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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.

-Celebrate National Noodle Month at Fat Rice: March 1 marks the start of the month-long celebration of — noodles! This National Noodle Month, pop into Fat Rice to curb those carb-y cravings. In the Fat Rice dining room, feast on the traditional Lacassà, a rice noodle stir fry with shrimp, char siu pork, tofu, and garlic chive, topped with sliced egg omelette and pickled ginger by Chef de Cuisine Eric Sjaaheim, or stop by the recently expanded Bakery and Cafe at Fat Rice to try the Spicy Noodle Buns, a slider-sized sammie with spicy, chilli-topped indomie noodles between a black sesame pão doce bun crafted by Pastry Chef Ashley Robinson.

-The Whistler Produces Jeff Swanson & Case-fitter Album release show at Sleeping Village: Logan Square cocktail bar, The Whistler, has always been a purveyor of the Chicago music scene, hosting both local and nationally touring artists such as Angel Olsen, Whitney, and Ryley Walker. In its first ever production in a separate venue, The Whistler is taking over Avondale’s  bi-level bar and music venue Sleeping Village for the Jeff Swanson & Case-fitter album release show on March 1st. This jazz rock meets electronic band is a certified Whistler alum, including a residency during which they recorded their hit project “Grahams” back in 2017. The Whistler is producing the show in a venue that provides Jeff Swanson & Case-fitter the volume and spacial capacity the band deserves to debut their new album “Fathoms”. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Buy tickets in advance online for $10The price will increase to $13 per person if bought at the door. 

-Gadabout Partners with Jackson Family Vineyards for International Women's Month: Gadabout, Andersonville’s spot for elevated, non-traditional global street food, is taking part in celebrating women this month. Gadabout is working with Jackson Family Vineyards, a women owned and operated business, to provide month-long specials on wine and food. 

The following wines will be offered on special:

  • La Crema — $55/bottle
  • Stonestreet (Sauvignon Blanc) — $14/ glass, $50/bottle
  • Cambria (Pinot Noir) — $14/ glass, $50/bottle

When guests buy two or more glasses of Jackson Family Vineyards wine during brunch, they will also be served a complimentary side of biscuits. If guests purchase a whole bottle, a 10% discount will be added to their check. 

Additionally, Gadabout will be teaming up with women owned and operated businesses in Andersonville to offer a 10% discount on dining when guests show a receipt from a partnered business.

-the Albert Cocktail of Relativity: In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month (March), the Albert, 228 E Ontario St., will be donating 50% of proceeds from each Irish Coffee purchase to the David and Ruth Neurology Department at Northwestern. The restaurant’s special take on this cocktail features Jameson, Mr. Black Cold Brew Liqueur, Irish Cream, Coffee and topped with House-Made Mint Whip Cream. This special will be offered as part of the art and science inspired restaurant’s beverage program, “Cocktails of Relativity,” which highlights a different drink and beneficiary each month.

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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. 

-Revival Food Hall to Welcome Retro-Inspired, Hamburger Stan, as Newest Pop-up Vendor: Revival Food Hall, 16” on Center hospitality group’s all-local food hall, is continuing its quest to showcase the city's homegrown culinary talent with the announcement of its newest pop-up vendor — Hamburger Stan, the retro quick-service burger joint by Chicago restauranteur Jared Leonard. Launching in the massive 24,000 square-foot food hall on Monday, March 2nd, Hamburger Stan will be located in the stall adjacent to The Budlong Hot Chicken, the concept also operated by Leonard’s SSC Hospitality Group, and will mark the second brick-and-mortar location of the grab-and-go burger concept.

Paying homage to the classic drive-up burger spots of the 1950s and '60s, Hamburger Stan embodies a rockabilly-style diner with a menu drawing inspiration from a bygone era when fast food was simply food cooked quickly. Developed by Leonard, the straightforward menu will be comprised of custom-blend “smash” burgers cooked on a piping hot 500 degree griddle, a veggie-based Impossible burger, fresh-cut fries, milk shakes, fresh-brewed draft root beer floats and more.

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Wednesday, March 4

-Chicagoland Fannie May Celebrate Chicago's 183rd Birthday: To celebrate, locals can stop by Fannie May (who is celebrating 100 years in business this year) to enjoy 40% off Pixies (which is their bestselling item), 15% off entire store, and BOGO hot chocolate.

Additionally, they are showing love for the windy city with a Custom Chocolate Chicago City Skyline created by master Chocolatier Elliot Callahan. Customers can come take pictures with the display, and you can check out this video here to see how he made it.

