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City Winery Chicago
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Forget food pairings: We love wine so much that we’d drink it at a concert if there was a decent list to choose from.

Enter City Winery, a restaurant-bar-music venue built around our beverage of choice that opened Wednesday on Randolph Street’s Restaurant Row. The idea to combine culinary and cultural experiences was hatched by New York entrepreneur Michael Dorf, founder of the wildly successful Knitting Factory music venue.

A appreciator of wine and music, Dorf launched City Winery in New York in 2008 and is calling Chicago’s gorgeous 33,000-square-foot space “City Winery 2.0.” Beyond the drinking, dining and entertainment, there’s a full-service winery that will be active this fall.

We don’t know what we’re most excited about: the global dinner menu; the 450-bottle wine list with two dozen on tap (average glass costs $13); the array of tastings and seminars hosted in the Barrel Room; or the cozy 300-seat music venue (no standing, leaning or neck-craning required).

The upcoming schedule includes an intimate evening with Lindsey Buckingham, a booty-shaking show by Sam “The Legendary Soul Man” Moore and a cool night of T. Rex covers by the Waco Brothers--with wine pairings built into the set.

City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St.; 312-733-9463 or

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