We left Makai at daycare a few hours late and went to see Guardians of the Galaxy IN THE MOVIE THEATER. Dallas hadn’t been to the theater since last October, before Makai was born, and I hadn’t been since January. After that we hit up two spots in Logan Square that we hadn’t been to yet – Chicago Distilling Company and Emporium Arcade Bar.
Chicago Distilling makes their own gin, vodka and white whiskey right here in Logan Square. Dallas had a gin and tonic, a drink that used to be his go-to in the olden days. He wanted to really taste the gin. I had a fancy grapefruit cocktail with the white whiskey. Nice. Cool spot. No food. You can also buy bottles of the booze to go and I’ve seen it at the Logan Square Framers Market too.
Emporium has a Wicker Park location that we’ve been to a bunch of times. The Logan Square location just opened a week or so ago. Dallas was there last week and liked it so I was glad to check it out. There are some arcade games and pin ball games, but the main focus is table games, like pool, foosball, air hockey, etc. All the beers are canned and there’s a permanent food truck inside that serves sandwiches. The place is huge and the buildout is really nice. I liked it a lot. We each had a can of beer off their extensive list then it was time to pick up Makai.
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Paul Baker’s birthday at Headquarters was so much fun last year, that we did it again this year! The bar has really expanded, thankfully. They’ve added 7,000 square feet and the new area is much more spacious. I just remember last year it was so packed and took forever to get a beer. The new space has, I think, 2-3 additional bars! I only played a couple games and spent most of my time catching up with Alden and Paul and Kate. I hadn’t seen Paul and Kate since the summer!!
Before the arcade fun, we had dinner at Penny’s. I hadn’t been there forever. After the arcade, Alden and I went to Barrelhouse Flat for one drink. Jess was at a show and tried to get into Headquarters but the line was LONG. Like 50 people. Even with their expanded space. So we met her and Chris and another friend at Barrelhouse Flat. I was so tired from standing all night, though, so then we headed to Paddy Long’s for one more.. then I was out! That was the longest I’d stayed up and out for a looong time and I was TIRED. Fun night, though.
P.S. Emporium Arcade Bar might be opening a second location in Logan Square, by our house, but Headquarters Beercade is also opening a second location in River North in the spring.
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ALWAYS new things every time we walk outside lately!
“Establish an amusement arcade accessory to a tavern.” Sweet! Emporium is opening a second location on Milwaukee Avenue, this one in Logan Square. I’ve always had fun at the one in Wicker Park, so I’m excited for this new addition around the corner from home!
I noticed this sign at 2317 N. Milwaukee in the building where the new dentist is, kind of by Vas Foremost and Tula Yoga studio. I assume we’re getting a frozen yogurt shop.
Update Feb 12, 2014: Definitely a frozen yogurt shop!
Update Mar 18, 2014: Now with a real sign.
Update Mar 18, 2014: Now with awnings.
Update May 23, 2014: OPEN!
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