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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

Friday, March 6

-Beer release of Burnt City Brewing’s Zombie Luau at District Brew Yards: This Friday, March 6, is the beer release of Burnt City Brewing’s Zombie Luau hazy IPA with passion fruit. Guests can transport themselves to a tropical paradise surrounded by leis and giant tiki masks on Friday night starting at 5 p.m. District Brew Yards will have the tiki jams spinning, Hawaiian-inspired eats available, a zombie face painter from 6-8 p.m., and tiki mugs while supplies last. Zombie Luau hazy IPA is packed with pineapple-forward flavors from Sabro, Ekuanot, and Chinook hops and passion fruit juice for a sweet and pleasant tartness with a luscious texture. Come on out to taste the newest beer from Burnt City in the District Brew Yards beer hall (70 cents per ounce), and purchase a 4-pack ($12.99 for 4/16-oz.) to bring home with you, too! No cover; 21+.

Saturday, March 7 

Daisies Launches March Saturday Art Series: The Logan Square restaurant will host a weekly art show each Saturday in March during lunch hours.

What: The Art of Dining at Daisies
When: Lunch - 10am - 2pm, each Saturday in March (3.07, 3.14, 3.21 & 3.28)
Who (chronological order): Evan Fusco, Anna Castellanos, Eliza Elkins, Maggie McInerney 

Mediums ranging from zines to paintings to photography, each Saturday will bring a new twist to the lunching experience. In the back room of the space, artists will be present with their work displayed for sale, while guests dining for lunch can peruse the art. Throughout each event, Daisies will have a drink special that is inspired by the artists’ favorite drink ingredients. This series will be open to the public and not ticketed. 

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Courtesy of Neil Burger

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. 

Participants - Booze:

  • Laura Kelton - Mundano
  • Britt Simons - Bad Hunter
  • Megan Fernham - Parson’s Chicken & Fish
  • Grace Bernotavicius - Ludlow Liquors

Participants - Bakers:

  • Emily Spurlin - Lula Cafe
  • Anna Posey - Elske
  • Caitlin Murray - Hoosier Mama Pie Co
  • Danielle Snos - Bad Hunter
  • Erin Koroll - Cellar Door Provisions
  • Geo Salas - Smyth & The Loyalist
  • Hanna Coleman - Large Defeats / Mad Moxie Hospitality 
  • Kim Janusz - Mundano
  • Lorraine Nguyen - Cherry Circle Room / Land and Sea Department 
  • Mai Giffard - Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
  • Rose Lawrence - Red Bread / Rossoblu (L.A.)
  • Sasha Piligian - formerly Sqirl (L.A.) / Lou (Nashville)
  • Ursula Siker - Jeff & Judes

Mavens & Aficionados - 

  • Women in Wine Panel with the American Wine Society: Celebrate Women's History Month with a panel discussion of Women in Wine. Wines from female winemakers and light snacks will be served. Panelists include: Rachel Driver-Speckan - Maverick Wine Company, Jill Zimorski - Louis Vuitton Moët Hennesy and Jenni Wagoner - Sepia and Prozi. The moderator will be Liz Barrett, a Chicago-based Certified Specialist of Wine, wine writer and wine/food consultant. See ticket link here. Price: Members: Free , Non-Members: $30. 
  • Women's Empowerment Luncheon with Veuve Clicquot: A Women's Empowerment Luncheon with one of the female winemakers at Veuve Clicquot, Marie Charlemagne. The menu will include: Reception: Tuna Tartare Bites - Paired with Veuve Clicquot Rosé; 1st Course: Market Salad (bitter greens, winter citrus, crispy grains, hazelnuts) - Paired with Veuve Clicquot Rosé; 2nd Course: Fire Roasted Seafood Tower (alaskan king crab, gulf shrimp, manila clams, scallops, oysters) - Paired with Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2012; 3rd Course: Crab Ravioli (Dover Sole, chanterelle mushrooms, brown butter), Filet Mignon, sweet potatoes, broccolini - Paired with Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2008; and Dessert: Macarons, Key Lime Bites. See ticket link here. Price: $150 - $290

Fat Rice - Celebrate all of the women in your life on International Women’s Day with the women of Fat Rice. On March 8th, the women-led cocktail and bakery programs at the Logan Square restaurant are introducing a specialty Ladies’ Cocktail to the menu, as well as a baked good inspired by some of our favorite historical female leaders. Crafted by Beverage Coordinator Molly Pachay and Pastry Chef Ashley Robinson, these special treats will serve as a way for Fat Rice guests to participate in National Women's History Month; $1 from every cocktail and baked good sold will be donated to Midwest Access Coalition, a local organization helping all people gain access to safe, free, and legal abortions and sexual health education.   

