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Fried Chicken Taco Tuesdays, Three Floyds Dinner: Weekday Planner

Taco Tuesdays

 

Fried Chicken Taco Tuesdays

Fried Chicken Taco Tuesdays

Taco Tuesdays: For lovers of both tacos and fried chicken, you’re in for a treat. In addition to implementing Tuesday hours, Honey Butter Fried Chicken is rolling out their own rendition of “Taco Tuesdays,” and it’s a good one. Available every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., the new promo features two fried chicken tacos available three different ways: with a can of Tecate for $10, with a can of Tecate and a shot of tequila for $12, or as is for $8.

Empirical Brewery Dinner at Tokio Pub

Empirical Brewery Dinner at Tokio Pub

 

Empirical Brewery Dinner at Tokio Pub

 

While Three Floyds takes the stage at Replay, Chicago’s own Empirical Brewery gets a tasting dinner all its own at Tokio Pub. Taking place May 26 at 6:30 p.m., the four-course affair features items like IPA “cracker jacks,” jerk chicken wings, pastrami short rib, and apricot upside-down cake, all matched with different beers from the Ravenswood brewery. The cost is just $45 per person and reservations can be made by calling Tokio Pub.

 

In further beer news, SPiN is getting in on the Chicago Craft Beer Week action with a fun event of its own on May 23. From 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., River North’s new ping pong social club will play host to the Brewers Paddle Battle, wherein four local craft breweries—Lagunitas, Revolution, Half Acre, and Solemn Oath—will be in attendance featuring four different specialty brews on tap at $4 each. All breweries will also be vying for paddle glory at the ping pong tables on Center Court, so that’s a fun little bonus.

 

Three Floyds Dinner at Replay Andersonville

No better way to kick off Memorial Day weekend than with a five-course beer dinner. Replay Andersonville knows what’s up. The arcade bar will host a Three Floyds tasting event on May 25 at 7:00 p.m., featuring some of the Indiana brewery’s most popular beers along with seasonal fare curated by chefs Bernardo Ibarra and Kaz Medhat. The menu costs $55 per person, and reads as follows:

 

First course: watermelon gazpacho with LazerSnake American Pale Ale
Second course: shrimp ceviche with Zombie Dust American Pale Ale
Third course: Alpha King-poached pear salad with Alpha King American Pale Ale
Fourth course: beer-braised pork osso buco with Black Heart English Double IPA
Fifth course: amaro- and coffee-infused truffles and berries with Wig Splitter Oatmeal Stout

Los Angeles Chicago Connection

Los Angeles Chicago Connection

Lately, Los Angeles and Chicago have been experiencing a lot of back-and-forth in terms of restaurant and bar concepts.
Los Angeles Chicago Connection (Broken Shaker)

Los Angeles Chicago Connection (Broken Shaker)

 

Last year, we wrote about the increasing connection between Miami and Chicago via bar and restaurant openings. This year, it looks like Chicago is sharing a special synergy with Los Angeles. The two cities have been playing a lot of back-and-forth lately in terms of concepts opening new locations in respective cities, as well as mixologists and chefs uprooting to switch time zones. Let’s take a look at this new Chicago-Los Angeles connection, shall we?

 

While one of last year’s Miami connections was via Broken Shaker, this year it’s something that ties us to Los Angeles as well. The Miami-based cocktail bar opened its second outpost in River North last year, introducing an exciting new wave of culinary-inspired cocktails to the city. Now the bar is in expansion mode yet again as it polishes up its third spin-off in the City of Angels later this year.

 

Speaking of cocktails and L.A., one of the city’s finest and most renowned mixologists, Julian Cox, made the move to Chicago recently to head up the beverage programs for Lettuce Entertain You. We wrote about him a bit here, but he just debuted his new cocktail menu at Three Dots and a Dash, which is definitely worth checking out, and we’re excited to see what he does next.

 

In other moving news, our loss is L.A.’s gain as former Next chef Dave Beran just left the acclaimed restaurant with plans to move across the country and open his own restaurant in California. And when Jessica Largey wraps her chef residency at Intro here, she announced plans to move to L.A. to open her own restaurant as well, Simone. On the contrary, C.J. Jacobson has remained in town since moving here from L.A. for his own chef residency at Intro, and now he’s planning a Mediterranean restaurant in River North.

