Press Release | Tue December 20, 2016, 05:25 PM EST

  • Judy Night Quartet

    Judy Night Quartet

  • Highland Park Pops Big Band

    Highland Park Pops Big Band

  • Matt Feddermann

    Matt Feddermann

  • Fred Simon

    Fred Simon

  • Mr. Blotto

    Mr. Blotto

210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge (210 Green Bay Road, Highwood, IL 60040; telephone: 847-433-0304) is steadily earning a reputation as the sought-after restaurant and live music venue on Chicago’s North Shore. This spacious and sophisticated restaurant features excellent regional American comfort food from accomplished Executive Chef Jeff Tomchek, while offering music lovers a relaxing, beautifully designed setting to hear the region’s top artists. The entertainment represents a wide variety of musical styles, and the performers have been loving the roomy, fully equipped stage, complete with a state of the art sound system, recording system, plus an in-house Kawai concert grand piano and Hammond organ.

Chef Jeff presents a frequently changing menu of contemporary American cuisine, using fresh locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. From globally inspired delights to barbecue and hearty comfort food, 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge is becoming a sought-after dining destination with something for everyone. Be sure to save room for the luscious desserts!

Big Band Night comes to 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge on the second Wednesday of each month.

210 is pleased to announce that big band jazz will be alive and well on the second Wednesday of each month, featuring the popular Highland Park Pops Big Band. The show runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. 210’s great stage is the perfect venue for enjoying this spirited ensemble that mixes traditional with contemporary tunes, played as only a big band can do.

Holiday Time at 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge—dine in our restaurant or host a special Holiday celebration for your group.

One of the great joys of the holiday season is to gather with friends and families for a delicious meal in a warm, glowing holiday atmosphere. With comforting lounge seating, antique dining room furniture, unique artwork and warm lighting, plus special holiday decorations, 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge offers an artsy, homespun ambiance that’s perfect for a holiday dinner. Enjoy Chef Jeff’s eclectic menu of globally influenced comfort foods along with specialty cocktails and superb wine selections. If you’re celebrating Hanukkah, don’t miss Chef Jeff’s delicious homemade latkes and traditional beef brisket.

210 also is ideal if you’re hosting a holiday celebration—there is plenty of room for both large and small groups, and the downstairs Recreation Room, complete with table tennis, adds a fun and casual twist. Call Yvette at 847-433-0304 or send an email to make private event arrangements. Chef Jeff will help you plan a custom menu that everyone in your group will enjoy.

Note that 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge will be closed to the public on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Ring in the New Year with live music and a delicious dinner at 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge!

The night kicks off with Warren Beck on the 210 stage from 5-8 PM. Known as the Piano Man, Warren does an awesome Billy Joel, puts his heart and soul into his vocals and piano work, and plays the songs we all love to hear.

Louie Zagoras and ROLLOVER will start playing at 9 PM and will keep on rockin’ until 1 AM on New Year’s Day. Described as "Roots Rock meets the Blues", their music will start 2017 on a good note!

Tickets are $50 and include an amazing buffet of Chef Jeff’s dishes starting at 7 PM and a midnight champagne toast. Buy tickets here. Please note tickets DO NOT ensure seating and we advise making reservations ahead of time.

Be sure to tell your family and friends about 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge’s Early Bird dinner deal for seniors.

We recognize that seniors often enjoy dining out earlier than the younger crowd, so we encourage them to stop by and enjoy the North Shore’s hottest restaurant and music venue before the evening crowd arrives. Beginning December 7, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge will feature a special $20 prix fixe Early Bird dinner menu for seniors, served from 5-6:30 p.m. The $20 fixed price dinner includes choice of appetizer, entrée and side dish. On the second Wednesday of each month, this special dinner menu will be served until 7:30 p.m. so early birds can arrive a little later and stay to enjoy the Highland Park Pops Big Band.


210’s December music lineup is truly eclectic and satisfies the musical cravings of the varied North Shore and Chicagoland audience. Wednesdays showcase singer-songwriters and smaller jazz acts. Enjoy JazzLive@210 every Thursday evening featuring jazz artists with music beginning at 7 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, the music kicks up a notch with funk, rock or dance music that begins around 9 p.m., so guests can enjoy a delicious conversation-friendly dinner before getting their groove on.

“When it comes to our music, we are sticklers for quality,” said music program director Judy Shatkin, an accomplished jazz pianist who heads the Judy Night Quartet featuring Brian Wilkie on pedal steel guitar. “We only present polished entertainers who offer great music for listening, dining and dancing. We will continue to expand our music program to showcase great talent, including more acclaimed artists from around the country. 210 Restaurant & Live Music Club represents a great evening out, with excellent food, great musical entertainment and dancing.”