Ballyhoo Hospitality - (Gemini, Walton Street Kitchen + Bar, Coda di Volpe, Old Pueblo Cantina) will be donating $1 of each dinner entree sold at all of their restaurants on Sunday, March 8th to Women In Hospitality United.  

The Dearborn - will also be supporting the cause and giving back to Women In Hospitality United on Sunday and donating $1 per dinner entree at their Loop establishment.

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Monday, March 9 

-'Brochu's Good Times at The Loyalist': Pop-Up Preview Reunites Chefs John Shields, Andrew Brochu: In advance of Brochu’s solo venture, Brochu’s Fried Chicken & Fancy Seafood, Shields will welcome his friend and former colleague to The Loyalist for a one-night pop-up. Titled “Brochu’s Good Times at The Loyalist”, the a la carte menu that evening will preview dishes from Brochu’s new restaurant, opening this summer at 1523 W. Chicago Ave.

Brochu’s fried chicken will be offered as the Beach Bird Sandwich, smothered in uni butter and served with pickles. A collaboration Surf & Turf platter will feature steak from Shields and lobster from Brochu.

Other items from Brochu on the pop-up menu will include: Tidewater Stew, a version of Lowcountry boil, with trinity slaw and hot sauce; Cracklin’ Salad with soft egg, roasted tomato and Creole dressing; Pimento Cheese with Calabrian pepper giardiniera and fried bread; and Crab and Tofu Dip with dill furikake, served with potato chips. Dishes from The Loyalist will include: rainbow trout, deviled eggs, broiled oysters, caviar service and their burger.

Shields and Brochu have been close friends since they first worked together at Alinea under Chef Grant Achatz, and they’ve pursued similar paths as fine-dining chefs with neighborhood restaurants.    

Reservations for “Brochu’s Good Times at The Loyalist” are available on TOCK. All reservations will be served the evening's special a la carte menu, with some tables and the full bar being held for walk-in guests. 

-National Meatball Day:

  • Found Kitchen & Social HouseNational Meatball Day is Monday, March 9 and one of the menu items at Found Kitchen & Social House in Evanston is their Lamb Meatballs, served with Pistachio Chimichurri and Mint Yogurt ($15). 
  • Café Spiaggia: The Magnificent Mile restaurant offers Italian flavors.The meatballs are served with a simple Pomodoro sauce and tangy Pecorino Romano cheese. Executive Chef Eric Lees takes care in creating meatballs at Café Spiaggia, using a traditional recipe including pork neck (braised for 3 hours before grinding!), pork shoulder, Calabrian chilis, garlic, and milk-soaked breadcrumbs. The meatballs are first deep fried to achieve the texture, and are then finished as they cook in his fresh Pomodoro sauce. 
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Courtesy of The Loyalist

Tuesday, March 10

-Lula Cafe Launches Spring Art Opening: The Lula Spring Art Opening will launch on Tuesday, March 10 from 6pm-9pm. The seasonal installment will include work from artists Pamela Fraser and Rose Lazar. This event, which is open to the public and not ticketed, will feature a cash bar and complimentary Lula snacks.

After the initial March 10 opening, guests can view the art when dining during Lula’s regular hours. This spring installment will be up for three months. Lula is open on weekdays from 9am-11pm, weekends 9am-12am, and closed on Tuesdays.

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Wednesday, March 11

-Eden's Devon Quinn Collaborates with Netflix's The Final Table Contestant Graham Campbell: On Wednesday, March 11, Chef/Partner Devon Quinn of Eden (1748 W. Lake St.) is welcoming Scotland’s Michelin-starred Chef Graham Campbell for the first event in a dinner series featuring collaborations with guest chefs from around the globe in 2020. The duo – who share a philosophy of clean, season-forward cooking – will present an 8-course menu inspired in large part by the year-round bounty of Chef Quinn’s onsite greenhouse. Guests will experience a range of flavors filled with seafood, veggie-forward combinations, rich protein and desserts.

The youngest Scottish chef to earn a Michelin star at just 25 years of age in 2009 (while cooking at The Ballachulish House in Inverness-shire), Chef Campbell was also a contestant on the Nextflix show, The Final Table. After cooking at Scotland dining locations, Chef Campbell now travels the world, sharing his love for food and talents with others.

Like Chef Quinn – who appreciates growing and foraging for his own ingredients – Chef Campbell uses traditional ingredients and flavors as his base, then enhances and contrasts combinations. 

