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Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Imperial Lamian, Moscow Mules

Moscow Mules for a Good Cause

Moscow Mules & Mutts at The Bristol

Moscow Mules & Mutts at The Bristol

Puppies and cocktails seem like a pretty win-win combination, and The Bristol combines the two for an evening of cuteness, altruism and of socialization. Moscow Mules & Mutts is the apt name for the shindig, taking place March 21 on the second floor of the restaurant from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. By partnering with ALIVE Rescue, a local no-kill pet shelter, The Bristol invites attendees to sample passed vegetarian apps, sip Moscow Mules, participate in a raffle and meet puppies who need a good home. You’ll also get to learn about the company’s volunteer opportunities and how to adopt. Tickets are $30, with proceeds going towards ALIVE Rescue. Tickets can be purchased here.

Happy Hour at Imperial Lamian

It’s not every day a happy hour comes along that features bao buns. Setting itself apart from the standard, Imperial Lamian has a new happy hour promo with an impressive variety of modern Chinese specialties to choose from. Available weekdays from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., offerings include steamed or fried mantao buns, crispy wontons, spring rolls, hargao buns and braised pork belly. A highlight is the new “one bite lamian,” which serves the noodles and broth separately. This allows customers to choose their desired noodle (regular, flat or hand-shaved) and their desired broth for dipping and sipping (braised pork belly, mushroom, brisket and char siu are a few options). To drink, happy hour options include $5 select wines, $15 Sapporo pitchers, $5 rum cocktails and $5 beer and shot combos.


RW52 Menus at El Che Bar

Considering how successful and popular Chicago Restaurant Week is, it makes total sense that a restaurant would want to extend the format throughout the year. El Che Bar is doing just that (sort of), with a Restaurant Week-inspired tasting menu available every Tuesday evening throughout the year. Dubbed RW52, the menu changes monthly to keep things fresh and dynamic, featuring seasonal ingredients and ever-changing flavors. Considering the whopping amount of dishes dished out during this year’s Restaurant Week, including 965 empanadas and 952 steaks, it’s no surprise that the restaurant would want to further that ethos and reach out to new diners on an ongoing basis and at an affordable price point.

Sabor de Agave Dinner at Dove’s Luncheonette

Here’s a fun (and boozy) dinner to help cap off your weekend. Agave-based beverage pairings are the highlight at Dove’s Luncheonette’s “Sabor de Agave” dinner on March 18. Starting at 7:00 p.m., the Southern-inspired Mexican menu will feature a five-course spree by chef de cuisine Tom Carlin and cocktail pairings by Eden Laurin of The Violet Hour. Expect plenty of mezcals from Oaxaca and lots of soulful, hearty fare to compliment. Tickets are $70 per person, with limited seats available. For reservations, contact general manager Corina Hanc at

Best Restaurants for Boozy Brunch in Chicago

What is brunch without a little booze?

Boozy Brunch at The Promontory

Boozy Brunch at The Promontory

And this being winter (albeit a warmer than usual one), a little booze is always a welcome distraction from the season. When it comes to imbibing at brunch, you could stick with the coffee and orange juice route, but the weekend repast is just so much more satisfying with a brunch cocktail or two. From inventive Bloody Marys to coffee-infused cocktails, here are our picks for Chicago’s most essential boozy brunch beverages.


The Promontory: This sprawling Hyde Park Mecca certainly has a way with warming cocktails. With a whole list of drinks to choose from, running the gamut from beer cocktails to booze coffee, there’s something for everyone (if you’re over 21, that is). Standouts include the Mighty Coffee, a toasty libation infused with rum, creme de banana and a dash of maple whipped cream. Coffee bitters can be found in the Cafe Amore, which also features bourbon, port, Averna and egg white for a light and fluffy texture. For something sweet and dessert-y, try the Orange Meringue. It’s almost like a grown-up Orange Julius, what with its creamy, citrusy blend of vodka, Combier, fresh orange juice, vanilla dn egg white.

