July 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

11:00 am

National Mango Day at Bombay Spice Indian Grill

Bombay Spice's Mango Lassi made with low-fat yogurt, mango puree, sugar, milk and rose water is half-price all day.
Regularly $3.25.
Streeterville.
 

6:00 pm

Summer Farm to Table Dinner

Guests enjoy a meal sourced and served at the farm table of Big Delicious Planet's urban garden. Menu items include a mixed kale caesar salad, and herb roasted free range local chicken. Each course is paired with wine or beer.
$125 per person. More information and tickets available here.
Near West Side. 

7:00 pm

Tap Takeover Tuesdays at Bootleggers

Join Bootleggers every Tuesday's for "Tap Takeovers." Guests enjoy six of their best and most exclusive craft selections as week as a onsite, "hop-head" session about the craft brews featured. Patrons also partake in $18 twenty-four ounce beer flights or munch on free Mahoney's Pub & Grille award-winning chicken wings.
 
For more information, click here.
 
Near North Side. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

10:00 am

17th Annual Catholic Charities Golf Invitational

Join Cog Hill Golf & Country Club for a good cause, and a fun time. Guests enjoy a hot breakfast, grilled lunch, a legendary Cog Hill steak dinner as well as cocktails. Guests participate in contest as well as a silent auction featuring sports, entertainment and travel items. 
 
$500 per player and $2,000 for groups of four. For more details or to reserve tickets click here.
Lemont, IL. 

7:00 pm

Mini Burger Eating Competition

West End hosts the competition to see who can eat 10 mini burgers the fastest. $20 to compete, and includes a t-shirt, mini burgers, and a beer.
$20 per person. RSVP to Laura@fourcornerstaverns.com.
Near West Side.

7:00 pm

Hot Dog Beauty Contest

Downtown Dogs hosts their one of kind "Hot Dog Beauty Contest" for dogs of all breeds to strut their stuff and compete for the title of "Hot Dog 2014." Guests enjoy traditional Chicago-style hot dogs, and with every hot dog sold, Downtown Dogs donates $1 to PAWS Chicago.
 
For more information, call 312.951.5141 
 
Near North Side. 
 
                                

7:30 pm

Chicago-Style Hot Dog Eating Contest

Join Bootleggers on National Hot Dog Day with a Chicago-Style Hot Dog Eating Contest and complimentary Hot Dogs for all. Guests also enjoy their selection of craft brews. 
 
For more information, click here
 
Near North Side. 
 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

5:00 pm

Summer Music Series at Chicago Cut Steakhouse

Banjo, Guitar, and Mandolin player, Chris Walz, plays an acoustic set on the patio of Chicago Cut Steakhouse.
Full menu here
Near North Side. 

6:00 pm

National Tequila Day Cocktail Class at Nacional 27

Nacional 27 honors National Tequila Day with a tequila-centric cocktail class. Guests snack on tapas such as tostones and chicken empanadas while beverage manager Elyse Fuller, teaches them how to make the Paloma, a popular tequila cocktail. Guests also enjoy complimentary dance classes with instructor Rickey Copley-Spivey. 
 
$15 per person. To make reservations call 312-664-2727 or click here
 
Near Northside 

7:00 pm

Forbidden Root Beer Dinner

Chicago's new beverage company Forbidden Root, presents a beer dinner at City Winery. Guests enjoy a three course meal prepared by City Winery executive chef Andres Barrera paired with various local brews including: Spice Crusted Mini Lamb Rack, Mint Scented Couscous, Glazed Heirloom Carrots  paired with Forbidden Root and more. 
 
$75 per person. For more information, click here.
 
West Loop. 
 

7:30 pm

Wine Cruise on Lake Michigan

Guests enjoy a ninety-minute cruise with Shoreline Sightseeing, featuring a short crash wine course, tastings of a selection of Lynfred Winery's wines, and light refreshments, all while cruising Lake Michigan.
$49 per person excluding tax. More information and tickets here.
Near North Side.
 

