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Union Pizzeria
1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202
Enter the smooth, modern lounge of Union Pizzeria for a drink and a slice of Margherita pizza hot from an enormousMore wood-burning oven. Chef Vince DiBattista delivers gourmet Italian-influenced small plates such as eggplant caponata, calamari and octopus. The seasonal menu uses locally grown, organic ingredients. The long bar opens at night with twenty-six different beers and fifty wines under $50. The dessert menu is equally ambitious: it sports polenta pound cake and chocolate panna cotta with brandied cherries.
Society for the Preservation of Art & Culture in Evanston
1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202
The Society for the Preservation of Art & Culture in Evanston (also known as SPACE) is a performance venue withMore a capacity of about 250 seats. Though it is an all-ages space, is serves alcohol, but there is no food. Guests watching shows here, however, are permitted to order from the affiliated Union Pizzeria if they like. SPACE calls this practice "BYOP." SPACE has a calendar full of world music and folk rock events. See its website for details.