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Just For Kicks: NRA Show Social Spots

The Just For Kicks Crew, the Je Ne Sais Squad, locked ourselves in a room until we came to an agreement of what’s what in Chicago for you to do, while you’re visiting for The NRA Show 2022. Here are the sights, the sounds and the experiences to enjoy with your clients and teams for the perfect networking or relationship-building opportunity. 

Click on the names to get a look at their websites, or head straight to reading reviews and making reservations. 

Dining

Alla Vita
564 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60661

“Alla Vita” means “to life” in Italian, and this space for shared meals and memorable experiences is a cheers to all life has to give us.
Reservations: Yes

Girl & The Goat
809 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607

One of the first establishments on Restaurant Row, Girl & The Goat has been serving bold flavor and treating guests like family for years.
Reservations: Yes

Kitchen & Kocktails
444 N Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

A dynamic comfort food restaurant, Kitchen & Kocktails crafts splendid food, drinks and vibes.
Reservations: Yes

Rose Mary
932 W Fulton St., Chicago, IL 60607

Let the bright flavors of Croatian cuisine befriend your taste buds, or what Chef/Owner Joe Flamm calls, “Adriatic drinking food.”
Reservations: Yes

Aikana   
652 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60661

Aikana features a menu designed to evoke unequivocal luxury influenced by Pan-American cuisines and handcrafted beverages.
Reservations: Yes

Bazaar Meat    
120 N Upper Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606

Underneath crimson-red chandeliers meant to mimic volcanic flames, Bazaar Meat is an enticing red meat bar featuring a renowned Japanese wagyu program.
Reservations: Yes

Rooftops 

Aba
302 N Green St. 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60607

Aba features rare Mediterranean-inspired wines and spirits and a rooftop patio that’s better than chicken soup for your soul.
Reservations: Yes

the J. Parker
1816 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614

Situated atop Hotel Lincoln, the J. Parker is mainstay in the hierarchy of Chicago rooftop bars.
Reservations: N/A

Celeste  
111 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60654

The fourth-floor roof garden of Celeste is an escapist Eden with floral-print Victorian furniture, tropical greenery and vine-covered brick walls.  
Reservations: Yes

VU Rooftop
133 E Cermak Rd., Chicago, IL 60616

The VU Skyward is a sprawling, 13,000-square foot concept on the 22nd Floor of the Hiltons At McCormick Place.
Reservations: Yes

Offshore   
1000 E Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

Say Ahoy Matey. The chic, 36,000-square foot Offshore is located on the third floor of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall with a full-service, luminous bar and world-class kitchen.
Reservations: Yes

Bars 

Pigtail
500 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654

Pigtail is a speakeasy-style bar that sits underground below Jaleo. The bespoke cocktails and intimate lounge provide a scene that’s hard to beat.
Reservations: Yes

Listening Room at The Exchange
224 S Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604

Inspired by Japanese listening cafes and featuring a wonderful vegetable-centric and steakhouse-inspired menu, this room is one you’ll never want to leave. Listening genres rotate nightly. Socializing is welcome.
Reservations: Yes

Beatnik On The River
180 N Upper Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606

Feel like Jack Kerouac. Beatnik On The River takes you on a road trip through bold flavors and original drink combinations that capture the worldly spirit of great beatnik writers and poets.
Reservations: Yes

Press Room
1134 W Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607

Here’s a classic wine bar experience and a happy hour with $1 raw oysters and $7 martinis and old fashioneds.  
Reservations: Yes

Porto  
1600 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

Porto is a Michelin-starred homage to the fishing villages along the Atlantic Coast of Portugal and Spain’s Galicia with wild-caught, imported seafood, gourmet tinned seafood and exclusive wines.
Reservations: Yes

Events & Entertainment   

Wendella Architecture Tour
400 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

See the sights and learn a little city history.

Second City
230 W North Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

This is where it begins for many of tomorrow’s great comedic writers, directors and performers with multiple stages live every night.

Utopian Tailgate
1608 N Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610

Just right above Second City, Utopian Tailgate is a never-ending party landscape with dreamy décor and interactive fun and games.

Cubs Game
1060 W Addison St., Chicago, IL 60613

Root for the home team on May 21st and May 22nd versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Bordel  
1721 W Division St., Chicago, IL 60622

What’s risqué is not partaking in the nightly entertainment at Bordel — a cast of jazz musicians, burlesque performers, flamenco artists, magicians and cabaret dancers.

Courtesy of the Esrock Partners “Just for Kicks” Team: Travis Fish, Lucy Staszel, Samantha Gallagher, Aleksandra Kostic, Shawn Rudolph & Karolina Urbas

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