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All February Long

-February Mac of the Month at Jake Melnick's Corner Tap: Jake's Daddy Mac takes a cajun spin with the Jumpin' Jambalaya ($12.95) this month. Jake's house-made creamy mac and cheese is topped with local Makowski hot link and chicken jambalaya. You can also order the Smokehouse Special - The St. Lou/312 Combo ($21.95) all month long featuring a half slab of hickory smoked St. Louis style spare ribs and Chicago-style rib tips served with coleslaw and a side of choice. **Make it a full slab for $10 more.

-Cocktails of Relativity Programming at The Albert: To benefit Love is Respect, an organization assisting young adults who suffer from domestic violence  The Albert, 228 E. Ontario St., is offering a special cocktail called “Love and Basketball” and will be donating $1 from each drink purchased to the organization. The cocktail’s ingredients include Apologue Persimmon, Pink Peppercorn infused Gin and Rose infused Bianco. This special will be offered as part of the art and science inspired restaurant’s brand-new beverage program, “Cocktails of Relativity,” which highlights a different drink and beneficiary this month. 

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Courtesy of Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

Saturday, February 1

-Ice Cream for Breakfast Day at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams: Your New Year's Resolution to cut the sweets has a guilt-free exception on February 1, Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will be offering a first taste of its new breakfast inspired flavor - Skillet Cinnamon Roll - for a worthy cause. 

Here’s how Jeni’s fans in Chicago can get in on the 4th annual celebration of this food holiday:

  • New flavor alert. We eat cinnamon rolls for breakfast, but what about cinnamon roll ice cream? Making its debut in scoop shops on Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (Feb. 1), Skillet Cinnamon Roll is providing cinnamon (it’s in the ice cream and caramel sauce), like the classic roll with a dark caramel sauce tastes like caramelized sugar on a hot skillet.

  • Need a caffeine fix with your morning dose of sugar? On Feb. 1, select Jeni’s scoop shops will also be serving Coffee Floats ($10)— locally roasted hot coffee with a scoop of ice cream (our rec: Salty Caramel, Honey Vanilla Bean, or Coffee with Cream & Sugar for a double down) that come in a limited-edition, souvenir ICFB Day mug.

  • All for a great cause - 100% of profits from Jeni’s scoop shop sales (between 8:00 a.m. and noon on February 1) and from the Ice Cream for Breakfast Day online collections will be donated to, a digital platform powering offline action for young people interested in creating social change. 

-Allagash Fundraiser and Tasting at Estelle's: 

  • Fundraiser- Saturday, February 1 through Saturday, February 29

  • Tasting- Thursday, February 13 beginning from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  •  Free admission; $7 to $10 beer specials

Estelle’s and Allagash Brewing Company will host a month-long fundraiser that will run from Saturday, February 1 through Saturday, February 29. For the month of February, Allagash Brewing Company will donate $1 for every Allagash product sold to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Estelle’s features a dedicated rotating Allagash draft, Allagash White ($8) and Allagash Curieux ($10) in bottles. The Greater Chicago Food Depository can provide three meals for people in need with just $1. 

On Thursday, February 13 beginning at 6 p.m., guests are invited to sample Allagash beers, chat a representative from Allagash Brewing and learn about the Greater Chicago Food Depository and what they do for the Chicago community. 

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Courtesy of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Tuesday, February 4

-Heaven on Seven Celebrates 40 Years with Jimmy's Po Boy Pop-Up: Heaven on Seven (111 N Wabash, 7th Floor), the Cajun restaurant of chef/owner Jimmy Bannos, is celebrating its 40th Anniversary all month with Jimmy’s Po Boy Shop Pop Up! Celebrate 40 years and countdown to Mardi Gras by grabbing a Po Boy to-go on Tuesdays in February.

Jimmy’s Po Boy Shop is modeled after the classic New Orleans Po Boy Shops, where orders are only available in person at the counter, Po Boys ($5.99-$11.99) come dressed and ala cart (no coleslaw or soup/salad included) and Po Boys are subject to availability. Jimmy’s Po Boy Shop Pop-Up will be available on February 4, 11, and 18 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (regular lunch hours). Please note that Jimmy’s Po Boy Shop will NOT run on FAT TUESDAY, February 25. 

Ordering Guidelines for Jimmy’s Po Boy Shop:

·         Orders are taken in person at the counter only (no online or over-the-phone orders)

·         Carry out only

·         Sides (gumbo, coleslaw, corn muffins, etc.) available ala cart

·         All Po Boys are served dressed

·         Available on Feb 4, 11 and 18 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (regular lunch hours)

·         As always, Heaven on Seven is CASH ONLY

-The Big Easy Comes to Houndstooth Saloon: Houndstooth Saloon, the Wrigleyville bar is transforming the corner of Clark and Roscoe Streets yet again — this time into a full-blown Mardi Gras celebration. Starting Tuesday, Feb. 4, French Korner at Houndstooth will bring a slice of the Big Easy to Wrigleyville with 21 days of Mardi Gras music, food, drink and merriment.