“We really click when it comes to culinary philosophy,” said Quinn, whose West Loop restaurant was recently named one of Forbes’ essential restaurants for food lovers. “Once we started talking about the direction for the tasting, our menu came together seamlessly. 

“I can’t think of a better collaborator to kick off our 2020 dinner series, and I’m looking forward to opening up our home to more great chefs like Graham throughout the year,” he added. “Cooking with your peers is such a rare treat, and you always come away having learned so much from one another.” 

Eden will serve the chefs’ joint menu exclusively on March 11, which features: 

Maine Lobster - Tigermilk, avocado, forbidden rice, tangerine

Hand Dived Scallops - Japanese Squash, Ponzu

Umami Donut - Butternut squash, raclette, pear, quince

Pearl Barley - Artichoke, Truffle 

Sablefish - White asparagus, pea leaf, smoked yolk, mushroom dashi

Loin of Lamb - Spinach, Curds, and whey

Pico Triple Cream - Blood orange, apple-whey caramel, sprouted rye cocktail toast

70% Chocolate - Coffee, pistachio

Price per person is $150, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Wine pairings will be available for an additional $50 per person. Additional beverages – both alcoholic and spirit-free – will also be available a la carte. Advance ticket purchase at Eventbrite.

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Courtesy of Eden

Thursday, March 12

-Monthly Whiskey Series Launches at Rebel & Rye: Launching on Thursday, March 12, Rebel & Rye—the newly opened whiskey bar in River West—will be offering a monthly promotional series. Every 12th of the month, the whiskey rebellion-inspired bar will feature 2 oz. pours and a rotating signature cocktail of a select, 12 year old American whisky from a budding and craft distillery for 12% off. 

Rebel and Rye opened their doors January 24 with a menu of 500+ whiskies and bottles from craft distillers in more than 28 states. 

“We really wanted to rebel against the pretentiousness associated with craft cocktails,” says Alex Zupancic, owner of Rebel & Rye. “Whiskey is one of the most universal spirits. We want everyone to feel comfortable while they enjoy an elevated cocktail experience.”

Patrons can expect:

  • A whiskey membership featuring personal bottles and engraved glassware

  • 500+ whiskies from craft distillers all over the U.S. 

  • A rotating craft menu featuring renditions on classic shaken, stirred and highball cocktails

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Courtesy of Rebel and Rye

Friday, March 13 

-Jeremy Leven's, Chingona, Pops Up at Saint Emeric: Chicago Chef Jeremy Leven announces new upcoming events for Chingona, his popup dining series that focuses on Chicago roots cooking, taking inspiration from Chicago’s 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.

On Friday, March 13, 2020, Leven spearheads a seated five-course Chingona dinner at Saint Emeric (630-842-9982), a members-only dinner club near Logan Square that hosts ticketed culinary experiences out of a historic church turned private residence. Leven plans to offer a tasting menu that shows a particular emphasis on the earliest Chicago foodways, consisting of many First Nation and French cooking traditions. For more information or to join the members’ list for access to event tickets, visit 

-Replay Lincoln Park Hosts "Welcome To Me Swamp" Shrek Pop-Up: As Smash Mouth says: “somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me!” Ogres, Fairy Tale creatures and humans alike are being dropped off in Shrek’s swamp at Replay Lincoln Park, 2833 N. Sheffield Ave., for the bar’s newest pop-up experience: Welcome To Me Swamp. Opening to the public on Friday, March 13, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the Welcome To Me Swamp pop-up offers guests the opportunity to enter the world of Shrek, Princess Fiona, Donkey, Lord Farquaad, Puss in Boots and the entire gang and be part of a heroic quest far, far away.

The Welcome To Me Swamp Pop-Up will feature custom artwork and several fun photo opportunities with characters and objects from the popular films, including Shrek’s swamp, Fiona’s tower, the Onion Carriage, Mirror on the Wall and Shrek’s Outhouse. Featured events during the pop-up will include an In The Morning, We’re Making Waffles Breakfast Partyweekly All-Star KaraokeDonkey Meet and Greet, Shrek and Fiona Wedding Banquet, Paint and Sip, Meme Caption Contest, trivia and more. Replay Lincoln Park will also host Swamptastic St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 14 with a $25 party package available beginning at 10 a.m. that includes a breakfast buffet, bottomless green beer, mimosas, bloody Mary’s, cocktails and domestic beer, plus free arcade games.

Guests have a variety of options to try Replay Lincoln Park’s Shrek-themed specialty cocktail menu, featuring drinks such as The Fairytale, What The Farquaad and Not My Gumdrops. Other concoctions include Happily Never After, Get Out Of My Swamp, Puss In Booze and a variety of themed shots like Get Ogre It and Dragon’s Kiss. In collaboration with Empirical Brewery, Replay Lincoln Park will also offer a special green beer: Fiona’s Apple, an ale created with Japanese citrus and Granny Smith apple juice.