Los Angeles Chicago Connection (Sprinkles)

Los Angeles Chicago Connection (Sprinkles)

 

Over the past few years, L.A.-based restaurants that have opened outposts here include JINYA Ramen Bar and of course Sprinkles, that cupcake empire with a cult following. They originated in L.A. and their Gold Coast location still routinely draws lined out the door. Coming up, some of the biggest openings on the horizon in Chicago are coming from L.A.’s IDG restaurant group, which plans local outposts of hot spots like Katana, BOA Steakhouse, and Sushi Roku. Meanwhile, Chicago’s Bow Truss coffee has expanded to L.A. with a cafe in Beverly Hills.

 

Chicago’s Lottie’s Turns 82 , Surly Darkness Eve

Chicago’s Lottie’s Turns 82 , Surly Darkness Eve: Weekend Planner

Chicago's Lottie's Turns 82

Chicago’s Lottie’s Turns 82

 

Chicago’s Lottie’s Pub Turns 82

Considering restaurants and bars typically age in dog years, it’s quite a feat for a neighborhood establishment to turn 82. For nearly a century, Lottie’s Pub has been a mainstay in Bucktown, and the beloved standby is celebrating its 82nd birthday on May 21 with some specials. From noon until 4:00 p.m., guests can enjoy $0.82 burgers along with all day drafts for $0.82, $8.20 pizzas, $5 Absolut cocktails, $5 Jameson, and $5 Jameson Black & Stormy cocktails. Here’s to another 82 years!

 

Surly Darkness Eve

 

In beer news, Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap is partnering with Surly Brewing for a special “Darkness Eve” that runs from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. May 20. During this time, the bar will feature four different versions of Surly beer, including a three-year vertical of Surly Darkness. The event is in conjunction with Chicago Craft Beer Week, which runs from May 19 through May 29. For $40, beer junkies can gain access to a VIP party with all-you-can-eat Surly-inspired food, along with a tasting flight of the beer. “Top secret” beers from Surly are also promised.

 

New World wine is the order of the day at ENO Wine Room’s latest ENOversity session. Specifically, South American wines. Varieties from Argentina and Chile step into the spotlight on May 22, when attendees will get to learn about and sip their way through the region’s most famed wines via a tasting menu. Cheese and charcuterie will also be served. The classes take place both at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., so there are a couple options to attend. The cost is $55 per person.

 

Stagg Party at The Violet Hour

 

In line with the first ever Chicago Cocktail Summit, The Violet Hour will host an open-to-the-public Stagg Party May 22 from 6:00 p.m. until midnight. The evening will highlight a special cocktail menu showcasing George T. Stagg whiskey, with cocktails like Staggaracs (Demerara, absinthe, Peychaud’s bitters) and Staggerys (amaretto, ginger, lemon, egg white). In addition to the cocktails, the bar will also offer tasting flights of George T. Stagg vintages, and charcuterie and cheese from Publican Quality Meats will be available for snacking. The Stagg Party is first come, first served and guests are encouraged to arrive early, since the vintages likely won’t last too long.

C Chicago Morphs Into Ocean Cut

C Chicago Morphs Into Ocean Cut

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C Chicago Morphs Into Ocean Cut

C Chicago Morphs Into Ocean Cut

 

In a rather surprise twist, one of Chicago’s most famed steakhouses is re-concepting its sister restaurant into a full-fledged seafood and steakhouse, with a famed chef at the helm.Ocean Cut takes over for C Chicago mid-May, from the folks behind nearby Chicago Cut. Not only does it make more sense in name, but conceptually the restaurant looks to become a lot more cohesive, inviting, and delicious, thanks to incoming executive chef Dirk Flanigan.

 

The chef has a lot of panache on the local food scene, having served as opening chef forThe Gage and helping to pioneer a new era of downtown dining that seamlessly bridges the gap between pricey and affordable, tourist-friendly and enticing for locals. It’s a form he mastered at The Gage, and it’s something he’s out to replicate at Ocean Cut, which will be more in line with Chicago Cut when the project comes fully to fruition in the coming weeks.