What had been Cousin Eddie’s RV parked on the Houndstooth patio will get a full makeover into a classic Mardi Gras parade float. Guests will be able to grab a Hurricane and head into the RV filled with beads, masks and more beads. Inside, the Bourbon Street vibe and décor continues, with food and drink specials and a full slate of entertainment 

The Houndstooth culinary team, which includes Louisiana chef David Dickensauge, created a menu of Creole and Cajun specialties exclusively for French Korner. Gumbo Ya-Ya comes with coleslaw poured tableside into the bowl, the Creole way. The Chicago Creole Dog combines a sausage topped with crawfish chili, crab-boiled pickles and pickled collard greens. For dessert, freshly baked King Cake Cupcakes feature Bavarian crème and strawberry filling inside red velvet and cinnamon roll-flavored cake, and Chef Dickensauge’s homemade Beignets.

Guests will also be offered versions of classic Bourbon Street cocktails—the Hurricane, Hand Grenade and punch, among them—from the beverage team at Houndstooth.

Mardi Gras-inspired events will take place daily at French Korner, from burlesque to a masquerade ball and traditional crawfish boil. Highlights include:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 4: French Korner kick-off. Be the first to see the transformation from Houndstooth to French Korner.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11 + 18: Mask painting with half-priced wine bottles. Pick a mask from French Korner’s collection and use glitter, paint, feathers and gems to make a personalized mask ahead of the Masquerade Ball or just for fun! Half-priced bottles of wine will be available all night
  • Friday, Feb. 14: Find your Masked Match. Guests will be handed a mask upon arrival - find your mask match at the bar and receive a complimentary drink.
  • Saturday, Feb 15: Masquerade Ball. Dance all night long and be offered Southern-inspired bites. Those who bring their own mask will receive a complimentary glass of champagne
  • Friday, Feb. 21: Voodoo Hot Wing Challenge. A specialty house-made spice blend is sure to set mouths on fire. 
  • Saturday, Feb. 22: Houndapalooza! Spend Saturday at The French Korner at Houndstooth for a day filled with live music and a crawfish boil with Chef David Dickensauge
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25: Fat Tuesday Celebration with live music. Celebrate Fat Tuesday with traditional eats, drinks and a Fat Head parade all night long.

Weekly events during the pop-up will include a Bourbon Street Burlesque show on Monday evenings and live music, including local jazz and blues musicians, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Finish off the weekend with Live Band Karaoke every Sunday, with a specialty Masked Karaoke night on Sunday, Feb. 23. 

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Courtesy of Heaven on Seven

Wednesday, February 5

-World Nutella Day at the Nutella Cafe: To celebrate World Nutella Day, the Nutella Cafe in Chicago will be giving away a free personalized jar of Nutella with the purchase of a menu item of their choice, to the first 100 consumers to visit the cafe.

In addition to the personalized jar giveaway, Nutella fans across the U.S. can celebrate the following two ways:

·        World Nutella Day Coupon Giveaway: The Nutella brand wants fans to share their passion for Nutella across the United States. In return, if fans post at least 50 posts in each of the 50 states, they will unlock a giveaway for 20,000 coupons for a free jar of Nutella.

·        Beginning on February 5, Nutella fans can show their Nutella fandom on their personal Twitter, Instagram or the Nutella Facebook page with a post, video or photo and tag it with #WNDGiveaway and a hashtag with their state abbreviation (for example, #IL).

·        Track in real time how many people from each state have posted about Nutella at, and encourage friends and family across the U.S. to spread the love.

·        Once fans meet the requirement of 50 posts from each of the 50 states, the Nutella brand will notify fans when they are able to visit to claim a coupon for a free jar of Nutella.

·        One Lucky Fan Could Win a Trip to the Homeland of Nutella: Nutella fans will have the chance to win a five-day/four-night trip to Italy for a winner and their guest, where they will tour a factory where Nutella is made. Participants can visit to complete their entry form.

The Nutella Cafe is open 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. CT at 189 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60601.

Saturday, February 8

-Grand Chefs Experience Returns to The Field Museum: The Grand Chefs Experience is coming up Saturday, February 8th at The Field Museum.

Chicagoland chefs team up with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to provide an evening filled with inspired culinary creations. This experience begins with over 35 Chefs Tasting stations, each including a signature hors d'oeuvre, followed by dinner with Maximo, the world's largest dinosaur. The celebration continues with live music, dancing, custom curated cocktails, desserts, and late-night bites during the Nitecap. A few of the participating restaurants include Bad Hunter, Bandit, Bar Siena, Bistronomic, BLVD, Bristol, Daisies, Flora Fauna, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Kennison, Portsmith, Steadfast, Tanta, Woodwind, and more!

The Grand Chefs Experience is from 6pm - 12am. Ticket prices are as follows -- $500, individual; $100, nightcap only; $5000, table sponsor. 

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Courtesy of Page One Public Relations

Sunday, February 9

-Complimentary Event at Walden for Beer Loving Couples & Their Dogs: In time for engagement season, Walden, a new special events venue in      Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood will host Something Borrowed, Something Brewed, a complimentary wedding open house for beer-loving couples (and their dogs!). 

