Monday, April 21, 2014
What's Free and ridiculously cheap in Chicago


Free Events for Today

Brew & View Monday Industry Night

Every Monday at Brew & View - $3 Lite/High Life drafts, $4 Well Whisky drinks, Free admission with coupon from here --> http://goo.gl/etAA
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$2.50 Wells & $3 MillerLites

Cheap all request video Mondays.
$2.50 wells, $3 MillerLites & $12 Long Island Pitchers to share!
The Call (on Bryn Mawr at Clark) || Map it!comment
10p - 11p

Ladies :: Free Champagne Flute before 11p & Latin Music

Free before 11p w RSVP

Complimentary champagne flute for Ladies, 10p-11p

DJ Mwelwa spins Latin, Caribbean, Asian, Brazil...

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Flatwater || 321 N. Clark StreetMap it!comment
11a

$4 Supermugs

I <3 The Mutiny! Free pool all the time!
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The Mutiny || 2428 N WesternMap it!1 comment | comment
12p - 2a

Free pool

$7 1-topping pizzas
$15 buckets of Coors Light (5 bottles)
Sedgwicks Bar & Grill || 1935 N Sedgwick StMap it!comment
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Cheap Events for Today

Crabbby Kim's Monday Specials

$2 domestic
$3 imports
$3.50 Italian Beef Sandwiches
Crabbby Kim's || 3655 N WesternMap it!comment
10:30 am - 3 p

10¢ Jumbo Wings

There used to be a lot of associated specials with this, but now it's just the wings. Still a pretty decent deal.
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Rail Bar (Damen Brown Line) || 4709 N. DamenMap it!comment
11a - 10p

50 Cent Boneless Wings

All varieties of wings are only 50 cents on Monday and Tuesday!
Wing Stop || 3326 N WesternMap it!comment
2p

75 cent Cans / $5 Skyy Martinis

75 cent cans of PBR, Hamms, Stroh's, Old Milan, Kee, Busch, & Busch Light
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Cork Lounge || 1822 W AddisonMap it!comment
3p

Two Buck Burgers

$2 Burger

$6 "Irish Sampler": 3 mini pints Harp, Smithwick & Guinness


Poag Mahone || 333 S WellsMap it!comment
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CoffeeCon 2014- Chicago

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Coffee. Early morning companion and late night savior. As our appreciation grows for this energizing drink, so does our need to gather and discuss the the nuances of drinking it. This past Saturday, we had Coffee Con 2014 at the Zhou B Arts Center in Bridgeport.

This one day event featured brew method demonstrations and coffee tastings from well known roasters like Chicago’s own Passion House, Counter Culture and Metropolis.

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Josh from Counter Culture

Highlights of new brewing gadgets were the “hassle free” version of the siphon brewer and a Snowden Slowbrew system.

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Siphon Brewer

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Sowden Slowbrew

Chicago’s own Kickstarter contender, the “Manual”:
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Lectures involved an informatively engaging “The Science of Coffee” from Stone Creek Coffee, Coffee Sustainability, and what it takes for a coffee to win the “Cup of Excellence” award.

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Perfuming the outside air were the home roasting demonstrations showing simple DIY and high tech ways of getting the right coffee flavors at home. A rotating collection of food trucks helped keep overcaffeination at bay.

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This consumer focused convention has grown to a multi-city event where it will be in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles later on this year. Till CoffeeCon 2015 shows us another exciting new way, we’ll be enjoying our home roasted dark life giving drink in a mindfully brewed form.

http://coffee-con.com/

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Free Piñata!!!

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You may remember the complimentary cheesecake and breakfast the Central Lakeview Merchants Association provided last year. Well, they’re back at it with another giveaway!!  Bring in a receipt from any participating restaurant to the offices of the Central Lakeview Merchants Association (3355 N Clark) from 10a-6p between April 21 and May 2 and receive a complimentary piñata! No Cinco de Mayo celebration is complete without a piñata, so let’s make this happen!!