7:30 pm

Sausage Making Class at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center

Guests take part in butchering, spicing, and stuffing 3-4 sausages each. Class fee includes demonstration, recipes, one drink, and tasting.
$20 per person not including service fee. Tickets available here.
Lincoln Square.
 

9:00 pm

Angels Envy Release Party

Trellis hosts the release party for the Four Corners edition of Angels Envy Bourbon. Guests enjoy $6 shots of the unique blend as well as late night snacks such as house made caramel corn.
$6 Angels Envy shots. Reservations can be made here.
Lincoln Park.
 

Friday, July 25, 2014

5:00 pm

Sugar Grove Corn Boil

Guests enjoy a carnival, live music, a corn boil cooking challenge, and a variety of local food vendors. 
Free. More information available here.
Sugar Grove.

6:00 pm

The Oak Park Conservatory Uncorked

Join, "The Oak Park Conservatory" every fourth Friday of June through September, for a night of drinks, food, showcase tours, local music, art and more. 
 
$15 per person. For more information, click here
 
Oak Park, IL. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

10:00 am

Farmer's Market Cooking Class at The Happ Inn

Guests learn tips for shopping in an open air market, while being taught how to prepare 3 farm-to-table meals by The Happ Inn's Executive Chef Freddy Sanchez and Proprietor Carlos Nieto. Ticket includes lunch, wine pairings, and recipe cards.
$50 per person. For reservations call 847.784.9200 or email jdandrea@thehappinn.com.
Northfield.
 

10:30 am

3rd Annual Crawfish Boil at Newport Bar & Grill

Guests enjoy a day of crawfish and more, featuring 500 lbs of live crawfish cooked up with corn, potatoes, andoullie sausage and covered in classic Cajun seasoning by Louisiana Chef Allen Rochelle. Featured Abita beers are $4.
$25 per person excluding service fee and gratuity. More information and tickets available here.
Lakeview.

11:00 am

5th Annual Ed's Fest: Ed Debevic's Celebrates 30 Years

Ed Debevic's celebrates their 30th anniversary with a Luau-themed party for the whole family.  Fest fare including Love Me Tenders chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers, and hot pretzels with cheese sauce are available for purchase.  A bounce house, corn hole games, and face painting are set up for the kids.  
Free Admission; food and beverage not included.  Capacity is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Near North Side. 

11:30 am

Cantina Laredo Launches Summer Menus

Chef de Cuisine Kennon Reed's new dishes include: Tacos de Costillas (slow-roasted short rib with tomatillo sauce, monterey jack cheese, roasted red peppers and queso fresco) and Pollo Mango Mole (grilled chicken with mango mole sauce and toasted pine nuts). 
Full menu available here.
Near North Side.

12:00 pm

Wicker Park Festival

A 2-day festival celebrating local art, music, and food. Vendors include The Smoke Daddy, Dimos Pizza, and Frontier.
$5 suggested donation per person. More information available here.
Wicker Park. 

12:00 pm

Taste of Lincoln Ave

Guests enjoy food from over 250 vendors, over 40 musical acts, the Lill Street craft fair, and a kid's carnival at this 2-day festival.
$8 per person. More information available here.
Lincoln Park.  

4:30 pm

7th Annual Peak Harvest Farm Dinner Benefit

Guests enjoy a 5-course gourmet meal made with seasonal produce fresh from the Angelic Organics farm, as well as other sustainable, local ingredients. All proceeds benefit the Angelic Organics Learning Center educational programs.
$150 including tax and service fee. More information and tickets available here.
Caledonia.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

10:00 am

Tomato Festival Brunch at Mercat a la Planxa

A special brunch menu to benefit Slow Food Chicago featuring local ark of taste and other heirloom tomato varietals. Featured dishes include bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with marcona almonds and German green tomatoes with braised pork shoulder.
$30 per person not including tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made here.
South Loop.

11:00 am

The Sound of Music Sing-a-long Brunch at Kit Kat

The Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club celebrate The Sound of Music with music, martini's and brunch. Guests enjoy the classic film projected on seven jumbo screens, while Diva Madam X performs selected songs live. Guests indulge in half-priced martinis, build-your-own blood mary's, as well as menu options of Chicken and Waffles, Rice Krispie French Toast, Crab Cakes and more.
 
