Weekly Planner: Monteverde Adds Lunch, Happy Hour at Steadfast, Spiaggia Hosts Ferragosto and More
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. 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.
Weekend Lunch at Monteverde
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. New weekend hours are as follows: lunch served from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., midday menu from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p..m and dinner from 4:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. (dinner is served until 9:00 p.m. on Sunday).
Lunch Box Specials at Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Lunch boxes are cool again. Thanks to the fact that they’re filled with Honey Butter Fried Chicken. The popular Avondale eatery has introduced new weekday lunch box specials, one that’s more grab-and-go and one that’s more leisurely for dining out. Options include one box with two pieces of fried chicken or fried chicken strips and choice of side, or another box with a fried chicken sandwich and choice of side. Lunch boxes are available Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Happy Hour at Steadfast
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%.