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  • Rosé All May With Gage Hospitality Group

Gage Hospitality Group (Acanto, The Gage, Coda di Volpe, and The Dawson) is taking this opportunity to "spring clean" their wine list and decorate it with an array of rosé to show off their favorite producers, styles, and new regions, and give their guests the opportunity to explore all sorts of wines for the summer. 

  • Prairie Grass Cafe Chef's Creative Vegetarian Subscription for May

Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook; 847-205-4433) is offering a special Vegetarian Seasonal Salad Thursdays in May. This subscription will be featuring and highlighting local farms from Green City Market and the surrounding area. Orders may be made by calling the restaurant. There are four meals in the subscription, available for pickup every Thursday in May.

"I will make a composed salad reflective of the season primarily with vegetables but also with some grains, nuts, and fruit," says Chef Sarah Stegner. "This subscription includes the salad plus one side to round out the meal, adding texture, flavor and diversity. I'd like you to trust me to create a delicious salad for you. This is how I enjoy eating and I'd like to share that with you. These kinds of salads require "foraging/gathering", or what we now call procurement. They are labor-intensive with lots of washing, chopping, blanching and assembly. The end goal is delicious and nutritious food that supports your schedule and lifestyle." 

Note: Please note that all takeout orders are subject to an 18% taxable service fee.

The Seasonal Entrée Chopped Salad Subscription (Pick-up every Thursday in the month of May) includes: One Seasonal Vegetarian Entree Chopped Salad and One Seasonal Side for a one time charge of $100 with the option to add cheese for $12. 

Salad and side will be served cold. Pick-up any time after 4pm on Thursdays (May 6, 13, 20, 27).

If any reheating is required, we will provide reheating instructions.

  • Area Restaurants Celebrate Hamburger Month

Chez Moi's Burger & a Half 

It's a burger plus more at Chez Moi in Lincoln Park for Hamburger Month. Bite into a classic beef burger on a brioche roll with onions, lettuce, tomato, and Dijon mustard. Delicately balanced on top is a slider featuring Confit shallots and seared Foie Gras. The Burger & a Half will be available throughout the month of May. 

El Diablo Burger at Fuller House

Spice things up with habanero mayo and roasted jalapenos on top of Fuller House's signature patty blend of ground chuck, brisket, and ribeye. Complete with house queso, tomato, and ancho onion rings, all on a pretzel bun. 

Tuscan Hen Market's Burger Italiano 

A combination of ground beef and hot Italian sausage in Tuscan Hen's special Italian-style burger. Stuffed with red onion, tomato, and provolone cheese it all comes together with red pepper aioli and arugula on a brioche roll. Order all month long at Tuscan Hen Market in North Center.

Lucca Osteria & Bar

The Oak Brook newcomer boasts a kobe beef burger on its Tuscan-inspired menu. THE BURGER is topped with fried egg, crispy pancetta, caramelized onion and mozzarella cheese with a side of fries for $20.

  • Travelle at The Langham Celebrates AAPI Awareness Month

May is AAPI Awareness Month, a time dedicated to recognizing the contributions and influence of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community to the history, culture, and achievements in the U.S. This month, Travelle at The Langham in Chicago is doing its part to support the AAPI community. 

Travelle’s Chef de Cuisine, Qi Ai, is of Asian descent and is originally from Beijing, China. Two of Chef Qi’s menu items, Pork Belly Banh Mi Sandwich and Pork Belly entrée, are both dishes she brought to Travelle, as a nod to her Asian heritage and favorite dishes growing up. 

In an effort to honor AAPI Awareness Month and the wonderful advancements of Asian Americans here in the U.S., Travelle is donating 10 percent of each dish’s proceeds to Stop AAPI Hate, a coalition addressing anti-Asian hate amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Sunda New Asian Chicago Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, Sunda New Asian has developed an array of in-venue and virtual experiences to raise awareness of Southeast Asia countries and beyond. 

