Weekday Planner: Rooftop Movie, Nacional 27 Anniversary, Quintessa Wine Dinner, Southern Menus at Local Root

15th Anniversary Week at Nacional 27

In honor of its impressive 15th anniversary, River North game-changer Nacional 27 is blowing out the candles all week long with a series of events. Each day of the week, the barstaurant is offering various $15 specials, including a three-course anniversary menu available through Thursday and pitchers of rum punch available through Saturday. There's also complimentary salsa dance lessons at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and an ice luge filled with booze on Saturday night, adjoined by Latin tunes until the wee hours of the night. 

(Local Root's Isaac Weliver in action)
(Local Root's Isaac Weliver in action)

Rooftop Movies at Packing House

If watching The Goonies on a West Loop rooftop whilst surrounded by liquor doesn't sound like an ideal Tuesday night, then you may want to check your pulse and confirm you're OK. Because this is sublime. Packing House is airing The Goonies August 19 on their panoramic roof, complete with Adult Apple Juice to really drive home the childhood sentiment. Guests can also order snacks off the rooftop menu. Next Tuesday, heads up that Clerks is playing and you'll want to make a return trip. 


Go Southern at Local Root

If you're looking for a little Southern hospitality and verve, head east to Streeterville and partake in Local Root's new Thursday night specials and events. Through the end of August, Thursday evenings are all about live Bluegrass music by the Dog Patch Ramblers and Southern-themed menus crafted by chef/owner Isaac Weliver. Each three-course menu is $38 per person, with this week's sampling serving as an homage to Alabam and the 28th an ode to Louisiana. Reservations click here

Quintessa National Wine Release Dinner at III Forks

Cap of the week with the wine dinner to end all wine dinners at III Forks Prime Steakhouse. The restaurant will host Master Sommelier and Quintessa Estate Director for a special Quintessa Winery dinner on August 22, wherein guests will get a taste of the 2011 vintage and sup on a four-course meal curated by executive chef Billy Caruso. Dishes such as seared diver scallops, rabbit confit pot pie, and prime strip loin will be paired with 2008 and 2011 Quintessa, plus wine from Flowers Vineyards and Winery and Illumination. Reception opens at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. The cost to attend is $145 per person. Call 312-938-4303 to make a reservation. 

- Matt Kirouac