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DINING Goose Island donation, Palm's Power Lunch, Acadia pastry chef
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2018-05-22

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—In honor of Goose Island Beer Co.'s 30th anniversary, the brewery recently presented a $300,000 donation to Chance the Rapper for his charity SocialWorks. Since January, in recognition of its 30th-anniversary celebration, Goose donated 25 cents per pint of beer sold at select accounts to SocialWorks, which aims to empower Chicago's youth through the arts, education and civic engagement.

—Palm Restaurant Chicago ( at Swissotel, 323 E. Upper Wacker Dr. ) is now offering a Power Lunch—three courses for $26. Entree selections include Atlantic salmon filet, chicken parmigiana, Chairman's Reserve New York strip and filet medallions. See https://www.thepalm.com/restaurants/chicago/.

—Pastry Chef Kyleen Atonson joins Executive Chef Ryan McCaskey's two Michelin-starred South Loop restaurant, Acadia, working in tandem with the chef on his seven-course tasting menu and bar a la carte options. Atonson, a Chicago native, is the 2018 Jean Banchet "Rising Star Pastry Chef" award recipient. Visit AcadiaChicago.com .

—Old Town Pour House ( 1419 N. Wells St. ) and The Boundary ( 1932 W. Division St. ) celebrate summer with the launch of the Bottomless Boozy Brunch. Along with a brunch entree ( such as a pork Benedict or stuffed French toast ), brunchers can imbibe with the mimosa made with fresh squeezed orange juice and Champagne, or a Bloody Mary featuring a spicy house Bloody Mary mix and Tito's Handmade Vodka. The Bottomless Boozy Brunch deal is available for $30 every Saturday and Sunday from open to 3 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day ( beginning June 2 ); visit www.oldtownpourhouse.com/chicago/ and https://www.boundarychicago.com/.

—The Chicago Dogs are welcoming the world's second Wiener's Circle location at their home ballpark, Impact Field in Rosemont. The destination will feature the brand's marquee and signature menu items, such as char dogs and char burgers.

—Streeterville Social ( in the Loews Hotel, at 455 N. Park Dr. ) opens Friday, May 25, for the summer. Executive Chef Kevin Atkinson's items include clam stuffies ( $16; whipped mortadella, wonder bread, celery ); chicken-fried mushrooms ( $14; black bean BBQ, green garlic aioli ); burnt ends flatbread ( $17; pimento cheese, red onion, something green ); sugar cane lamb skewers ( $16; grilled naan, cucumber, sumac creme ); blackened fish tacos ( $16; Great Lakes walleye, cabbage slaw, grilled pineapple vinaigrette ); and seafood boil ( $68 for 2 people; crab legs, shrimp, mussels, hot links, potatoes, corn, streeter spice, grilled bread ). See StreetervilleSocial.com or call 312-840-6617.

—Local tribute bands, food, drinks, artisans and a community stage featuring entertainment booked by two neighborhood mainstays ( Berlin nightclub and Trader Todd's ) are on tap for the 34th annual Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest, which will take place May 26-27. The event will take place in the shadow of the Belmont El stop on Sheffield Avenue between Belmont ( 3200 North ) and Roscoe ( 3400 North ), noon-10 p.m.

—Chicago-based non-profit Kitchen Possible—which aims to build empowered mindsets in underprivileged kids through cooking—is partnering with several local restaurants to fund its summer programming. During May, Coalfire Pizza ( with its margherita pizza ), Giant ( short rib ), HaiSous ( canh ga chien and goi du du ), Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab ( strawberry rhubarb pie ), Mi Tocaya Antojeria ( steak burrito ), The Allis ( afternoon tea ) and The Duck Inn ( duck wings and cheese curds ) will each donate a portion of proceeds from those dishes to Kitchen Possible.

—Michael Jordan's Steak House, 505 N. Michigan Ave., and Cornerstone Restaurant Group are offering outdoor seating with the opening of "The Patio" on Friday, June 1. Executive Chef Craig Couper's lunch menu is available 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with items like the garlic bread with bleu cheese fondue, Nueske's double smoked bacon, steak house cheeseburger and MJ's Prime Delmonico. From 3 p.m.-close, outdoor diners can enjoy the full bar food menu, with dishes like the wagyu meatballs, filet mignon, roasted vegetable flatbread and 23-Layer Chocolate Cake.

—Spanish brasserie Bar Biscay has opened its doors and, weather permitting, its patio for brunch. Located in Chicago's West Town neighborhood ( 1450 W. Chicago Ave. ), Bar Biscay is the creation of married duo Scott Worsham and Sari Zernich Worsham, who also own and operate East Lake View's mfk. Brunch dishes include tortilla espanola—the egg and potato frittata of sorts found all over Spain—topped with fried squid; also, sausage is represented but here it's a Basque sausage "bun" with espelette pepper maple syrup. Side dishes range from spinach and goat cheese empanada and fried fingerling potatoes to grilled chicken livers. Dinner items include seafood ( e.g., razor clams ), large plates ( like duck breast ) and various cheeses, among other offerings. See https://www.barbiscay.com/.

—Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Ave., will host an exclusive dinner with Champagne Henriot on Thursday, June 7, at 6 p.m. The dinner will celebrate what Spiaggia Chef/Partner Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef and Top Chef winner Joe Flamm consider to be the next great food pairing: champagne and pasta. Tickets for this dinner are limited ( only 16 seats ) and available for $100 per person; visit https://exploretock.com/spiaggia/.

—Rooftop spot Aire, 100 W. Monroe St. ( on the 24th floor of Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago ), is featuring a pop-up grill from Kuma's Corner to offer guests a new food experience this year on Saturdays at 4-9 p.m. Aire will continue to serve hand-crafted cocktails, seasonal, shareable plates and local craft beers. Visit Facebook.com/airechicago.

—For National Lobster Day ( June 15 ), Palos Park's The Original Island Shrimp House, 12902 S. LaGrange Rd., is touting its lobster roll. Made with lobster, this Maine-style roll is served on a brioche bun topped with a mixture of fresh lobster, celery, mayo, fresh squeezed lemon and signature spice blend. See OriginalIslandShrimpHouse.com .

—Frontier will celebrate Father's Day with its All-You-Can-Eat Rib Fest on Sunday, June 17, 1-5 p.m. For $39 per person, guests can enjoy ribs, mac and cheese, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and cornbread; $5 Half Acre drafts will also be available. Tickets can be purchased online in advance at thefrontierchicago.com/events/.

—The Ruin Daily, 328 S. Jefferson St., is again hosting whole animal roasts for the summer. The roasting begins on the first official day of summer ( Thursday, June 21 ) and will continue on the third Thursday of every month from June through September. For the first installment, a whole pig will roast throughout the day on the front patio and then, at 4 p.m., Chef Mario Manzini will carve it up to assemble tortas ahogada ( $10 ). See TheRuinDaily.com .

—Through Sept. 2, Second City, 230 W. North Ave., combines comedy and brunch on Sundays at noon. Tickets for the event ( which includes a 45-minute improv show and bottomless mimosas ) are $40 each; visit https://www.secondcity.com/shows/chicago/improv-brunch/.

Send items to Andrew@WindyCityMediaGroup.com, or follow on Twitter @Azygous60610 or on Instagram at azygous333.


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