Professional hockey and baseball players may not all be beautiful, but they and their paychecks can certainly hang with a sultry crowd. Market on Randolph, a snazzy restaurant and lounge with an outdoor patio, is partly owned by White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams, and the place is popular with Chicago sports stars (some live down the street) — as well as sexy clientele sporting mascara, pearl necklaces, silicone cleavage and pressed suits.
The restaurant's fancy drinks, with names like Darryl Strawberry, Voodoo Child and Market Mojito, are popular with the hotties at the bar. If you've come to watch sports on the five flat-screen TVs behind the bar, and five more on the patio, order the dozen Buffalo wings that come in a platter with elevated cups of spicy buffalo sauce and blue-cheese sauce on either side — like basketball hoops.
Other favorites on the appetizer list include the mac & cheese muffins and the popcorn shrimp. Considering the upscale crowd, Market's entree plates, burgers, and M.V.P's (Most Valuable Pizzas) — try the chicken Vesuvio with sauteed chicken and spinach — are reasonably priced. Manager Dan Schwab says Market wants to go against the grain and cater to several crowds, upscale and mid-range.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Jacob Wheeler