AAPI Heritage Month lineup includes:

  • Feature menu created by Executive Chef Mike Morales

  • Variety of Southeast Asian-inspired cocktails by mixologist Nahm Kim

  • “DIY food and drink” web series hosted by Billy Dec and Mike Morales

  • “The Meal of Your Life” podcast  interviews with AAPI celebrities and chefs

  • Sunda Service for Veterans

  • Live TV appearances including the Today Show


  • LUMPIA - crispy pork and shrimp shanghai style egg rolls, boston lettuce, dipping sauces

  • PANCIT CANTON - crispy pork belly, lap cheong, shrimp, egg noodles, carrots, cabbage, bok choy, scallions, cantonese sauce

  • LEMONGRASS BEEF LOLLIPOPS - sliced new york strip steak wrapped lemongrass, ginger citrus sweet soy glaze

  • SWEET POTATO CATERPILLAR - roasted sweet potatoes, asian pear, avocado, black garlic teriyaki, roasted red pepper puree

  • KAMAYAN FEAST - Sunda presents a traditional Filipino Kamayan Feast featuring the full range of culinary flavors and textures from this culturally-rich country in Southeast Asia. Sunda’s Kamayan Feast is interactive - guests experience a traditional Asian family-style of “eating with your hands” (optional) on a spread of signature Filipino fare, like Crispy Pata (Pork Shank), Adobo Pork Belly, BBQ Inasal Chicken, Grilled Garlic Shrimp & Shanghai-Style Lumpia Egg Rolls, all served with Jasmine Rice and Green Beans.

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Rosé All May With Gage Hospitality Group! (Photo courtesy of Gage Hospitality Group)

May 1st

  • Green City Market Returns with Special Guest Chef, Beverly Kim

Green City Market will celebrate its return to Lincoln Park on Saturday, May 1, 2021. The market — which chef and restaurateur Alice Waters once called “the best sustainable market in the country” — will open at 7 a.m. and run every Wednesday and Saturday through the end of October.

James Beard Award-winning chef Beverly Kim of Parachute and Wherewithall will attend the opening and chat with shoppers to share her favorite farm-fresh finds of Green City Market.

Some new vendors this year include Star Farm Chicago, an urban farm established in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, offering fresh seasonal vegetables; Frillman Farms, an heirloom-only operation growing on the land of former GCM vendor, Leaning Shed Farm; and Daisies, a restaurant in Logan Square, now selling ragu, pesto and fresh pasta at retail.

Safe shopping guidelines will continue to be in place and face masks will be required for all staff, vendors, volunteers and shoppers. Capacity will be limited to 500 people at a time; staff and volunteers will be monitoring lines, both inside and outside the market, to promote social distancing. 

Visit their website for up-to-date information about health and safety protocols. 

GCM Lincoln Park is located at the south end of Lincoln Park near 1817 N. Clark St. at the intersection of Clark and Lincoln.

GCM’s West Loop market located in Mary Bartelme Park will open Saturday, June 5, 2021.

  • I|O Godfrey Hosts Eighth-Annual Derby Day Event

I|O Godfrey, the year-round rooftop restaurant and lounge at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, brings the Kentucky Derby to Chicago with its eighth annual Derby Day viewing event on Saturday, May 1. Between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., I|O Godfrey will welcome table-only reservations for up to six guests (per city and state guidelines) with required advance reservations.

Guests are invited to dress in their best traditional Derby attire and cheer on the “greatest two minutes in sports” with a plethora of TVs showing the horse race, sweeping skyline views, and a special menu from Executive Chef Alfonso Martinez inspired by southern cuisine including: Sauced Oysters with a choice of (6) mix & match, Bloody Mary, dragon fruit, or passion fruit ($15); Fish & Chips with tempura-battered Atlantic cod, chipotle aioli, lemon, and fries ($16); Prime Beef Brisket served with two house-made barbeque sauces ($16); Shrimp or Chicken Skewers with 24-hour marinade ($14); and Grilled Corn with cayenne pepper aioli, cotija cheese, and sea salt ($10).

