Weekly Planner: Queen Mary's Happy Hour, Duck Inn Dogs and Bastille Day
Happy Hour at Queen Mary
Caviar and Champagne aren’t typical fodder for happy hours, which is what makes the new happy hour offerings at Queen Mary such a unique treat. The beloved, nautically inspired Wicker Park bar brings the ritz for specials like $1 oysters and $6 martinis on Sundays from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Mondays from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Then on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, they go all out with $10 caviar and chips, $5 glasses of Cava and $10 glasses of Champagne, all available between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Brunch at Artango Bar & Steakhouse
The latest brunch player in Lincoln Square brings something special to the table: a medley of meaty and sweet dishes with a South American slant. Argentine-inspired Artango Bar & Steakhouse is now serving weekend brunch from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, featuring a variety of singular dishes from chef Saul Roman. These include cazuelas, acai bowls, lomito steak sandwiches, arepas, empanadas, ceviche, eggplant caviar, and chicken milanese. Whatever you do, don’t miss the beefy standout: chimichurri steak and eggs. There’s also a kids menu with entree options like hamburgers, eggs, French toast and chicken nuggets. To drink, juices, coffee and espresso staples are joined by mojitos, sangria and caipirinhas.
Duck Inn Dogs at Revival Food Hall
One of the most beloved gourmet hot dogs in Chicago is getting a little spin-off of its own with a pop-up stand at Revival Food Hall this summer. Kevin Hickey topped “must-eat” lists with his famed duck hot dog at The Duck Inn, earning enough acclaim to merit a fast-casual offshoot called Duck Inn Dogs. The casual eatery serves as Revival’s third local pop-up, operating downtown through September 28. In addition to the classic duck fat hot dog that boomed to stardom on its own, Hickey and co. will round out the menu with other hot dog variations, plus other Duck Inn favorites like Japanese BBQ duck wings and chili cheese fries. There will also be a riff on the classic Chicago-style hot dog, complete with brioche poppy seed bun.
Bastille Day at Chez Moi
On the heels of U.S. Independence Day comes another celebration of national pride. In honor o France’s Bastille Day, Chez Moi is serving up a special holiday menu (actually, two different menus) on July 14. The handiwork of chef Dominique Tougne, the two menus offer a different take on the holiday: one represents the French royalty and the other represents the people. The “King’s Menu” features decadent dishes like lobster bisque Royale with clams, and “royal” chocolate cake,” while the “Peasant Menu” contains more classic French fare, like coq au vin and bread pudding. The King’s Menu costs $49 per person and the Peasant’s Menu goes for $29 per person. Items are also available a la carte.