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Sunday, March 1

-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 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. 

-International Women’s Day Month-Long Fundraiser at Yūgen: From the women-led team at Michelin-starred Yūgen in the West Loop, guests will be offered a special “Queen Himiko”cocktail for $17 each in honor of International Women’s Day. The cocktail features Butterfly Pea flower-infused Hendricks Gin, Violet liqueur, Maraschino liqueur and lime juice. Throughout the month of March, Yūgen will donate 30-percent of all proceeds from the “Queen Himiko” cocktail to Empower Through Flour, an all-female-powered initiative that was established by pastry chef Angela Garbacz in March 2018 for Women's History Month. The cocktail name was inspired by 3rd-century CE ruler of the territory in ancient Japan, Queen Himiko. Queen Himiko, also known as Pimiko or Pimiku was considered by the Chinese as the ruler of all of Japan or Wa, given her state’s power, she exchanged diplomatic embassies with the ruling Wei dynasty. A semi-legendary figure, Himiko is absent from Japanese historical records but does appear briefly in Chinese histories. The queen was noted for being a shamaness, unmarried, and living in a fortress where she was served by 1,000 women. 

-International Women’s Day Cocktail at The Owl: The Owl will offer a specialty $8 "RESPECT" cocktail in honor of International Women’s Day Sunday, March 1 through Sunday, March 8. The cocktail features El Buho Mezcal, Singani 63, Cardinal Spirits Bramble, ginger beer and lime. $1 from each cocktail sold will be donated to the Chicago’s Women’s Health Center. Chicago Women’s Health Center facilitates the empowerment of women and trans people by providing access to health care and health education in a respectful environment where people pay what they can afford.

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Courtesy of Madison Olszewski

Monday, March 2

-International Women’s Day Benefit at Estelle’s: In honor of International Women’s Day, from Monday, March 2 through Sunday, March 8, $1 from every Estelle's Manhattan, Second City 75 cocktail and special $6 Ladies’ Night shot sold will be donated to the Chicago Foundation for Women Organization. 

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Courtesy of Ivy Tac

Thursday, March 5

-The First Ever "The Best of Ballyhoo" Chef Collaboration Dinner: For one day only, on March 5 from 4:30 to 10 p.m., at Walton Street Kitchen + Bar (912 N. State St.) guests can experience all five of Ballyhoo Hospitality’s neighborhood restaurants in one night. The Chicago restaurant group has planned The Best of Ballyhoo, a chef’s collaboration dinner featuring one course from each of its chefs and properties: Gemini, Walton Street Kitchen + Bar, Old Pueblo Cantina, Coda di Volpe and Sophia, its newest steakhouse opening in Wilmette March 2020. Yes, this will be your first chance to experience Sophia.Highlights of the 5-course prix-fixe menu includes pheasant agnolotti, scallops and oxtails with whipped potatoes and Steak Sophia, a peppercorn-crusted flat iron cut with cremini mushrooms. The dinner will be complemented by optional beverage pairings, such as 2018 Failla Pinot Noir and a glass of Jameson with dessert.

The full menu is as follows:

1st course: Grilled Shrimp Caesar with chipotle dressing (Old Pueblo Cantina)

Pairing: NV Gruet Blanc de Noirs

2nd course:  Pheasant Agnolotti with caciocavallo and della grotta (Coda di Volpe)

Pairing: 2018 Terredora Coda di Volpe

3rd course: Scallops and oxtail with whipped potatoes and black truffle bordelaise (Walton Street Kitchen + Bar)

Pairing: 2018 Failla Pinot Noir

4rd course:  Steak Sophia: peppercorn-crusted flat iron steak with cremini mushrooms and cognac cream (Sophia)

Pairing: 2017 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel

Dessert: Heath Bar Brownie Sundae with vanilla ice cream and butterscotch (Gemini)

Pairing: Jameson Whiskey

The Best of Ballyhoo menu will be available a la carte during regular service at Walton Street Kitchen + Bar, in addition to the restaurant’s everyday dinner offerings. Tickets are $90 per person, with optional beverage pairings for $45 through TOCK, Open Table, making a reservation at any Ballyhoo property. 