For imbibing, visitors can select from refreshing cocktails like a classic Mint Julep made with Woodford Reserve bourbon, fresh mint and simple syrup served over crushed ice ($15); the Run for the Rosés, a breezy, sun-kissed mix of dry rosé, Finlandia vodka, rose water, fresh grapefruit, lemon, and seltzer ($15); and Blackberry Julep made with Woodford Reserve bourbon, fresh blackberry, and mint bitters served over crushed ice ($15).

New this year, a variety of single stem, multi-colored roses will be available from The Roof Crop, a design focused rooftop farm located in West Town that values sustainability, ecology, and community engagement. The Roof Crop will host a pop-up shop during the event offering locally sourced purple-, yellow-, orange-, and coral-colored roses, in addition to traditional red roses, for guests to celebrate with during “The Run for the Roses.” The roses are priced at $2.50 each and can be purchased for the event or to-go.

The event will also feature prizes for “Best Hat,” “Best Dressed,” and even “Best Face Mask,” including a complimentary hotel stay, Woodford Reserve product, an experience in the rooftop’s winter season igloos, and more.

  • Chef Claudio Ulivieri Opens Lucca Osteria & Bar In Oak Brook

Lucca Osteria & Bar (1415 W 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL) is the vision of veteran restaurateurs Chef Claudio Ulivieri and Steven Hartenstein. Guests will experience Chef Claudio’s take on rustic Italian cuisine with a modern twist starting Saturday, May 1, 2021. Lucca Osteria & Bar will open with dinner service Tuesday - Saturday. Expanded hours, lunch, and Sunday brunch service will be added in the months to come. Located off the expressway across from the Oak Brook Mall.

The menu and concept are inspired by Chef Claudio’s hometown of Altopascio, a small village in the Italian Province of Lucca in the Tuscan region. Twelve miles northeast of Pisa and 50 miles west of Florence. Inspired by the meals his mother created when he was a child, the menu follows this philosophy and incorporates fresh vegetables, beans, and lean sources of protein, like fish and poultry. A variety of imported meats like mortadella and prosciutto take center stage at Lucca Osteria & Bar’s Salumeria. The menu is built on clean yet complex flavors using staple ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, rosemary, basil, parsley, and lemon.

The menu is broken into sections like Pizza, Antipasti, Zuppa & Insalate, La Pasta, Dal Mare, La Carne and Contorni. A selection of house-made desserts is available to round out the meal. The inclusive menu also offers a selection of vegan and gluten-free options. 

General Manager, Aeron Lancero, is a certified sommelier and an experienced mixologist. Along with Chef Claudio, he has created a tightly curated list of classic Italian cocktails and a wine list that pairs with the in-season menu. The cocktail recipes pay homage to the classics, honoring tradition, and are enhanced with fresh juices, infusions, and high-quality ingredients. The wine list includes options produced in Lucca as well as selections from around Italy and the world.

  • Game Room at the Chicago Athletic Association Re-opens

After being closed for a year, Game Room at the Chicago Athletic Association is re-opening Saturday, May 1. The space will be open from 4-11p Tuesday - Saturday to start, with hours expanding in the coming months.

The new Game Room menu features takes on midwestern bar food favorites, like the Whitefish Patty Melt, the Smoked Rib Tip Basket, and - of course - a Double Smashburger with fries and a Footlong Chicago-Style Hotdog. On the drinks side, look for seasonal spins on classic cocktails, like a Cobbler, a Daisy, and an Old Fashioned, plus wine and a range of local beers.

For the first time, Game Room will be accepting reservations (available on Resy). TopGolf Swing Suites will also be opening (with reservations on Resy), creating an opportunity to have a private space with access to Game Room menus and Top Golf’s state of the art game simulators (or simply a very big screen for game day).