$14.95 per person. For more information, click here.
 
Near Lakeview.
 

3:00 pm

Vie's Classic Cocktail Class

Michelin-starred restaurant Vie, hosts a one of a kind cocktail class the last Sunday of each month this summer. Vie Bar Manger Bill Anderson teaches the course and Chef Paul Virant serves signature bar bites. 
$100 per person. For reservations call 708.246.2082. For more info click here
Western Springs, IL.

5:00 pm

Seasonal Slam

A cooking competition at TWO Restaurant where guests choose the winner. Chef Tom Van Lente and Head Bartender Graham Crowe of TWO face Executive Chef Ryan McCaskey and Head Bartender Arunas Brunzas of Acadia in a culinary and spirits battle.
$85 per person.  Tickets here
Near West Side. 

5:30 pm

Formento's Sunday Supper at The Bristol

In anticipation of the opening of upcoming West Loop Italian-American restaurant Formento's, executive chef Tony Quartaro will offer a preview of the menu via a 4-course menu. Featured items include Insalata Tre Colore and Rigatoni alla Vodka.
$55 per person not including tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 773.862.5555.
Bucktown.

Monday, July 28, 2014

11:00 am

Chicken Wing Week at Cactus Bar and Grill

Cactus Bar & Grill celebrates National Chicken Wing Day all week-long, with Chef Glenn Pistorio's award-winning 7-piece Death Valley wings for $5; as well as wing choices of mild, hot, BBQ and more. Guests also enjoy Cactus' new trio of sweet tea cocktails for $8 each.
 
For more information, click here.
 
Loop.

6:30 pm

Battle of the Chefs: Fire and Ice

Tokio Pub hosts a 4-course beer dinner with a competitive twist. Tokio Pub's Chef Naoki Nakashima will rematch Shaw's Crab House Chef Peter Balodimas, and guests will determine the winner. Each course is paired with a Goose Island craft brew.
$45 per person excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 847.278.5181.
Schaumburg.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

9:00 am

National Cheesecake Week

Eli's Cheesecake Company celebrates National Cheesecake Week with 5 days of festivities, starting with free cheesecake from 9am-6pm on Wednesday. A different flavor is served every hour.
More informtion here.
Dunning.
 

10:30 am

Green City Market Tour

Guests enjoy a personally escorted tour of the Green City Market, followed by a 3-course lunch prepared by Paul Virant, at his Perennial Virant Restaurant.
$95 inclusive of lunch, libations, tax, and tip. Tickets available here.
Lincoln Park. 
 

6:00 pm

Mojito Cocktail Class at Nacional 27

Nacional 27 hosts a mojito-centric cocktail class for eager mojito learners. Guests enjoy tapas such as tostones, chicken empanadas and chorizo croquetas, while  beverage manager Elysse Fuller demonstrates how to make N27 Mojito, Hennessey Mojito and Chadwick Mojito. 
 
$15 per person. To make reservation call 312.664.2727 or click here.
 
Near Northside.  

8:00 pm

Frontier Lamb Foodie Dinner

Guests enjoy a mystery 5-course tasting menu showcasing unique fare specially prepared by Pioneer Tavern Group Corporate Executive Chef Brian Jupiter and featuring lamb. Course pairings are available for an additional $25 per person. 
$65 per person not including tax and gratuity. Purchase tickets here.
West Town. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

5:00 pm

Lobster Roll Night at Bow & Stern Oyster Bar

Back by popular demand, chef Brian Greene’s $18 Lobster Roll is returning for one night a month. The roll features lobster chunks from a whole poached Maine lobster in a lemon aioli, Calabrian chile, parsley tarragon, and grilled red onion mixture topped off with arugula and served on a crispy New England Roll.
$18 lobster roll.
Noble Square.
 