Replay Lincoln Park’s Pop-Up Squad, a group of artists that create the concept, décor and artistic elements of Replay’s pop-ups, is behind the design for Welcome To Me Swamp. The team includes Jeremy Steffen, Raquel Hung, Luis Colindres, Tom Molloy, Tristan Young and Adam Michaels.

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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

-PI Day Specials Around the City: 

Centre Street Kitchen - Centre Street Kitchen (1224 W. Webster Ave.) will celebrate Pi Day with a 3.14159 numerically-themed menu. The menu includes Three Small Plates, One Salad, Four Wines in a flight, One Entrée all for $59. Dishes include Roasted Cauliflower with guajillo glaze, lemon, toasted pumpkin seed and cotija; Broccoli Caesar Salad with shaved broccoli, parmesan anchovy vinaigrette, rye crouton, shaved parmesan and choice of protein; and Loch Duart Salmon pan-seared with black garlic, The special will be available on Saturday, March 14 from 4 p.m. to midnight. 

Chiya Chai - Chiya Chai (2770 N. Milwaukee Ave.), Logan Square's chai cafe, will celebrate Pi Day on Saturday, March 14 with $3.14 savory pies while supplies last. The Pi Day menu includes the Masala Chicken Pie with local free-range chicken, signature masala curry with cream, yogurt, spices, peas and carrots; Curried Kale and Potato Pie with curried kale, red onions, cumin seeds, spices, potatoes, carrots and peas; and Spicy Minced Pork Pie with minced Iowa pork, crushed pepper, hot chili, red and green peppers, garlic and spices. Savory pies at Chiya Chai are typically $8. Chiya Chai is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saba Italian Bar + Kitchen - Saba Italian Bar + Kitchen (2715 N. Milwaukee Ave.), an Italian restaurant in Chicago’s Logan Square, will celebrate Pi Day with $10 pizzas. Pizzas on special will include the Cheese Pizza with tomato sauce, fontina, parmesan and mozzarella; Margherita with spicy pomodoro, basil and mozzarella; Carne with spicy pomodoro, sausage, pepperoni and green onions; and Mushroom with cremini mushrooms, fonduta, fontina cheese, chives and truffle oil. The special will be offered on Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 3:14 p.m. Saba Italian Bar + Kitchen is open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

Avli Taverna - Avli Taverna (1335 W. Wrightwood Ave.) will celebrate Pi Day with $3.14 Mini Spanakopitas made with spinach, feta and filo available during brunch service on Saturday, March 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Reviver - Reviver (540 N. Michigan Ave.), the newly opened bar and restaurant in the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, will celebrate Pi Day with individual pies priced at $3.14. Pie offerings include Fresh Strawberry Mint, Key Lime Custard and Snickers. Reviver is open Saturday, March 14 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

the Albert - The art and science inspired restaurant located within the Hotel EMC2 in Streeterville will be offering slices for just $3.14, courtesy of Executive Pastry Chef Allison Schroeder. Guests may order a slice from the restaurant’s wide range of flavors including Apple, Mint Chocolate Oreo, Coconut Cream and Peanut Butter at this special price to honor PI.

-Boqueria Launches Catalan Farmer's Breakfast: Boqueria’s boozy brunch now includes the Catalan Breakfast. The Spanish tapas bar and restaurant will pay homage to its Catalan heritage with their take on the traditional breakfast, featuring Slagel Family Farms chorizo, presa Ibérico pork, ‘PatataCaliu’, escalivada, fried egg, pa amb tomàquet, salsa verde, and allioli ($29). The hearty brunch dish pairs perfectly with refreshing sangria or a spicy margarita. The Catalan Farmer’s Breakfast will be available during brunch service on Saturdays and Sundays, starting on March 14th. 

-Daisies March Art Series Continues: For the second weekend, the Logan Square restaurant will host an art show Saturday, March 14th. During lunch hours (10am-2pm), local artists’ work will be showcased to give guests a free art gallery experience while dining.

With everything going on currently, Chef Frillman wants to create a safe space for locals and has been doing so by implementing safety and sanitary precautions. 

This Saturday's artist, Anna Castellanos, is a Chicagoan whose paintings take inspiration from her time living in Nicaragua. 

