SafeHouse Chicago, 60 E. Ontario St., will be offering Cinco de Mayo specials all day on Friday, May 5. The featured items are Street Tacos ( $5 each ), Corona bottles ( $5 each ) and a nachos combo ( $20 ) that includes SafeHouse Camp Stanley Nachos and four Coronas.
On Cinco de Mayo ( Friday, May 5 ), Schaumburg's Tokio Pub will be featuring half-priced tacos for lunch and through happy hour ( ending at 6 p.m. ). Pick from five varieties: sesame chicken, steak, nacho ( with barbecue-braised pork ), crying tiger shrimp and crispy fish. Diners can also enjoy $5 yuzu margaritas. See TokioPub.com .
On Friday, May 5, Oyster Bah, 1962 N. Halsted St., will be serving half-priced grilled cod and sesame seared ahi-tuna tacos during lunch and $4 Micheladas, a cocktail prepared with housemade Four Letter Hot Sauce. See OysterBah.com .
The LGBT group Asians & Friends Chicago will hold its Cinco de Mayo dining event Friday, May 5, at Mi Tierra en la Villita, 2528 S. Kedzie Ave., at 6 p.m. The RSVP date has been extended to Wed., May 3; call 312-409-1573.
Beatrix, for Cinco de Mayo, will have its the Taco Bar at Streeterville, or the Chilaquiles Bar at River North through 3 p.m. Guests can pair items with a pineapple-habanero margarita for $15.
D.S. Tequila, 3352 N. Halsted St., is inviting people to "party like it's 1862" on Friday, May 5, for Cinco de Mayo with margaritas, tacos, frozen drinks, sangria and festive decor. In addition, the restaurant is offering specialized catering ( only for that date ). See DSTequila.com .
On Friday, May 5, Chicago's Tallboy Taco will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an array of festive food and drink specials. At 5-7 p.m., all classic margaritas will be $8 each ( regularly $12 ). In addition, the resident mixologist will feature two unique specialty cocktails, featuring Avion and Casamigos.
For Cinco de Mayo, Chicagoans who visit aliveOne, 2683 N Halsted St., will enjoy drink Mexican drink specials, including $4 Coronas, $8 Mango Patron and Patron Margaritas as well as $1 off EspolÃƒ"n Tequila shots. DJ Dan Maloney will be spinning hip-hop classics, soul and funk from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. in aliveOne's backroom.
On Saturday, May 6, ROOF on theWit, 201 N. State St., is hosting a Kentucky Derby Day Party & Best Dressed Runway Contest. The Kentucky Derby Day Party begins at 2 p.m.; sign-ups for the runway contest will be at 4 p.m. and the contest will begin at 6 p.m. Reservations are strongly encouraged; call 312-239-9502.
Filini, 221 N. Columbus Dr., will celebrate the Kentucky Derby on May 6 with strawberry-rhubarb mint juleps, with Bulliet Bourbon, rhubarb simple syrup, fresh mint and strawberry popsicle ice cubes. See FiliniChicago.com .
Bolingbrook's McQ's Bar & Grill's 5th Annual Kentucky Derby Dome Party will be held Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., under its 60,000-square-foot dome. The free event will be co-hosted with Hawthorne Race Course and will feature live entertainment from Within Four Days starting at 3 p.m., viewing of the race on the big screen and Derby-themed games, with food and drinks available for purchase. See McQ'sBar.com .
At Kanela ( which has multiple locations ), people who visit on Saturday, May 6, will enjoy $6 mint juleps in celebration of the Kentucky Derby. Diners who wear their derby attire will also enjoy a complimentary starter to share; some of the starters include monkey bread, mac 'n' cheese and chia-seed pudding. See KanelaBreakfastClub.com .
Also, in celebration of the 2017 Kentucky Derby, Remedy Bar, 1910 N. Milwaukee Ave., will offer drink specials like $8 Maker's Mark Mint Juleps as well as complimentary Kentucky Burgoo ( traditional stew ). Anyone dressed in derby hats or attire will receive $1 off drinks. See RemedyBarChicago.com .