Boozy Brunch Bloody

Boozy Brunch Bloody

The Gage: It’s all about the classics at The Gage, where a concise lineup of boozy options range from Irish Coffee and mimosas to Bloody Caesars, which consist of vodka, hot sauce, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce. What really sets it apart from a Bloody Mary is the mix of tomato juice and clam juice, lending a pleasant salinity to the drink.

Gather: Lincoln Square’s quintessential neighborhood go-to, Gather features lots of beverage choices at brunch. These include lots of playful twists on classic flavors and drinks, like the Brown Derby made with bourbon, grapefruit and honey syrup, the Tangled Up in Blue with gin, sparkling wine, Aperol, lemon and blueberries, and the Sunny Side of the Mountain with rye, Genepy Des Alps liqueur, peach-chamomile syrup, lemon and fresh rosemary.

Dove’s Luncheonette: The entire cocktail menu at Dove’s Luncheonette is a dreamy, inventive, and refreshing twist on the brunch norm. Of the many tempting options, there’s City Snow made with mezcal, egg white, Licor 43, lemon and Mexican chocolate; a paloma-like Topo Pequeño with tequila, grapefruit juice, grenadine, orange bitters and a fizzy splash of Topo Chico; and Diabo Suave with Del Maguey Vida, ginger beer, lime and creme de cassis.

Flo: “Brunch” and “shots” don’t usually go together, unless you’re a real party animal. But at this Mexican-accented West Town staple, you’d be wise to think twice. The restaurant does a nice “breakfast shot” by mixing house bacon-infused bourbon with butterscotch Schnapps. It’s served with an orange juice chase.

avec: The brunch cocktail list at avec isn’t long, but the focus here in more on quality over quantity. The Harissa Bloody Mary is a wonderfully spicy riff on the norm, while the Face the Day is great for caffeine fiends, with its mix of cold-brew coffee, dark rum and chocolate bitters.

Uncommon Ground: Aptly, you can expected a bunch of uncommon brunch libations at Uncommon Ground. Try the Sienna Sunrise, a perky blend of rum, Aperol, orange liqueur and lime. Or The Hayride is especially apropos for winter, made with house-infused spice rum, local apple cider and ginger syrup, served warm in a mug.

National Margarita Day, Arami Omakase, Mr. Brown’s Lounge

National Margarita Day at Tuco & Blondie

Margarita Day @ Tuco & Blondie

Margarita Day @ Tuco & Blondie

Now here’s a food holiday we can get on board with. National Margarita Day takes place February 22, and in honor of the sacred occasion, Tuco & Blondie is celebrating with a special margarita flight. The flight contains three 4-oz. margaritas including the smoky Mezcal Margarita, the Black Cherry Margarita, and the Classic Margarita. Available during lunch and dinner, the flight costs $10.

February Specials at Mr. Brown’s Lounge

In case you haven’t yet paid a visit to West Town’s wonderful Jamaican oasis, Mr. Brown’s Lounge, February is an apt time to get hooked. All month long, the restaurant and bar is running a slew of specials for Black History Month, through the eyes of Jamaicans. This includes $4 Red Stripe all day, all month long, plus weekday happy hour from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with $3.50 Red Stripe and $6 Island Rum Punch. Food-wise, the Wing ’n Ting special features two grilled jerk wings with a scoop if island mac & cheese and Ting, a Jamaican grapefruit soda.

Omakase at Arami

Omakase at Arami

Omakase at Arami

One of the best sushi restaurants in Chicago just got even better, with the addition of two new omakase experiences at Arami. The menus, which are tastings that change on a daily basis based on what’s freshest and what the chefs deem best, provide a unique, dynamic approach to the “chef’s choice” template. The first option is a nine-course meal for walk-in diners comprised of dishes from sushi chef Nelson Vinansaca and chef Joseph Fontelera from the hot kitchen

A margarita is a cocktail consisting of tequila, triple sec, and lime juice often served with salt on the rim of the glass. The drink is served shaken with ice (on the rocks), blended with ice , or without ice (straight up). Although it has become acceptable to serve a margarita in a wide variety of glass types, ranging from cocktail and wine glasses to pint glasses and even large schooners, the drink is traditionally served in the eponymous margarita glass, a stepped-diameter variant of a cocktail glass or champagne coupe.

