16" on Center in the Press
“Although you’ve probably never heard of Chicago-based 16” on Center, chances are you’ve stumbled upon one of their growing number of bars, restaurants and music venues. From Evanston to Hyde Park, Ukrainian Village to Logan Square, and Pilsen to the Loop, 16” on Center’s venues draw Chicagoans out of their homes, enabling them to unplug, engage and be part of their neighborhoods.”
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Chicago’s Food and Drink Fifty -NewCity
"Sparkling glitter paint adorns the walls, '60s beauty salon furniture acts as seating, and the backroom dance floor is completed with a shimmering disco ball. The music stays obscure and mostly dusty during the week, but DJs turn it into an electro dance party most weekends."
Time Out Chicago
Chicago's Top 10 Dance Clubs -Time Out Chicago
6 of Chicago's Best Dance Parties -Chicago Tribune
The 10 Best Places for Dancing in Chicago -Urban Matter
Best of Chic 2017 : Best Dance Club -Chicago Reader
"Bite Café is a cozy, bustling neighborhood diner, offering a chef-to-table dining experience. It offers an eclectic menu of dinner items and creative brunch selections, including poutine. Plenty of vegan and vegetarian options as well. Don’t forget dessert; you won’t regret the calories! BYOB. Next door to the Empty Bottle bar."
Chicago's Coolest Neighborhoods -CNN Travel
What to Eat at the Revamped Bite Cafe -Eater Chicago
A Local’s Guide to Chicago: 10 Top Tips -The Guardian
Chicago Best Breakfast -Chicago Best TV
12 Places to Grab Food Around our Favorite Music Venues in Chicago -Chicago Tribune
Watch Episode: L. Woods, Bite Café, Athenian Room -Check Please
DUSEK'S BOARD & BEER
"Dusek's is really a Chicago original," Ellis said. "You really don't see places like that, and Longman & Eagle, anywhere else. They have fun, laid-back atmospheres, but serving remarkable food—foie gras, sweetbreads, but also great hamburgers. What they're doing is creative and imaginative."
Chicago’s New Michelin-Starred Restaurants for 2018 -Eater Chicago
Inside the Hidden-Treasure of Chicago's Thalia Hall -Restaurant Hospitality
Where to Eat and Drink in Pilsen -Chicago Eater
Best New Restaurants -Chicago Magazine
Where To Do Date Night -The Infatuation
Michelin 2016: One Star for Dusek's -Chicago Tribune
11 French Fries in Chicago That Are Out Of This World -Eater Chicago
The 14 Cheesiest Eats in Chicago -Urban Matter
Battle of the Burgers: Neighborhoods' Top Contenders -Neighborhoods.com
Best of Flavor 2018 -Flavor & the Menu
Chicago’s 15 Top Spots For Sterling Seafood Towers -Eater Chicago
The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago -Eater Chicago
The 20 Most Essential Chicago Burgers -Eater Chicago
"That address, for thousands of current and former Chicagoans of a certain age, is considered sacred ground. This owes mostly to the fact that the nightclub at that location is imbued with innumerable memories: of experiencing great bands on the verge of stardom, of youthful nights of drunken revelry, of endearingly bad plumbing."
An Oral History of the Empty Bottle -Chicago Reader
A New Book Recounts the Empty Bottle’s Raucous History -Chicago Magazine
The Best Clubs in America -Rolling Stone
Top 10 Live Music Venues in Chicago -The Guardian
Backstage!: Empty Bottle -Consequence of Sound
Empty Bottle Book Revisits 21 Years of Underground Chicago Music -WTTW Chicago Tonight
The Best Bars with Live Music -Thrillist
The 15 Best Music Venues In Chicago -Chicagoist
LONGMAN & EAGLE
"Longman & Eagle is a throwback to a yesteryear of Chicago drinking, where inns served as places for people to eat, drink, and sleep. So you could pass the Windy City, grab dinner and whiskey at night, head upstairs to stay at one of the six rooms in the inn, and then head back down in the morning for a gastropub-inflected brunch. While the setting may look a bit rugged, the food is on-point."
Longman & Eagle’s New Chef Operates Under the “Cool Ranch Dorito Theory” -Chicago Magazine
"This West Loop venture from stalwart local group 16 on Center thinks of itself as a regular bar first. And although it features a come-as-you-are vibe, make no mistake that it serves some of Chicago's most high-caliber cocktails in ramped-up classics — Long Island iced teas and the like didn't taste this good before. There's also a massive backyard patio with bocce that it shares with sister restaurant Saint Lou's Assembly next door."
Why MONEYGUN Should Be the Next Bar You Visit -Chicago Tribune
The 28 Essential Bars in Chicago -Eater Chicago
Every Important Chicago Cocktail Bar Mapped, 2018 Edition -Eater Chicago
The best bars in the West Loop -Time Out Chicago
"Equal parts hearth-cooking restaurant, live music venue, and watering hole, this lofty, wood-accented gem delivers the gathering place that southerly Hyde Park was long missing—literally, in fact, with a central square bar providing the inviting focal point. A blazing wood fire anchors the open kitchen, which churns out singed delights ranging from scallops with wheat berries and sunchoke purée to prawns Dejonghe"
The Longman & Eagle Crew Serves Up Another Hit with The Promontory -Chicago Magazine
10 Must-See Places on the South Side of Chicago -Urban Matter
Eight of Chicago’s Most Delightful Chef’s Tables -Eater Chicago
Bartender Dianna Sanders of The Promontory -Star Chefs
The Best Outdoor Restaurants in Chicago -Time Out Chicago
The Cool Mom's Guide to Chicago -Chicago Tribune
10 of Our Favorite Under-the-Radar Chicago Restaurants -Bon Appetite
Recipe: Dulce de Leche French Toast -Michelin Guide
The Outdoor Greatest Hits List -The Infatuation
"Visitors to Punch House, located in Thalia Hall in Pilsen, find themselves surrounded by 1970s-inspired decor, complete with an aquarium and giant trophy fish on the wall. Whatever you do, don’t let the Life Aquatic environs fool you: There’s some damn good punch being served within these wood-paneled walls."
