Miss Brill said:If there is a hot dog stand near the intersection of Grand & Pulaski, go there, they had the best food way back in the 1970s. But I think it is gangland now, but it was gangland way back then too.
M Tatterscratch said:Ms. Hell, is right - The Green Mill is an awfully nice setting for hearing live music. Be warned, though, the dance floor is the size of a postage stamp, not very conducive to getting one's swing on. Since I'm not a tippler, I can't vouch for the cocktails, but the people at the bar looked happy.
For dancing, there's also Fizz at 3220 N Lincoln Ave and Martyr's at 3855 N. Lincoln, too. You could go out to Willowbrook Ballroom, but something about their atmosphere leaves me a little cold, in spite of all the space. You folks may feel differently.
For an honest-to-goodness vintage time, go out to the Glendora Ballroom when the Illiana Traditional Jazz Club brings in live bands on certain Sunday afternoons. Mind you, you'll probably be the youngest one there, since when I say vintage I MEAN vintage - Most folks are in their late 60s and up, but MAN, can these people DANCE! Couples who have been dancing together all their lives, and it shows. None of the "Hey! Look what I can do!" of younger dancers - Just dancing for pleasure. They're glad to see young folks, too - My girl and I got our Charleston on there when the Prohibition Orchestra raised the roof, and everyone was so polite and courtly and charming, a real-life reminder about what REALLY made the Golden Age golden.
Oops, they're beginning the Beguine,
Corona Smith said:Mr. Tatterscratch's list is one that I can personally vouch for as all of those places are ones of class. I would however, take issue with his support for Japonais, as the ambiance was just a little too...well, my experience there involved several men wearing their blue-tooth headsets. I'll let that sentiment speak for itself.