August 2014

Friday, August 01, 2014

11:00 am

Free Falafel Cones at Falafill

Guests receive a free Falafel cone during "LollaFILLooza" weekend with any Fafafill purchase. Lollapalooza concert-goers show their wristbands to cashiers and receive falafel cones filled with French fries, house fries (tossed in lemon juice, garlic, crushed red pepper, paprika, cayenne and cilantro) topped with classic or curry falafel and a sauce of choice.
 
For more information, click here.
 
Lake View East.
 

Saturday, August 02, 2014

11:00 am

Taste of Latin America

Guests enjoy eclectic cuisine and live music, arts & crafts, cooking demonstrations and much more at this festival that showcases a rich multi-country heritage and Latin culture.
Free.
Logan Square.

2:00 pm

Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge

10 cook & local craft brewer teams serve unique BBQ pork & beer pairings. Guests not only enjoy BBQ and beer, but also cast their vote on the best pairings. 
$60 per person. To purchase tickets, click here
Near Irving Park. 
 

Monday, August 04, 2014

5:00 pm

Tortoise Club's Annual Whiskey Week

Join Tortoise Club for their annual Whiskey Week. Guest enjoy whiskey selections with special features from the Bourbon Bites pairing menu. 
 
To make a reservation, click here. 
 
Loop.

6:00 pm

Chefs Cook the Green City Market Cookbook

The Chopping Blocks hosts a special night featuring cooking demonstrations by guest chefs Jason Hammel, Joshua Kulp, Christine Cikowski, and Beth Eccles as they cook recipes from the just-released Green City Market Cookbook. Ticket includes a copy of the cookbook.
$40 per person. More information and tickets available here.
Near North Side.
 
  

6:30 pm

Kendall Trust's "Blank Canvas Dining Series"

Guests enjoy the tastes of New Orleans without leaving Chicago, with a 5-course dinner created by Darin Nesbit, executive chef of New Orleans’ Bourbon House. Dishes include chicken and sausage gumbo, and bourbon barbecued shrimp shortcake. All proceeds benefit the Kendall College Trust scholarship fund.
$150 per person including tax. Reservations and more information here.
Near North Side.

6:30 pm

Bodega Piedra Negra Winemaker Dinner

Geja's Cafe hosts a 4-course dinner paired with wines from the Andes Mountains. Featured courses include cheese fondue, beef tenderloin, and chicken & jumbo shrimp.
$55 per person including tax and gratuity. For more infomation and reservations call 773.281.9101.
Lincoln Park.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

11:00 am

Tavern on Rush Festival of Oysters

Guests enjoy $1 oysters on the half shell, $2 stone oven baked oysters (available in jalapeno bacon or lemon garlic styles) and $10 fried oyster baskets. $3 bottles of Guinness and $5 glasses of Costamolino Vermentino wine are also available.
$1 Oysters.
Near North Side.

11:00 am

Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House Celebrates National Oyster Day

Join Hugo's in Chicago and Naperville for all day oyster specials including: $15 Fried Oyster Po Boy Sandwich topped with fried oysters and coleslaw on a traditional New England roll, signature cocktails and perfectly paired white, rose and sparkling wines.
 
For more information, click here. 
Near Northside. 
 

Thursday, August 07, 2014

11:00 am

Luxbar Celebrates IPA Day

In celebration of National IPA Day, Luxbar taps four new IPAs: Citra-Hero, American Muscle, Divided Rye, and Hop Devil. Guests enjoy all IPAs for $6.50 as well as Luxbar’s classic American pub fare, including sliders, burgers, salads and more.
$6.50 IPAs. More information available here.
Near North Side.

6:30 pm

Shine & Dine 2014

National mentorship organization Step Up will honor television personality Catherine De Orio and Step Up alumna Kenia Rodriguez in a night featuring seasonal fare from top Chicago restaurants.
$125 per person. More information and tickets are available here.
Bridgeport.  

Friday, August 08, 2014

6:00 pm

Lincoln Park Stadium Bears Kick-Off

Guests enjoy a full 90 minutes of open bar, appetizers and 360 degrees of bear game viewing. Proceeds benefit Wright Way Rescue, a not-for-profit, no-kill animal shelter.
$20 per person (excluding service fee) in advance, $25 per person day of. Tickets available here.
Lincoln Park. 

