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Weekly Planner: Brunch News Edition

Brunch News Edition Lowcountry Adds Brunch Fasten those bibs, because brunch is served at Lowcountry. The South Loop outpost of the boil-in-a-bag seafood concept, which specializes in Cajun-style shellfish, has added weekend brunch to its popular portfolio. A slight departure from its usual eat-with-your-hands bag-centric menu, the brunch offerings span a spectrum of Southern comforts, from […]

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Jun 18, 2018 09:51 PM
Best Restaurants in Boystown

With June being Pride Month, there’s no better time of year to spend dining and drinking in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. The vibrant Lakeview area enclave is best known perhaps for its clubs, drag brunches and rainbow pylons, but the neighborhood is becoming a serious dining destination in its own right, thanks to restaurants like these: […]

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Jun 11, 2018 10:32 PM
Weekly Planner: Taco Joint’s Specials and ROOF on theWit’s Movie Series

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy hour is the happiest of all when you’re surrounded by bowling alleys, bocce courts, karaoke rooms and dart boards. The West Loop’s brand new Punch Bowl Social, a behemoth dining and gaming complex out of Denver, has jumped on the happy hour bandwagon, […]

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Jun 05, 2018 06:53 PM

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
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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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