 1937 Cafe Royal Cocktail Book contains a recipe for a Picador using the same concentrations of tequila, triple sec and lime juice as a Margarita.[1] One of the earliest stories is of the Margarita being invented in 1938 by Carlos “Danny” Herrera at his restaurant Rancho La Gloria, halfway between Tijuana and RosaritoMexico, created for customer and former Ziegfeld dancer Marjorie King, who was allergic to many spirits, but not to tequila.[2][3] This story was related by Herrera and also by bartender Albert Hernandez, acknowledged for popularizing a Margarita in San Diego after 1947, at the La Plaza restaurant in La Jolla.[4] Hernandez claimed the owner of La Plaza, Morris Locke, knew Herrera and visited Mexico often.

Chicago’s Best Restaurants This Week

Chicago’s Best Chicken Wings

 Wings and the Super Bowl go together like eggnog and Christmas. Which is why now is an appropriate time to round up some of the best wings in Chicago, so you can feast your way around the city preparing for the big game. From classic wings to newfangled, here are some of the best.
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap

Weekly Planner: Mezcal Class, National Pizza Week, Bottomless Ramen 

National Pizza Week at Macello

What New Year’s resolution? Forget all about those healthy commitments and dive face-first into National Pizza Week, which runs until January 13. You can celebrate accordingly at Macello in the West Loop, which has a special pie on the docket for the occasion. It’s called the “pizza amore” pie, made with Barese sausage, pancetta,

Coco Pazzo

Coco Pazzo

A’s List: Where to Drink Non-Alcoholic Cocktails with a Scene

Marchesa is absolutely stunning. One of the newest sensations in Chicago’s River North, the multi-level restaurant is inspired by 1920s Paris. You get that sense from the lower-level “cave” that feels like a hidden paradise for those who want to get away from the crowds to the second-floor “apartment” boasting elegant sitting parlors, baby grand piano and cigar patio.

It’s the type of cosmopolitan establishment where you just want to settle into one of the beautiful banquettes and sip a Champagne cocktail. Or a Negroni. Or the particularly potent Vieux Carre of rye, cognac, sweet vermouth and Bénédictine.

The glamorous bar at Marchesa

The glamorous bar at Marchesa

Where to Eat on New Year’s Day 2018 in Chicago

Soothe your Champagne hangover on New Year’s Day

Stella Barra: New Year's Day 2018 in Chicago

Stella Barra: New Year’s Day 2018 in Chicago

Since you’ll more than likely be hungover from the previous night’s revelry, it’s of the utmost importance that you eat well on New Year’s Day. Plus there’s just something so fitting about starting the new year off with a sensational first meal. Here’s where to soothe your hungover wounds in Chicago on January 1, 2018.

Shaw’s Crab House: Start the new year  day in style with a bevy of brunch specials at Shaw’s in River North, a revered restaurant with particular renown for its weekend brunch. Build-your-own omelets, Belgian waffles and a decadent seafood spread will all be on-hand, along with surf & turf options and a sprawling sweets table. In addition, all attendees will be given a $25 gift cart to use towards lunch in 2018. Brunch costs $59 for adults, $10 for kids 7-12 and free for children under six.

Kizuki: Nothing soothes a Champagne hangover quite like a hearty bowl of ramen, which is what makes Wicker Park’s Kizuki such a perfect destination come New Year’s Day. The restaurant has just the hangover cure with lunch starting at 11:30 a.m.: 10 different bowls of ramen will be offered, including staples like the tonkotsu shoyu ramen with pork broth, soy sauce and black garlic oil; and the yuzu shio ramen with French sea salt, kelp and Japanese citrus.

Frontier: Nothing satisfies a New Year’s Day hangover quite like a boozy brunch. Frontier understands this perfectly, and the West Town restaurant and bar is celebrating appropriately with drink specials like mimosa towers, plus comfort food options like beignets, bacon flights, Wagyu sirloin steak and eggs and chicken biscuits. Brunch will be served from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!: For the 12th time, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! is featuring its famed pajama brunch, encouraging patrons to attend in their comfiest attire. From 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., the Spanish classic features a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar along with a myriad of sweet and savory brunch tapas. For those who dine in pajamas, they’ll receive a gift certificate equal to the price of their meal for a future visit.