Game Room (alongside the hotel) will be taking all Covid precautions, including enforcing mask usage, social distancing, and sanitizing (including games).

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Green City Market will celebrate its return to Lincoln Park on Saturday, May 1, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Tess Graham Photography)

May 5th

  • The Original Rainbow Cone Opens in Lombard and Adds New Ice Cream Trucks

Suburban Chicago is in for a sweet treat this spring with the opening of The Original Rainbow Cone’s newest location in Lombard at 498 E Roosevelt Road on May 5. The Original Rainbow Cone serves ice cream featuring many flavors and textures, including the 5-flavor combination of chocolate, strawberry, palmer house, pistachio, and orange sherbet, sliced —not scooped — “Rainbow Cone,” sundaes, milkshakes, and memories dedicated to last forever. Since 1926, Rainbow Cone has been serving ice cream across Illinois. Today, the brick and mortar location still stands at the original location in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago has been serving smiles for over 95 years.

The Lombard location will be Rainbow Cone’s second brick and mortar store following a seasonal kiosk at Navy Pier.  In addition to a new location, Rainbow Cone is also adding four new ice cream trucks to the lineup to bring rainbows to Chicago all summer long, including one available for private events.

The Lombard location will feature Rainbow Cone’s vibrant colors in the interior. The exterior will consist of pink and white polka dots. The space will have an occupancy of 50 patrons indoors and feature a patio. The Lombard location will also feature a drive-thru, which is the first of its kind for Rainbow Cone. All menu items will be available for purchase at the drive-thru, including the sliced Rainbow Cone and other signature ice cream flavors including Black Walnut, Butter Pecan, New York Vanilla, Cookie Dough, Cookies and Cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Bubble Gum, and Mint Flake. Guests can order specialty items only available at the Lombard location, including mini donuts and Rainbow Mixers, where guests can blend mix-ins with Rainbow Cone’s signature soft-serve. 

Rainbow Cone is also adding to the family by partnering with the third-generation Buonavolanto family. As a third-generation business owner with no children or younger generation of her own to pass Rainbow Cone down to, Lynn Sapp knew she had to find the partner with to ensure the cone lives on for another 95 years.  While Lynn will remain an owner of Rainbow Cone, she is partnering with the third-generation Buonavolanto Family to grow the brand. The two families will work hand in hand to expand Rainbow Cone and carry on the traditions that originated in 1926. 

To celebrate the grand opening, Rainbow Cone will be hosting a social media giveaway on its Instagram and Facebook platform for three lucky winners to receive free ice cream for a year. The lucky winners will be announced on May 3rd, two days before the grand opening. Rainbow Cone is also available for nationwide shipping via Goldbelly. 

  • Travelle at The Langham Resumes Breakfast and Weekend Brunch Operations

Travelle at The Langham announces the return of breakfast and weekend brunch operations resuming Wednesday, May 5. Newly appointed Chef de Cuisine Qi Ai is welcoming guests back into the dining room. 

For breakfast, diners can savor some of Travelle’s menu selections including Bruschetta Eggs with Basil Pesto, Mozzarella, Heirloom Tomatoes, Arugula, and Country Bread ($18); Travelle Benedict with Lobster, Spinach, and Truffle Hollandaise ($29); and Skillet Cinnamon Role with Warm Cinnamon Spice and Cream Cheese Glaze ($14). Alongside Travelle’s most favored breakfast options, Chef Qi is excited to premiere several brand-new dishes including the Chorizo Skillet with Eggs, Chorizo, Fingerling Potatoes, Spring Onion, and Piquillo Aioli ($18).

