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DINING Travelle dinner, National Bao Day, Winestyr Fest, ladies' night
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2019-08-20

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—On Wed., Aug. 21, Travelle at The Langham Chef Jeff Vucko will collaborate with Granor Farm Chef ( and Ruffage author ) Abra Berens for a one-night-only dinner. Starting at 6:30 p.m., guests meet at Granor Farm in Three Oaks, Michigan ( about a 90-minute trip from Chicago ); upon arrival, guests will enjoy a tour of the farm. Vucko and Berens will create a seven-course, family-style menu. This event will benefit Plant Chicago, with a portion of proceeds supporting their market and education programing. Ticket cost $145 each ( +$35 per ticket for optional red or white wine ); visit https://granorfarm.com/events/dining/travelle-at-granor-farm.

—Chicago-based Wow Bao, which specializes in steamed bao, is giving away free lunch on Thursday, Aug. 22, to celebrate National Bao Day. Available at all Chicago Wow Bao locations, lunchgoers can get free lunch ( up to $10 ) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bao varieties include Teriyaki Chicken, BBQ Berkshire Pork, Hunan Spicy Steak, Spicy Kung Pao Chicken, Orange Chicken, Thai Curry Chicken, Whole Wheat Vegetable, Coconut Custard and Chocolate as well as the Spicy Mongolian meatless bao.

—On Sunday, Aug. 25, 2-6 p.m., at Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St., Winestyr will host Winestyr Fest—an inaugural tasting event devoted to celebrating wineries across the United States. Just a few of the wineries that will be featured include Enfield Wine Co., Alexandrie Cellars, Halcyon Wines, Smith Story and Riley's Rows. Tickets are $65 each; visit https://www.exploretock.com/winestyr/event/68851/winestyr-fest-2019/.

—Each Tuesday during August, Cerise ( Virgin Hotel's rooftop bar, at 203 N. Wabash Ave. ) is hosting a ladies night happy hour special in partnership with Babes Only, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women with party-planning groups of female creatives. Guests can try a bottle of wine for $25 Tuesdays after 9 p.m. at Cerise while enjoying a rooftop view of Chicago. See https://virginhotels.com/chicago/dine-and-drink/cerise/.

—The 3rd Annual Assyrian Food Festival will take place Aug. 24-25, 2-10 p.m., at the Morton Grove Park District, 6834 Dempster St., Morton Grove. There will be live music, a beer-and-wine garden, a gift shop, r and, of course, traditional Assyrian food. See https://patch.com/illinois/skokie/calendar/event/20190825/604297/assyrian-food-festival-3rd-annual.

—Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave., will host its 11th Annual Harvest Dinner on Wed., Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. A cocktail reception with passed appetizers will start the event, followed by a five-course tasting menu grilled Michigan peach-and-kale salad, summer bean medley, cacio e pepe, sweet-and-spicy cornbread pudding and frozen Michigan peach fool. Tickets are $72.93 each ( including gratuity and tax ); visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4319380.

—The Giant Penny Whistle—a new neighborhood tavern and live music venue—is opening soon in Pilsen at 1854 S. Blue Island Ave. It's in a 5,000-square-foot space that had been home since the 1970s to Tito's Hacienda, a taqueria and bar. General Manager Brad Hoffman developed the reliable menu of beers and cocktails, inspired by the history of Pilsen. The Giant Penny Whistle's name is a reference to scientific experiments from the 1960s that explored the effects of low-frequency sound on the human body.

—Asadito—the West Loop's new addition with counter service and more than 2,000 variations of margaritas—recently debuted authentic new dishes as well as an outdoor patio. New options include the Bistec de Asadito Taco ( flank steak, caramelized onion, guasacaca; $4 ), Kale and Hominy Salad ( arugula, pepitas, queso fresco, pozole verde vin; $8 ) and more. The dog-friendly patio is complete with 84 total seats.

