6 Chicago spots where the food is as good as the show

By Lauren Mandel

When you’re heading out for a night of entertainment, wouldn’t it be nice if the venue was a bona fide one stop shop—a place where the talent in the kitchen was just as inspired as the talent on stage? We couldn’t agree more, so we’ve rounded up seven spots in the city where you can have your fun and eat it, too. Whether you’re looking for pizza and karaoke or ceviche and salsa dancing, we’ve got you covered.

Get up and dance at Nacional 27
When we hear the words "free" and "salsa lessons" in the same sentence, we’re in. But combine that with delicious Latin food, and you have arguably the best weeknight plans ever. Every Wednesday at Nacional 27 in River North, you can grab some super fresh ceviche and a flight of tacos—a tasty trio of BBQ lamb, grilled beef tenderloin, and chicken chimichurri—before complimentary salsa dance lessons kick off at 7:30 p.m.

At Union Pizzeria, just head up the stairs to raise the roof
The authentic custom brick pizza ovens at this Evanston destination should be a dead giveaway that the food is delicious. If you need more proof, just try anything (really, anything) on the menu, like the prosciutto and arugula pizza with fresh béchamel sauce, or the burrata with roasted beets, walnuts, and horseradish vinaigrette. Once your appetite has been satisfied, head up just one flight of stairs to one of the best concert venues in all of Chicago: SPACE.

Schubas Tavern really performs when it comes to both music and food
Schubas Tavern is first and foremost a concert venue, putting on free and ticketed shows pretty much every night of the week. But wouldn't it be nice to enjoy a legit delicious meal to go with that live show? At Schubas, you can do just that. Their menu offers a little bit of everything, from fresh tuna poke to broccoli rabe grilled cheese. And don't miss their mac-and-cheese with mix-ins like scallions, bacon, pesto, and Buffalo chicken.

We’re jazzed about Pops for Champagne
There's no reverie quite like sipping on a glass of champagne while listening to live jazz. At Pops for Champagne, you can live the dream every Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday at 9 p.m., as the Joe Policastro Trio entertains diners with their distinctive interpretations of some “new” standards. Order a dozen oysters and a bottle of bubbly, and you'll be set for the entire night.

Reserve your seat for the night at City Winery
If you're seeing a show at City Winery, you can make a full night of it with dinner and drinks in the venue beforehand. If you’re unable to arrive before the show, you can even order food and cocktails throughout the show, right from your seats. It goes without saying that you can’t overlook the wine here, but you'll also want to check out their flatbreads. For a larger group, go with the artisanal and cured meats tours, which provide a rotating selection of each appetizer.

Piece Brewery and Pizzeria is worth the wait
If karaoke is your jam, you won't want to be anywhere but Piece Brewery and Pizzeria on Saturday nights. Put your name in at the host stand early (because you know there will be a wait here), and grab some local beers and a few pies before the music starts at 11 p.m. Their white pizza with mashed potatoes and bacon is a must-have. Trust us: Don't knock it 'til you try it.

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