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Stretch Run with It

by Matt B on October 16th, 2008

I know nothing about racing wagers. The last time I visited a dog track, my companion was trying to explain to me terms like trifecta, exacta, and place, but all I could think was, 'I like the black dog!' But whether you're a gambling novice or an old pro, you're bound to have a good time at Stretch Run.

stretch runStretch Run is a bi-level sports bar (around the corner from Cyrano's) with over 200 television monitors, so you can be sure that every broadcast game, race, and event you can think of is on display here. The club has an OTB license, so take advantage of being able to bet on fun names like 'Hoof-Hearted' or 'Look Behind You'.

A restaurant and marble bar occupy the main floor, where the American menu provides appetizers (stuffed potato skins, bbq ribs, cheddar fries, and more), sandwiches, wraps, salads, burgers (Kobe or Angus), and house specialties like baby back pork ribs and jerk blackened salmon.

The second floor is for those who are a bit more serious about their gambling. Here, one hundred monitors are slipped into private viewing cubicles, and a live teller is on hand. If you're still new to wagering, you might be better off staying downstairs, where a friendly and helpful staff will help walk you through the process.

Stretch Run may just be your best bet for a great time downtown.

Photo credit: (c/o Flickr) slimdandy

Stretch Run Sports Club & Grille: 544 N LaSalle St; 312-644-4477
Sun ' Thurs: 11:00 a.m. ' 12 midnight
Fri ' Sat: 11:00 a.m. ' 2:00 a.m.
Kitchen Hours
Sun ' Thurs: 11:00 a.m. ' 10:00 p.m.
Fri ' Sat: 11:00 a.m. ' 11:00 p.m.
Street parking difficult
Public trans: Bus # 65, 156

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