Hours: Dinner: seven days
Saturday & Sunday brunch
Open late: Saturday till 3, other nights till 2
Music venue with a dinner menu including pizzas and sandwiches, plus brunch on the weekends.
Payment Type: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
A staple for Chicago concertgoers, the Beat Kitchen is known for its live shows that feature national touring acts and local bands alike. Fewer are aware of its stand-up shows, though Chicago Underground Comedy has called the Beat Kitchen home for damn near a decade. Fewer still may be aware that the Beat Kitchen has really stepped up its food game in recent years—maybe it's the limited seating and the fact that it's mostly known as a concert venue. But many of the menu items, particularly the smoked chicken pizza and the catfish sandwich, are well worth your time. In the summer, a decent-size patio enables quality day drinking that leads to sloppy night drinking—and by that point, the evening's bands will just be getting started. Cheap $2 beers ensure it'll be the best show ever, no matter who's playing. —Drew Hunt