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Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas. Petterino’s: Santa’s coming to town a little early this year, and he’s hungry for brunch. Pay a visit to Mr. Claus at Petterino’s, where he’ll be stationed December 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. both days. The perfect stopover before an afternoon […]

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Dec 09, 2017 07:40 PM
Chicago’s Weekly Planner: TWO’s Restaurant Royale

 TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale Get ready for a culinary smackdown for the ages, because TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale on December 13 at The Ivy Room (12 E. Ohio St., #100). In conjunction with Terlato Distell Artisan Spirits, the competition is a bit of restaurant […]

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Dec 08, 2017 05:44 AM
Weekly Planner: Sip & Paint Party, White Truffle Season, Half Acre Tap

White Truffle Season at Spiaggia In addition to booze and merriment, this is also the season for white truffles, one of the most coveted and opulent ingredients of the year. No better place to celebrate the mighty truffle than at Spiaggia, where chef/partner Tony Mantuano and executive chef Joe Flamm have upped the ante on […]

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Nov 30, 2017 06:09 AM

Weekend Planner: Firkin Fest, Sink|Swim's Anniversary, Girl Scout Cookie Cocktails, and Breakfast Stout With a Side of WhirlyBall

Firkin Fest

Craft beer-lovers, take heed. Firkin Fest is back at Headquarters this year, taking place April 3 at the arcade bar’s River North location. Showcasing some of the most coveted beers on the market, connoisseurs will be able to sample their way through upwards of 40 unique brews. Additionally, a few breweries will even vie for the “finest firkin” in a battle for top ale. Rare brews to be served include Alarmist Phobophobia Patersbier, 3 Sheep rum barrel-aged Ewephoria stout, and Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA. For more info or to acquire tickets, visit Headquarters’ website. 

Sink|Swim’s First Anniversary

They grow up so fast! Logan Square’s nautically minded gem, Sink|Swim, turns one this weekend, and to celebrate its first anniversary, the restaurant is hosting an all-day celebration on April 3. Expect specials like $1 oysters, $6 rosé, and $6 sparkling cocktails, along with some dinnertime items. These will be throwback specials from past Surf|Turf events the restaurant hosted with guest chefs. 


Firkin Fest
Get Thirsty for Firkin Fest

Drink Girl Scout Cookie Cocktails at BIG Bar

’Tis the season for Girl Scout cookies! And the only way these confections could get any better is by putting them in boozy beverage form. Be sure and swing by BIG Bar to sip your way through limited time Girl Scout cookie-inspired cocktails. Available through the end of April, the drinks include a Samoa-inspired cocktail made with Malibu, butter shots, RumChata, Godiva Dark Chocolate, and amaretto. There’s also a Thin Mint-inspired version with green creme de menthe, creme de cocoa, peppermint schnapps, and ice cream. 

WhirlyBall Hosts Kentucky Breakfast Stout Release Party

Craft beer and team sports go together like… breakfast stout and WhirlyBall. To be specific. Bucktown’s famed WhirlyBall is hosting a special Kentucky Breakfast Stout release party on April 1, which will include rare pours of the 2016 release, 2015 release, and 2014 release of this esteemed brew. To eat, the kitchen will be whipping up special plates of chicken and waffles with Breakfast Stout-infused syrup. As for the actual WhirlyBall courts, attendees have the opportunity to compete against teams of Founders Brewing Co. members in a complimentary matchup for the chance to win prizes. There is no fee to attend, and it runs from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: LoopRiver NorthLogan SquareBucktown

The Hyatt Chicago bar boasts the longest freestanding bar in North America, plus more than 1,400 beverage choices. If that's not BIG enough for you, draft beer is served in...

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Arcade games are all grown up at this downtown outpost of Lakeview-based Headquarters Beercade, a nostalgic wonderland filled with video games, craft beer, cocktails, and upscale bar food.

The team behind Scofflaw cocktail bar expand their portfolio with their first ever restaurant-focused concept. Sink|Swim is a seafood-oriented spot on the border of Logan Square and Humboldt Park, featuring...

Everything from elevated bar fare and an impressive craft beer selection to laser tag, bowling, and whirlyball are present and accounted for at WhirlyBall's massive new Bucktown facility.

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