The music calendar for December includes:








7-10:30 PM

Hammond Heaven: Soul Message

Organ Jazz



9 PM-12 AM

Classic Addiction

Classic Rock 



5 PM-7:30 PM


9 PM-12:15 AM

Archie Parks, piano bar


Heartache Tonight- ticketed event

Piano Bar


Classic Rock 



7-10 PM

Matt Feddermann




7-10:30 PM

Judy Night Quartet Holiday Special featuring Brian Wilkie




9 PM-12 AM

Second Hand Soul

Motown, Soul, Rock and Roll



9 PM-12 AM

Unfinished Business

Classic Rock 



7-10 PM

Dan Pierson (solo piano)




7-10:30 PM

Paul Bedal Group




9 PM-12 AM

Woodstock Review w/ Joe Cocker Tribute-  ticketed event

Classic Rock



9 PM-12 AM

Second Time Around

Classic Rock 



7:30-9:30 PM

Highland Park Pops Big Band

Big Band Pop Jazz



5-8 PM


8 PM-12 AM


Fred Simon (piano bar) /

SwizFest with Brian Swislow, Ravinia Ramblers and Northwest Corner

Jazz / Country Rock Jam



9 PM-12 AM

Sam Cockrell

Soul, Funk, R&B



7-10 PM

Trevor Shandling/Judy Night
(jazz piano, alternating sets)




7-10 PM

piano bar with Tommy Muellner




9 PM-12 AM

Mr. Blotto

Jam Band



9 PM-12 AM






Hammond Heaven: Soul Message, Thursday, Dec. 1, 7-10pm

Soul Message is made up of Chris Foreman on the Hammond B3 Organ, Greg Rockingham on the drums, Lee Rothenberg on the guitar and special guest Greg Ward on alto saxophone.

Classic Addiction, Friday, Dec. 2, 9pm-12am

Classic Addiction plays a diverse collection of classic rock music with frequent underpinnings of jazz and blues. The unique sound explores the essence of great music and brings up a certain nostalgia that spans cultures and decades.

Heartache Tonight, Friday, Dec. 3, 9pm-12:15am

Heartache Tonight delivers a true Eagles concert experience. With meticulous attention to detail, the tribute band’s performances, from the vocal harmonies to the guitar riffs, are genuine and faithful to the original rock powerhouse that produced hits throughout four decades. The six band members have shared stages with some of the biggest names in rock, including Jimmy Buffett, Joe Cocker and the Doobie Brothers. Learn more about the individual band members here.

Buy your ticket now before we sell out!!  Dinner guest please RSVP in advance as we anticipate that our dining and lounge areas will fill up early.

Matt Feddermann, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7-10pm

Taking his early rock influences and melding them with acoustic based music, Matt Feddermann has created a sound that is reminiscent of early Tom Petty, The Beatles, Rhett Miller & Dawes. His music is melodic & his sound is accessible. Over the years, Feddermann has performed at venues like House of Blues, Metro, Double Door and at festivals including Taste of Chicago, Rock Around The Block and Sheffield Garden Walk. During that time, he was seen on WGN TV, NBC Chicago, the Rosie O'Donnell Show and heard on WXRT, WYKT, WRLR and WLUW locally. Most recently, Feddermann was featured in a HGTV television special called "Pumpkin Wars" with Property Brother Jonathan Scott. The show was filmed during the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival in which Feddermann was the headline act. In 2015, Matt signed a deal with Heavy Hitters Music, writing songs and instrumental tracks for TV & film. Read more about Matt’s current projects.

Judy Night Quartet Holiday Special, Thursday, Dec. 8, 7-10pm 

Now featuring Brian Wilkie on pedal steel guitar, the Judy Night Quartet is bringing a little bit of soul to jazz.  And this month we will pay homage to the holiday season with beloved songs—albeit with our jazz imprint.

Judy is a physician who left her medical career in 2009 to pursue matters of the heart, including music and playing the piano. She has recently hit the Chicago scene, and has recently completed a year of monthly residency with her larger ensemble at the Serbian Village Restaurant. During her undergraduate career, she was enriched by two summer semesters at Berklee School of Music, but also had a rich jazz experience at Harvard University, playing in the top ensemble there with many wonderful musicians, including acclaimed saxophonist Joshua Redman. Guests that came to work with the Harvard Jazz Band during her tenure included Gerry Mulligan, Wynton and Ellis Marsalis, Clark Terry, Illinois Jacquet, Harry Connick, Jr., and Carla Bley. Justin Kramer on drums and Jackson Kidder on bass round out the quartet.

Growing up in Central Illinois, Brian was heavily influenced by country music and didn’t really explore jazz until he started the University of Illinois music program. The skills he refined there led him to Nashville where he worked as a session player and toured with Allison Krauss, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan and others. In addition, Brian has appeared on “Nashville Now” and led that band on a national television telethon in L.A.