Stella Barra Pizzeria: Here’s another pajama brunch to add to your radar. The casual, comforting affair runs from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and includes endless warm cinnamon roll bread pudding, egg enchiladas, short rib hash and more. There’s also $5 Bloody Marys, mimosas and bellinis. Again, for those who dine in pajamas, they’ll receive a gift certificate equal to the value of their meal.

Dining Chicago Makes The Most of Christkindlmarket

In the thick of the holidays, it’s that time of year for shopping, gifting, family and perhaps most importantly: mulled wine. The latter is where Christkindlmarket comes in. Chicago’s iconic German market/festival is back in action for the season, serving up holiday eats through Christmas Eve in the heart of the Loop. Here’s everything you need to know about the market this year, and how to make the most of this merry tradition.

Dining Chicago Makes The Most of Christkindlmarket

Dining Chicago Makes The Most of Christkindlmarket


The longstanding German fete takes place in Daley Plaza through December 24 (there’s also a spin-off market in Wrigleyville and another in Naperville, but this one is the most iconic). While there’s plenty of trinkets to peruse and purchase, the heart of the festival is the food. Much of the items up for grabs come from German roots, from those hefty schnitzel sandwiches to the giant pretzels.

Upon arrival to Christkindlmarket, which is free to attend and open all day and evening, is the warming, fragrant aroma of holiday spices like cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. The scent permeates the festival, wafting through the air and igniting cravings for snacks aplenty. It’s all thanks to vendors like Pemberton Candies, which slings English toffee and gourmet chocolates, as well as Niche Gourmet’s marzipan, gingerbread, and German snacks. But whatever you do, don’t miss out on a trip to the Sweet Castle. This is where you’ll want to fill up on sweet, spice-roasted nuts, along with German cookies, popcorn, cotton candy, and stollen, the famous German holiday cake similar (but better) to American fruitcake.

Aside from all that candy, you’ll probably need to balance the sugar with some savory schnitzel. Germany’s fried pork sandwiches are best enjoyed at Schnitzelhaus, which features the savory comfort food along with chicken sandwiches, German-inspired burgers, potato pancakes, and soul-soothing goulash. Another solid savory option is DönerMen, a Chicago-based company slinging curry wurst sausages, kebabs, curry fries, and other Berlin-born flavors. And don’t forget to snag a pretzel or two from Pretzel Haus. The doughy treats come in various flavors, including some stuffed with cheeses, sauces and sweet fillings.

The coveted mulled wine

The coveted mulled wine

Other edible options include baked cheese from the Baked Cheese House, sweet and savory crepes and waffles courtesy of Crepes Paname, doughnuts and stollen from Chicago’s iconic Dinkel’s Bakery, and sauerkraut and potato pancakes at Traditional German Food, LLC.

The drinks are just as important, especially on cold December evenings. This includes hot teas at TeaGschwender and Christkindlmarket’s most famous beverage, the Glühwein (aka spice-infused mulled wine), served in collectible ceramic boots.

Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes

Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes

Mezcal Dinner @ Mi Tocaya Antojería

Mezcal Dinner @ Mi Tocaya Antojería

Mezcal Dinner at Mi Tocaya Antojeria

Wine dinners and beer dinners are a commonplace occurrence around these parts, but mezcal dinners? That’s something pretty new and enticing. At the buzzy Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square, chef Diana Davila is hosting a series of mezcal dinners this winter, starting with an event on December 14 in conjunction with Mezcal Union, a producer from Oaxaca. The dinner entails a four-course meal paired with tasting portions of mezcal, as well as a special mezcal cocktail. There are two seatings for the dinners, the first at 6:00 p.m. and the second at 8:00 p.m., and tickets are $95 per person. Snag yours here.