At check-in, guests will receive their very own custom wedding hashtag. Couples can bring the pup for pop-up engagement photos by Maddie Blecha Photography; pet-free portraits are A-OK, too! They can sample beer-flavored ice cream bars by Dipsy Desserts; check out the hops boutonnieres from Steve’s Flower Market; and leave with Second City Stationery swag printed with their newly designed custom hashtag. 

Other vendors include:

•   Bittersweet Pastry Shop (wedding cakes and sweet tables)

•   Design by Angelika (custom stationery and fine art)

•   Fretless Music (string ensemble)

•   Kate Johnson Artistry Bridal Team (makeup and hair styling)

•   Paris312 (party supplies and event styling)

•   The Alcantaras (videography)

For more information and to RSVP visit:

WHERE: Midwest Coast Brewing Co., 2137 W. Walnut St.  

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 9 from 12 – 2 p.m.

COST: Free

-Tortello Welcomes Guest Chef Jason Hammel for Day-Long Traditional Italian Sagra: On Sunday, February 9th Tortello, the Italian mom-and-pop restaurant and pastificio in Wicker Park, is recreating one of Italy’s culinary traditions on Division Street with its first-ever Sagra di Tortello. Chef Jason Hammel, James Beard “Best Chef” finalist and behind Logan Square’s Lula Cafe, will join Tortello’s Executive Chef Duncan Biddulph and owner Dario Monni to create a collaborative menu for this celebration of Italian cuisine and culture.

Commonly held in small towns throughout Italy, sagre are hyper-local food festivals centered around a particular culinary practice or ingredient. Tortello’s interpretation of the event will highlight the seasonal winter ingredients of Italy and feature live music by local Italian folk group La Tosca, communal seating and the special three-course menu comprised of “sfoglia invernale,” a pie-like dish made with pasta instead of pastry and a savory filling, roasted porchetta with fennel and sea salt, seasonal salads, spaghetti presented in a wheel of parmigiana reggiano, sorbetto and more along with imported Italian wine. Seatings will be available at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. during the day-long event, allowing guests to enjoy the conviviality and festivities for either lunch or dinner.   

In the spirit of true Italian hospitality, a portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to Pilot Light, a non-profit organization co-founded by Chef Hammel that connects local chefs with Chicago Public Schools to develop food-based curriculum focused on educating students on the importance of making healthy choices. 

TICKETS: Tickets are priced at $80 (plus tax and fees) per adult and $40 per child and can be purchased here.

-Six New “Roots Chef Series Specialty Pizzas” To Debut For National Pizza Day at all three Roots Handmade Pizza locations: All three Roots Handmade Pizza locations will roll out its yearly “Roots Chef Series Specialty Pizzas” starting on National Pizza Day (Sunday, February 9) and the series will conclude the night of the NCAA men’s basketball national championship game (Monday, April 6).
Chefs Matthias Merges of Mordecai, Alisha Elenz of Bar Biscay, Won Kim of Kimski, Jonathan Zaragoza of Birrieria Zaragoza, Oliver Poilevey of Le Bouchon, and Lamar Moore formerly of The Swill Inn all created Roots Chef Series Specialty Pizzas this year.

All six Roots Chef Series Specialty Pizzas will be available as 12-inch pizzas as dine-in offerings only. After April 6 some of these Roots Chef Series Specialty Pizzas will find their way onto Roots’ permanent menus and will be available as 12-inch and 16-inch pizzas for both dine-in and delivery.
The first Chef Series Specialty Pizzas debuted at Roots in December 2011 as a way of having some of Roots’ favorite chef friends create unique pizzas using Roots’ signature malt crust to showcase their own cooking style. Roots executive chef and partner Martin Arellano worked with each chef creating their pizzas at Roots.
Matthias Merges' Mordecai Manhattan Clam Chowder Pizza
Clams, Potatoes, Celery Sofritto, Pecorino, Bonito, Jersey Red Sauce
Chef Alisha Elenz's Bar Biscay Short Rib Bourguignon Pizza
Braised Short Rib, Marinated Button Mushrooms, Au Jus Béchamel, Egg Noodles, Cipollini Onions, Carrots, Gruyère, Mozzarella, Fine Herbs
Chef Won Kim's Kimski KoPo BBQ Pizza
Kimski Sausage, Kraut-Chi, Shiitake Mushrooms, Ssam-Marinara, Mozzarella, Sesame Leaves, Sesame Seeds, Sesame Vinaigrette, Scallions
Chef Oliver Poilevey's Le Bouchon French Onion Soup Pizza (vegetarian)
Caramelized Onions, Onion Soubise, Cipollini Onions, Gruyère, Mozzarella, Brown Butter Sourdough Croutons, Chives
Chef Jonathan Zaragoza's Birrieria Zaragoza G.O.A.T. Pizza
La Barca, Jalisco Birria; Salsa de Molcajete; Chihuahua Cheese; Salsa Verde
Chef Lamar Moore's Southern Homestyle Pimiento Cheese & Spicy Sausage Pizza
Andouille Sausage, Chicken Chorizo Sausage, Pimiento Cheese, Tomatillos, Garlic Aioli, Cilantro

-La Barra & Labriola Introduce First White Deep Dish Pizza on National Pizza Day: La Barra and Labriola Chicago will celebrate National Pizza Day with the debut of a new twist on a classic Chicago pie: White Deep Dish Pizza. The new pizza pie features bechamel sauce, chicken, caramelized onions and bacon wrapped in a classic Chicago-style deep dish crust. The White Deep Dish Pizza costs $28 - $34 at the suburban La Barra locations, and $30 - $35 at Labriola Chicago.