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Gone will be the hifalutin prices and stark ambience, to be replaced by a more casual, comfortably nautical motif that sets the pace for a pristine meal of seafood and steak. Flanigan has a sharp knack for twists and turns throughout his cooking, so expect novelties in dishes like crab claws, Bloody Marys, lobster burgers, and more. He’s also adding fish & chips to the portfolio, which bodes well considering his fish & chips at The Gage set a new standard in Chicago.

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C Chicago Morphs Into Ocean Cut

C Chicago Morphs Into Ocean Cut

Tasting Rome at Monteverde Chicago, Pig Roast:

Tasting Rome at Monteverde Chicago, Pig Roast at The Duck Inn and Dove’s Does Happy Hour

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Tasting Rome at Monteverde Chicago

Tasting Rome at Monteverde Chicago

Tasting Rome at Monteverde Chicago

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Tasting Rome at Monteverde Chicago Here’s an apt opportunity to sample one of the hottest new Italian restaurants in town. Monteverde is hosting journalist Katie Parla for a special dinner on May 16 to celebrate her first cookbook, Tasting Rome. The sole stop in Chicago for her book tour, the event entails a four-course menu inspired by the cookbook, served family-style courtesy of chef Sarah Grueneberg, who will also be augmenting with some of her own favorite Roman dishes. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and includes dishes like ’nduja arancini, shredded beef meatballs, spaghetti alla chitarra, lamb shoulder in egg and herb sauce, fried and marinated zucchini, fried balls of dough with sugar, and mint panna cotta. The cost for dinner is $120 per person, which includes wine and a copy of the book.

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Pig Roast at The Duck Inn

In honor of the NRA show (as in, the National Restaurant Association) taking place this month in Chicago, The Duck Inn is getting the party started early with a pig roast on May 19 in the restaurant’s backyard. Along with chefs and restaurateurs from across the country, guests are invited to feast their way through the succulent buffet spread, where a whole roasted pig is the centerpiece. The roast takes place from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and costs $50 per person, which includes food and drink. Tickets and additional info can be accessed on The Duck Inn’s website.

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Happy Hour at Dove’s Luncheonette

It seems every week there’s a new happy hour to seek out. This time, it’s courtesy of Dove’s Luncheonette. Available on a daily basis from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., guests will be happy indeed with great new deals on drinks and bites. These include $2 Pacifico Shortys, $5 bocadillos, $5 caballitos (shot of mezcal or tequila with sangrita), $5 copa de vino (house glass of sparkling, white, rose, or red), and $5 ponche de cereza (tequila infused with dried tart cherry, pink peppercorn, cinnamon and clove with lemon, demerara, ginger syrup, and rum).

 

GLAAD Hatter Brunch, Tuscan Dinner and Cantina Nights: Weekend Planner

GLAAD Hatter Brunch

 

GLAAD Hatter Brunch @Pasteur

GLAAD Hatter Brunch @Pasteur

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GLAAD Hatter Brunch & Tea Dance

This isn’t your average brunch. Taking place May 15, Pasteur in Edgewater hosts a GLAAD Hatter Brunch & Tea Dance, which features cocktails, tea, dancing, a raffle, and a “hat parade” all for a good cause. The event is co-chaired by Chad Bermingham and Kinley Preston, designed to raise funds and awareness for GLAAD and the LGBTQ community. Wear your wildest hats for the chance to win “Best Hat” or “People’s Choice.” The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for the gourmet brunch buffet and continues until 5:00 p.m. for the tea dance. Brunch tickets include food, desserts, bottomless mimosas, Ketel One Bloody Marys, coffee, and tea for $80 per person. The tea dance portion is $20 and includes one drink, a cash bar, and music via DJ Teen Witch Fan Club. There’s also a brunch and tea bundle package for $95. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Tuscan Dinner at The Florentine

Take a trip to Tuscany without ever leaving the Loop, thanks to a special dinner at The Florentine on May 13. The Italian restaurant is hosting a wine dinner with winery Marchesi de’Frescobaldi in Tuscany. Brooke Tarkin from the winery will be in attendance to help guide the evening, along with The Florentine’s sommelier Alexandra Sarovich. The dinner will begin with an aperitivo toast and passed plates of sopresatta, fava and pecorino, and asparagus and fresh ricotta crostinis. To follow, there’s a four-course meal with wine pairings, which included dishes like grilled calamari steak, housemade papardelle, pan-roasted NY strip, and Tuscan olive oil gelato. The cost is $75 per person and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant of emailing General Manager Dustin Heilmann at dustin@the-florentine.net.

