Weekday Planner: Malort Madness, Weekday Specials at Parson's Chicken & Fish, M. Chapoutier Winemaker Dinner at Geja's Café, Presidio Turns One

Malort Madness at Villains

Malort, that oft-malinged, oft-feared local spirit takes the spotlight at Villains for a special event on Tuesday, March 8. Malort Madness starts at 5:00 p.m., featuring four different cocktail specials utilizing Chicago's very own Jeppson's Malort. At the end of the night, the cocktail with the best guest feedback gets added to the Villains bar menu. Drinks include The Dirty Bird, made with Blackstrap rum, Malort, pineapple, and lemon; The Final Remark with Green Chartreuse, Malort, Maraschino, and lime; The People's Elbow with gin, Gran Clasico, and Malort; and the Long Chi-land Iced Tea, featuring Malort, white rum, tequila, Blue Curacao, Coke, and lemon. All drinks are $8 apiece, or they can be ordered in a flight of four-oz. pours for $14. 

Weekday Specials and Events at Parson's Chicken & Fish

Every night of the workweek brings something to celebrate at Parson's Chicken & Fish, where weekday specials and events range from blue plate specials to movies. On Monday, it's Straight Outta Parson's, which entails drink specials and a hip hop playlist curated by Caddy Duke. Blue plate specials are on deck Tuesdays, wherein old-school diner staples adjoin the menu with options like open-faced meatloaf sandwiches and chicken-fried pork with loaded baked potatoes. Every Wednesday at 10:00 p.m., Parson's shows a different film provided by Logan Square's Odd Obsession Movies. Then on Thursdays, things get "dirty" with specials on martinis and poutine.




M. Chapoutier Winemaker Dinner at Geja's Café

In more elegant news, Lincoln Park's legendary Geja's Café plays host to a legendary winemaker for a special dinner on March 7. Featuring wines from renowned M. Chapoutier, the dinner features a four-course spree of dishes like cheese fondue, beef tenderloin, chicken and shrimp etouffee, and flaming chocolate fondue for dessert. Each course arrives with a pour of wine. The cost for dinner is $60 per person and dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. 

Presidio Turns One

Bucktown's jewel of a cocktail bar, Presidio is turning one and saying "thanks!" to the community with a bit of a shindig on Thursday, March 10. To mark the occasion, Presidio will feature specials from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., including Burrata with honeycomb, toasted pepitas, and pickled sultanas; cheeseburgers with onion rings; steak tartare; and housemade cavatelli pasta. Complimentary Fernet will also be offered, along with specials on San Francisco's Anchor Brewing cans. 

- Matt Kirouac