Weekend Planner: Bocce and Beer for Charity, Ristorante Toscana at Eataly, Sunday Date Night at J. Parker

Bocce and Beer for Charity at Pinstripes

The only thing better than bocce and beer is charitable bocce and beer. This weekend, on March 12, Pinstripes is hosting a bevy of local brewers for a special bocce tournament for charity at their Streeterville location. Partnering with prostate cancer charity ZERO, Pinstripes welcomes brewers from Half Acre, Off Color, Goose Island, Solemn Oath, and more for a friendly, altruistic tourney from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Guests attending can watch as different breweries vie against one another in the elimination tournament. Each spot will bring a half-keg of beer, pouring pints for $3 per guest. Tickets for the event are just $5 per person, which includes the first beer cost. Snag yours here

Pinstripes; photo by Becky Brown Photography

Ristorante Toscana at Eataly

All month long through Easter Sunday, Eataly is serving up a regional pop-up restaurant on weekends. The concept this month is Ristorante Toscano, a Tuscan-inspired restaurant featured in Eataly's Il Salone space. Open for both lunch and dinner on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the menu serves to highlight the rustic stylings of Tuscan cuisine, covering everything from pork- and ricotta-stuffed cabbage to cacio e pepe pasta stuffed with pear and pecorino. Hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11:00 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Sundays. On Easter Sunday, March 27, Ristorante Toscano will also serve a special Easter brunch. 

Sunday Date Night at J. Parker

Date night just got a lot more fabulous, as J. Parker rolled out a special Sunday evening incentive sure to delight any couple. Every Sunday, the rooftop bar at Hotel Lincoln is featuring special wine flights, spirit tastings, and a chef's selection of cheese and charcuterie to pair with classic movies and board games like Bogle, Yahtzee, Connect Four, and Jenga. Whether you're newly dating or you've been married for years, it's the perfect idea for a fun, casual, and engaging weekend activity. 

- Matt Kirouac