  • Drink Special: Floral G&T Twist on the Physician's Friend (Letherbee gin, suze, herb soda)
    • Future drink specials include:
      • 3.21- Preserved Fruit Whiskey Sour
      • 3.28 - Pickled Watermelon Margarita
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Sunday, March 15

-Boqueria Launches Sunday Dinner (“Cena del Domingo”): Boqueria has debuted shareable Sunday Dinners starting March 15th. Pass around Roast chicken, ‘PatataCaliu’, seasonal roasted vegetables, grilled scallions, salsa verde, romesco for $29. Top off your Sunday dinner with a wine or sangría from Boqueria’s beverage menu. 

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Courtesy of Under a Bushel Photography

Tuesday, March 17

-Carbs for Civic Duty at District Brew Yards: The Illinois primary election is Tuesday, March 17, so wear your sticker/wristband proudly after casting your ballot. To celebrate civic duty, District Brew Yards (417 N. Ashland Ave.; 773.295.1270) presents Carbs for Civic Duty with a complimentary regular pretzel in the beer hall, from 3 p.m.-close. Visit the food counter to receive a free pretzel. Limit one per customer; no purchase necessary. 

-George Trois, Temporis Team Up For Collaborative Dinner Series: The chefs of two of Chicago’s fine-dining restaurants are teaming up this spring on a dinner series that will bring each into the other’s kitchen for the night. 

Chef Michael Lachowicz of George Trois in Winnetka (64 Green Bay Rd) will host the first dinner on Tuesday, March 17, welcoming Chef Troy Jorge of the Michelin-starred Temporis (933 N Ashland Ave). On Tuesday, April 21, Jorge will return the gesture with Lachowicz joining him in the Temporis kitchen in West Town.

Each dinner will feature a tasting menu comprised of dishes from each chef highlighting their individual styles, with optional wine pairings. The 10-course George Trois dinner will be $215. The 12-course Temporis dinner will be $200. 

Lachowicz opened George Trois in 2015 as a restaurant within his acclaimed Restaurant Michael; last year, George Trois was named the Jean Banchet Restaurant of the Year. When Temporis received its first Michelin star in 2018, Lachowicz was the first to call and make a dinner reservation. Both restaurants are small—just 20 seats.

Reservations for both dinners are on OpenTable. Pricing in non-inclusive of beverages, gratuity and tax. 

Wednesday, March 18

-Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar March Wine Dinner: Uvae Kitchen & Wine Bar, located in Andersonville, will host another installment of their monthly wine dinners on Wednesday, March 18 featuring wines from the J. Hofstätter winery, located in northeast Italy. Winemaker Martin Foradori will lead guests through the five-course dinner as he explains the wine selections and pairings. Wines will be available for purchase after the dinner.

Created by Executive Chef Sweet Charity Smith, the dinner menu is inspired by traditional dishes of Alto Adige and Northern Italy. Highlights will include sliced and fried polenta topped with speck and Fontina cheese, Goulash Stew with diced pork shoulder, Spinach Gnocchi, Flank Steak and more.

Uvae Owner and Sommelier, Lindsey Anderson Perez, has expertly paired the menu with J. Hofstätter wines selections like Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Joseph Gewurztraminer, Lagrein, Meczan Pinot Nero, and more.
The J. Hofstätter estate vineyards are located in the South Tyrol (also known as Alto Adige) wine region. Hofstätter is the only family wine estate that owns vineyards on both the west and the east banks of the Adige River. A total of 124 acres are cultivated on the slopes and steep sites of the broad valley. The winery is located in Tramin-Termeno.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 18 at 6 p.m.   

COST:  $75 per person plus tax and gratuity

National Sloppy Joe Day at Wahlburgers: Wahlburgers, a casual dining burger and bar restaurant founded by brothers Mark, Donnie, and Chef Paul Wahlberg, has unveiled a special offer to celebrate National Sloppy Joe Day on March 18. Guests with the name of Joe, or any variation of the name that begins with “Jo” (Jo, Jo-Anne, Joey, Josephine, Jodie) are invited to come to Wahlburgers to receive a free “Mom’s Sloppy Joe” with purchase of any side. “Mom’s Sloppy Joe” is a housemade sloppy joe smothered on thick-cut grilled bread finished with crispy onions, Chef Paul's signature wahl sauce and cheese sauce.

“One of my favorite dishes on the Wahlburgers menu is ‘Mom’s Sloppy Joe.’ I grew up eating them with my family and thought it would be the perfect addition when we were creating the menu. Every time I take a bite, I’m transported back to when I was kid. We hope it brings that same nostalgia to our guests,” said Chef Paul Wahlberg.  