Justin Kramer has a degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Illinois (1992). He went on to play in many ensembles around the Chicagoland area including The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band and the progressive jazz group Spazztet. After a two-year stint in New York City, Justin returned to Chicago and currently enjoys playing with The Judy Night Ensemble and teaching high school English in the western suburbs.

Jackson Kidder moved to Chicago 5 years ago to pursue his music degree from DePaul University. At DePaul he studied with Kelly Sill, Jason Heath, and Dennis Carroll. During his third year at DePaul, Jackson was a member of the top jazz ensemble, culminating in performances with Randy Brecker at the Jazz Showcase in May of 2014. Since graduating in 2015, Jackson has enjoyed continuing his musical journey through teaching, playing with innovative new organizations such as Chicago Fringe Opera, and playing in the Judy Night Ensemble, among others.

Second Hand Soul, Friday, Dec. 9, 9pm-12am

Playing Motown, Soul and Rock and Roll songs, Second Hand Soul is all about fun.

Unfinished Business, Saturday, Dec. 10, 9pm-12am

A Deep Cuts Classic Rock cover band, Unfinished Business stays true to the original music. The band members’ talent and energy brings audience members back to the Rock, R&B and Blues music of the 60s, 70s and mid 80s.

Dan Pierson, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7-10pm

Dan is a phenomenal young jazz pianist and 210 is delighted to have him perform for our patrons.  You will not be disappointed!

Paul Bedal Group, Thursday, Dec. 15, 7-11pm

Paul is a talented pianist and diverse composer having composed music in a variety of genres ranging from orchestral to electronic music. Recently Paul released his debut album, Chatter, which received positive marks from the NYC Jazz Record magazine and Wondering Sound catalogue.

Woodstock Review & Joe Cocker Tribute by Mad Dog Tribute Band, Friday, Dec. 16, 9pm-12am

Three hours of peace and music, led by band leader Doug James and his Mad Dog Tribute Band, who return to 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge. The evening is a Woodstock Review with tributes to Santana, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, CS&N and Jimi Hendrix, too.

Second Time Around, Saturday, Dec. 17, 9pm-12am

Inspired by the works of many Classic Rock greats including Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles, the members of Second Time Around strive to perform their songs with passion and accuracy. Fans of The Eagles will especially enjoy the vocals and complex harmonies of John Devlin, Toni Callahan and Angie Fridono that are particularly reminiscent of the band.

Highland Park Pops Big Band, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 7:30-9:30pm

The Highland Park Pops Big Band is a 17-piece jazz band that plays swing tunes, jazz favorites, dance music and big band standards and has kept jazz from the big band era alive on the North Shore for the past three decades, playing the classic and popular arrangements of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton and many other renowned artists and styles. The music is timeless, and the full, brassy sound is enjoyed by music lovers of all ages at outdoor programs, civic functions and dances.

Fred Simon, Thursday, Dec. 22, 6-8pm 

Chicago keyboardist Fred Simon has collaborated with heavies like Larry Coryell, and has recorded as a leader with support from the likes of Oregon reedman Paul McCandless as well as Pat Metheny Group bassist Steve Rodby and drummer Paul Wertico.

Simon's own ensembles in the fusion arena take an interesting approach to this style of music, where many others fall into clichéd traps. At the turn of the millennium and beyond Simon has led several dates for the Naim label, issuing such albums as Dreamhouse (2000), Remember the River (2004), and Since Forever (2009).

Northwest Corner/Ravinia Ramblers, SwizFest, Thursday, Dec. 22, 8-10pm

Northern California's most dynamic keyboard player and native North Shore favorite, Brian Swislow, returns to sit in on a special night with Northwest Corner and Ravinia Ramblers. “B Swizlo” of the funk jam band, Object Heavy and Zappa family band, Roister, is coming home to join his old friends in making high energy family jams.  Swiz will anchor keys for Northwest Corner who brings their discerning ear for Grateful Dead and Dead-style covers to the 210 stage led by veteran face melter Cary Cohen and core members Debbie Flavell-O'Cull and Randy "Beef" Rosset (bass).  Joined by a revolving guest array including Bill Grady, Richard Pettingill and other surprises, NWC will take you on yet another fabulous long strange trip.  

Leading off the evening, Swiz joins Ravinia Ramblers in an encore presentation of jamgrass-poprock covers AND original music by high flying, Jason Berger.  Berger, experiencing a surge in his musical creativity, leads this group through soaring harmonies and tight guitar jams.  The Ramblers will be with friends and fellow collaborators Brian Wilkie (pedal steel and searing Strat) and Marty Kondziolka on boss drums!

The night is sure be filled with cross-overs and collaboration, as this elite musical lineage spreads out over the 210 stage.  Ride ON!  