Guests can order Travelle Bar’s revamped brunch offerings every Saturday and Sunday. Menu highlights include the Grand ‘Maine Lobster Roll’ with Brown Butter Hollandaise, Celery, and Peppers ($32) and Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger with Carolina Barbeque Sauce, Corn, and Avocado Relish ($20). New items to the brunch menu include the Cream of Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Sunchoke, Smoked Pear, Celery, and Bacon ($14) and Pork Belly Banh Mi Sandwich, a modern spin on Chef Qi’s adored childhood dish, with Hoisin Glaze, Pickled Carrot, Radish, and Fresh Herbs ($21).

Alongside a curated wine list, Travelle’s beverage program includes a cocktail menu. Mixologist Slava Borisov offers an array of hand-crafted beverages. Beverage highlights include the London Lover made with vanilla infused Belvedere Vodka, passionfruit, crème de pêche, and Prosecco ($20); Northern Pearl with Grey Goose, mead wine, fall syrup, lemon, and grapefruit bitters ($17); and the non-alcoholic Blackberry Smash with blackberry, basil, lime, and soda ($8). Bar service continues to be available Wednesday through Sunday.

For health and safety measures, temperature screenings are required to enter Travelle at The Langham. Face coverings must be worn in the public areas and while seated when interacting with Travelle staff. Proper social distancing measures must always be observed. Travelle will be unable to accommodate additional guests to parties without prior confirmation and will enforce a maximum table time of two hours so the team may sanitize the space and maintain a safe occupancy level. Currently, Travelle at The Langham accepts payment in the form of a room charge or credit card only, as cash is not accepted.

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The Original Rainbow Cone​ is opening its second brick and mortar location in Lombard on May 5th. (Photo courtesy of The Original Rainbow Cone)

May 8th 

  • Cabana Club’s Opening Day

Located on the sixth floor of The Robey, this urban bar and pool deck features 180-degree views of the Chicago skyline. *The pool will open at a later date.

Visitors are welcome to kick back with chef-driven bites and frozen cocktails while soaking up the sun. Cabana Club will serve an all-day food and drink menu, which includes dips, snacks, handhelds, and beverages including:

- White Bean Hummus (crackers, broccoli, red peppers + cucumbers)

- Avocado Toast (chili flakes, pickled onions) - add crab or an egg

- Shrimp Skewers (chili aioli, cilantro, toasted sesame seeds)

- Cheeseburger (classic style, tomato jam, aioli, pickles, cheese)

- Frozen Cocktails - Margarita, Piña Colada, and Frosé

- Signature Cocktails

Cabana Club will be open to hotel guests and the general public on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations). Precautions to note include QR code menus, socially-distanced tables, mask requirements when not seated, and a limited guest capacity. 

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Visitors are welcome to kick back with chef-driven bites and fun frozen cocktails while soaking up the sun. (Photo courtesy of Cabana Club)

May 9th

Check out our Mother's Day round up to treat your mom to the best day yet! 

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The Goddess and Grocer is offering a special Mother’s Day Room Service Menu as well as a gift basket featuring items from Goddess and their Bucktown neighbors (Photo courtesy of The Goddess and Grocer)

May 12th

  • Stand-Up Burgers Opens 2nd Chicago Location in Lincoln Park

On May 12, Veggie Grill the largest plant-based group in the U.S. will open up its 2nd location of Stand-Up Burgers in Chicago on Diversey Parkway. Stand-Up Burgers are 100% Burger / Zero % Animal and believes in bold flavors and bold actions.

From the BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger and The Freebird Crispy Chicken Sandwich to the Save the Animal-Style Fries, Stand-Up Burgers has reimagined the classic burger stand and is unapologetically serving up an all plant-based decadent and mouthwatering menu where people can feast on the classics, without sacrificing nostalgia or taste.

To celebrate the opening on 5/12, Stand-Up Burgers will be giving away a free burger and fries to the first 300 people in line, starting at 11am. 

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On May 12, Veggie Grill the largest plant-based group in the U.S. will open up its 2nd location of Stand-Up Burgers in Chicago on Diversey Parkway.