Below are the participating restaurants:

Azteca De Oro (3731 N Clark)

Cafe El Zapatio (3400 N Ashland)

Cesars On Clark (3166 N Clark)

El Jardin (3335 N Clark)

Fiesta Cantina (3407 N Clark)

Mi Terra (1039 W Belmont)

March 22- Drunk in Love: A Tribute to Beyoncé at Beauty Bar

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Dust off your dancing shoes and clear your schedule for Saturday March 22 because the best free dance party is happening at Beauty Bar (1444 W Chicago). RSVP here for no cover and complimentary Colt 45 from 9-10p. It’s a unique venue where you can get a manicure AND a mixed drink. I had the chance to interview two regulars to find out what sets it apart from other clubs here in the city. Heidi C, who has been to Beauty Bar a handful of times, likes that there’s a really relaxed vibe and there’s no shortage of events each with different music. She said that the following 3 words encapsulate the feeling of Beauty Bar: Chill. Unique. Entertaining.

I also spoke with Claire C, a young professional residing in Lincoln Park, about her experiences at Beauty Bar. When asked what she likes about Beauty Bar, she replied that there’s a great mixture of people- with no two people looking the same. She especially enjoys the theme nights (the monthly Y2K dance party for example). She appreciates that they also arrange a different night occasionally- like Drunk in Love. Beauty Bar has a funky decor that shimmers and sparkles, but Claire said that best part is that you can get a manicure and a martini at 10p at night! She told me that, for her, several words describe the Beauty Bar experience: Unique. Fun. Diverse. Exciting. Entertaining. Glitter. Shiny.

There you have it ladies and gentlemen. No cover, hosted bar, dancing, Beyoncé. I know where I’ll be this Saturday. Come out and say “Hello” I’ll be the one in the Orange sunglasses.

What do you like most about Beauty Bar? Leave a comment below and let me know!!!

100 Free Downloads: SXSW 2014 Rising Acts

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By Marisa Ruiz (@MarisaVictoria)

Her name is BanksJust a quick post to share the awesomeness that those great kids over at NPR have assembled. For the next 30 days, you can download all 100 of the outlet’s favorite songs from SXSW 2014 showcasing artists. Now, don’t be one of those people who looks at the list and skips it because you don’t see many (or any) names you recognize! That’s pretty much the point, after all; to be among the first to hear tomorrow’s up-and-comers. NPR has a great rep for helping to break artists bound for success; including when they shone their “front-row” spot light on acts like HAIM and Chvrches in 2013.

Here are a few of BrokeHipster’s favorite on the compilation to get you started:

- “Warm Water” by Banks (although it’s the Snakehips Remix of this track that has been on mad repeat on my Spotify 2013 Jams playlist)

- “How Good Does it Feel” by Chicago’s own Empires

- “Jerk Ribs” by Kelis

- “Love is to Die” by Warpaint

Get your free downloads on and enjoy!

Cheers,

-MV

If You Liked It Then You Shoulda Put A Wing On It: Chicago’s Best Wingfest 2014

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By Nick Greene

This past Sunday, I attended the 15 annual Chicago’s Best Wingfest at Bailey Auditorium (1340 W Washington). The Near West Side venue was large enough to accommodate the estimated 3,000 people who were all there either to have the best wings in Chicago or to dish out the best wings in Chicago. As I walked into the auditorium, I was both surprised and overwhelmed by the number and varied appearances of the other wing fans. One man had one holster for paper towels and another holster for discarded bones. Another guest had a Tupperware container for wings on which was written the phrase “Do you even Wingfest, bro?” An entire group of people wore protective clothing from head to toe which they used to wipe their hands clean of wing sauce. Judges for the event were randomly picked out of the attendees to determine which wings were Chicago’s best. Each of the 24 competing restaurants (from Chicago and the suburbs) could submit wings in 1 of 4 categories: Mild, BBQ, Exotic, and Hot. The wings were scored on a scale of 1 to 10 based on appearance, aroma, and taste. Naturally, the restaurant with the highest score won in each category. Plus, the restaurant with the highest combined score won the sought after title of “Best of Fest.”

