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.