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Weekly Planner: Spiaggia Hosts Ferragosto

Spiaggia Hosts Ferragosto

One of the best, most lavish events of the summer is back in action August 15, as Spiaggia hosts its annual Ferragosto affair at Oak Street Beach. Spiaggia Hosts Ferragosto

From 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Chicago’s venerable Italian mainstay celebrates the timeworn Italian holiday of Ferragosto, the beginning of the summer holiday, marked by a casual beach BBQ on Lake Michigan. The event will include a whole-roasted lamb and vegetables by chef Joe Flamm, plus gelato, rosé, beer, tequila, a DJ and communal picnic tables. Tickets for the event are $75 per person and can be purchased here.

Spiaggia Hosts Ferragosto

Spiaggia Hosts Ferragosto

New weekend hours means new menus and new opportunity to dine at one of Chicago’s most feverishly popular restaurants, as Monteverde rolls out weekend lunch. In addition to popular menu fixtures, the weekend offerings include some brunch-y items like crespelle ricotta with roasted peaches and housemade mixed nut granola; tigelle breakfast sandwiches with fried eggs, broccoli smear, fontina and dried cherry tomato; scrambled egg fonduta with zucchini and tomato bruschetta.

Another week, another new happy hour. But this one is one of the ritzier options, thanks to new weekday options from Steadfast. The glam restaurant inside the Kimpton Gray Hotel is now serving up happy hour Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. During this hefty window, snack specials include avocado hummus, cured meat flatbreads, chilled seafood towers, sliders, crab cakes and mini  lobster rolls. To drink, all beer, wine and cocktails are discounted 20%.