This year, newcomer to Wingfest, Rodan (1530 N Milwaukee), took First Place for mild wings. As if that weren’t impressive enough for their first year, they also won Rookie of the Year and Best of Fest. I spoke with the head chef, Art Ledda, after the Best Mild Wing win about his approach to the competition and his early success at Wingfest. Even though he’s only been at Rodan for 9 months, he told me he Wingfest had been a goal of his. After hearing about the festival, he expressed his interest in competing to coworkers and he was glad to have the opportunity to participate. “It’s an amazing feeling for an underdog to win,” he told me excitedly. “I wasn’t anticipating a win today. I’m just here to have fun and feed the masses.” Having a head chef that hasn’t even been with the restaurant a year but lead them to 3 victories at Wingfest, the rest of the staff at the booth beamed with honor. I spoke with another employee, Julia, on the topic the best things Rodan has to offer. She told me that the award winning wings are on the menu every day and are served tossed in the restaurants signature sweet dragon sauce. Late at night the restaurant closes, but the bar stays open until 2a. Julia said that even though it’s considered to be a dive bar, she loves the atmosphere and they bring in great DJs to spin music. I know I’ll definitely stop by Rodan next time I’m in the area- I’ll start with the wings that are mild and then hit the dance floor to get wild!

In addition to the featured restaurants competing to make the best wings, attendants had the chance to challenge each other in a wing eating competition. Men and women vied for the title of Lord of the Wings and Lady of the Wings. In the challenge, divided into the men’s and women’s events, wing lovers attempted to eat a plate of wings in 3 minutes or less. I spoke with this year’s newly crowned Lord and Lady, Eugene and Katrina, about their challenges, techniques, and past Wingfest titles.

Eugene has won the Lord of the Wings title for 4 of the last 5 years. He explained that his secret to eating wings is to not chew the wings. “I only swallow [the wings],” he told me. “Like a wing shot. It’s not fun, but it’s successful.” In addition to this technique, he felt that having fasted the day of the competition and the day before helped him to successfully defend his title. Eugene, “the dream” (as his cheering section called him), competes exclusively in the Wingfest food eating match. He told me that he’s not really a competitive eater- he just likes the festival.

Katrina was named Lady of the Wings in 2012. Last year, she finished all of her wings before other competitors, but literally choked after finishing and was disqualified after a chunk of chicken flew out of her mouth. After the devastating loss, she felt accomplished in regaining her title. Katrina mentioned that she had fasted the day of the festival, but couldn’t divulge any secrets of her wing eating successes. Like Eugene, Katrina battles others in food challenges exclusively in the Wingfest match and doesn’t eat food competitively at any other events.

Wingfest was full of fun, and I am still full of wings. If you weren’t able to come out to Wingfest 2014, don’t worry- they’re coming back for Wingfest 2015! I hope to see you there and I hope Rodan returns too. If you know of a restaurant with unbeatable wings, they should be there to join us all. It’s a great place for some friendly competition and making friends.

Below is a full list of the Chicago’s Best Wingfest 2014 winners (all restaurants are located in Chicago unless noted otherwise):

Mild
1 place: Rodan (1530 N Milwaukee Ave)
2 place: Gator’s Wing Shack (1719 N Rand Road, Palatine)
3 place: Wild Goose Bar & Grill (4265 N Lincoln Ave)

BBQ
1 place: Reggie’s Music Joint (2109 S State St)
2 place: Timothy O’Toole’s (622 N Fairbanks Ct)
3 place: Cubby Bear (1059 W Addison St)

Exotic
1 place: Output Sports Bar & Lounge (1758 W Grand Ave)
2 place: TopGolf Chicago (699 W Thorndale Ave, Wood Dale)
3 place: Burger Bar Chicago (1578 N Clybourn Ave)

Hot
1 place: Timothy O’Toole’s (622 N Fairbanks Ct)
2 place: TopGolf Chicago/ Output Sports Bar & Lounge (tied) (699 W Thorndale Ave, Wood Dale/ 1758 W Grand Ave)
3 place: Buffalo Wings and Rings (3434 S Halsted St)

Rookie of the Year: Rodan (1530 N Milwaukee Ave)

Best of Fest: Rodan (1530 N Milwaukee Ave)