Entertainment / Nightlife

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Buddy Guy's Legends

buddyguy.com700 South Wabash312-427-1190

Buddy Guy’s Legends is Chicago’s Premiere Blues Club featuring live music every night along with full food menu and great drink list.

Game Room is exactly that — a sprawling space on the second floor of the Chicago Athletic Association packed with shuffleboard, foosball, bocce, billiards, checkers, chess, and more. Accompanying the games is a playful menu of creative takes on street food favorites, including burgers, fried pickle pops, falafel, fried chicken sandwiches, chicken wings, and more. Includes access to Topgolf! 

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar features a harmony of Southern cuisine and re-imagined American favorites that are bold and classic, yet contemporary. Indulge in genuine culture with cuisine that is as illustrious as the talent on the stage, and as inspiring as the art on the walls. Whether you’re in the mood for a juicy Smoked BBQ Bacon burger, fire-grilled flatbreads, or our signature Voodoo shrimp, there’s a little something for everyone on the menu. Full restaurant and bar with live blues seven nights a week, Gospel Brunch every Sunday, and so much more! Present your conference badge to take advantage of the following special offers:

• Buy 3 Get 1 Free tickets to Gospel Brunch (every Sunday at 10AM and 12:30PM, subject to capacity)

• Free Appetizer with purchase of an Entrée in House of Blues Restaurant and Bar (one per table)

Howl at the Moon is a high-energy dueling piano bar located in the River North area, performing live music 7 nights a week.

International Museum of Surgical Science

www.imss.org1524 N Lake Shore Drive 312-642-6502

The International Museum of Surgical Science, a division of the International College of Surgeons (ICS), maintains over 10,000 square feet of public galleries committed to the history of surgery, and an exquisite permanent collection of art and artifacts from the history of Medicine. The Museum supports its Mission through medically themed exhibitions and programs, in addition to a strong contemporary art exhibition program.

Lyric Opera of Chicago

lyricopera.org20 N Wacker Drive312-827-5630

Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the world’s great opera companies. It is renowned internationally for its artistic excellence and financial strength. Founded in 1954, Lyric has always distinguished itself by presenting the finest international singers, conductors, directors, and designers in classic and less-familiar operatic repertoire and in world-premiere productions.

Milk Room, located on the second floor of the Chicago Athletic Association and operated by Land and Sea Dept., is an exclusive, eight-seat micro bar focusing on classic, spirit-forward cocktails that utilize extremely rare, vintage spirits and hard to find ingredients. A deep and unique spirits list is also available for pours. A refined menu of shared plates is also available nightly.

Museum of Broadcast Communications

www.museum.tv/360 North State Street312-245-8200

Stay Tuned: Rock on TV

The exhibit explores how the square screen framed and facilitated the emergence of rock styles, including the British Invasion, counterculture spirit and more.

October – April 2020


Located in the Fulton Market District, this 30,000-square-foot meatpacking factory turned grown-up adult playground is the place to perfect your game. Grab a bite of culinary nirvana or show off your shuffleboard, ping pong, karaoke, bocce, virtual reality, or bowling skills. With private event options for groups of 16 to 1,200 Punch Bowl Social promises to show your guests a unique and fun experience they are sure not to forget!

Reggies is a vibrant live music complex located in the South Loop just blocks from McCormick Place. There’s something for everyone in this lively multi-room fun house: a bar and grill with live music nightly, a concert hall featuring both local and touring acts and a rooftop bar complete with free pool table and basketball game. Reggies is known for our comfort food, particularly our award winning wings and our huge craft beer selection. Get the party started right with our graffiti painted buses available for rentals to transport guests to/from your event.

Located in the heart of River North, the 18,000 square foot interior dual-level space incorporates 20 Olympic-style STIGA ping pong tables, a full-service restaurant and bar. The space is adorned with multi-sensory interiors, featuring art by local street artists, neon backdrops and their notorious ping pong bathtub accompanied by a photobooth.

The Bassment is a live music cocktail lounge, located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago below The Hampton Social. Guests enter through a secret door & into a welcoming greeting room. It’s when the black curtain is pulled back that a large, yet comfortable, modern lounge awaits. With the 1960s British Invasion movement in mind, The Bassment’s design includes gold accents throughout, brick walls, a mixture of uniquely designed velvet and leather couches and a full stage.

With a secret alleyway entrance, Three Dots and a Dash is a speakeasy-style take on the traditional tiki bar—ready to transport you to the bygone eras of Trader Vic, Stephen Crane and Don the Beachcomber. Descend underground to discover a retro subterranean hideaway with an island vibe, classic and original tiki cocktails, more than 200 different rums and a small menu of Polynesian-inspired bites.

Brought to Chicago by the James Beard nominated Concentrics Restaurant Group, VU Chicago is a 13,000 Sq Ft Concept located 22 stories above bustling McCormick Place. VU Offers modern design, a chef driven menu and beverage program and unparalleled views of the lake and downtown. The bird’s eye location is designed for al fresco and indoor drinking, dining, and lounging with soft seating, fire pits, a wood fired oven, and several private event areas such as a karaoke room, board room, and club bar.

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