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Cantina Nights at Cantina 1910

There’s a new late-night haunt in Andersonville, and it’s courtesy of beloved Mexican restaurant Cantina 1910. It’s called Cantina Nights, and it takes place Thursdays through Saturdays from 10:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m., affording a fun and casual new outing for locals on the far north side. Every weekend, Cantina Nights brings forth burlesque, live Latin music, cocktails, and more.

 

 

National Burger Month: Chicago

National Burger Month: Chicago

Chicago is a burger-loving city. From high-end restaurants with killer bar menus to steakhouses and fast-casual standbys, quality burgers can be found in every corner of the city. With May being National Burger Month, it’s an apt time to round up some of the best burgers across a wide spectrum of dining styles.

 

National Burger Month: Chicago

National Burger Month: Chicago

 

Acadia: One of the best burgers in town is at a restaurant where you’d least expect it. Acadia is renowned for its elegant tasting menus and its emphasis on seafood so fresh you’ll feel like you’re shoreside in Maine, but don’t overlook the casual bar menu if you’re hankering for something with less frills and more beef. The South Loop restaurant makes a mean burger, topping their succulent patty with bacon jam, creamy and pungent Taleggio Mornay. The whole thing melts into your mouth with one savorous bite after another. Pair this with one of Acadia’s sensational craft cocktails and you’ve got an evening to remember.

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National Burger Month: Chicago @ Tavern On Rush

National Burger Month: Chicago @ Tavern On Rush

Tavern on Rush: Utilizing the same cuts of meat on-hand for steak preparations, Tavern on Rush offers a handful of different burger options, all of them exceptional. These things are big and juicy, but no so much that you need to unhinge your jaw to chew it, which is always nice. The prime steak burger features a blend of short rib, brisket, and chuck, while the rib-eye version comes with caramelized onions, mushroom, fontina, and chipotle mayo. There’s also an Angus burger, along with a vegan option and a housemade turkey burger, which isn’t bad either. Tavern has also been known to add seasonal burger specials to the menu, like bison burgers with Cabernet onions and black cherry jam.

National Burger Month Chicago @ Harry Caray's

National Burger Month Chicago @ Harry Caray’s

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Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse: The aptly named “steakhouse burgers” at Harry Caray’s are what you need when your next burger craving hits. The sheer inventive variety is enough to appease a burger fanatic, let alone the incomparable flavor and unique combination of ingredients. The signature “Holy Cow!” burger contains a 10-oz. sirloin patty outfitted with candied bacon, five-year Gouda, lettuce, Harry’s steak sauce, and a brioche bun. Or you can go exotic with the Spicy Thai burger, featuring a grass-fed patty along with pickled carrots, radishes, fresh jalapeno, cilantro, Sriracha mayo, and a brioche bun. The Wagyu burger is great too, since it sort of resembles and tastes like steak au poivre, what with its peppercorn crust, Brandy, Gorgonzola, and watercress, all heaped on a chewy pretzel roll.

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National Burger Month: Chicago @ Prime & Provisions

National Burger Month: Chicago @ Prime & Provisions

Prime & Provisions:The modest-sounding burger at Prime & Provisions isn’t messing around. Like everything else on the extravagant menu here, the ingredients are top-notch, the flavors are bracing, and the altogether final product is deeply indulgent. Using the same dry-aged prime beef the steakhouse has on hand for burlier meat preparations, the burger showcases a succulent, thick patty along with sharp Wisconsin cheddar, and Dijonaise, which is always a welcome addition to any burger. It’s served on a fluffy brioche bun, which does a nice job of soaking up all those beefy juices. For supplemental cost, you can add thick-cut bacon and/or a farm egg to gild the lily.

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Good Stuff Eatery: With spots like Shake Shack, M Burger, and Epic Burger popping up all over town, Chicago isn’t lacking in elevated fast-casual burgers……….

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Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab: There should be an addendum at the end of this restaurant’s name, because the classic cheeseburger………. a

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STK: If it’s a daintier burger you’re after, you won’t do any better than the famous “lil’ BRGs” at STK………

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Eleven City Diner: National Burger Month doesn’t necessarily entail pure beef. For that quintessential turkey burger, you need to hit up Eleven City Diner……..