This offer is valid for one day only on National Sloppy Joe Day on March 18. Guests should show their license or a valid photo ID to their server when ordering to provide proof of name.  

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Courtesy of Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar

Thursday, March 19

-Mariano's Launches Tastemaker Kitchen at West Loop Location (40 S Halsted): Ever dreamed of making Fried Rice with Chef Bill Kim? Tasting Wine with Belinda Chang or Rachael Lowe? Making the Perfect Pasta with Tony Priolo? Meatballs with Todd Stein?

Mariano’s has launched the Mariano’s Tastemaker Kitchen at their West Loop location (40 S. Halsted), featuring interactive classes and demonstrations from Chefs and Tastemakers like Belinda Chang, Carolina Diaz, Cameron Grant, Cedric Harden, Brian Jupiter, Bill Kim, Rachael Lowe, Lamar Moore, Tony Priolo Todd Stein and many more.

Classes will be hands on and interactive, and all ticket proceeds will benefit Common Threads, a national nonprofit that provides children and families cooking and nutrition education to encourage healthy habits that contribute to wellness. Since launching programming in Chicago in 2004, Common Threads has equipped under-resourced communities with information to make affordable, nutritious and appealing food choices wherever they live, work, learn, and play. 

“Mariano’s is deeply committed to supporting community partnerships, and great programs our customers will enjoy, while they can give back to a great cause,” said Michael Marx, president of Roundy’s, Mariano’s Division. “At Mariano’s we are all about the experience, and Mariano’s Tastemaker Kitchen will provide just that.”

Customers can book reservations online through, or the OpenTable app. 

“We were happy to partner with Mariano’s to offer Chicagoans access to such a thoughtful event series that celebrates great food, outstanding restaurants, chefs and their patrons,” said Anna Besse, Director of Marketing at OpenTable.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to be the charity partner for Mariano’s Tastemaker Kitchen,” said Linda Novick-O’Keefe, Common Threads co-founder and CEO. “The Tastemaker Kitchen series is nicely matched to Common Threads’ mission, which has always been about celebrating the joy of food and homemade meals.” 

The first tastemaker event will be held from 6 to 7:30pm and tickets are $30 per person. Attendees will learn to make Sicilian Arancini with Chef Tony Priolo from Piccolo Sogno, Nonnina and Maillard Tavern.

Learn to make arancini (aka Rice Ball) with Chef Tony in this hands-on class, which includes wine. Chef Tony will take you through all the steps, provide the recipe and prepare your arancini.

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Courtesy of Mariano's

Sunday, March 22

-"Save Water, Drink Whiskey!" at The Whistler on World Water Day: Logan Square’s cocktail and live music spot is taking on their largest scale charitable initiative to date. On Sunday, March 22nd, World Water Day, The Whistler is donating 50% of the proceeds from all whiskey cocktails from its award-winning cocktail program to Surge for Water. The Chicago-based organization fights water insecurity with hands-on initiatives to provide clean water resources to poverty-stricken areas of Uganda, Dominican Republic, the Philippines, and Haiti. The Whistler will be slinging a wide variety of traditional and craft whiskey cocktails, so supporters can opt for their choice of something stirred, shaken, strong, and/or sweet. Final cocktail menu for the evening will be announced day-of on their website in the details below. Donations flow all night, as guests can sip and sway to live performances from local artists Thompson Springs and Burr Oak.

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Courtesy of The Whistler

Monday, March 23

-Mariano's Tastemaker Kitchen at West Loop Location (40 S Halsted): The second in the series of Tastemaker events will be held from 6 to 7:30 PM. For $30 per person, celebrate National Women’s Month with Wine 101 with Rachael Lowe from Spiaggia.Taste through six wines with 2020 James Beard Nominated Sommelier and Wine Expert Rachael Lowe from Spiaggia. Rachael will explain various growing regions and varietals. The class will be accompanied by cheese and charcuterie from Mariano’s Specialty Cheese Department. Customers can book reservations online through, or the OpenTable app.

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Tuesday, March 24

Carnivale Launches Latin Inspired Daily Specials: Carnivale, a restaurant serving Latin inspired cuisine from South America, Central America and Mexico is set to launch a series of daily specials available beginning Tuesday, March 24. The three different specials curated by Carnivale Executive Chef Jose Melendez Jr. include Taco Tuesday, Wine Down Wednesday and Tomahawk Thursday, each highlighting dishes and beverages with Latin flair.  