—The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 540 N. Michigan Ave., will host an end-of-summer BBQ atop its rooftop garden—typically closed to the public—on Aug. 29, 5-8 p.m., to benefit The Children's Miracle Network. The evening will feature bites using fresh rooftop garden produce by hotel Executive Chef Frank Sanchez; select beer, wine and cocktails; and a country-music DJ. Dishes include BBQ carrots with spiced creama and pistachio gremolata; smoked and pickled shrimp with corn; crispy shortrib with pickled cucumbers, Portugal peppers, XO sauce and savory caramel; and cornbread with smoked cheddar and rooftop honey. Tickets are $40 and include unlimited food and drink, entertainment and a donation to The Children's Miracle Network; visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rooftop-summer-bbq-benefiting-the-childrens-miracle-network-tickets-66392129647.

—Philz Coffee will open its second Chicagoland location in Hyde Park, at 1425 E. 53rd St., on Sunday, Sept. 1. Philz Coffee Hyde Park will have 1,910 square feet of space with seating for up to 36 indoors and an outdoor patio. There will be menu favorites—including the Tesora, Jacob's Wonderbar and the Iced Mint Mojito—that can all be customized to match guest's preferred tastes.

—MAD Social, 1140 W. Madison St., will kick off Labor Day weekend with a Friday brunch on Aug. 30. Its full brunch menu ( with items such as pancakes and shortrib Benedict ) will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys will be available 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Guests can enjoy the brunch menu inside or on MAD's dog-friendly patio, which seats 32. RSVP at https://www.madsocialchicago.com/reservations.

—The Miller Lite Beer Garden, on the east end of Navy Pier, will kick off Labor Day weekend with happy hour on Friday, Aug. 30, 4-6 p.m. featuring $4 16-ounce Miller Lite drafts, $5 16-ounce Peroni drafts, $5 Capeline Strawberry Lemonade, $5 Henry's Hard Sparkling Water, $6 Smirnoff Vodka Lemonades, $6 Bacardi Mai Tais, $9 double cheeseburgers with fries, $6 Supreme Nachos and $4 cheese pizzas. The Miller Lite Beer Garden will also continue its "Live on the Lake!" music series featuring local bands all weekend.

—Easy Bar, 1944 W. Division St., will open 8 p.m.-2 a.m. on Labor Day ( Monday, Sept. 2 ) and offer specials like $6 glasses of wine, $5 Espolon Tequila shots, $5 Stoli Lime drinks, and Tecate with a Jimador tequila shot for $6. Guests can enjoy their drinks and the final days of summer on Easy Bar's dog-friendly sidewalk patio with seating for 15 to 20 guests.

—LondonHouse Chicago's LH Rooftop: 85 E. Upper Wacker Dr., floors 22-23, will host a Star Party for its second year on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 7-10 p.m. Attendees can star-, moon- and planet-gaze through two telescopes while the astronomy team provides insights into the sky's spectacles. This complimentary, one-night event is open to the public. Guests who would like to reserve a table may book by emailing rsvp@londonhouse.com or calling 312-253-2317.

—River North spy-themed bar and restaurant SafeHouse Chicago is teaming with local artist Princess Etch to host Sip & Sketch at SafeHouse—a whimsical evening of drawing with Etch-a-Sketch toys on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. Princess Etch will share her expertise with guests interested in creating sketched art of their very own; she provides pocket Etch-a-Sketches, educational materials and sample design transparencies for each artist-in-training. Tickets to the event ( $28 each ) include one complimentary cocktail and pocket Etch-a-Sketch, which guests can keep after the event; visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sip-sketch-learn-to-etch-a-sketch-with-princess-etch-tickets-66703322433.

—First Person Live, the popular Moth-style storytelling show for adults, is coming to Hey Nonny—the new Arlington Heights music venue/bistro—with monthly shows starting Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Produced and hosted by three-time Moth StorySLAM winner Diane Kastiel, First Person Live features regular people telling true stories from their lives. Tickets are $15-$25 each; visit HeyNonny.com .

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


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