If you're reading this, you must be searching for a place to unwind with some friends over a few beers. Leave the scavenger hunt to the kiddies, because within Tailgator's Sports Bar lies the treasure you've been seeking.
Located in a spot that's close enough to the city to be bustling with travelers (near Midway), but also close to neighboring suburbs, the bar hosts drinkers who are either eager to forget airport woes or anxious to experience that city-bar feel.
It wouldn't appear to be so from the outside, but the interior is decked out modernly with bright lighting fixtures, cozy booths and an oak bar. Beige hues throughout also add to the cheerful atmosphere. Quite the pleasant surprise is the bathrooms, which are clean and almost make you feel like you're at home (assuming you keep your toilet clean and decorate to impress).
The interior doesn't connect directly to the outdoor beer garden, so don't get lost in the hallway that leads to the bathroom looking for an exit. Go out the way you came in and follow a string of beer specials tacked up on the wall to the patio (it's quite small, but can seat about 50 comfortably). Out there you will find a few tables and chairs, and on a busy night, you will more than likely have to stand (unless a friendly drinker offers up his chair). Two flat-screens are usually tuned into the Cubs and/or Sox games. Note the clear-cut rivalry of the garden, as one side cheers for the North Side squad, while the other side roots for the guys in black.
Beer could be a little pricey for your liking ($3.50 Bud Light Lime bottles), but there are specials, like $1.50 pints of Miller products on Thursdays, to repair the hole in your wallet.
Centerstage Reviewer: Jill Kozak