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DINING Pizza museum, restaurant openings, Equality Illinois brunch
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2019-05-22

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—Roosevelt Collection announced the official grand reopening and new exhibits at the U.S. Pizza Museum. Open on Fridays from 1-8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., the museum features founder Kendall Bruns' personal collection of pizza-themed memorabilia in exhibits on the history of pizza in the United States. The museum will maintain regular hours throughout the renovation. The remodel and brand-new exhibits will be launching Friday, May 31, with an opening reception on Saturday, June 1, at 12:30 p.m. featuring a presentation by Bruns with free pizza, while supplies last. Tickets to the museum can be reserved at USPizzaMuseum.com/tickets.

—City Tap, described as "an elevated American gastropub," will open May 22 at 850 W. Fulton Market. The Chicago opening will mark City Tap's eighth location nationwide, joining City Tap restaurants in Boston, Washington D.C., Nashville, Atlanta and Philadelphia, where City Tap was founded in 2010. Dedicated to making craft beer accessible to everyone, City Tap will serve a variety of styles from India pale to Berliner Weisse, fruited wheats to barrel-aged stouts. There will be 48 beers on tap—as well as culinary fare such as whiskey-smoked salmon, the City Tap torta and rabbit sausage.

—Carrie and Michael Nahabedian—who closed Naha in 2018—are opening a new restaurant in The Gwen ( 521 N. Rush St. ), a luxury hotel just off Michigan Avenue, The Chicago Tribune noted. The currently unnamed restaurant will be Riviera-inspired, embracing coastal foods from Portugal all the way to the Black Sea.

—The team behind two-Michelin-starred Oriole ( 661 W. Walnut St. ) and Kumiko ( 630 W. Lake St. ) is introducing Kikko—the renovated 10-seat counter space below Kumiko that offers a seven-course omakase-style tasting menu and a variety of beverage pairings, launching May 22. A collaboration between Executive Chef Noah Sandoval and Chef de Cuisine Mariya Russell, Kikko's seven-course menu is $130 per person, with beverage pairings available from Creative Director Julia Momose. Reservations are required for Kikko, with three seatings at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and are available through Opentable.

—The official summer opening of Belly Flop will take place Friday, May 24, in Long Beach, Indiana, at 2411 S. Lawrence Ave. Items will include buoys ( twists on sandwiches ), smoothies and bowls, doughnuts, iced and hot drinks, sundaes and more. Belly Flop will also add CBD to any drink and sell CBD puppy treats.

—Equality Illinois' Pride Kickoff Brunch will take place Sunday, June 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Venue West, 221 N. Paulina St. There will be a brunch station as well as Bloody Mary, coffee and mimosa bars. Tickets are $35 each; visit eqil.org or https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-3292466685398545664.

—All June, Furious Spoon will offer its Pride ramen bowl. For each $16.95 bowl ( with veggie broth, chili-infused noodles, spicy miso, napa cabbage, scallions, corn, sweet-chili shrimp and Fresno chilies ), $2 will be donated to Howard Brown Health.

—The nonprofit Rogers Park Business Alliance ( RPBA ) has announced the 10th season of its Glenwood Sunday Market, with a new initiative Giving Sunday to fortify its Food Access Program. The market takes place on every Sunday from June 2 to Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Glenwood Avenue between Morse and Lunt Avenues, on the west side of the CTA Red Line. For more information and special event updates, visit GlenwoodSundayMarket.org .

—Parlay at Joy District, 112 W. Hubbard St., will offer $1 beer, sangria and select red, white and rose wines at 6-7 p.m. on the first of every month this summer. After happy hour, patrons can dine al fresco on Parlay's dog-friendly sidewalk patio with menu items like tuna tartare cones ( avocado and English ponzu served in a waffle cone; $18 ), French onion sliders ( caramelized onion aioli, Gruyere cheese; $21 ), buffalo chicken pizza ( buffalo sauce, fried chicken, mozzarella, ranch; $14 ), lobster bacon grilled cheese ( lobster, bacon, spicy mayo, three-cheese blend, sourdough bread; $15 ) and more.

—In honor of National Rose Day on June 8, LH Rooftop, 85 E. Upper Wacker Dr., will launch a weekend-long rose wine pop-up bar June 7-9. Partnering with Gérard Bertrand, among other winemakers, LH will offer dozens of rose wines by the glass ( $14-18 per glass ), still and sparkling, from around the world. Guests can enjoy their rose sampling( s ) in the Cupola, which will be decked out in rose-all-day fashion with pink-clad lights, florals and additional decor.

—OPALGA ( the Oak Park Area Lesbian & Gay Association ) will make and sell donuts at the Oak Park Farmer's market on Saturday, June 8. ( PFLAG will partner with the organization. ) Slots begin at four in the morning, and last through 1:30 p.m. Visit OPALGA.org or email seangus67@gmail.com, or sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4daeab22a5f85-donut.

—The 21st Annual Ribfest Chicago will now take place Father's Day weekend, June 14-16. A few of the event's vendors will include City Barbeque, El Campeon, Wrigley BBQ, Porkchop, Famous Dave's and Blowin' Smoque BBQ. Tickets are $10-$50 ( VIP ) each; visit Ribfest-chicago.com .

—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.

—Jeong, 1460 W. Chicago Ave., has a menu that draws inspiration from traditional Korean ingredients from Chef Dave Park's childhood with his grandparents in Korea. However, one of his desserts borrows something from his childhood that is a little less traditional ( and Japanese ): Hi-Chew. Park crafts a sweet stock using Hi-Chews, and incorporates that into making a pillowy mochi, served with a sorbet made with cloudy Korean rice wine Makgeolli as well as grapefruit segments for some added acidity. The whole dessert is topped with a delicate meringue made using omija or "five-flavor" berries that have five distinct tastes ( sour, bitter, sweet, spicy and salty ).

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


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