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River North Gets Another Rooftop Bar With Boozy Rose Ice Pops

Plus, Big Star Wrigleyville opens its to-go window and a Food & Wine sommelier of the year exits The Gage Group

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A rendering of Bounce Sporting Club’s rooftop, opening today
Bounce Sporting Club [Official Rendering]

— River North is getting another rooftop bar destination Thursday at 3 p.m., just in time for summery weather and Memorial Day weekend. Bounce Sporting Club, the new-ish sports clubstaurant at 324 W. Chicago Avenue, will serve an array of frozen cocktails, boozy ice pops, bottle service and other alcoholic beverages; plus a full food menu in a rooftop space that includes bleacher seating. Check out the full food and drink menus below.

— Wrigleyville has already gotten its own location of Wicker Park icon Big Star, but now the ever-popular honky tonk whiskey taqueria has unveiled one of its most-popular features: the to-go window, which is now open to serve its full taco menu on Sundays through Fridays until 11 p.m. and Saturdays until midnight.

—Sommelier Jon McDaniel has left Billy Lawless’s Gage Hospitality Group where he spent five years as beverage director for restaurants including The Gage, The Dawson, Beacon Tavern, and Coda di Volpe. The latter is a collaboration between Gage and Gemini parent Ballyhoo Hospitality. McDaniel is a Food & Wine Sommelier of the Year for 2018, and worked at Purple Pig, among other spots. McDaniel tells Eater Chicago that he’ll be staying in Chicago with the hope of growing the city’s wine community. He’s working on a few possibilities: “I cannot begin to thank Billy Lawless, family, the whole Gage staff and their guests on supporting my journey and growth with this company,” McDaniel wrote in a Facebook post.

— Uptown Chinese favorite Hon Kee, which originally opened in 1981, is in the midst of a large expansion that encompasses the entire building at 1064 W. Argyle Street, the Tribune reports. Look for a remodeled space, a larger menu, and more features when its complete hopefully around the year’s end.

— West Loop staples Morgan Street Cafe and M2 Cafe have been sold to new ownership, according to hospitality real estate firm Kudan Group. The restaurants, at 111 S. Morgan Street and 850 W. Jackson Boulevard respectively, will continue to operate as is under the same names.

— And finally, a thief outside Indian Garden in Streeterville on Sunday stole the restaurant’s van which was full of custom-designed Indian-imported food carts, trays, platters, candlesticks, and other dishware, Fox 32 reports. Owner Anu Sharma tells the TV station that she’ll offer $1000 to anyone who returns the equipment and doesn’t even care about getting the van back.

Correction: The Bounce Sporting Club blurb was edited to reflect that it’s opening on Thursday, not today.

Indian Garden Restaurant

247 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 280-4910 Visit Website

Coda di Volpe

3335 North Southport Avenue, , IL 60657 (773) 687-8568 Visit Website

Bounce Sporting Club

324 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60654 (312) 313-7300 Visit Website

Big Star

1531 North Damen Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 235-4039 Visit Website

Beacon Tavern

405 North Wabash Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 955-4226 Visit Website

Hotel Zachary, Chicago, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

3630 North Clark Street, , IL 60613 (773) 302-2300 Visit Website

Hon Kee Restaurant

1064 W Argyle St, Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 878-6650 Visit Website

Morgan Street Cafe

111 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 850-0234 Visit Website

The Gage

24 South Michigan Avenue, , IL 60603 (312) 372-4243 Visit Website

The Dawson

730 West Grand Avenue, , IL 60654 (312) 243-8955 Visit Website