The pizzerias newest creation debuts starting on Sunday, Feb. 9. 

-Boqueria Kicks Off New EuroPub Brunch at The Publican: The Publican is taking a Euro-trip with their new Euro-Pub series, which celebrates The Publican's homage to a European Beer Hall. The monthly brunch series highlights various regions of Europe (starting with Spain) and kicks off this Sunday, February 9th as The Publican welcomes its new Fulton Market neighbor, Boqueria. 

Guests who attend can collect their very own EuroPub Passport and will receive a stamp for each visit during the series for the opportunity to win a gift card from The Publican.

Boqueria's featured brunch dish will be the Esmorzar de Pagès (Catalan Farmers Breakfast) with Slagel Family Farms Chorizo, Presa Ibérico Pork, Patata Caliu, Escalivada, fried egg, Pan con Tomate, Salsa Verde, and allioli.

EuroPub at The Publican — each month, The Publican will be inviting a guest chef/restaurant from across Chicago to feature a new European cuisine for a select Sunday brunch. The Publican’s a la carte menu will also be offered. 

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Courtesy of Walden

Wednesday, February 12

- Food, Booze & Tunes: A Live Interview Show with Chef Cleetus Friedman: Food, Booze & Tunes, a monthly series of live interviews and Q&A sessions hosted by Cleetus Friedman at the Cubby Bear, highlights some of Chicago’s hometown heroes and how “food, booze & tunes” motivates them. The series began on November 20 with its first guest, Rick Bayless. Join Cleetus on Wednesday, February 12 with special guests, Louisa Chu (Chicago Tribune) and Monica Eng (WBEZ), co-hosts of the Chewing podcast.

In addition to digging into the interview subject’s creative process and listening to some of their favorite music, attendees will be treated to a food and beverage pairing inspired by the interviewee and created by Chef Cleetus Friedman. 

Monica Eng reports and produces segments on food, health and ethnic culture in Chicago and beyond. She co-hosts the Chewing podcast. Before coming to WBEZ, Monica Eng was a food, culture and watchdog-investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune for 16 years. Monica has won multiple writing awards and been nominated for the James Beard Award five times.

Louisa Chu is a Chicago Tribune Food & Dining reporter and co-host of the Chewing podcast. Born in Hong Kong, raised in Chicago, she lived in Los Angeles, and Paris where she graduated from Le Cordon Bleu. She trained at El Bulli in Spain and cooked in Alaska. Previously she was a correspondent for Gourmet magazine and a fixer for Anthony Bourdain.

Doors open at: 6 p.m. Show begins at 7 p.m. Parking included just west of the building off Addison St. Tickets are $35 and include food and beverage pairing, the live show, meet & greet with the guest. Cash bar available. Tickets are available online here

Food, Booze & Tunes Additional Shows:

Wednesday, March 18: Kevin Coval, poet, author, and editor, tickets available here

Wednesday, April 8: Bryan Smith, senior staff writer at Chicago magazine, tickets available here.

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Courtesy of Food, Booze & Tunes

Thursday, February 13

-Chicago Theatre Week (February 13-23) Begins: Here are a few places to check out during Theatre Week for 'dinner and a show'.  

About Last Knife (168 N. Michigan Ave.)

  • Located on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago’s Theatre District, About Last Knife (ALK) offers a menu of modern steak bar cuisine and craft cocktails. Executive Chef Rodney Staton has curated a menu including a Fried Cauliflower Sandwich with sunflower seed romesco and whipped herbed tahini butter; Truffle Mushroom Burger with black truffle aioli; and Braised Short Rib Frito-Quiles with tomato-jalapeño sauce and fritos – a chef’s take on “walking tacos”.
  • Insider Tip: ALK is just a five-minute walk away from Chicago’s theatres, including Goodman Theatre and the James M. Nederlander Theatre. Every Wednesday, guests who donate a book to the adjacent Hotel Julian’s library can get their first beverage at ALK complimentary as part of the restaurant’s Writer Wednesdays.

Mercat a la Planxa (638 S. Michigan Ave.)