Sam Cockrell, Friday, Dec. 23, 9pm-12am

Growing up in the Blues territory of Chicago’s South Side, Sam knew the area’s biggest blues names but was not drawn to the genre. Instead, his early influencers were rock bands such as Grand Funk Railroad, Yes, the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan as well as soul and R&B music starts like Sly and The Family Stone, The Commodores and Michael Jackson. As he matured, Sam developed his own eclectic style characterized by his open-minded attitude towards music and unwillingness to play what was expected of a black musician. His music takes on contemporary and age-old issues with sincerity but mixes in humor and spirit, culminated in high-spirited music that makes people happy.

Trevor Shandling, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 7-10pm

The drummer, pianist, and composer Trevor Shandling is a Highland Park native and UIC alum. He learned the drums at a young age by studying with his father, Rick Shandling, who is an underground staple of the Chicago jazz scene. He studied jazz drums with Ernie Adams at UIC and jazz piano with Dave Flippo.  Trevor will be entertaining guests with his fine piano skills.

Tommy Muellner, Thursday, Dec. 29, 7-10pm

Tommy Muellner is a highly-respected Chicago born jazz pianist and composer with an uncanny understanding of harmonic movement, improvisation and musical interplay. Muellner has received critical acclaim from aficionados and statesmen throughout the jazz world for his piano acumen and creativity. Playboy magazine critic Neil Tesser cites Tommy as “a pianist and tunesmith of stellar magnitude.” Mike Drew of the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal says, “Like the late keyboard master Bill Evans, Tom finds classic gems, and creates lyrical variations” while Hammond organ master Joey DeFrancesco says, “Tommy swings, grooves, is soulful, and in total command of his instrument, plus I love him, he’s one of my favorites!”

Mr. Blotto: Saturday, Friday, Dec. 30, 9pm-12am

Mr. Blotto was born in Chicago as an off-night vehicle for musicians who loved each other’s playing but were in different bands at the time. The only rule was that they would only play what they absolutely loved to play. That philosophy continues to this day and has led Mr. Blotto into unique musical situations.

Mr. Blotto takes the Jam band aesthetic into areas unfamiliar to the standard Jam Scene. They have been known to cover entire albums by Led Zeppelin and The Who as well as perform entire shows of Country and Reggae. Artists as diverse as the Grateful Dead, the Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson and The Velvet Underground have seen their material interpreted by Mr. Blotto in the 2400+ shows the band has performed in the last 20 years.

Mr. Blotto draws from a 300+ song list. It starts from the band's Original Material, which is drawn from 5 released and 2 as-yet unreleased CD's as well as a wealth of unrecorded songs. Mr. Blotto builds its sets on these 100 or so Original songs and peppers the rest of the sets with material from sources as varied as Dancehall, Reggae and Outlaw Country with some Chicago Blues thrown in for good measure. Set lists vary depending on the setting, but rely primarily on the Original Material, with no two shows being the same.

"Barlow Shanghai", the 5th and latest CD was released in 2006 and saw the band in collaboration with John Perry Barlow (lyricist to the Grateful Dead).

Rollover, Saturday, Dec. 31, 9pm-12am 

Louie Zagoras is the founder, lead singer/lead Guitarist and primary songwriter of Rollover. Louie and Rollover toured the States back and forth in the 90's when Rollover’s first record broke big on Chicago's 93.1 WXRT FM radio. Louie's song "Shipwreck" was the break-out single. His sound is described as "Roots Rock meets the Blues". Louie was the first Chicago Rock Artist ever to be signed by the Legendary Bill Graham Management (Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Neville Brothers, Joe Satriani etc.).

With the popularity of Rollover’s debut CD growing, Bill Graham put the band on the road supporting top Rock acts like The Allman Brothers, Joe Satriani, Sheryl Crow, Dave Mason, The Neville Brothers, Blues Traveler, John Hiatt, Hot Tuna, Johnny Winter, Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Robin Trower, Eddie Money, and many others. In 1995 Louie's song "Shipwreck" was featured on A&M Records "H.o.r.d.e. CD Sampler." Rollover did many tour dates supporting Guitarist Joe Satriani and even went along with Joe to the U.K for a month of sold out shows in 1996. Upon returning to the states the band did two more sold out nights with Joe and the famous Fillmore in San Francisco. Learn more here.

About 210 Restaurant and Live Music Lounge

210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge, located at 210 Green Bay Road in Highwood, Illinois, is a true supper club where guests enjoy live music five nights a week and delicious chef-driven dining. 210 is a community of musicians, food enthusiasts, and neighbors–an inviting, comfortable and romantic environment where singles, couples and families escape from their everyday life to relax, enjoy and indulge. 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge is open 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday through Thursday and Sunday; 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday for live music and lunch.

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