  • Taco Tuesday – Guests may order a platter of five tacos for $22, which includes The Americano (ground beef), La Gringa (traditional pork al pastor), Taco de Asada (traditional steak), Ropa Vieja (braised beef) and Baja Fish (beer battered cod) tacos. The platter is also served with red and green salsa, lemon and onion served on the side and a Special Flavored Margarita is available for $11.
  • Wine Down Wednesday – Guests may sip on a $5-off wine and Latin inspired dish pairing specials. The wine and dish pairings include: Clean Slate Riesling paired with Gambas al Ajillo, roasted prawns in garlic, Espelette pepper, parsley and grilled bread for $23, Marques de Caceres Reserva Tempranillo paired with Grilled Lamb Saddle, with Manchengo cheese grits and warm chorizo vinaigrette for $28 and Bodegas Hidalgo Pedro Ximenez Sherry paired with La Peral blue cheese and Jamon Serrano Croquettes with Romesco sauce for $29. The entire flight is also available for $70.
  • Tomahawk Thursday – For $98, diners may order a Tomahawk steak for two with roasted baby marble potatoes, sautéed spinach, chimichurri and spiced red wine sauce and a bottle of Gougenheim Red Melosa Malbec Blend or Terranoble CA2 Carmenere.

Wednesday, March 25

-8th Annual American Whiskey Affair at Untitled Supper Club: Untitled Supper Club hosts the 8th Annual American Whiskey Affair, a tasting event featuring over 90 whiskeys from across the country, on Wednesday, March 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. 

Home to one of Chicago's largest whiskey collections, Untitled’s curated selection includes more than 530 American varieties, an international list and large private barrel selection. The 8th annual American Whiskey Affair event will highlight the hand-selected barrels in Untitled's collection as well as new products. 

“I am lucky to get to work with these brands and distilleries as we build and grow our collection at Untitled,’ says Bar Manager Kelly Dawson, who curates the whiskey collection. “It is a rare opportunity to have so many whiskey experts and enthusiasts gathered in one place.” 

Some of Dawson’s favorite brands will be attending the event including Bardstown Bourbon, Westward, J. Henry & Sons, Sagamore Spirit, Woodford Reserve, Whiskey Acres, FEW, Virginia Distilling Co., Uncle Nearest, Old Forester and many others.

"Our whiskey collection is something to be proud of," says Joe Manna, Chief Operating Officer of Atomic Hospitality. "We've built relationships with distilleries and have the unique opportunity to hand-select private barrels, collaborate with distilleries and bring rare and unique offerings to our guests."  

Whiskey-friendly bites from Executive Chef David Gebhardt will be available throughout the event. Ticket holders will receive a custom commemorative tasting glass. Tickets are available at for $35. Pricing will increase as the event nears.  

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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.  

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. 

The dinner (held from 7pm to 9pm) will be complemented by a vertical tasting of the 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. 

-Mariano's Tastemaker Kitchen at West Loop Location (40 S Halsted): From 4 to 5:30pm join Mariano's for their third Tastemaker Kitchen event and Celebrate International Women’s Month with Veuve Clicquot. For $30 per person, join Veuve Clicquot Winemaker Marie Charlemagne for a tasting. Winemaker Marie Charlemagne will take guests through the history of Veuve Clicquot and legendary Madame Clicquot, as well as sample Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, Veuve Clicquot Rosé, Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2008 and Veuve Clicquot Demi-Dec. Customers can book reservations online through

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Saturday, March 28

-Our City Yoga at District Brew YardsCome downward dog and drink up with Our City Yoga at District Brew Yards. On Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m., guests can sign up for an hour-long, casual yoga class followed by a beer of choice from Burnt City. Ticket ($30) includes the yoga class and 1 beer. Advanced purchase required; tickets available here:

Monday, March 30

-6th Annual Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Tasting Event at Theater on the Lake: 

Barley’s Angels Chicago, the women’s craft beer appreciation and education group, is hosting: Girl Scout Cookie & Beer Tasting. Is it just a cookie and a beer? Nope. Chef Cleetus Friedman creates a four-course tasting menu which includes both savory and sweet plates using Girl Scout cookies (think Thin Mints, Samoas & Trefoils.) as the key ingredient. Each tasting is matched with paired brews. ONE NIGHT ONLY.

NEW THIS YEAR: A welcome beer from Revolution Brewing

WHEN: Monday, March 30, 6-8 p.m.

WHERE: The Lakefront Restaurant at Theater on the Lake (2401 N. Lake Shore Drive)

TICKETS: $55 (includes tax & tip)

This event open to all, but attendees must be 21+ and present a valid ID upon arrival.

Tickets are available here. A portion of the ticket price benefits a local Girl Scout Troop #20221 and cookies will be available for sale at the event.

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Courtesy of Cleetus Friedman


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