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DINING Bourbon on Division, Pitchfork special, free ice-cream nachos
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times

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—The Cajun/Creole food truck Boo Coo Roux is teaming with Bourbon on Division, 2050 W. Division St., for a Southern Night Pop-Up on Wed., July 18, 6-8:30 p.m. Bourbon on Division will also host a concert with bluegrass band FY5 in its event space, The Bourbon Upstairs. Tickets are $15-$35 each; visit .

—As an extension of the Pitchfork Music Festival experience, bellyQ and urbanbelly, 1400 W. Randolph St., are planning a lively weekend of karaoke and frose July 20-22 in collaboration with Michigan-based Virtue Cider. The rhythm-and rosr-tinged after-parties are open to the public during dinner service—no ticket required. In addition, urbanbelly will serve Frosé and a streamlined menu of signature items, including its dumplings, ramen and bowls, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. all weekend long.

—Hudsonville Ice Cream team is hosting events at select Mariano's stores in July. There will be DIY ice-cream nachos and other experiences—including ice cream-inspired photo booths and chances to win free prizes. Events ( which are free ) will take place at Mariano's Roscoe Village, 3350 N. Western Ave., 12-4 p.m., on Saturday, July 21; and Mariano's Vernon Hills, 1720 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, 12-4 p.m., on Sunday, July 22. See .

—Southern restaurant Big Jones, 5347 N. Clark St., now has a fried-chicken picnic to go. The picnic features the restaurant's whole fried chicken, creamy slaw, Cajun-style potato salad, house-made butter biscuits and jam. The Fried Chicken Picnic is $45 and can be ordered at or by calling the restaurant at 773-275-5725; more info is at

—Nando's PERi-PERi will donate the first 67 minutes of proceeds from all of its 42 U.S. locations on Wed., July 18, to honor what would have been the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela ( to honor "the bravery and compassion Nelson Mandela showed for 67 years," CEO John Fisher said in a press release ). As President Obama celebrates the legacy of the great civil rights leader in South Africa with a major speech on Mandela Day, Nando's will make donations to two vital organizations, in Washington ( DC Central Kitchen ) and Chicago ( Inspiration Corporation ), that fight hunger and homelessness locally.

—On Wed., July 18, Evanston's Found Kitchen and Social House, 1631 Chicago Ave., is celebrating National Caviar Day. Found's caviar offerings include 30 grams simply served with creme fraîche and toast points ( bowfin for $25; paddlefish for $44 ). See .

—At Juniper Spirits & Oysters, 1244 N. Dearborn Pkwy., 5-9 p.m., on Thursday, July 19, Chicagoans can bring their pups to the restaurant for furry family photos. Juniper will not only be serving up food for people, but for dogs as well, with a menu of chef-driven dog treats and cocktails. Also, in honor of National Oyster Day on Aug. 5, the spot will invite guests to parake in all-you-can-eat oysters for $35. See

—Bottleneck Management has sold its first venture, Trace ( 3714 N. Clark St. ), to Last Call Tavern Group, a press release noted. After 17 years, the bar's last day under Bottleneck Management will be during the week of July 16. Last Call Tavern Group will operate Trace until the end of baseball season, after which they will close the space to remodel and rebrand, with plans to reopen before 2019.

—The Signature Room, 875 N. Michigan Ave., is hosting its first-ever rose brunch on Saturday, July 21, at 11 a.m. Brunchgoers can imbibe rose from Moet & Chandon, Erath Winery, Charles Smith Band of Roses, and Smoke Tree Wines while enjoying a gourmet brunch buffet ( with items such as artichoke beignets and baby lamb chops ). Tickets are $95 per person ( inclusive of tax and gratuity ) and include hors d'oeuvres, five different roses, an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet—and a signature gift bag; call 312-280-0472.

—Joining the anti-straw movement, Four Entertainment Group ( 4EG ) will host a weeklong benefit during "Shark Week" at aliveOne, Easy Bar, Estelle's, Remedy and The Owl on July 23-27. All locations will collect $1 from every full-price signature house cocktail sold and donate 50 percent of proceeds to Chicago's Shedd the Straw Campaign and 50 percent to For a Strawless Ocean. Throughout the week, all bars will also show Free Willy, Jaws and other aquatic-themed films while they accept cash donations to support both anti-straw initiatives.