7:00 pm

Big Lebowski Night

Schoolyard Tavern hosts a celebration of The Dude with a night of Wii Bowling, White Russians, and The Big Lebowski. 
$5 White Russians. Reserve by emailing Bridget@fourcornerstaverns.com.
Lakeview.
 

Saturday, August 09, 2014

11:00 am

Veggie Fest

Guests enjoy guest speakers, food demos, live music, and over a hundred vendors at the largest free vegetarian food festival in the nation. 
Free. More information here.
Naperville.
 

11:00 am

Northhalsted Market Days

At the largest 2-day street fair in the Midwest, guests enjoy over 40 musical acts, an array of food vendors and arts & crafts. This year's musical guests include Neon Trees and Belinda Carlisle. 
$8 suggested donation. 
Lakeview.

3:00 pm

Prairie Fest

3-days of live music, dancing, arts & crafts, and American and authentic Central European cuisine. 
Free. More information available here.
Homer Glen.

6:00 pm

Sake Dinner at Ani to Benefit Japan House

Guests enjoy a sake tasting and seminar by Tenzing Spirits and a 7-course Japanese dinner by Executive Chef Shin Matsuda. Featured courses include vegetable shumai with prairie fruits farm chevre, and robata grilled chicken tsukune, chicken skin and grilled vegetables with miso butter

.
$225 per person not including tax or gratuity. For reservations call 217-244-9934 or email japanhouse@illinois.edu.
Lakeview.
 

Monday, August 11, 2014

6:30 pm

Lemon: Chicago

Host Chefs Paul Kahan and Tony Mantuano, along with restaurateur Donnie Madia, are bringing together more than 20 renowned chefs to prepare special meals for those in attendance. Proceeds benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
$750 per person. $10,000 for a table of ten. More information and tickets available here.
The Loop.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

6:00 pm

Taste For A Cause

Guests enjoy food from Toccos Gourmet while learning about Gilda's Club. All proceeds benefit people impacted by cancer, and all guests are entered in for a chance to win an expense paid vacation for 2 to Las Vegas.
$25 per person in advance not including service fee. More information and tickets available here.
Wicker Park.

7:00 pm

Hubbard Inn Summertime Spectacular

A 4-course dinner created by Executive Chef Bob Zrenner and featuring Bacardi and Grey Goose inspired dishes paired with cocktails. A drawing for 3 $50 gift certificates for The Hubbard Inn is also held.
$42.50 per person not including gratuity. For reservations call 312-560-9211 or email patbrickhouse@2bridges.com.
Near North Side. 
 
 

7:00 pm

Taste of the Nation Chicago

Guests enjoy live entertainment, craft beer and wines, and a silent auction featuring many unique experiences and packages, all to help end childhood hunger in Illinois and America.
$125 per person. More information and tickets available here.
Navy Pier.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

6:00 pm

Mead Dinner at The Clare

Guests enjoy a talk on the art of mead making by Wildblossom and Meadery principal Greg Fischer, as well as a 4-course dinner with mead pairings.
$77 per person. More information and reservations available here.
Near North Side. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

10:00 am

The Great American Lobster Fest

In Chicago's first outdoor lobster fest of its kind, guests enjoy 2 days of fresh seafood, live music, and craft beverages. The lobster is flown in fresh daily from The New England Seafood Company's harbor in Boston. 
$25-35 per person in advance. More information and tickets available here.
Navy Pier.

8:00 pm

Shakou Libertyville’s White Party

Guests enjoy live entertainment, unique cuisine, and signature cocktails from 8 p.m. to midnight at this all white themed party.
$130 per person. Tickets can be purchased here.
Libertyville. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

5:00 pm

Summer Music Series at Chicago Cut Steakhouse

Blues player, Paul Jaye, plays an acoustic set on the patio of Chicago Cut Steakhouse. 
Full menu here
Near North Side. 

