When making a comeback it's important to return with a splash, unless you're Daryl Hannah, in which case wouldn't you feel more comfortable in an eye patch? In a splashy return to Chi nightlife, The Shady Lady.
From a guy who once owned some of the hottest nighttime spots in the city (Iggy's, Harry's Velvet Room), TSL is a thunderous step back into the game, transforming the old Garret Ripley's space into a rollicking, tripped-out rock & roll pub highlighted by an outrageously massive mural depicting old-timey circus sideshow types, including a man who has two heads (though what man doesn't?). A single-person stage has been set up in the far corner to host short, spontaneous performances ranging from jazz trumpeters and burlesque acts to spoken word poets and singer-songwriters, and even an occasional talent show by a member of the sexy, tatted staff, whose talents include being sexy, and having a higher pain threshold than you. Avail-til-close grub's been designed by the Blue 13 chef, and ranges from pint-glass-housed bar bites (baby artichoke fritters, rotating flavored popcorn) to comfort-themed mains like fried chicken w/ mashed and haricots verts, and Iggy's famed lemon-butter bow tie pasta, which you'll need to soak up the 30-plus whiskeys and 35 craft beers, including drafts of Lagunitas Pils, Bell's Oberon, and Magic Hat No. 9, which like its similarly numbered love potion may cause you to make out with police officers.
If all that madness isn't enough, try to get your hands on a VIP key to gain plus-one access to the joint's subterranean speakeasy, which features its own unique beer/cocktail selections and's called Private -- just don't show up with Daryl, or it'll quickly turn into a Clan of the Cave Bear.