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Grange Hall Burger Bar: Looking to start your way with the breakfast of champions. Get thee to Grange Hall Burger Bar for their breakfast burger……..

 

 

Cross-cultural Dinner in Chicago, Calabrian Wine Dinner, and Lunch at The Northman

Cross-cultural Dinner in Chicago, Calabrian Wine Dinner, and Lunch at The Northman

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Cross-cultural Dinner in Chicago @ ROKA

Cross-cultural Dinner in Chicago @ ROKA

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Japanese cuisine combines with Italian as Osteria Langhe’s Cameron Grant cooks alongside Ce Bian at Roka Akor May 12. The two chefs will cook a six-course dinner together starting at 6:30 p.m., with techniques and flavors from Piemontese culture sharing kitchen space with Japanese robatayaki. There will also be an abundance of Japanese sake and Italian wines. Dishes include ume marinated foie gras torchon with nori bread, grilled octopus with fingerling potatoes and salsa verde, Italian noodles with Wagyu cheeks, duck breast with morel mushrooms and pickled ramps, and semolina sesame fritters with green tea and lime curd. The dinner costs $191 per person.  A portion of proceeds go to Pilot Light, a charity designed to empower children to make healthier eating choices.

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Calabrian Wine Dinner at Publican Quality Meats

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Calabrian wine takes the spotlight for a dinner at Publican Quality Meats May 11. Showcasing the Southern Italian wine, the restaurant is pairing it with various menu items like n’duja toast, swordfish meatballs, and pork collar with crispy potato. Wines to be poured include Rosso Classico Superior, Macalla, and Classico Rosso. Dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. and the cost is $75 per person. To reserve a spot, email Kirsten at kirsten@oneoffhospitality.com.

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Lunch at The Northman

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Maybe this will help mitigate the incessant lines? Red-hot cider pub The Northman just added weekday lunch service to its repertoire, featuring a focus on lighter dishes designed to match with cider. Courtesy of chef Sean Sanders, the lineup includes a ploughman’s platter, chips with black garlic aioli, spring pea and ramp soup, kale and arugula salad, grilled chicken thigh grinder, falafel wrap, pasty hand pies, fish & chips, and more. Lunch is available Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

 

Restaurant Group of the Year: Chicago

Restaurant Group of the Year: Chicago

Restaurant Group of the Year: Chicago

Restaurant Group of the Year: Chicago

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Restaurant Group of the Year: Chicago

Over the past several years, Chicago has become a city of restaurant group empires. From Hogsalt and One Off Hospitality to Land and Sea Dept., Boka Restaurant Group, and Gibsons, the city’s dining scene is dominated by these prominent collectives routinely churning out crowd-pleasing hot spots. Perhaps the earliest progenitor of this landscape is Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Chicago’s homegrown dining domain that’s been in existence long before Girl & the Goat became impossible to get into, before Paul McGee dazzled drinkers with Lost Lake, and before Au Cheval commanded three-hour wait times for burgers. Lettuce Entertain You may be the O. G., but this year it’s also proven that the original is still the best, with some of best and most impressive openings hailing from this empire. It just goes to show that despite its enduring age, Lettuce never fails to amaze, and it’s just as red-hot as ever.

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Stephanie Izard, Duck Duck Goat

Stephanie Izard, Duck Duck Goat

In the past year or so, Lettuce has spawned significant openings, ranging from Oyster Bah andil Porcellino to Naoki Sushi and of course Intro. They’ve expanded both Beatrix and Bub City to second locations (not to mention opened a Summer House Santa Monica at O’Hare), hired Stephen Gillanders as Intro’s first executive chef, planned a Mediterranean restaurant with new Chicago resident CJ Jacobson, and brought on Julian Cox as beverage director, a big get for the company considering he was one of the most renowned mixologists in Los Angeles prior to moving here.

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Not only has Lettuce managed to open new endeavors smoothly and efficiently, but they do so boldly and by tackling fresh new territory that makes them exciting and novel. Even a restaurant like il Porcellino, a concept that dared do Italian cuisine in a city bursting at the seams with an excess of Italian food of late, proved to be an invigorating addition to the restaurant scene, delivering something fresh where far too many other Italian ventures have faltered. Naoki Sushi, which premiered earlier this year behind Intro’s kitchen, rapidly ascended to the top of Chicago’s sushi elite, thanks to a smart mix of traditional and contemporary sushi preparations, all with the overarching philosophy of pristine freshness and masterful technique. Surfing on the longstanding success of Shaw’s Crab House, the company made a splash with Oyster Bah in Lincoln Park, launching a spot that’s thematic without being gaudy, fun but serious at the same time, and thoroughly, enormously delicious.

