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The Promontory
Sit here before it's too late.
Penny Duff

Our days of catching warm breezes over cocktails are numbered, people. And if you haven’t checked out the gorgeous outdoor digs at new Hyde Park music-venue-meets-restaurant The Promontory yet, well, this is the weekend to do it.

Named for the nearby scenic peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan, The Promontory is a little bit of everything. On the music front, you can expect a mix of jazz, soul and indie rock acts (like Grammy-nominated Syl Johnson and iconic metal band Torche), and there’s dancing to DJ sets on the weekends, which typically starts at 5 p.m.

But even on non-concert nights, the sprawling, lushly planted patio is a great place to soak in the neighborhood’s mellow vibe over drinks and dinner. The food is hearty and ambitious--think smoky Kentucky burgoo with house-made rabbit sausage ($24) and rich, tender veal osso bucco with black-truffle fried rice balls ($25)--and there's plenty of space to spread out.

Stop by tomorrow night at 9 for smooth R&B by live act TheWayWeWere (tickets $10)...followed by one or two Summer Vesper cocktails (gin, vodka and Lillet rosé, $10).

The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West; 312-801-2100 or

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