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Special Events Wicker Park

On Sunday, June 25, from 5-10pm, Big Star will kick-off their annual summer music + grilling series with a bang. The first installation of the summer series, called Grill Dust Women, will be led by the Chicago Women’s Brigade, an organization started by Abra Berens of Local Foods and Sarah Rinkavage of Lula Café and soon-to-open, Marisol, to spotlight Chicago’s leading female talent in the culinary industry. For one night only, Chicago’s top female chefs and mixologists will join Big Star’s chef Julie Warpinski for the biggest BBQ yet, featuring special menu items from each guest and live performances by Chicago-based country duo, Girls of the Golden West, and DJ Gwen Lemos. In addition to live music and limited-time-only bites, guests can enjoy specialty cocktails and beer from Ballast Point to round out the evening. Proceeds from this event will benefit Experimental Station, a non-profit incubator aimed at fostering innovative, cultural, educational and entrepreneurial enterprises on the South Side of Chicago. Menu items and cocktails will be available a la carte and there is no additional cost to enjoy the live music. 


  • Sarah Rinkavage of Marisol
  • Julie Warpinski of Big Star
  • Kim Leali of One Off Hospitality
  • Amanda Barnes of The Barn
  • Marissa Janz of Willow Room
  • McCullough Kelly-Willis of Local Foods
  • Nandini Khaund of Cindy’s Rooftop



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