Punch House, a Cozy, Bohemian New Bar, Opens in Pilsen -Chicago Magazine
The 33 Best New Bars in America -Thrillist
13 Amazing Shareable Cocktails You Can Find in Chicago -Urban Matter
Secret Service: Chicago’s Prohibition-Era Speakeasies to Find -Enjoy Illinois
10 First Date Bars in Chicago -Urban Matter
REVIVAL FOOD HALL
"When Revival opened in 2016 it instantly injected some much-needed life into a Loop lunch scene that always felt a bit short on fantastic non-chain options, much to the delight of office workers who now have 24,000 square feet of standout local flavor at their disposal. Sometimes that local flavor tastes quite a bit like other places—there's Nashville hot chicken from The Budlong, poke bowls from Aloha, and excellent ramen from Furious Spoon—but it's been a boon to have the depth and breadth of Chicago's culinary scene better reflected in the heart of the city. Definitely don't skip dessert, because you'd be missing out on the pastry wizardry of Mindy HotChocolate."
Revival Food Hall Will Cater to All Your Cravings -Chicago Magazine
Dusek's Owners Opening Massive Loop Food Hall This Summer -Eater Chicago
The 17 Best Food Halls in America -Thrillist
The Best Lunch Spots in the Loop -Time Out Chicago
20 Ideas for What to Eat for Lunch -Chicago Tribune
THE RUIN DAILY
"The savvy restaurateurs who brought you Dusek’s and the Promontory have leaped to the rescue of that most neglected of eateries: the office-lunch sandwich joint.
The name of this bright and airy fast-casual spot, just off Van Buren Street in the Loop, is a deep-cut reference to President Martin Van Buren, nicknamed Marty Van Ruin by his political adversaries. Its sandwiches are equally irreverent."
The Ruin Daily Is Not Your Typical Sandwich Joint -Chicago Magazine
Where to Get Takeout Tonight in Chicago -Urban Matter
SAINT LOU'S ASSEMBLY
"Next to their West Loop bar, Moneygun, this retro-inspired American kitchen from the Longman & Eagle crew specializes in refined takes on old-school comfort food in the form of customizable meat-and-three-side platters that diners select cafeteria-style. The simple setup features vinyl booths and black-and-white photographs, with beer, house cocktails and boozy floats on hand to complement your meal.”
12 Cool Spots to Drink Frosé in Chicago, Mapped -Eater Chicago
Chicago's Best New Outdoor Bars -Thrillist
Seven Happy Hour Specials to Try in Chicago Now -Eater Chicago
Where to Drink (and Actually Enjoy) Malört in Chicago -Tasting Table
The Outdoor Greatest Hits List -The Infatuation
"There are certain venues that hold a special place in my heart. SPACE in Evanston is one of those. I still remember the first time I walked into the venue and discovered just how impressive it was. The atmosphere reminded me of the cool jazz clubs I was promised as a kid but never actually found. SPACE truly feels special special venue, like a speakeasy updated to modern sensibilities. Whether it’s small local acts or national icons like Dr. John and Lucinda Williams, SPACE immediately heightens any concert going experience."
Third Coast Review
A Lemonade Life -Evanston Magazine
Evanston Club Brings Hipness to Suburb -Chicago Tribune
Venue Review: SPACE Evanston -Gapers Block
Evanston SPACE Celebrates a Decade of Concerts with Out of Space -Third Coast Review
"If you want to liven the night up a little bit, you can visit quite possibly the hippest piano bar in Chicago. Tack Room is the perfect combination of a cool and cozy cocktail bar with killer live entertainment to boot—who wouldn’t bond over belting out some of your favorite piano-man tunes? Even better: It’s part of Pilsen’s Thalia Hall building, so you can make a night out of popping in and out of the other establishments. Hear more music at Thalia Hall, nosh on some snacks at Punch House, or grab a full meal at Dusek’s."
-Magnificent Mile Mag
Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Tack Room -Dining Chicago
10 Best Bars in Pilsen -Urban Matter
6 Adorable Spots for a First Date -Magnificent Mile Mag
Best Bars In Chicago That Opened In 2015 -CBS Local
Tack Room: A Hipster Piano Saloon in Pilsen -Chicago Tribune
"Motivating concertgoers, foodies, libation lovers and more to venture beyond the touristy downtown haunts, Thalia Hall includes a restored performance space, a beer-centric restaurant with a Michelin-starred chef, and an underground bar that specializes in, of all atypical cocktails, punch...
Now an eclectic array of performers, from under-the-radar bands to more mainstream artists like Estelle, Black Joe Lewis and Andrew W.K., take the stage. Up to 850 guests view shows from the original opera boxes, the full wraparound balcony and the floor, complete with restored original hardwoods."
Thalia Hall, Reuse Project Tour with Bruce Finkelman -Atlas Obscura
Chicago’s Thalia Hall is Hoppin’ Again -Dallas News
Get out of downtown and into Chicago's unique neighborhoods -St. Louis Post-Dispatch
14 Great Private Dining Spaces at Chicago Restaurants -Eater Chicago
Perfect Day Chicago: For Couples -ABC7 Chicago
25 of the Most Beautiful Places to Get Married -Curbed Chicago