May 14th 

  • Prairie Grass Cafe & Saigon Sisters Collaboration Dinner

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month and chef Sarah Stegner and restaurateur Mary Aregoni want to show their support for the AAPI community. Prairie Grass Cafe and Saigon Sisters are collaborating on a four course package for two that you can reheat and assemble at home, Friday, May 14. This exclusive package for two is $100 with 30% of the proceeds going to Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago on their #DoughSomething campaign. The meals are prepared and only need to be heated at home. Pre-order for pickup or delivery on Friday, May 14 between 2pm and 4pm at Saigon Sisters, 567 W. Lake St. in the West Loop or pickup from Prairie Grass Cafe, 601 Skokie Blvd. in Northbrook. The last day to order is Wednesday, May 12. You can order for either restaurant via Tock for pick-up at Saigon Sisters or Prairie Grass Cafe. You must order from the restaurant from which you want to pick-up. 

May 14 Collaboration Dinner Menu 

Dinner Package for Two 

- Beef Dumplings in Pho Broth by Saigon Sisters 

- Parmesan Crusted Crispy Chicken Banh Mi - Mighty Vine Tomato, Three Sisters Garden Spring Onion, Mick Klug Farm Asparagus Pesto Spread on Toasted French Bread by Prairie Grass Cafe 

- Bo Luc Lac (Beef Tenderloin) and Hoisin Glazed Pork Belly Baos - (open faced steamed buns with pickled veggies) by Saigon Sisters 

- Chocolate Pudding Pie with Pecans & Fresh Grated Coconut (to share) Chocolate Chip Cookies by Prairie Grass Cafe 

  • The Press Room Is Transporting Diners Back In Time By Hosting Roaring 20's Dinner In Partnership With The Argonaut Catering Company

The Press Room will now turn into a speakeasy experience, which first became popular back in the 1920’s during the prohibition era. 

To celebrate the relaunch of The Press Room as a speakeasy, the team is partnering with Argonaut Catering Company, a seafood company, on May 14th and 15th for a special dinner series. Tickets will cost $80.00 a person and can be purchased by texting 872-240-2317. Live music from Shawn Maxwell Duo will be performed on both nights from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. To play into the 1920s, guests are encouraged to dress their best. Those who dress the part will be entered into a raffle to win a bottle of champagne.

To keep the speakeasy vibe, The Press Room will continue to offer the previous menu. Instead of texting a phone number for admission, guests will be able to book their reservation experience on Tock. The cell phone number guests originally texted will still be used for music, drag shows, and cigar events. The Press Room will also be launching the patio service, weather permitting. Service will be offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm. On the weekends, service will be available on Friday and Saturday from 4:00 pm to 12:00 am. 

Cocktails include twists on classics such as a French 75, Negroni, Black Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Desert Flower, Gin Martini, and more. The Press Room’s wine list from their cellar will also be available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle. Guests can start their experience by ordering seasonal dishes including, King Trumpet Mushrooms, Burnt Flour Tonnarelli, Parsnip Agnolotti, Scallops with bacon marmalade, and more.

The Press Room is also continuing their Monthly Cabaret Live Music series throughout May and June. On Sunday, May 2nd guests can experience live music from Brandon Markell Homes. On Sunday, May 23rd, guests can view live music and a show from Sam Fazio. 

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Chef Sarah Stegner and restaurateur Mary Aregoni want to show their support for the AAPI community by collaborating on a four course package for two that you can simply reheat and assemble at home. (Photo courtesy of Kurman Communications, Inc.)

May 15th

  • Mansion on Rush Brings Sushi, Seafood, & Steak to Gold Coast

Coming May 15 to Rush Street just north of Chicago’s Oak Street shopping district, Mansion on Rush is a new restaurant featuring sushi, seafood, and steak.

