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Virtual L: Wellington (Brown)

The newly re-opened stop brings burgers, bars and sushi to the mix.
Tuesday Aug 04, 2009.     By Centerstage Chicago Staff
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Sam & George'sGrab breakfast and chill out at S&G's
Welcome back to the party, Wellington stop. We've missed you. After closing for a year to get the requisite Brown Line face-lift, Wellington is back in line on the way to Belmont or Fullerton. Here's how to celebrate:

Best of the nightlife
Mad River Bar & Grille

A chill sports bar by day, things heat up quickly at this lodge-themed party spot when the post-college crowd rolls in around 10 or so to turn the place into Dance Party USA. You'll know rather quickly if you're of the target age for the weekend soiree, and you'll act accordingly - either jumping into the mix or heading out to someplace a little quieter.

Good for groups
Kirkwood Bar & Grill

If you're in the latter group for the Mad River crowd, this place might be more your speed. Encompassing multiple rooms and a massive beer garden, the place especially caters to Indiana and Nebraska grads, serving up quality bar fare like The General, a savory steak sandwich named after legendary IU coach Bob Knight.

Cheap eats
Clark Street Dog

Here's what you do: Grab a dog for $3 (or a double cheeseburger for a buck more) and head to the adjacent Clark Street Bar to wash it down while sitting at one of the dozen or so bar stools pointed at the lone TV in the joint. Beer and food for under eight bucks. Done and done.

Where to chill
Sam and George's

Now this is what a diner is supposed to be! Walk in and you are greeted by plush booths, a row of stools at the counter and one of the owners inviting you to sit down. Waste the morning away with a Greek omelet and an always-full cup of coffee while reading the paper, or navigate your way through the massive menu and you're sure to find something that suits you. And don't be shocked if the waitress calls you "Sweetie," or "Hon." It's what they do.

In-the-know spot
Fresh Sushi and Noodles

Tucked right under the train tracks, Fresh was all but forgotten during the Wellington construction. For our money, this is the best sushi deal in the area. And you're selling yourself short if you don't try one of the Thai-inspired noodle dishes on the menu.

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