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Courtesy of Walton Street Kitchen + Bar

Sunday, March 8

-International Women’s Day Fundraisers: 

VU Rooftop Bar - VU Rooftop Bar, in the South Loop, 133 E. Cermak Rd., will be celebrating women entrepreneurs everywhere with a boozy brunch on International Women’s Day, Sunday, March 8th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring dishes and liquor forward cocktails, the event will be co-hosted by Fino Tequila, the Connection for Abused Women and Children (CAWC), and Toi Hutchinson, the former Illinois State Senator and the current senior advisor to the governor for cannabis control. A portion of the proceeds from select Fino Tequila cocktails will go to benefit the CAWC. The $35 ticket price includes all you can eat from VU’s signature brunch menu. The morning menu will showcase bites such as Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Belgian Waffle with sweet child sauce, scallions, and maple butter; the Chilaquiles Casserole with eggs, beans, roasted corn, and chihuahua cheese; a Vegetable Frittata and more. The event will be honoring female entrepreneurs by featuring pop-ups that showcase women-focused brands, including makeup by Dior and more. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased via Eventbrite through Eventbrite at:

aliveOne - In recognition of International Women’s Day, aliveOne in Lincoln Park will offer a special $8 "Susan B Anthony" cocktail featuring CH Key Gin, demerara syrup, fresh lime juice, grapefruit La Croix. $1 from each cocktail sold will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. A $4 Lagunitas Pilsner special will also be available all night. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer. We provide critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship.

Easy Bar - In recognition of International Women’s Day, $1 from every Suzeanne cocktail (Nolet’s Gin, Suze liqueur, Benedictine, lemon, simple, Peychaud's bitters, apple blossom bitters; $8) sold on Friday, March 8 will be donated to the Human Rights Foundation. The Human Rights Foundation is a non-profit organization that describes itself as promoting and protecting human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies. HRF organizes the Oslo Freedom Forum.

Remedy - In support of International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8, Remedy will offer their $1 off all house cocktails and wine all night. They will also feature a special food surprise at midnight.

Superkhana International - Babes' Booze & Bake Sale from 11am-4pm: This will be structured like a standard ticketed bake sale. Guests will enter and purchase tickets ($5 each) from the host stand. Tickets will then be used to purchase baked goods and cocktails from participants' stations. Fundraiser: Restaurant Culture Association (RCA), a nonprofit offering sliding scale policy consultation and training for bars and restaurants to combat sexual harassment in the hospitality industry. 

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Courtesy of VU Rooftop Bar

Saturday, March 14

-Aya Pastry Pops Up in Gold Coast: Aya Pastry will be popping-up at 8Bar in the Gold Coast neighborhood on Saturday, March 14. From 8am-1pm, guests can visit Michelin-starred pastry chef Aya Fukai and purchase a variety of her bread and pastries including:

  • Chocolate croissants
  • Olive ciabatta
  • Individual Coconut Cream Pies
  • PB&J Dino Macarons
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Courtesy of Aya Pastry

Thursday, March 26

-Viejo Indecente Dinner at El Che Steakhouse & Bar: Chef John Manion is tired of winter.  

“March is the toughest month in Chicago. It feels like we should be closing in on spring, but it's still firmly winter,” says Manion. “So let’s announce the end of winter—on our terms.” 

Not one to take the seasons laying down, he has planned “El Viejo Indecente,” a family-style dinner with South American cuts of meat, Champagne and caviar.  T

The name, slang for “dirty old man,” comes not from its chef, but from the Waygu tomahawk ribeye at the heart of the menu. This steak is dry-aged for 55 days, producing meat so decadent, it’s almost indecent. 

The dinner (held from 7pm to 9pm) will be complemented by a vertical tasting of the much lauded Zuccardi Aluvional Altamira Malbec. The full menu is as follows: 

Welcome cocktail: "Aeroposto” with vintage 2008 Delamotte Blanc de Blanc, vintage rum, 50-year honey or Bollinger Special Cuvee

1st course:  Shrimp cocktail, lobster rolls, king crab, oysters with champagne mignonette, caviar with French onion dip and ruffles

Pairing: 2016 Domaine Louis Michel and Fils 'Grenoilles,’ Chablis Grand Cru 

2nd course: Wedge Salad with baby gem lettuce, Rogue River blue cheese dressing, mighty vine tomatoes, Benton’s bacon 

Pairing: 2013 Movia 'Modri' Pinot Noir 

3rd course: Dry-aged Waygu tomahawk ribeye with chimichurri, bone marrow bordelaise and bearnaise sauces, pomme purée with winter truffle, grilled asparagus

Pairings: '08, '10 and '11 vertical tasting of Zuccardi Aluvional Altamira Malbecs

Dessert: Chocolate cognac truffles, aged rum and coconut tres leches served with aged rum and cognac

The El Viejo Indecente dinner is limited to 28 guests. Tickets are $150 per person and include all pairings. 

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Courtesy of El Che Steakhouse & Bar


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