In addition to debuting a full dinner and champagne lounge menu, the opening night on Saturday, May 15, will feature an exclusive set performed by DJ Kim Lee. Star of Netflix’s “Bling Empire,” Kim Lee will kick off the first official weekend at Mansion on Rush with a one-night-only exclusive performance from 11 – 12:30 pm. Reservations are now available for opening night and beyond with 90-minute seating times beginning at 5 pm and dinner service operating until 10:30 pm. Late-night seatings starting at 10:30 pm will feature a light sushi and caviar menu.

  • Thalia Hall Returns with New Look, New Team + New Food & Drinks at Dusek's 

Thalia Hall was originally opened in Chicago in 1892 as a public gathering space to bring arts and entertainment to the then-Bohemian Pilsen neighborhood. Granted landmark status in the 1980s, the architectural gem sat vacant for nearly 60 years before it was restored and re-opened to its original glory in 2013 by local hospitality group 16” on Center. In 2020, the hall was once again shut down due to the pandemic, but continued various community-focused initiatives including several months of preparing pay-what-you-can-meals; working alongside Howard Brown Health to serve as a vaccination site on the South Side; a partnership in the space with My Block, My Hood, My City, and thousands of meals prepared and delivered to front line health care workers. 

Now on Saturday, May 15th, Thalia Hall will officially re-open doors, presenting the neighborhood with an entirely new look and feel to their ground-floor tavern, Dusek’s. Look for refreshed design + new food and drinks by a team of up-and-coming chef-talents including Executive Chef Ben Truesdell (Pacific Standard Time, The Publican, Longman & Eagle, Vie), Chef de Cuisine Tyler Houston (Pacific Standard Time, The Publican, Primehouse) and pastry chef Ashley Robinson (The Bakery at Fat Rice, Spiaggia, Japonais by Morimoto). 

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May 15th is the opening of Mansion on Rush. (Photo courtesy of Mansion on Rush)

May 18th

  • KINTON RAMEN Heats Up w/Anniversary Specials, Special Menu Items, and Set Three-Course Meals

Chicago is heating up and so are things at KINTON RAMEN. The authentic Japanese eatery with locations in Wicker Park (1426 N. Milwaukee Ave.) and West Loop (163 N. Sangamon St.) is offering a range of new items and special deals.

To celebrate the brand’s 9th anniversary, customers may enjoy a choice of Original Ramen for $9.99! Options include pork original ramen, chicken original ramen, and veg original ramen. This special is available for either dine-in or takeout.   

New for Summer: 

- Chilled Tsukemen: Unlike traditional ramen, this dish is served cold and eaten after dipping the noodles in sauce. This dish consists of cold noodles tossed in sesame oil and sesame seeds, topped w/ pork shoulder, seasoned egg and shredded nori. Served w/ a side of house-made dipping sauce, daikon, wasabi, and scallions, this special is available for $14.95.  

- Tonkotsu Red: This limited time menu offer consists of thick noodles in the original pork broth topped w/ pork belly, scallions, bean sprouts, sesame seeds, house made hot sauce, and spicy garlic tare. Tonkotsu Red is available for $9.99, and customers can add extra pork for just $3.50.   

- Three Course Special: Guests can get a three-course meal with this set menu special, which includes choices of appetizer, ramen, and matcha cheesecake for dessert for $16.99. 

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To celebrate the brand’s 9th anniversary, Kinton Ramen is offering customers a chance to enjoy a choice of Original Ramen for $9.99! (Photo courtesy of Kinton Ramen)

May 20th

  • Tutoring English to Advance Change (TEACH) to Host Annual Benefit Virtually Featuring Cooking Demonstration with Chef CJ Jacobson from Ema

TEACH, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting systemic change to reduce inequities and injustices confronting immigrants of all nations and helping them achieve their American dream, is hosting Feast with TEACH, an annual benefit hosted virtually for the first time this year, on Thursday, May 20 beginning at 6 pm. In celebration of United Nations Cultural Diversity Day also that week, TEACH will team up with Chef CJ Jacobson, champion of Top Chef 2014 and Chef/Partner at local hotspots Aba and Ema, who will take attendees through an exclusive three-course cooking demonstration. Guests will also learn more about TEACH’s mission, and have the opportunity to donate to the cause throughout the evening. TEACH will also present the 2021 Cultural Unity Award to Maribel Molina Cortes, a Latina immigrant turned businesswoman, with an inspirational story to share. Event tickets, now available, will include a curated meal box with pre-prepared ingredients to be used during the evening.

