July 2014

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

10:00 am

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille Lollapalooza Special

Starting the party early on July 31 and ending on August 2 from 9 p.m. to close, Sweetwater Tavern & Grill features a Video DJ playing a live stream of all Lollapalooza headliners. Guests enjoy brunch, lunch, and dinner while listening to the music of the festival.
More information and reservations available here.
The Loop.

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.
 

5:00 pm

Patio Party and Pig Roast

The Old Crow Smokehouse in Schaumburg celebrates the opening of their new outdoor patio with a launch party. Festivities include a whole pig roast, complimentary beer and soda, a live country performance from Scott Dubose, and free barbecue samplings straight from the outdoor smoker.
Free. 
Schaumburg.
 

6:30 pm

Lagunitas New Brew Tapping Party

Representatives from 4 Chicago-area pubs traveled to Lagunitas Brewing Company in California to collaborate on a new brew, and unveil the new beer with a tapping party at Timothy O’Toole’s Pub. 
$5 full pints. 
Near North Side.

7:00 pm

Lagunitas Beer Night at High Noon Saloon

Meet Jonathan Klein from Lagunitas Brewing Company and enjoy limited, seasonal and year-round beers with food pairings from chef Ruben Beltran’s regular Tex-Mex menu. Featured beers include; Fusion 23 Ale, NightTime Fear the Dark Ale, Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale and more. The event includes free Lagunitas engraved mason jars and logoed gear. 
For more information, click here
Wicker Park. 
 
 

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.
Lakeview.
 

11:30 am

Bistrot Zinc Celebrates National Sandwich Month

Bistrot Zinc celebrates National Sandwich Month with two specialty sandwiches—the Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame, both for $12.95. The French inspired sandwiches include ingredients such as: tangy Gruyère cheese, thinly sliced ham, grilled sour dough bread topped with Gruyère custard, and the optional fried egg on top.
For more information, click here.
Near North Lake Shore Drive.  

4:30 pm

TWO's Second Anniversary Special

In celebration of its 2nd anniversary, from Friday 8/1 through Friday 8/8 the team at TWO offers guests a special of Pulled Pork and a draft beer for $10. The pulled pork comes on a bed of roasted parsnip puree, local corn and smoked pork jus.
Reservations can be made by calling 312.634.8363 or online here.
Near West Side.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

8:00 am

Where the Buffalo Roam

Chicago Gourmets hosts a bus trip to Van Meter Buffalo Ranch.  The bus departs at 8:45 am from The Wit Hotel lobby.  Trip includes a tour of the ranch as well as an all inclusive lunch with buffalo burgers, chips, tomatoes, corn, wine and dessert.  The trip also stops at a Sicilian Miniature Donkey farm along the way.
$79 per person. More information and registration here.
Monticello, IN 

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. 
 

9:30 pm

The Art of Craft Beer

BlackFinn Ameripub hosts a night of beer sampling, educated commentary from the featured beer specialist, and live DJ performances. 
Free. More information and RSVP available here.
Near North Side.

10:00 pm

Mike Stud Official After-Party

Municipal Bar + Dining Co. hosts a Lollapalooza afterparty featuring music from DJ Rock City, The Melker Project, and The Knocks, as well as a special "Free Spirit" slider made with beer braised jerk chicken, roasted pineapple & tequila salsa, and a zesty slaw.
Free entry, $8.00 slider special. 
Near North Side.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

11:00 am

Katy Perry Prismatic Brunch at Kit Kat

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club hosts a Katy Perry-themed brunch including: Chicken and Waffles, Rice Krispie French Toast, Crab Cake Benedict, Chilaquiles and more. Guests also watch Katy Perry music videos as well as enjoy a live performance from Diva Madam X. 
To make a reservation call 773-525-1111 or click here
Lakeview. 

11:30 am

National Watermelon Day

Bistrot Zinc celebrates National Watermelon Day with a refreshing Yellow Watermelon Salad, topped with French feta cheese, and drizzled with basil oil.    
For more information, click here
Near North Lake Shore Dr. 
 
 

2:00 pm

Sip Through August at Lush Wine and Spirits

Guests enjoy a guided tasting session led by the friendly and beverage savvy Lush staff. Event is offered every Sunday, with this week offering a special look into the "50 Shades of Gris."
Free, no reservations necessary. 
All Locations.

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

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.

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.

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. 
 

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

7:00 pm

An All-American Beer Dinner at The Ogden

Guests enjoy a 4-course dinner with American craft beer pairings. Featured menu items include chicken wing lollipops with roasted beets, and smoked pork spare ribs with an amber ale BBQ sauce.
$43 per person excluding service fee and gratuity. More information and tickets available here.
Near West Side.