  • The South Loop Spanish restaurant is in the Theatre District featuring Spanish cuisine with an emphasis in the Catalonian region, meant to evoke the spirit of Barcelona. Mercat a la Planxa’s selection of tapas is available pre or post theater for guests. The drink menu features a curated selection of cava, sangria, wine and cocktail creations,.
  • Insider Tip: Weekend matinee theatre goers can visit Mercat a la Planxa for their lesser known brunch options.” Brunch at Mercat is available Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Sunda (110 W. Illinois)

  • Sunda offers a modern take on Southeast Asian cuisine in Chicago’s  River North neighborhood. The restaurant is located just across the river and under a 10-minute walk from the Theatre District. It’s aspot for theatre goers to grab a pre-show dinner or late-night bite with the kitchen open until 12 a.m. Friday-Saturday.
  • Insider Tip: Sunda offers dedicated vegan and gluten-free menus for a lunch, dinner, and brunch. 

Travelle at The Langham (330 N. Wabash Ave.)

  • Travelle at The Langham features Chef Jeff Vucko’s vision of seasonal American cuisine with a wist, blending classical techniques with a modern dining experiences.
  • Insider Tip: With so many theaters located just a short walk away, Travelle's staff is sensitive to the start times of nearby shows, so guests can have a full meal without feeling rushed.
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Courtesy of About Last Knife

Tuesday, February 18

-the Albert Celebrates National Drink Wine Day with $5 Wines:  To celebrate National Drink Wine Day on February 18, the Albert, the art and science inspired restaurant located within Hotel EMC2, will be offering $5 wines from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. The restaurant also offers a happy hour during that time frame. The menu is inclusive of drivers, cocktails and small bites. Featured drinks include the Lavender Lemonade, This & That, C.O.T.D, the Albert Red, and Fireside. Those looking for a light snack may choose from options including the Puffed Anson Mills Hominy, House Made Pretzel, Herb Tossed Fries, Salt Cod Croquettes and House Made Bread.

-Tuesday Game Night Launches at Gadabout: Each Tuesday night starting at 5pm, Game guides from Bonus Round Cafe will come by Gadabout to help facilitate games for guests to play with their family and friends. There will also be food and drinks specials. A portion of the restaurant has residential-like lounge seating. 

Game examples: Millennial Loteria, Good Critters and Just One

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Courtesy of the Albert

Wednesday, February 19

-Half Acre Tapping and Big Hugs for Little Kids Fundraiser at Estelle's: 

  • Wednesday, February 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  •  Free admission; $6.50 to $8 beer specials

Estelle’s has partnered with Half Acre Beer Company to host a fundraiser to benefit the West Town Bikes Youth Program. On Wednesday, February 19 Estelle’s will host a tapping for Half Acre Vanilla Big Hugs, Half Acre’s annual barrel aged stout with vanilla. A representative from Half Acre will be on hand to discuss the beers.

Featured beers will include Half Acre drafts will be Half Acre Bodem IPA, Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, and Vanilla Big Hugs Imperial Stout. All beers will be $6.50 to $8 each and  $1 from each beer will benefit the cause.

-Wine Wednesdays & Comedy Night at River Valley Farmer's TableJoin River Valley Farmer's Table on Wednesday nights from 3pm - 6:30pm for a wine tasting paired with local cheese. Love a glass? They offer 10% off ALL for Wine Wednesdays and offer glass pours of anything they're tasting for the night. Get a good laugh in on Comedy Night on Wednesday, February 19th. Enjoy a variety show hosted by John Randal (iO Chicago) featuring standup, music, and sketch from some of the best performers in Chicago. The show is FREE admission and there will be drinks and snacks for purchase. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7:30pm.

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Friday, February 21

-Fat Tuesday Celebrations Begin at Heaven on Seven: Heaven on Seven will be serving some Mardi Gras specials and celebrating with live music on Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22 culminating in an all-out celebration on Tuesday, February 25.

Heaven on Seven will be open for lunch and dinner during their usual business hours on Friday, February 21, and on Saturday, February 22, with live music during dinner hours. Heaven on Seven will have special hours (11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for lunch and dinner starting at 5 p.m.) for Fat Tuesday on February 25!

The three nights of live music and three bands starting with Arcana on Friday, February 21, Dibs Quintet Brass Band, on Saturday, February 22, and Big Shoulders Brass Band on Tuesday, February 25.

Music begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, February 21 and at 6 p.m. on Saturday February 22.

-Cider Event at Jake Melnick's Corner Tap: Applesauced Takeover - Get ready for the Cider Summit on Saturday with a special Applesauced Takeover at Jake Melnick's in the Keg Room from 6pm - 9pm. Enjoy ciders from Stem, Virtue, Star Cut, Vandermill, Ace, 2 Towns, and Uncle Johns.

Saturday, February 22

Celebrate National Margarita Day at Chicago restaurants: 

Dos Urban Cantina - For one day only, Dos will offer the Winter Margarita with limited release Fortaleza Reposado Winter Blend, combier, allspice liqueur, lemon and freshly pressed apple juice. The Winter Margarita will be $16 and available while supplies last. Additionally, Dos will offer the Luna Azul Margarita ($10) and Frozen Mango Margarita with Tajin ($12). 

Old Pueblo Cantina - The Lincoln Park spot will be offering $7 classic margaritas during brunch service all day on Saturday. Pair a marg with a crunchy cheese crisp.

