Chicago’s favorite indie movie theatre just got a facelift right in time for the Oscars. What you need to do: check the calendar. See what’s what. Then prepare yourself for some old school romancin’ (i.e. dinner and a movie). Here’s your game plan.
Step One: New Duds
Gear up for your evening out with a quick pop-in to Boga’s newly minted West Loop retail shop. It being winter and all, exercise your right to layer. Contrast is key here. Simple Stone Twill button-up. Match it up with tailored vest in navy and throw a grey blazer on top. Classy and casual.
Step Two: Wood-Fired Pizza
Pizza. Wine. Ceres' Table is the place. Relaxed neighborhood setting just a quick cab ride away from the Music Box. Chef Giuseppe Scurato plates up a canon of delicious shared plates (enjoy the menu), but his reputation in Lakeview is built on the char of his pizza. The crust: puffy, thin, slightly crisp. Order the prosciutto di Parma and arugula. Add egg. Win at dinner.
Step Three: Films and Cocktails
The Music Box Theatre’s newly renovated lobby and lounge space is reason alone to go see what’s new. What you still get is all the charm of a 1920s art-house theater, but now with craft beer and cocktails. Take that, IMAX. Now’s your chance to check out some lesser known Oscar-nominated flicks like Russian hockey doc Red Army and the highly acclaimed Belgian drama Two Days, One Night. Also recommended: WBEZ’s Sound Opinions at the Movies — this go ‘round they’re discussing Sid and Nancy.