch is now Linkin House, a massive, three-level sports bar with 36 TVs and three separate bars. This is a dope bar that everyone should go to at least once. Look for traditional sports nights specials on beer and wings for groups watching the BIG games. Split an order of housed nachos, wings or museels or opt for an upgraded burger including patties topped with Nutella, peanut butter, kimchee and more. Perfect for a night out on the town with friends. Check out this hot spot located 2142 N. Clybourn Ave. in Chicago.

HOT FOOD SPOT| Rockit Burger Bar (Chicago)
 
You’ll have never have a problem finding a quintessential cheeseburger in Chicago—and you can take it to the extreme with one of the new whoppers in the city. But, as with every other cuisine, there are a few places in the city that are changing up the formula.
We’ve found a handful of brazen burger shacks that toss out the bread bun in favor of something completely different: doughnuts, grilled cheese sandwiches, and more, all in the name of creating the burger of the future. The mad science sandwiches are delicious. So if you're looking for the perfect place to grab drinks and amazing burgers visit Rockit Burger Bar located  in Wrigleyville Chicago. 


HOT BAR SPOT| Public House (Chicago)
This beer-centric bar from the owners of Bull & Bear is twice as large as its sibling with a pubbier feel. This bar and grill will aim to please wandering tourists as much as suit wearing after work revelers. A dozen booths including a fireplace nook will be tricked out a with self-serve beer taps built right into the tables. They're just like the table taps you know and love at B&B, only will a few more bells and whistles, like chilled liquor on tap to replace bottle service and holographic keyboards that beam down onto the table and allow partiers to send messages to other booths, update their Facebook status or log on to Twitter. A semi-private party area has six taps built right into the wall so guests can mingle and help themselves to pours tracked with a barcode on their wristband. Though the bar's not overtly sports-themed, sports-watching on TVs plastered everywhere will be paramount. On the food tip expect a mainstream American menu for lunch and dinner serving burgers, sandwiches and chops. Try this HotSpot out located 400 N. State St., Chicago, IL.


HOT BAR SPOT| The Gilt Bar (Chicago)
The Gilt Bar just might be one of Chicago's trendiest bars. Since it opened in February 2010, Gilt Bar has been among River North's hottest spots and with good reason. With its rustic-retro look, see-and-be-seen atmosphere, homey-gourmet "cookery," and appreciation for the art of the cocktail, Gilt Bar raises the bar for the competition.Thick wooden bench-style tables provide much of the seating, with leather loveseats and lounge furniture interspersed to provide room for cocktailing. The semi-open kitchen, wrapped in worn metal plates, sits in back. The food, drink and atmosphere are the highlights here. So if your looking for a great time out on the town The Gilt Bar is the place for you! Try the gilt experience for yourself located 230 W. Kinzie St. Chicago, IL.



HOT LOUNGE SPOT| Sapphire Lounge 
(Park Forest)
The recently new upper scale
Sapphire Billiards Club is truly a space to see if you're looking to have a good time in Chicago's South Suburbs. 
This lounge features a full pool pro-shop, cue repair on site, leagues, money tournaments, full bar till 3am, 5 legalized video slots, beer garden, cigar room with humidor,pool lessons on sight, full kitchen, separate room with another bar with live entertainment, full espresso bar and smoothies, banquet room, lottery, pool table service and sales AND THE LIST GOES ON! Opening back in Feb. of 2013 in the upperscale downtown Park Forest this spot has been a hidden gem ever since.Visit for yourself located 300 victory drive Park Forest, IL. Tell em' iGrind sent ya! 
HOT BAR SPOT| The Whistler (Chi)


The Whistler bar is a true Chicago gem. This bar located in the Logan Square area not only is a great bar but an art gallery, record label, and a venue that host live music that includes DJs and bands. The Whistler has some of the best cocktail Chicago has to offer and has the awards to prove it. One of the best things about this bar is there is NO COVER but you must be 21+ to enter. Visit this vintage bar located 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. For more information visit their site at WhistlerChicago.com 


HOT FOOD SPOT| Spritz Burger (Chi)
Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh closed Hearty at the end of 2013 and reopened at SpritzBurger, which offers some favorites from their old menu along with burgers, seltzer-focused cocktails and brunch dishes and desserts from Gale Gand. Options include deep-fried beets, open-faced poutine burgers and sweet potato fries with sriracha aioli. Many are traveling from all over to try a Spritz Burger. To experience the mouth watering burgers go to 3819 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL. 