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​TEACH, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting systemic change to reduce inequities and injustices confronting immigrants of all nations and helping them achieve their American dream, is hosting Feast with TEACH, an annual benefit hosted virtually for the first time this year, on Thursday, May 20 beginning at 6 pm. (Photo courtesy of Ema)

May 21st

  • Area Restaurants Serving Up Tasty Pies on National Pizza Party Day

PB&J: Pizza, Beer, & Jukebox

On May 21st, PB&J is offering a “$10 Pizza Power Hour” in honor of National Pizza Party Day. From 5:00pm to 6:00pm, all pizzas will be available for $10.00 a pie. Guests can order speciality pies, crafted cocktails, and choose their “jams” on the Jukebox. 


To celebrate National Pizza Party Day, the six time Michelin Bib Gourmand Winner, Wood, is serving up a seasonal pizza featuring ramps and house made spicy capicola. The speciality pie will be available for both indoor dining and on the patio. 

Dough Daddy’s

Dough Daddy’s, a new virtual restaurant based out of Chicago’s West Loop, is available exclusively for takeout and delivery through GrubHub. This pop-up offers Chicago a chance to experience Detroit-style pizzas created with a special sourdough starter, that has been with Chef Noah Zamler for five years. Signature pizzas include: Whatcha Ndujin topped with Nduja, lemon ricotta, blistered tomato, and basil pesto, A Perfect Pear, topped with Butternut Squash, Pear, Pancetta, and Gouda, and Uh Luv Burrata, topped with chili honey, burrata, olive pesto and artichokes

The Dearborn

For The Dearborn’s reopening this week, Executive Chef Aaron Cuschieri offers options for dine-in, takeout and delivery. Leaning into the “tavern” in their name, Cuschieri offers a new assortment of Chicago tavern-style pizzas with new toppings, including a brunch pizza on weekends.


Located in River North, Nonnina offers a wide variety of pizzas including Margarita, Chicken and Spinach, Leek and Mushroom, Crispy Calamari, and Pepperoni pizza. 

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On May 21st, PB&J is offering a “$10 Pizza Power Hour” in honor of National Pizza Party Day.

May 22nd

  • PiniPico Celebrates One Year in Business

PiniPico Brazilian Café (1538 N. Clark St.), the Old Town café serving traditional Brazilian baked goods and coffee, will celebrate its first anniversary in business during a two-day celebration on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Saturday, May 22, the café will offer its signature Brazilian staple, Pão de Queijo for just $1 (regularly $2, limit three per customer). The traditional cheese bread is a century-old Brazilian favorite made from cassava root (naturally gluten-free) and filled with an array of ingredients ranging from bacon to Nutella!

On Sunday, May 23, 20% of all sales will be donated to BUILD, a nationally respected gang intervention, violence prevention and youth development organization based on Chicago's West Side. PiniPico Owner Luciano Dias and family have been supporting the organization since the café opened in May 2020. BUILD Art Program Director Ric Miranda designed and painted the massive mural of Rio de Janeiro seen by guests as they enter the café. 

Since 1969, BUILD has helped Chicago’s most vulnerable youth escape gangs and violence to become positive leaders in the community.

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​PiniPico Brazilian Café, the Old Town café serving traditional Brazilian baked goods and coffee, will celebrate its first anniversary in business during a two-day celebration on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Photo courtesy of PiniPico)

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