Feast of the Seven Fishes at Cafe Spiaggia

In other, slightly more festive, tasting menu news, Cafe Spiaggia embraces Italian holiday tradition for its Feast of the Seven Fishes on December 21. Inspired by their own grandmothers’ traditions, chef Tony Mantuano and executive chef Joe Flamm will serve up a six-course spread at both 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., with dishes like steelhead tartare, fluke crudo, fritto misto, bucatini with clams, octopus and whole snapper. Tickets are $75 per person, and wine pairings are available for an additional $25. Go here to reserve your seat.


Eden Adds Bakery Bar to Brunch

In case you needed another reason to get out of bed on Sunday, the jumbo rice krispie treats at Eden should do the trick. The restaurant has added a bakery bar to its Sunday brunch routine, available for takeaway from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. each week. So in addition to brunch dishes like panettone French toast and sweet potato-pork belly hash, you can sweeten things up with snacks like s’mores bars, chocolate chip cookies, turtle brownies, dream bars and those aforementioned rice krispie treats, to name a few.

Happy Hour at Regards to Edith

Just in time to help fuel the holiday drinking season, Regards to Edith became the latest restaurant to board the happy hour train. Now available every Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., the weekly promo is the perfect way to ease into the weekend and cut off work a tad early. During this two-hour period, guests can partake in $2 Budweiser bottles, $5 draft beers, $8 select wines by the glass and $4 cheese fries made with aged cheddar mornay and pickled peppers.

Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas.

Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017 @ Everest

Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017 @ Everest

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 spent shopping or at the theatre, the restaurant will have a special brunch buffet, while Santa doles out candy canes to visitors. He’ll also be available for pictures with the kids. Brunch costs $39.95 per person, or $19.95 for kids 12 and younger.

Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

 Everest: For one of the most magical and transportive holiday repasts this season, head to Everest for chef/owner Jean Joho’s Alsatian-inspired wonderland. All month long for dinner, the Alsace-born chef harkens to his childhood, particularly his beloved holiday memories, by cooking up dishes he enjoyed at home with family. For the season, Joho is offering a special multi-course tasting menu that includes foie gras, pike, roasted goose and more. The menu costs $165 per person, and wine pairings are an additional $98. Reservations can be made online or by calling Everest.

The Whistler: In case you prefer Christmas on the dance floor, The Whistler keeps things casual (and boozy) with its annual holiday party on December 23. Dubbed “X-mas A Go Go,” the shindig features dancing all night long to a variety of tunes by local DJ Joe Bryl. Expect everything from reggae and R&B to funk. It all starts at 10:00 p.m., and the bar will also be slinging holiday-inspired cocktail specials. No cover to attend.

Commonwealth Tavern: In Roscoe Village, Commonwealth Tavern is a family-friendly, cozy place to hole up for festive specials on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. While the kitchen will be closed on the actual day, guests can still imbibe drinks like hot toddies and boozy hot chocolate infuses with Fireball cinnamon whiskey and garnished with a candy cane. On Christmas Eve, the bar will be broadcasting the Cowboys vs. Seahawks game at 3:25 p.m., with brunch specials beforehand like gingerbread French toast. There will also be a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and mimosa bar.

Lottie’s Pub: Another great casual option is Lottie’s Pub, which will be open at 6:00 p.m. on Christmas for its 14th annual Rock ’n’ Roll Christmas party. A fun and low-key way to celebrate and drink with friends, the party offers prizes and giveaways, including a Riot Fest guitar. Guests are encouraged to bring gently worn winter coats for the Salvation Army coat drive, and there will be drink specials like $3.50 Heinekens and $5 Rumplemintz hot chocolate.

Saint Lou’s Assembly: The best place to get a Christmas tree is a place where you can also get a drink at the same time. All month long, through Christmas Eve, Saint Lou’s Assembly has stocked its back patio with Christmas trees for city-dwellers looking to pick one up and bring one home. A variety of trees are available, including Frasier firs and Balsams, and employees are on-hand to help you tie it to your car. Trees vary in price.

Chicago’s Weekly Planner: TWO’s Restaurant Royale

 TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale

TWO’s First Annual Restaurant Royale

TWO’s 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 vs. restaurant and bar vs. bar, featuring holiday-inspired dishes and drinks by 10 local chefs and bartenders. The lineup of chefs this year includes Kevin Cuddihee of TWO, Mike Sheerin, Zoe Schor, Charles Welch, Brian Millman, Ashlee Aubin and more. Attendees will get to sample…………………….