Recess - Milagro Blanco tequila, lime, simple syrup and salt are the traditional ingredients to a margarita, which is what you'll find at Recess in the West Loop. Get with the times and order your Margarita spirit-free or with CBD. (Spirit free: $8, Classic: $13, Sub CBD: $10, add CBD: $16) 

The Smith - Celebrate National Margarita Day with The Smith's refreshing take on a margarita.  The Cucumber Loco cocktail - a cool mix of tequila, Combier, St. Germain, cucumber syrup and lime juice with a pinch of salt. ($13.50).

SX Sky Bar - Celebrate National Margarita Day with SX Sky Bar. The Big Heat combines Casamigos Blanco tequila, passion fruit puree, lime juice and the stealthy heat of Scrappy’s Firewater Bitters; a candied lime garnish and a tajin-coated rim finish the drink. On February 22, SX Sky Bar will offer The Big Heat for only $5 all day long. 

Barrio - What is a little sweet, sour, and always ready for fun? All “dad jokes” aside, “National Margarita Day” will be recognized this year on February 22. One of River North’s Mexican restaurants, Barrio (65 West Kinzie Street), will be highlighting the day dedicated to the distillate blue agave by accentuating the restaurant’s five staple margarita flavors and adding a specialty flavor, available throughout the week. Ready to order beginning Monday, Feb. 17, Barrio will be offering a specialty Strawberry Margarita ($12) available until Sunday, Feb. 23. Made with fresh strawberry puree, Triple Sec, Don Julio Blanco and lime juice, the Strawberry Margarita will mix in well with Barrio’s other margarita flavors including the unique Mango Hibiscus, Jalapeño Cucumber and Pomegranate Hibiscus. Additionally, guests that opt for the Classico margarita will have the option to order it single ($12), in a pitcher ($40) or as the eye-catching Margarita Tower ($70), featuring 70 ounces of fresh agave nectar and Hornitos Blanco tequila. 

-Mavens & Aficionados Hosts Wine Dinner and Classes Benefitting Australia: Mavens & Aficionados wine club will be hosting three different events in a series benefitting wildlife recovery in Australia, at Maple & Ash. All proceeds will be donated to RSPCA Australia.

  • Wine Class: Australia Part One - White Wines
    • Saturday, February 22 from 1pm-2pm
    • As the first of the 2-part class series, Amy Mundwiler, Wine Director at Maple & Ash, will guide guests through the diverse and complex whites that come from the world’s largest wine growing country.
    • Ticket link - $50 per person
  • Wine Dinner: An Evening Down Under
    • Tuesday, February 25 from 5pm-7:30pm
    • 4 course menu from two Michelin star Chef Danny Grant paired with favorite wines from Australia.
    • Ticket link - $195 per person
  • Wine Class: Australia Part Two - Red Wines
    • Saturday, February 29 from 1pm-2pm
    • As the second of the 2-part class series, Amy Mundwiler, Wine Director at Maple & Ash, will go beyond Shiraz and dig deep into the diverse breadth of red wines that come from the world’s largest wine growing country.
    • Ticket link - $50 per person

-Karneval 2020 at DANK HausDANK Haus is hosting the "5th Season" of Karneval on Saturday, February 22nd. Music, food, live entertainment will be offered. DANK Haus will blend Cajun flavors with local German culture to bring this tradition to you on their 5th-floor ballroom. Funkenhausen will provide a Creole and Bavarian-inspired menu and portions of Gemütlichkeit will be dished out alongside locally brewed German craft beer from Dovetail and spirits from KOVAL Distillery. Support the DANK Haus Language School by participating in a live and silent auction. Live entertainment featuring Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles will be offered. Tickets are $75 per person/$125 per couple and including tasting stations featuring German-inspired food from Funkenhausen and KOVAL Distillery. An open bar will have craft beer on hand from Dovetail Brewery, Sekt and Karneval Punch. Special amenities include childcare options for kids 5 - 15 years old and valet parking at an additional fee. Come dressed to impress to celebrate Karneval style. 

-Chicagoland Mariano's Celebrate Black History Month: Live! at Mariano's, which will be offered on Saturdays, will be showcasing Chicago artists and musicians that pay homage to Chicago's musical journey. Upcoming Live! At Mariano's Events include:

  • Feb. 22nd from 2:30pm - 6pm music by Kai Alexander at the Bronzeville Store (3857 S. King Drive)  
  • Feb. 22nd from 4pm - 8pm music by Chris Michael at the West Loop Store (40 S. Halsted)
  • Feb. 29th from 2:30pm - 6pm live music by KingsGuard at the Bronzeville Store (3857 S. King Drive)  
  • Feb. 29th from 4pm - 8pm live music by Isaiah Spencer at the West Loop Store (40 S. Halsted)

Meet and greet with Mariano's tastemaker and chef, Lamar Moore from 12pm - 1pm on Saturday, February 22nd at the Bronzeville Mariano's (3857 S. King Drive). Chef Lamar will be making his Shrimp Boil to sample. 

