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DINING Middle Eastern restaurant, drag event, Cubs opener items
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2019-04-02

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—Galit—the Middle Eastern restaurant from James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Zachary Engel and co-owner and One Off Hospitality Group alum Andres Clavero—is opening for dinner Wed., April 3, at 2429 N. Lincoln Ave. According to a press release, "Galit will bring a lively and communal dining experience to Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Inspired by Engel's travels to Israel and Clavero's Palestinian heritage, Galit will offer a focused approach to immigrant cuisines of Israel and the Middle East alongside a forward-thinking beverage program." See GalitRestaurant.com .

—On April 6, Tack Room, 1807 S. Allport St., an event at 8-10 p.m. will feature one of drag performer Wanda Screw alongside Chicago pianist Kevan Eftekhari for a live sing-along. Also, there will be cocktails like the Tack Room Paloma, with mezcal banhez, grapefruit, squirt, lime and house sugar; or the Michoacan Old Fashioned, with Buffalo Trace bourbon, gustoso aguardiente, agave nectar and bitters.

—Chicagoans can kick off the 2019 Cubs season and celebrate post-game at aliveOne, 2683 N. Halsted St., on Monday, April 8, with a half-price everything happy hour at 5-7 p.m. as well as $3 Hamms and $5 Lagunitas available all night. Guests can stay for FREE music-themed trivia hosted by Whaddayaknow Trivia beginning at 8 p.m.

—Parlay at Joy District, 112 W. Hubbard St., will open early at 12 p.m. on Monday, April 8, for the Cubs home opener. Guests can BOGO beer buckets with the purchase of any food item ( domestic: $30 and import: $35 ).

—Garrett Popcorn Shops recently joined airport officials for the opening of the third location at O'Hare International Airport. "Garrett, A Chicago Tradition Since 1949," currently operating out of Terminals 1 and 3, expands to its newest location in Terminal 5, near Gate M12.

—Flat & Point—a new Logan Square barbecue that hopes to give diners a fine-dining approach to smoked meats without the high costs—has opened, Eater Chicago noted. Chef Brian Bruns and wife Taylor Bruns have opened an 80-seat restaurant at 3524 W. Fullerton Ave. See FlatAndPoint.com .

—Launching on Saturday, April 13, and continuing Saturday, May 18, and Saturday, June 1, Travelle at The Langham, 330 N. Wabash Ave., will present a calligraphy workshop brunch series taught by two local instructors: Ricki DiCola of r + ink and Julie Wildman of Wildman Designs. The fee ( $65/each ) covers class, supplies, brunch and a glass of Champagne; call 312-923-7705 or visit TravelleChicago.com .

—Frontier will conclude its weekly Sunday night Game of Thrones ( GoT ) dinners and viewing parties on Sunday, April 14, 5-7 p.m., with a wild-boar feast and viewing party of the final episodes of season seven. Tickets are $30, and include the feast with sides, Game of Thrones tarot-card readings, costume contests with official GoT prizes and more. Cocktails include The Cersei Lannister ( half-bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon served in a porron ), and several more. Tickets can be purchased online at thefrontierchicago.com/happenings.

—Taste of Iceland is returning to Chicago with a new roster of cultural programming taking place across the city on April 11-14. In its fourth consecutive year, the four-day festival hosted by Iceland Naturally gives Chicagoans an opportunity to experience Iceland's rich culture first-hand through the country's food, spirits, music, literature, film and more. See https://icelandnaturally.com/article/taste-iceland-chicago-2019/.

—The second I Heart Halal event will take place at Navy Pier, Festival Halls A & B, 600 E. Grand Ave., on April 12-14. The event will feature an expanded food court that will showcase restaurants throughout the city—plus restaurants at Navy Pier ( including Frankie's Pizza by the Slice, Big Bowl and Big City Chicken ) will be serving up halal-prepared foods throughout the weekend. There will also be headlining performances by Grammy-winning Chicago native Lupe Fiasco on April 12, at 8 p.m. and a comedy showcase starring with Muslim stand-up comics on April 13 at 8 p.m.. Visit IHeartHalal.com .

—The 3rd Annual Somm Madness, presented by Chicago-based hospitality group DineAmic, returns April 14, at 4 p.m. at Builders BLDG, 222 N. LaSalle St. Once again, the nation's wine and sommelier community, along with passionate wine enthusiasts will come together for a blind tasting tournament. Sixty-four individuals from across the country will go head-to-head to advance to the championship round with the hope of taking home $10,000 in cash. Tickets are $100 each; visit SommMadness.com .

—For Tax Day ( Monday, April 15 ), Hubbard Inn, 110 W. Hubbard St., will offer Mad Men-themed specials 4-7 p.m. ( They include $2 king-crab legs, $5 Manhattans and martinis, and more. ) Also, the bar/restaurant will play 1960s movies including James Bond, The Graduate, Sound of Music, West Side Story and The Good The Bad and the Ugly along with '60s music from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, The Beach Boys and Bob Dylan.

—Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., will celebrate Jazzfest with its annual all-you-can-eat crawfish boil on Sunday, April 28, with seatings at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include all-you-can-eat crawfish, corn and potatoes. Frontier will also offer $10 crawfish Monicas, $8 crawfish pies, $8 frozen daiquiris and $5 Abita specials, in addition to live music. Tickets can be purchased online at thefrontierchicago.com/happenings.

—Chef/Partner Tony Mantuano and Cubs Manager Joe Maddon revealed that "Maddon's Post" will serve as the official name of their forthcoming two-story 7,400-square-foot restaurant, opening this May. Located at 1119 W. Waveland Ave., Maddon's Post will be steps from historic Wrigley Field and part of Gallagher Way, the entertainment district in the heart of the Wrigleyville neighborhood. Staffers include Executive Chef Aaron Thebault ( who just spent 8 years working alongside Stephanie Izard at Girl & the Goat, most recently as chef de cuisine ) and Wine Director Rachael Lowe ( a Food & Wine "Sommelier of the Year" in 2016 ).

—Windy City Smokeout will be held July 12-14 at a new location right outside of Chicago's United Center. Hosted by Bub City and Joe's Bar, the event is the first official outdoor music festival to take place at the West Loop arena's 250,000-square-foot parking lot along Madison Street. Some of the country acts slated to perform are Old Dominion, Jessie James Decker, Parker McCollum, LANCO and Muscadine Bloodline.

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


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