HOT BAR SPOT| American Junkie (Chi)

American Junkie is a a celebrity hotspot for many big names who come to visit Chicago. This huge bar is a prime destination for sports addicts with over 25 of the best TV's money could buy elevated all over the bar. This hot spot also has one of the largest beer collections featuring over 100 beers and even serves comfort food from James Beard award-winning chef Kendal Duque. This is the perfect destination for a good drink, good sports and even to party even to party late in their upstairs attic. Try the American Junkie experience for yourself located 15 W. Illinois St, Chicago. For more info visit http://www.americanjunkiechi.com/




HOT BAR SPOT| Elixir Bar (Chi)
The Elixer Bar is a very low-key cocktail bar located in Chicago's Boystown area. This cocktail spot screams sophistication and intimacy. The upscale interior has the just as much sophistication as it's next door neighbors Hydrate bar. There is even a secret door connecting the two spots. On the menu you'll find pre-prohibition style drinks along with more modern mixes like the Strawberry Basil Lemonade, with vodka, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, fresh filtered water, simple syrup, rhubarb bitters and fresh basil leaves. Check out this spot for yourself located 3452 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL. 



HOT DINING SPOT| Signature Room (Chi)

The Signature Room at the 95th is a 5 star dinning experience perfect for a romantic getaway or fancy family outing. The Signature Room is located on the top floors of the John Hancock building. The restaurant has an amazing view overlooking the entire city. The main course rang from $28 to $90 but the view alone is well worth the prices. The Signature Room has everything from fine dining, private rooms and large lounges for business meetings and entertainment, plus a stunning view like no other. For reservations or more information visit their website at www.signatureroom.com


HOT BAR SPOT| HQ Beercade Lounge (Chi) 


         Today @ igrind4real.com we are shining light on a hot new spot called HQ BEERCADE.  Located on 2833 N. Sheffield Ave.  Beercade redefines how a night is best played. Whats the name of the game you say? Headquarters Beercade, a retro watering hole, offering classic arcade gaming and cleverly-crafted cocktails with an industrail space powered by Capacity Bar. Go check them out for yourself its place you don't want to pass up. Hope to see you there. 



HOT PARTY SPOT| Bevy Nightclub (Chi)

Bevy nightclub is a hot spot destination in Chicago. This club features some of the best DJs and a stylish crowd ready to party for hours. This newly remodeled club brings an Hollywood upscale with a single-room layout arrangement in small leather lounge arrangement available with top shelf bottle service. WIth wood walls and crystal chandeliers there is no wonder people travel to get a taste of this fancy party feel. Good drinks and affordable cover charge is what you can expect from this Chicago hot spot located 215 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL.  For more info and reservations visit bevychicago.com/


HOT LOUNGE SPOT| Sable Cocktail bar (Chi)

Sable cocktail bar is one of the best in Chicago and has the awards to prove it. This bar has a page long drink list and great service that earned them a spot on Food and Wine's Best list in 2011 and Best New Beverage Programs honors in Time Out Chicago's 2011 Eat Out Awards. The bar attracts very stylish young professionals. Along with great drinks they also provide tasty bar foods such as soft pretzels with smoked cheddar cheese dip from Top Chef vet Heather Terhune. One of the best parts about the bar that there is never any wait to be seated on their most busiest weekend nights. For more info visit their website http://www.sablechicago.com/


HOT LOUNGE SPOT|Prohibit Cocktail Lounge (Chi)

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Prohibit cocktail lounge has an amazing smooth peaceful feel in its tucked away location underneath Slurping Tu

rtle in Chicago. With its dim lighting and huge dark leather seating booths this cocktail lounge brings a 1920's feel to the modern era. The cocktails are topped with vanilla and bourbon setting the mood for a nice outing on the town. They also have a menu of great eats such as hamachi tartare tacos. Visit Prohibit 116 Hubbard st. Chicago IL and experience it for yourself. For more info visit their site prohibitchicago.com 



Hot Food Spot| Original Pancake House (Chi)  

The Original Pancake House was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1953 by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke. Drawing upon their many years of experience in the culinary field, and their extensive working knowledge of authentic national and ethnic pancake recipes they were able to offer without compromise this unique and original menu which has gained national acclaim. The Original Pancake House is a second and third generation family business, which takes great pride in maintaining the high standards that make food so outstanding it makes you want to smack your momma LOL. The Original Pancake House have over one hundred franchises from coast to coast and have won local and national acclaim. Check one out today!!!!




HOT PARTY SPOT| Hearts Nightclub (Chi)

Hearts Night Club continues to be a dominate hot spot in Chicago. Open Tuesday- Sunday this club brings in hot DJs from all over the area providing its party goers with diverse music selections. The inside is decked out with very fashionable decorations. There are huge black and white images of figures rocking out adding to the rock star experience. The rectangular bar is the center of action while there is a steel dance floor on the other side. Crowds come from all over to experience the unique rock star atmosphere. For more info on this hot party spot visit there website HeartsChicago.com.