Join artist Dorain Sylvain and her team from 11am - 4pm on Saturday, February 29th for a special Black History Month Kids' Event at the West Loop Mariano's (40 S. Halsted). Children will be offered various stations including face painting, puppet making, coloring, and collaging. This is a free event.

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Sunday, February 23

-etta to Host Après Ski-Inspired Brunch: etta plans to bring the ski slopes to Chicago on Sunday, February 23 from 10am-2pm with an Après Ski Brunch on the second floor rooftop.

Guests can make reservations as usual, but there will also be s’mores, a fire pit, boozy hot cocktails, ski shots and a DJ. Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite ski attire, as there will also be a best dressed contest.

-The J. Parker Hosts Third Annual Apres Ski Bash: On February 23rd from 2 - 6pm, The J. Parker rooftop will once again transform into the largest apres ski party outside of Aspen. Guests can embrace the ski season with ice luges, slope style cocktails, throwback tracks from the guest DJ and more. Those looking to make the experience a bit ~bougier~ can elevate their free admission to a VIP table with vodka and caviar service. 

Monday, February 24

-Two Brothers Tap Takeover at Jake Melnick's Corner Tap: (Monday, February 24th - Friday, February 28th) Two Brothers is taking over the tap at Jake Melnick's the week of February 24th. A selection of six draft beers as well as Two Brothers Modern Gin and a beer-inspired menu featuring recipes using Two Brothers will be offered. 

Enjoy a selection of six draft beers as well as Two Brothers Modern Gin and a beer-inspired menu featuring recipes using Two Brothers. The menu includes:

  • Domaine Dupage Pimento-Cheese Dip ($10.95) with Widmer 6yr Cheddar, Pimento, Tangy Mayo, Smoked Gouda, and Toasted Naan
  • Twenty Plus Pils Corn Dogs ($9.95) with Twenty Plus Pilsner Batter, Vienna Beef Franks, Smoked Ketchup, and Beer-Mustard
  • Bretter Day Beer-Braised Brat Board ($12.95) with Wisconsin Bratwurst, Chinese Hot Mustard, House Kim-Chee, and Marble Rye
  • In the Flesh Lime Fish & Chips ($14.95) with beer-battered cod, Belgian Frites, and spicy remoulade - Prairie Path Half Chicken ($16.95) with beer-brined smoked chicken, braised collard greens, roasted fingerlings, and golden ale jus
  • Northwind Chocolate Pot de Creme ($7.95) with Imperial Stout, dark chocolate, raspberry coulis, toasted pistachio, and smoked meringue

 -Ritual Your Block Kicks Off: Ritual Your Block is kicking off on Monday February 24, all the way through to Friday March 6. 

During Ritual Your Block, they are inviting Chicagoans to get out and discover local food favourites for 50% off. From your coffee run to your lunch meeting, all the way to that sweet afternoon treat, your everyday rituals are waiting for you - all for half off.

The 50% off offer will automatically be redeemable for new users. For any existing Ritual users, they'll simply have to place one regular priced order on Ritual before being able to access their 50% off deals.

-Chingona Begins its Monday Night Residency at Dorian’s: Chicago Chef Jeremy Leven announced new upcoming events for Chingona, his popup dining series that focuses on Chicago roots cooking, taking inspiration from Chicago’s historic foodways, our collective grandmothers’ dishes, and family dining traditions. Chingona has a special focus on cooking as a collaborative endeavor, so a rotating cast of up-and-coming chefs and co-creators will cook alongside Leven. 

“I am excited to see Chingona grow into a place of inclusivity for anyone that has a voice they wish to express through food,” Leven says.

Chingona begins its Monday night residency at Dorian’s (1939 W. North Ave.; 773-687-9824) Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Leven regularly partners with different chefs for the collaborative menu, a rotating array of drink-friendly bites and snacks, akin to tapas and izakaya. Tickets and reservations are not required; the food menu runs late-night (5 p.m.-midnight), aimed at capturing the industry crowd after their shift.

The inaugural menu (available Feb. 24 and March 2) in collaboration with Chef Rafael Esparza (chef at Dorian’s and co-chef/owner of Finom Coffee) features:

  • Pork Belly Salpicón, Fresno chiles, marinated radish, peanuts, basil ($18)
  • Shrimp Dejonghe, prawns, uni emulsion, shito pepper, miso breadcrumbs ($18)
  • Malört Grilled Cheese, shokupan (Japanese milk bread), Malört cheese, heirloom tomato ($10)
  • Cannibal Sandwich, steak tartare, tiger sauce, egg jam, pickled red onion ($16)
  • 3 Sisters Pozole, charred pumpkin, hominy, pinto beans, tomato broth ($12) (v)
  • Boquerones, manzanilla tapenade, lemon, baguette ($12)

Drink specials include wine—Costadila SLM 330 2019 Prosecco ($15/glass; $60/bottle), Susucaru 2019 Rosato ($15/glass; $60/bottle), and Bow & Arrow 2018 Gamay ($14/glass; $50/bottle)—and $8 Old Fashioneds, daiquiris, and martinis.