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

11:00 am

Market Days Weekend Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Kit Kat celebrates Northasted Market Days with a brunch menu including: Chicken & Waffles, Rice Krispie French Toast, Crab Cake Benedict, Chilaquiles and more. Kit Kat Mixologist serves an array of Market Days martini's for $7 each, while Diva Madam X entertains the crowd.
To make a reservation call 773-525-1111. For more information click here.
Lakeview. 

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.

1:00 pm

PorkFest at McGee's Tavern and Grille

In this all-you-can-eat event, guests enjoy ribs, brisket, pulled pork, fried chicken, BBQ chicken and side dishes. Drinks not included in cost of entry.
$15 per person early bird ticket (not including service fee). $20 per person day of. More information and tickets here.
Lincoln Park.

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.

6:00 pm

Taste of Andersonville Dinner Crawl

The Taste of Andersonville Dinner Crawl includes selections from twenty restaurants in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. Featured dishes include Jumbalaya, Smoked Salmon Flatbread, and  Vegetarian Cajun Garden Salad.
$45 per person in advance. $55 per person at the door. For more tickets and more information, click here.
Edgewater. 

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.

5:00 pm

National Rum Day Celebration at Nacional 27

Nacional 27 celebrates National Rum Day with an array of rum cocktails, $9 each. Cocktail selections include: Rum Punch, Blue Hawaiian, Market Mojito and more. Guests can also spice the night up and hit the dance floor with music mixes from DJ X.

For more information, click here. 

Near North Side. 

 

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. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

9:00 am

Sunday Yoga Brunch at Tokio Pub

Guests enjoy a 60-minute yoga class on the enclosed patio led by expert instructor, Becki, after which Chef Peter Balodimas cooks up a healthy three-course meal paired with yoga-inspired cocktails.
$35 per person excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required, call 847.278.5181
Schaumburg.

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.

4:00 pm

Naperville Wine Festival

The festival provides an opportunity to sample from more than 270 wines from around the world. Wine seminars and cooking demonstrations are conducted by event sponsors, exhibiting wineries, area chefs and restaurateurs. Ticket includes entry, a souvenir wine glass, 12 tastings, and one pint of any beer.
$30 per person in advance, $35 per person day of. Tickets available here.
Naperville.

5:00 pm

Old Capitol Blues & BBQ

Features 40 BBQ competitors and vendors, live Blues music, and free children's entertainment.
$10 per person. Ticket price includes 4 food/beverage tickets. More information and tickets avaialble here.
Springfield. 

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.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

3:00 pm

Bacon, Sports, & Beer Celebration

This one day event includes unlimited tastings of bacon-inspired creations of over 20 of Chicago's top restaurants and over 20 craft breweries. Guests also enjoy Nerf games, pop-a-shot hoops, a live DJ, sports trivia, and more.
$55 per person. Ticket price includes all tastings and activities. More information and tickest available here.
Near West Side.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

9:30 am

Lottie's 10th Annual Golf Outing

The festivities begin with a bloody mary bar at Lottie's Pub before a coach bus takes golfers to Carriage Greens Golf Club for a day of golf, food, and drinks. 
$120 per person. Space is limited, sign up here.
Bucktown.

4:30 pm

A Taste of India Cultural Flavors Tour

Discover the diversity of Indian culture and community on Chicago’s Devon Avenue, with Indian sari boutiques, jewelry shops, groceries, restaurants and more. Tour includes dinner.
$50 per person not including service fee. More information and tickets available here.
West Rogers Park. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

10:00 am

Old Town Restaurant Week

Throughout the week, 10 different restaurants will be offering daily specials, specialty drinks and prix-fixe menus. Participating restaurants include Adobo Grill, Benchmark, and The Fireplace Inn.
More event information avaialble here.
Old Town.

6:30 pm

Battle of the Bars at Tokio Pub

This month's battle pits Tokio Pub's Resident Mixologist, Christina Smith, against friend (and rival) Mixologist Steve Tindle of Roka Akor. Each course will feature side-by-side cocktails made by the two beverage makers paired with Tokio Pub cuisine.
$45 per person not including tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 847.278.5181.
Schaumburg. 

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. Tickets avaiable 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. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

11:00 am

"Bear" Down on the Job Search

In benefit of Career Place, Mike Ditka's Arlington Heights restaurant hosts a fundraiser featuring a ‘tailgate’ style luncheon, two glasses of beer or wine, live and silent auctions of sports memorabilia provide by the “Coach” and an opportunity to meet former Bears players.
$100 per person. More information and tickets available here.
Arlington Heights.

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.

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