HOT PARTY SPOT| Funky Budda Lounge (Chi)

The Funky Budda Lounge is a bar club that has been attracting crowds for a while now. It has a party feel with a laidback comfy surrounding. It is known for its fun atmosphere and diverse music genres such as hip hop all the way to latin. Indian and Asian inspired art cover the walls. Long black lather couches line the wall but its the center dance floor that gets a lot of attention. You will sure leave there partied satisfied. For more info visit www.FunkyBuddha.com



HOT FOOD SPOT| Bossa Nova Brazilian Cuisine (L.A.)

Bossa Nova is a Brazilian cuisine restaurant with a few locations in Los Angeles California area. This restaurant has a variety of food to choose from as well as wines. Many describe this restaurant as a good mixture between casual and fine dinning. Weather you are going on a date or just hanging with friends Bossa Nova has a the type of food and environment to fit your social needs. For more info on this hot spot visit their website www.bossanovafood.com


HOT PARTY SPOT| Shrine Night Club (Chi)

The Shrine nightclub is located in the south loop area of Chicago. This concert venue and dance club has the best of both worlds. Whether you are looking to dance like crazy or sip while lounging The Shrine has the space to accommodate your desires. One half has a dance floor with a stage and surround system great for the many concerts/ events they host. The other half has a sophisticated comfy lounge area perfect for sipping. Emerging on the scene in 2009 The Shrine remains a hot spot in Chicago. For more info visit  theshrinechicago.com.



HOT FOOD SPOT| The Bristol Restaurant (Chi)


The Bristol located in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood is home for great food from homemade pasta to specialty brunch meals like the sausage egg skillet. Bristol also has a number of homemade cocktails and a wine collection with over 200 to chose from. This restaurant features a second floor for private parties from business dinners to wedding receptions. Weather you are looking for a great meal or to have a private gathering Bristol just may be a spot to consider. For more info feel free to visit http://www.thebristolchicago.com/



HOT PARTY SPOT| The Crocodile Lounge (Chi)


The Crocodile Lounge located in Wicker Park is a bar that offers amazing deals for your buck. With every drink purchase everyone gets a free 6-inch margarita pizza which could be customized to their liking of toppings for a dollar or two more. They have a full menu that ranges from New York style pizza to buffalo sliders. Looking for for a great time with friends pay them a visit 1540 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL. 


HOT PARTY SPOT| Billboard Live (Markham IL)

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Billboard Live is a venue providing an unique experience to all party goers. With special events known for bringing A-list celebrities and performers Billboard Live continues to be a hot spot for the entertainment night life. Not only can you go and get your dance on but you can also get your laugh on every Sunday for their special Comedy Night. To have the ultimate experience visit them 2024 W. 163rd street in Markham IL. 


HOT FOOD SPOT| Soul Vegetarian (Chi)

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Related imageThe Original Soul Vegetarian is a restaurant that is sure to peak your interest and taste-buds. As a soul food vegan restaurant that has been in business for over 25 years offering that unique taste to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Soul Vegetarian inspiration draws from a vision where food is no longer causes swollen bellies or sad faces. They insure that this will not happen in their restaurant by providing food that is 100% plant based, animal and chemical free. Learn more about Soul Vegetarian by visiting http://www.originalsoulvegetarian.com/


HOT PARTY SPOT| Bodi Night Club (Chi) 

Bodi nightclub is one of Chicago's new classy hot spots. If you looking for a nice party getaway filled with good music drinks and place to lounge look no further. Bodi first floor downstairs is complete with dancefloor surrounded by a state of the art sound sytem dj booth and bar. Bodi has been hosting parties weekly with countless amount of surprice visits from celebrities. This hot spot stays open until 4am. For more info visit their website at www.BodiChicago.com



HOT FOOD SPOT| Soul 2 Go (Chi)

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Related imageSoul 2 Go is a family owned and operated business located in South Holland IL just south of Chicago. This soul food spot specializes in bringing you Thanksgiving style meals 6 days out the week. Delicious meals that would take a family hours to cook is ready for pick up in just moments at Soul 2 Go. They do the cooking for you so all you have to bring is an empty stomach. To find out more visit www.soul2goinc.com




HOT PARTY SPOT| The Premiere Lounge (Carbondale)

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The Premiere Lounge is a HOT sophisticated upscale bar located in the historic downtown of Carbondale, IL. Premiere Lounge is the prime destination for social gatherings, private parties, and a guaranteed good time. They offer drink specials and good music. Find out more about this HOT spot at www.facebook.com/ThePremiereLounge



HOT FOOD SPOT | Home Of The Hoagy (Chi)
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Home Of The Hoagy most famous for their steak sandwiches has been serving the Chicago area for over 40 years. With food that makes it worth the wait, with fries that are bound to make you want more, and a steak supreme sandwich that will make you crave at all hours of the night. To find out more visit Home of the Hoagy on 1312 W. 111th and be satisfied till your heart desires.

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