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DINING Noyane's snowball, Wiener's Circle, West Lake Market
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2018-07-03

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—Through July 8, rooftop spot Noyane, 101 E. Erie St., is offering a special red, white and blue snowball dessert. It's features strawberry syrup infused with rum, condensed milk and blue curacao. See http://www.noyane.com/.

—The longtime landlord of The Wieners Circle—the Lincoln Park institution known as much for its late-night insults as its hot dogs—has hired a broker to sell the Clark Street property and an apartment building next door, Crain's Chicago Business noted. Recently, the Wieners Circle has mocked President Donald Trump, offering a Trump foot-long hot dog—it's just three inches long—and posting insults of the president on its marquee-style sign.

—The Paramount Group's second installment of the West Lake Market taking place Sunday, July 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The West Lake Market is an admission-free, fun experience for everyone with unique vendors, family activities and frose. The market is at 1748 W. Lake St., adjacent to Eden restaurant. The bazaar-style event takes place the second Sunday of every month through October, with a special holiday market planned for Dec. 9.

—mfk restaurant, 432 W. Diversey Pkwy., launched a new Monday night dinner series this June, teaming Chicago female chefs with the Lake View restaurant's executive chef, Alisha Elenz. On Monday, July 9, Chef Sarah Rinkavage will join Elenz on a collaborative five-course, prix fixe menu, themed around Spanish vermouth. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit No Kid Hungry. Tickets are all-inclusive and available on Brown Paper Tickets for $125 each; visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3514600.

—The recently remodeled Palm Chicago, 323 E. Wacker Dr., has a new breakfast service. Items include crab cake Benedict ( $21 ), lobster omelette ( $22 ) and New York steak and eggs ( $22 ) in addition to dishes such as Belgian waffles and buttermilk pancakes. See https://www.thepalm.com/restaurants/chicago/.

—Argentine artisanal gelato producer FRIO Gelato is opening a new location in Andersonville at 5152 N. Clark St., marking its third gelato shop in the Chicagoland area. The new site is slated to open in mid-August. FRIO has more than 30 housemade flavors paying homage to Argentine classics such as Dulce de Leche, Sambayon ( egg custard with marsala wine ) and Malbec con Frutos Rojos ( malbec wine with berries ). See https://www.friogelato.com/.

—River North spot Hubbard Inn has welcomed Jason Hedin ( The Lobby at The Peninsula; Travelle Kitchen + Bar ) to the team as executive chef. Hedin's new lunch and dinner menus feature local and seasonal takes on Ernest Hemingway's travels through Europe. Dishes include snapper carpaccio, lacquered duck breast, tandoori-charred Amish chicken, chocolate strawberry parfait and other items. See HubbardInn.com .

—Fry the Coop ( which specializes in Nashville hot chicken ) has announced a second location, in Elmhurst. ( The original is in Oak Lawn. ) The new Elmhurst location will be located at 623 W. North Ave., on the corner of Route 83 and North Avenue; the corner is the meeting point of four suburbs: Villa Park, Bensonville, Addison and Elmhurst. See FryTheCoop.com .

—All summer long, upscale spot Marchesa, 535 N. Wells St., will be featuring "Champagne aocials." Marchesa's happy hour, celebrated in its main dining room, will offer 25-percent off Champagnes, sparkling wines, bar bites and cocktails. The festive daily event takes place Monday through Saturday at 4-6 p.m. See https://marchesachicago.com/.

—The Asian fast-casual concept Wow Bao has unveiled its summer menu. Items include the "Pad Thai" Chicken Bowl, yhe Chopped Asian Chicken Salad and the Salted Caramel Bao. See WowBao.com .

—On National Fried Chicken Day ( July 6 ), Oak Lawn's Fry the Coop, 5128 W. 95th St., is urging people to try its Nashville hot chicken. The simple, cooked-to-order menu has five heat settings—from "country" ( no heat ) to "crazy." Items include the classic Nashville Fried Chicken Sandwich ( $8.50 ), the chicken & waffles ( $14 ) and the donut fried chicken sandwich ( $8 ). See https://www.frythecoop.com/.

—River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle St., is hosting a four-course 5 Rabbit Beer Dinner on Monday, July 9, at 6 p.m. Course items will include shrimp cocktail, mojo fried snapper, al pastor pork shank and tres leches cake. Admission is $60/person; visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5-rabbit-beer-dinner-tickets-47124198747.

—On Friday, July 13, Maillard Tavern will offer a special with its duck-fat Norwis potato fries. In celebration of the burger's side( kick ), Maillard Tavern is celebrating National Fry Day with shaved black-truffle fries for $5. See https://www.maillardtavern.com/.

—Chez Moi, 2100 N. Halsted St., will celebrate Bastille Day on Saturday, July 14. Chef Dominique Tougne has ‹created two special menus offering a different experience, one for each side of the revolution: French royalty and the people. The "King's Menu" or "Menu Versailles" ( $49/person ) features items like a lobster bisque "royale" with clams, and "royal" chocolate cake; the "Peasant Menu" or "Menu Bastille" ( $29/person ) features classic French dishes like coq au vin and bread pudding. See ChezMoiChicago.com .

—Cochon Volant Brasserie, 100 W. Monroe St., will feature a variety of specials in celebration of Bastille Day on Saturday, July 14. Specials include $10 glasses of select French sparkling wines, $5 chartreuse shots, $1 oysters and $15 steak tartare. The specials are available all day, while supplies last.

—The first wave of restaurants has been announced for Taste of River North, which will take place July 20-22 at Ward Park, 630 N. Kingsbury St. Some of the restaurants will include Da Lobsta, Bar Cargo, Texican and Ruth's Chris Steak House. There will also be music, the Wine & Art Walk, the Lurie's Kids Zone and a morning workout. See TasteOfRiverNorth.com .

—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.

—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 lottiespub.com/events.

—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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-trotter-projects-evening-with-chef-elizabeth-faulkner-margeaux-brasserie-tickets-47573343150.

—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 SangriaFestivalChicago.com .

—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 citybbq.com .

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


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