A Suburban Mom's Guide to Clubbing in Chicago
Clink beer bottles at Fitzgerald's
Back in the day, I used to love finding unknown bands, becoming a fan and then bragging when they hit it big. If I still had time to do that now, I'd hang out at FitzGerald's, a roadhouse-style, live-music mecca in Berwyn, just a few blocks west of Chicago.
We sit around a tiny table, drink bottled domestic beers and listen to a rockin' band called Mr. Rudy Day. Unlike its city rivals, FitzGerald's manages to avoid the frat-boy feel. People come here to listen to the music, which ranges from rock to big band. "I'm 55, and I'm booking the place, so that helps a little," says co-owner Bill FitzGerald, whose family has owned the night spot for 28 years. "We're all over the place, age-wise and music-wise."
FitzGerald's is actually a homey, U-shape campus with several places to hang out: a big bar with a dance floor, a little bar, a courtyard and a Southern restaurant called Wishbone. It's all designed for a night of dinner, drinks, dancing--and almost-famous music.
Vibe Roadhouse. Bar scene in A League of Their Own filmed here.
Getting there 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn (708/788-2118). Covers vary.
(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® March/April 2009.)