—To celebrate National Tequila Day, Lottie's Pub, 1925 W. Cortland St., will host a "Tequila Fest con Tacos y Elotes" on Tuesday, July 24, 6-9 p.m. For $25, guests can enjoy half-ounce tequila samplings, as well as a Mexican street-food buffet featuring tacos, elotes, nachos, quesadillas and more. Tickets must be purchased online in advance at

—The Trotter Project teams celebrity Chef Elizabeth Falkner and Margeaux Brasserie Executive Chef/Charlie Trotter's restaurant alum Brent Balika on Wed., July 25, to pay homage to legendary chef Charlie Trotter and support The Trotter Project's Pillars of Excellence Program at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, 11 E. Walton St., 6-9 p.m. A four-course menu will pair Macallan cocktails and selected wines from Robert Houde of Robert Houde Wines. Tickets are $125 each; visit

—Join Billy Harris and writer/producer Phil Rosenthal for a special screening and conversation on his Netflix hit Somebody Feed Phil, with Italian-inspired bites by Tied House's Chef Debbie Gold. The event will take place Friday, July 27, at the Willis Tower Skydeck, 233 S. Wacker Dr., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets for the experiential screening are $99 per person ( inclusive of tax and gratuity ), and include Santa Margherita Wines and Italian dishes from Chef Debbie Gold.; visit

—Seasonal spot Castaways, 1603 N. Lake Shore Dr., is offering " Frozen Lolla Lemonade" Aug. 1-6 in honor of Lollapalooza. The drink, featuring Absolut Lime Vodka and lemonade, will sell for $9 each. Castaways serves lunch and dinner every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and drinks from noon to 11 p.m. Menu items include beachside fare like fresh salads, wraps, sandwiches, quesadillas and more. See .

—Festgoers headed to Lollapalooza on Aug. 3 to catch headliner Bruno Mars or The National are invited to enjoy a special pregame happy hour at Hubbard Inn, 110 W. Hubbard St., that includes a complimentary dinner-menu tasting at 4-7 p.m. Patrons are invited to sample the new menu from Executive Chef Jason Hedin with FREE passed appetizers such as the seasonal flatbread, manchego croquettes, Moroccan lamb meatball, ahi tuna tartare, chimichurri cured king salmon, spring cassolette, truffled sliders, and spiced Merquez flatbread. See .

—In honor of its third consecutive year in Humboldt Park ( at 3021 W. Division St. ), Sangria Festival is expanding from one to two days, Aug. 18-19, noon-10 p.m. The fest is an homage to Latino culture, with authentic foods, arts, and performances all weekend in benefit of local charities. The food and drink at this year's Sangria Fest will present a variety of global options, including Mija Sangria Red & White, Juicy Luzy Sangria with Ruby Red, Pear, Pomegranate & Mango, Tapas Valencia ( paella ), Jeannie's Flan, Taco In A Bag ( nachos ), Boulevard Lounge ( Impossible Burger ), BLVD Pizza Bar, Flash Tacos, Sweet Lady Flan and more. Tickets are $25-$60 each; see .

—Lawry's The Prime Rib is teaming with the Chicago Architecture Foundation to offer a Sunset River Cruise packag that involves one-stop shopping, dinner and a display of the city's architecture. The Sunset Cruise runs seven days a week through Oct. 5 and begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. at the southeast corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive ( lasting roughly 75 minutes ). The meal features Lawry's classics like the spinning bowl salad, California-cut prime rib with mashed potatoes and gravy, Yorkshire pudding and a mini-CC Brown's hot-fudge sundae. Pricing is $62-$119/person.

—Berwyn's City Barbeque, 7108 Cermak Rd., has partnered with Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry to donate the restaurant's daily surplus food to feed those in need in the community rather than see the food go to waste. City Barbeque Berwyn is also committed to hosting weekly local fundraisers and has partnered with a wide variety of local charities in the community every week, with a goal of at least one per week. See .

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