Saturday, August 6, 2011

How to "Staycation" Big Oil-- Part 3

Last Sunday, as part of out stay at home protest against Big Oil and its obscene profits, we enjoyed local places.

After leaving Steve's Sports Bar in Antioch on Il-173, we went east to Il-59 and south to Grasslake Road, which along it or close to it has probably 15 bars from 59 to State Park Road (Illinois' Chain of Lakes State Park). Some are on the water and others along the road. Two bridges cross Chain channels.

I used to deejay a lot at a place called Fringe Benefits, now Drydocks, on the road.


CAPTAIN'S QUARTERS

Last stop was at a favorite place of ours, Captain's Quarters. We've been going to this place ever since Steve bought it back in the 80s and changed the name from Indian Point to Captain's Quarters. It is now owned by the people who also have Electric Harbor and the Kross Inn.

The food has always been great and cheap ($4 for a Johnsonville brat and fries). Every day, they have specials (on Monday, that brat and fries is $2 and a cheeseburger and fries is $2 on Wednesday, 35 cent wings and potato skins on Thursdays, and $10 full slab of ribs, fries and salad on Friday.

Even better, during the summer, they have bands Saturday nights from 7 to 11 (great for old fogies like us) and Sunday afternoons from 3 to 7. Nothing like drinking cold beers (iced down) for $3.25 and watching a good band on a sunny afternoon out on the Chain.

We eventually were able to get seats at the outside bar and enjoyed "R" Gang, a black and white group that can play some mighty good soul music from the 60s and 70s. The two singers can really do those old Motown moves as well.

Out on the Chain and Feeling No Pain. --RoadDog

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