6:00 pm

I Gotta Guy Sausage Festival

Join Carmichael's Steakhouse for sausages and beer for the 6th Annual I Gotta Guy Sausage Festival. Guests enjoy live music from Dr. Bombay, fabulous prizes and an upscale live and silent auction, all while supporting a good cause!
 
$125 per ticket ($85 tax deductible). Ticket price includes beer, wine and food. Free valet parking. For more information, click here. 
 
Near West Side.
 
 

Friday, August 22, 2014

12:00 pm

The Boulevard Festival

Located in the heart of Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, The Boulevard Festival features a diverse selection of local fare, vendors, and craft beer. Live music will be featured all weekend long at the festival's two stages.
$5 suggested donation. More information can be found here.
Logan Square.

6:30 pm

Quintessa National Wine Release Dinner at III Forks

Guests enjoy a 4-course seated dinner created by Executive Chef Billy Caruso and paired with Quintessa Winery wines. Featured courses include seared diver scallops with creamed leaks, and rabbit confit pot pie with chanterelle mushrooms.
$145 per person not including tax and gratuity. For reservations call 312-938-4303.
The Loop.

September 2014

Friday, September 05, 2014

12:00 pm

Festival of the Vine

Geneva restaurants create a variety of specialties under an outdoor tent at the "Flavor Fare" partnered with wine and live musical entertainment.  Festival of the Vine also features an arts and crafts show, flower market, horse-drawn carriage rides, and wine tasting and dinner events around Historic Downtown Geneva. Event occurs September 5-7.
Admission is free; Cost for food & wine (ticket based). More information here.
Geneva.

Friday, September 12, 2014

7:00 pm

Festiv-Ale

“Cure What Ales Ya!” Festiv-Ale features handcrafted, high-end beers from the Midwest's finest brewers. Guests enjoy unlimited beer tastings, appetizers, a silent auction, Tower of Beers raffles and live music.
 
$65 per person for regular entry and $100 per person for the VIP reception. To purchase a ticket, click here.
 
Near West Side. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

7:00 pm

Chicago Wine Opener

The 11th Annual Uncork the Cure Chicago is a evening of incredible selections of wines, delicious hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Guests also enjoy a Great Silent Åuction and Live Auction and Bid for the Cure. 
 
VIP Admission $150 ($85 is tax-deductible). General Admission $80 ($39 is tax-deductible). For more information, click here.
 
Loop. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

12:00 pm

Andersonville City Made Fest

The Andersonville Development Corporation presents the 2nd Annual Andersonville City Made Fest, an all-local street festival highlighting Chicago-made beer, music and products in the Andersonville neighborhood. 
$5 suggested donation.  More information here
Andersonville. 

October 2014

Saturday, October 04, 2014

3:00 pm

Lynfred Winery Oktoberfest

Join Lynfred Winery for a grape stomping celebration of Oktoberfest. Guests enjoy two days of German sing-a-longs, grape spitting, grape stomping and cork tossing. Guests choose either a sandwich or a full meal, with a warm German potato salad, including the much anticipated roasted pig and more. 
$3 per person (persons 13 & under free). For more info , click here.
 
Roselle, IL. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

7:00 pm

Taste Tour

Join the best of Chicago's suburbs for the 2nd Annual Taste Tour. Guests explore tastings from local restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries. Guest also partake in premium auctions, raffle, music and more.
 
$100 per ticket ($49 is tax-deductible). For more information, click here.  
 
Riverwoods, IL. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

11:00 am

Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Fall Benefit Luncheon

Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation invites Sally Field as the guest speaker at their Annual Fall Benefit.  Lunch is provided.  All proceeds from the event support innovative contributions to breast cancer research and educational programs. 
$275 per person. Sponsorships from $500 - $25,000 are available.  Tickets here
The Loop.

November 2014

Saturday, November 01, 2014

7:00 am

Naperville Wine Opener

Join the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for their 7th annual Naperville Wine Opener. Guests enjoy a selection of international wines and a collection of craft beers from local breweries, as well as hors d'oeuvres and delicious deserts.
 
$100 per ticket ($18 is tax deductible). For more information, click here. 
 
Naperville, IL