Sumi Robata Bar Collaboration at Momotaro

In the wake of one of Chicago’s saddest restaurant closings, chef Gene Kato is keeping the Sumi Robata Bar spirit alive with events throughout the city. The latest? A collaborative event at the Izakaya at Momotaro on December 11.  For one night only, Kato and chef Mark Hellyar will work together on a menu of traditional Japanese yakitori….. 


Happy’s Pop-up at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Getting deep into the holiday spirit, the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel and Land & Sea Dept. are partnering with Johalla Projects for a new festive pop-up called Happy’s. Taking place in The Tank event space on the hotel’s ground floor, now through December 30, the bar will be open from 5:00 p.m. until midnight on Friday and Saturday, and from noon until 5:00 p.m. on Sundays……


Drag Brunch at Wood

In other festive holiday news, Wood is wrapping itself in Christmas cheer for its “Wrapped in Red Drag Brunch” on December 10. Starting at 11:00 a.m. on that Sunday, the brunch is an event for guests to come dressed in their best seasonal outfits and enjoy an entertaining brunch emceed by Wanda Screw. The special menu for the occasion features mascarpone cinnamon rolls, corned beef hash…....

Weekly Planner: Sip & Paint Party, White Truffle Season, Half Acre Tap

White Truffle Season at Spiaggia

White Truffles at Spiaggia

White Truffles 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 their new fall menu with a bevy of truffle-infused creations. Truffles can be tasted as accents to a la carte dishes like pappardelle with squash, foie gras, amaretti and Parmigiano-Reggiano; risotto with frico and eight-year balsamic; and suckling goat with fregola Sarda, broccolini and apricot. There’s also tasting menu options, which has dishes like Wagyu carpaccio with housemade grissini, egg yolk jam and seven-year Parmigiano; and caramelle in brodo stuffed with rabbit mortadella, smoked rabbit and chicken brodo. White Truffles at Spiaggia

Veuve Clicquot Holiday Dinner at Mon Ami Gabi

As the holiday season moves full steam ahead, cravings for sparkling wine are amping up. Which is why you should head to Mon Ami Gabi for their highly seasonally appropriate Veuve Clicquot dinner on December 5. Taking place from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., the event features a four-course lineup of French dishes and fine Champagne, including Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label. The event is $75 per person and reservations can be made by calling Mon Ami Gabi’s Lincoln Park location.

Sip & Paint Party at Shaw’s Schaumburg

’Tis the season for festive activities and booze aplenty, and no single event captures both of those sentiments quite like the upcoming Sip & Paint Party at Shaw’s Crab House in Schaumburg. In partnership with SIP Parties, the restaurant is hosting a very special, very merry event on Monday, December 4, at 4:30 p.m., wherein guests get to sip cocktails, savor appetizers and get creative on their very own easel. The event starts with a variety of appetizers, holiday-inspired desserts and two beverages of choice from the “Naughty or Nice” list of drinks. Then it moves on to interactive art instruction, which will guide painters on how to illustrate the “Winter Snowman.” Added bonus: any guest who arrives in an ugly sweater gets a chance to win $200 in Shaw’s gift certificates for ugliest sweater of the night, and the runner-up gets $50 to Tokio Pub and $50 to Seaside’s. The event costs $65 per person, all inclusive.

Half Acre Tap Takeover at Pub Royale

In other boozy news (like we said: ’tis the season!), Pub Royale is welcoming Half Acre for a special tap takeover on December 6. Starting at 6:00 p.m., all 12 taps at the Wicker Park bar will feature different varieties from the local brewery, including the Grip Brett Fermented Ale, Aquafur Wet Hop Pilsner, and Leadfeather Black Ale Nitro. The most exciting part, however, is the tapping of three different Big Hugs varieties, which are Half Acre’s annual winter-release Imperial Stouts that people wait all year for. This will occur every 30 minutes starting at 6:00 p.m., and beers are available while supplies last.