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Three Dots and a Dash

Three Dots and a Dash

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In perpetually popular news, Do-Rite Donuts still draws lined out the door for its fryer-fresh confections, and Three Dots and a Dash continues to set the bar for tiki trends locally and nationally. Recent news of Cox coming on board and updating the menus at Three Dots bodes very well indeed. Across the street, Ramen-san paves fresh territory for a food that’s reached saturation point in Chicago as well, innovating with its mix of quirky-meets-traditional food and drink.

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In perpetually popular news, Do-Rite Donuts still draws lined out the door for its fryer-fresh confections, and Three Dots and a Dash continues to set the bar for tiki trends locally and nationally. Recent news of Cox coming on board and updating the menus at Three Dots bodes very well indeed. Across the street, Ramen-san paves fresh territory for a food that’s reached saturation point in Chicago as well, innovating with its mix of quirky-meets-traditional food and drink.

Kentucky Derby Edition: Weekend Planner

Kentucky Derby Edition: Weekend Planner

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Kentucky Derby Edition @ Lotties

Kentucky Derby Edition @ Lotties

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Kentucky Derby Happy Hour at Lottie’s Pub

The Kentucky Derby races into action this weekend, and Chicago is filled with events and specials to celebrate. One such example is the Kentucky Derby happy hour taking place at Lottie’s Pub on May 7. The Bucktown staple will feature $4 Kentucky bourbons and $5 mint juleps from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., and guests are encouraged to come clad in their best Derby hat for the chance to win a Woodford Reserve Limited Edition Derby bottle.

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Derby Day at III Forks Prime Steakhouse

The Derby Day celebrations at III Forks head to the rooftop for a special soiree from 4:00 p.m. until midnight on May 7. Before the race begins, attendees will have the opportunity to place guesses on who they think will win, place, and show, with prizes awarded to those who guess the first, second, and third place horses. Drink specials for the evening include $5 Maker’s Mark Juleps, $5 Effen Cucumber Collins, $6 Knob Creek Old Fashioneds, and $6 Maker’s Mark 46 Sazeracs. When the race kicks off at 5:24 p.m., coverage will be aired on multiple television screens.

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Kentucky Derby Happy Hour at Lottie’s Pub

The Kentucky Derby races into action this weekend, and Chicago is filled with events and specials to celebrate. One such example is the Kentucky Derby happy hour taking place at Lottie’s Pub on May 7. The Bucktown staple will feature $4 Kentucky bourbons and $5 mint juleps from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., and guests are encouraged to come clad in their best Derby hat for the chance to win a Woodford Reserve Limited Edition Derby bottle.

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Derby Day at III Forks Prime Steakhouse

The Derby Day celebrations at III Forks head to the rooftop for a special soiree from 4:00 p.m. until midnight on May 7. Before the race begins, attendees will have the opportunity to place guesses on who they think will win, place, and show, with prizes awarded to those who guess the first, second, and third place horses. Drink specials for the evening include $5 Maker’s Mark Juleps, $5 Effen Cucumber Collins, $6 Knob Creek Old Fashioneds, and $6 Maker’s Mark 46 Sazeracs. When the race kicks off at 5:24 p.m., coverage will be aired on multiple television screens.

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One of the hottest Derby Day shindigs, year after year, takes place at Tavern on Rush. And this year is no exception. The fifth annual event takes place May 7 all day long, wherein guests are encouraged to get dressed up in Southern style. Along with food specials and $5 Mint Juleps, a Derby Day hat contest will award a $500 gift card to the first place winner and a bottle of Dom Perignon to second.

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Bourbon & Oysters Celebration at Pearl Tavern

Bourbon and oysters share the stage for a special Derby Day party at Pearl Tavern this weekend. From 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., the event features bourbon tastings, Mint Juleps, and small bites. The event benefits the #CraveCCC campaign for the Chicago Children’s Choir and Derby attire is required. Tickets to attend are $45 per person.