The Stretch Bar & Grill

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The look at this revamped spot (it used to be Tryst before the owners Cortland's Garage reconcepted it as The Stretch) is sleek and contemporary, thanks to cedar paneling stretching behind the bar. Framed photos of guests singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" keeps the decor somewhat Wrigleyville-reverent. Specialty drinks served in 16-ounce or super-sized 32-ounce Mason jars range from Long Islands and Arnold Palmers. A menu of nicer-than-standard bar food (created by Jim August, most known for his eats at Oak Park's Cafe le Coq) features made-from-scratch dishes such as three-bean chili studded with shortrib meat and artichoke dip blended with lump crabmeat. Of course, you'll still find plenty of burgers (8 variations, including turkey and veggie burgers) and gut-busters such as a cheddar-stuffed, bacon-wrapped hot dog on a pretzel bun. On nights when the game isn't the main event, the lights will dim down and a DJ will turn it up. Like Tryst, the back room is still a great spot for private parties.