The Cove Lounge: A Great Dive Bar Not Far From The Blackwood in Hyde Park

October 22, 2014 11:01 am

Perhaps you've walked by it without noticing; The Cove Lounge certainly doesn't stand out very much. Walk inside, however, and you're unlikely to forget it anytime soon. Considered to be one of the best dive bars in Chicago, it features wooden bench seating, Bears posters, and a sprawling mural on the wall focused on Chicago and featuring, among other things, a portrait of President Obama.

The Cove Lounge, just a quick journey from The Blackwood, serves a rather diverse and unusual crowd, from seasoned old-timers to college kids to hipsters and beyond. Customers are drawn by cheap prices and drink specials available every day. While they do serve over 25 brands of beer, The Cove is proudest of its Croatian-brewed Karlovacko brand. In the way of entertainment, there is a juke box and six plasma screen TVs. Sit and relax with friends in the eclectic atmosphere of The Cove Lounge, a Hyde Park classic.

The Cove Lounge
1750 E. 55th Street
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 684-1013

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Get Your Home at The Blackwood in Hyde Park Ready for Fall With These Cleaning Tips

October 15, 2014 11:01 am

Most people do a major cleaning at the start of spring, but why doesn't fall get the same treatment? Consider giving your place at The Blackwood a good cleaning to start fall off the right way. Follow these tips to get started:

  1. Clean the carpets. They've been collecting dirt and grime since you last cleaned them in the spring. It's time to give them another thorough cleaning. Either rent a carpet shampooer or get a professional to clean them for you.
  2. Wash the windows. Whether there are fingerprints, dust, or dirt from the outside on your windows, clean them to give your apartment a fresher, cleaner look.
  3. Organize your clothes. When the seasons change, it's the perfect time to re-evaluate your wardrobe. Go through your closet and sort through your clothes and shoes. Toss anything that's worn out and donate any items that you no longer want. Pack away your summer clothes to make room for your fall and winter apparel.

Fall Homekeeping Tips [Martha Stewart]
Fall Cleaning Checklist [Real Simple]
5 Tips for Cleaning for Fall [How Stuff Works]

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Enjoy Flavorful Seafood at South Side Shrimp, Not Far From The Blackwood in Hyde Park

October 8, 2014 11:01 am

South Side Shrimp is a staple of Hyde Park, and the home of fried delights. Make the short trip from The Blackwood to this casual eatery, with wood floors and plenty of natural light, and enjoy salads, chicken, and some incredible seafood. Not surprisingly the jumbo shrimp are very popular. Customers say that the shrimp taste perfect with either the classic golden batter or Chicago-style seasoned breading. Enjoy the meal option with the delicious house made cocktail sauce, or purchase it by the pound.

Similarly, ocean perch, lake perch, and catfish filets are available as a meal, or by the pound. If you’re not in the mood for seafood, grab some of the spicy hot wings, or the boneless chicken tender filets. Head to South Side Shrimp with some friends for a delicious and casual meal.

South Side Shrimp
5319 S. Hyde Park Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 952-6162–locations.html

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