Tuesday, February 25

-Florida Keys Culinary Takeover & Fundraiser at Onward: Onward, located in Rogers Park, will host a Florida Keys Culinary Takeover and Fundraiser transporting guests to the "Sunshine State" this winter Tuesday, February 25 until Sunday, March 8.

Key West is a favorite travel destination of Onward's staff, and in order to bring attention to and educate diners on wildlife in the area, Onward will completely change all menus to be Keys-inspired while donating a portion of sales to the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key and Turtle Hospital in Marathon. 

While the Keys-inspired food and drink will be the focus, the decor in the restaurant will have accents of Key West's bright pastel color palette along with pink flamingos, palm trees, pineapple lights, sand and seashell centerpieces, surfboards and more. Tropical rock and Jimmy Buffet will play throughout the restaurant to add to the ambiance.

The seafood-focused menu created by Executive Chef Patrick Russ will feature a take on Key West fare with Floridian, Cuban and Haitian influences ranging in price from $6 to $42. Guests can expect menu items like traditional Bahamian Conch Chowder, house made Cheddar Bay Biscuits, a Lobster Lasagnette with Old Bay, manila clam, Tabasco foam, tarragon and panko, a Duval Street Burger featuring an eight-ounce patty, glazed pork belly, crispy plantain and grilled pineapple slaw, Whole Yellowtail Snapper with coconut rice, mango escabeche and crispy shallots, and an extensive raw bar with Oysters on the Halfshell, Stone Crab Claws, Peel and Eat Jumbo Shrimp and more.

Dessert selections from Executive Pastry Chef Karianne Soulsby will include a Classic Key Lime Pie that's creamy and tart with a graham cracker crust, cream cheese topping, mango sorbet, fresh orange supremes and lime zest confetti, The Slab featuring a rich chocolate cake with chocolate fudge buttercream, chocolate croquant and table side service with warm, house made chocolate sauce, Pina Coolada with coconut flan napolitano, campfire pineapple, Amarena cherry-linden honey rum sauce, coconut gelato, phyllo crisp and coconut meringue, and Gelato and Sorbetto with 13 flavors to choose from. 

The "Booze Cruise" tiki cocktail menu curated by General Manager and Beverage Director Vicente Romero will feature cocktails with tropical flavors of citrus, passion fruit, raspberries, cranberries and pineapple. Cocktails range from $10 to $12 and highlights include the Coastal Ghost with rum, falernum, orgeat, lemon and passion fruit, Captain Sloppy with vodka, Génépy, lime, pineapple and raspberry, and a twist on the traditional Sex on the Beach with vodka, rum, peach, Jumex juice, cranberry, pineapple, saline water and house bitters. Specialty beer options will include Florida Cracker.

-Trivia Night at Jake Melnick's Corner Tap: Jake Melnick's is partnering with Goose Island and Baig of Tricks for Tuesday Trivia in the Keg Room from 7pm - 9pm. Trivia fans can see how well they know The Office on February 25th. Everybody STAY CALM! 

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Courtesy of Madison Olszewski

Wednesday, February 26

-Einstein Bros. Bagels Launches the Bagelrito: Einstein Bros. Bagels is celebrating the launch of a bagel innovation, the Bagelrito, with a Windy City launch party on Wednesday, February 26 (5pm to 7pm). A bagel and burrito mash-up, the Bagelrito was available at five test locations in the Denver area for a limited time in October 2019. Einstein Bros. Bagels is making the breakfast item available to guests across the U.S. at participating locations, beginning Thursday February 27.

To celebrate, Einstein Bros. Bagels is hosting a Windy City launch party on Wednesday night at the LaSalle location (30 N LaSalle St, Lobby 100E) in Chicago, where Chief Baker, Chad Thompson, will be hosting a preview tasting of the Bagelrito, as well as giving sneak previews of never-before-seen menu innovations.

The Bagelrito is loaded with two cage-free eggs, thick-cut bacon, turkey sausage, three cheeses, hash browns, salsa and green chilies in a flour tortilla, all hand-wrapped in Asiago bagel dough and baked fresh. 

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Courtesy of Einstein Bros. Bagels

Thursday, February 27

-The Trotter Project Hosts Whisky, Wine & Wagyu Fest: The Trotter Project is hosting a Whisky, Wine & Wagyu Fest on Thursday, February 27, 2020, from 6:30pm-9:30pm at the Boelter Superstore (1071 West Division Street, Chicago, IL 60642). The event will include paired Aberlour whisky cocktails and wine with Wagyu bites by some of Chicago’s top chefs, including Michael Armstrong (Tao), Ken Carter (Gather), and Amber Lancaster (Rekki), and Michael Taus (Gemstone Hospitality), supported by some of The Trotter Project’s local student scholars. 

Early bird tickets are available until February 14 for $60. Regular Tickets are $75. Proceeds directly benefit The Trotter Project; a GuideStar Platinum-rated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established based on Chef Charlie Trotter’s guiding principles of excellence to educate and mentor young talent interested in the global culinary and hospitality industries. The event is presented by Aberlour Distillery, American Wagyu Association, Bowman Farms, Boelter, ChefWorks.


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Courtesy of Ashley Duarte


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