In honor of Derby Day on Saturday, May 6, The Peninsula, 108 E. Superior St., will host a series of festivities with a portion of proceeds to benefit The Trotter Project. The itinerary includes the hotel's afternoon tea at The Lobby, Woodford Reserve whiskey flights at The Bar, a chocolate bar in The Lobby and more. Visit chicago.peninsula.com/en/special-offers/kentucky-derby or call 312-337-2888.
For the second consecutive year, a Chicago restaurant took home top honors at the James Beard Foundation Awards, as Topolobampo ( owned by Rick and Deann Bayless ) was named Outstanding Restaurant during the annual black-tie gala at the Civic Opera House on May 1, The Chicago Tribune noted. In 2016, Alinea won top honors as Outstanding Restaurant. In the only other category with a Chicago winner, Monteverde Pastifico's Sarah Grueneberg won in the Best Chef: Great Lakes category.
The inaugural Greektown Mediterranean Wine Fest will take place Saturday-Sunday, May 6-7. The fest's eponymous location is in the heart of Greektown on South Halsted Street in the West Loop between Jackson Boulevard and Van Buren Street. Fest hours are 12-9 p.m. both days, and ticketed tastings take place each afternoon at 2-6 p.m. The cost of a one-day individual wine tasting pass is $40, which allows the purchaser to sample ( with a souvenir wine glass ) up to 15 one-and-a-half-ounce wine samples. See ChicagoEvents.com .
Cornerstone Restaurant Group has announced Chef Craig Couper as executive chef at Michael Jordan's Restaurant in Oak Brook. Couper will continue to serve in the same capacity at Michael Jordan's Steak House in Chicago, and was tapped to support development on the new concept under the Michael Jordan brand umbrella, set to open this summer.
Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., has unveiled new seasonal menu items and cocktails. Items include burrata ( $12 ), chicken thigh and caper berries ( $16 ) and blade steak ( $22 ) as well as drinks like Snow Melt Sour ( Breckenridge Reserve Bourbon, Nardini Mndorla, pineapple, demerara and Anogstura bitters ) and Stolen Mule ( Stolen Smoked Rum, Stirrings Ginger Liqueur, pineapple and lime ). Also, Chop shop offers Butcher's Burger ( $15 ), with half a pound of prime butcher's blend sourced from the in-house butcher and topped with aged cheddar, charred red onions, bacon & Chop Shop's secret sauce.
Athena, 212 S. Halsted St., has opened its a new 80-seat patio that joins its current 80-seat outdoor patio. When combined with the rest of the restaurant, which has a retractable roof, Athena can seat nearly 300 guests outside in total during summer months. Also, Pegasus, 130 S. Halsted St., has a 120-seat rooftop veranda that offers guests views of the Chicago skyline. Open at 4 p.m. daily, mezethes ( small plates designed for sharing ) are available in lieu of the regular menu.
On Sunday, May 14, Dusek's Board & Beer, 1227 W. 18th St., will offer a Mother's Day brunch ( 9 a.m.-3 p.m. ) with various treats, including a spring vegetable strata that includes a bed of soft brioche, layered with seasonal grilled ramps, fresh purple asparagus and shaved Parmesan. There will also be a lemon poppy cake that includes a light piece of lemon cake served with house made raspberry preserves, basil powder and preserved lemon. See http://DuseksChicago.com/reservations/.
Shaw's Crab House Chicago, 21 E. Hubbard St., is celebrating Mother's Day with a Sunday brunch buffet priced at $75 for adults as well as $20 for kids 12 and younger. The buffet will feature a Grand Hot Buffet line with classic breakfast fare, plus Shaw's specialties, an omelet-and-waffle station with 13 available ingredients and the surf-and-turf station that includes lobster bisque, king crab legs and hand-carved beef. There will also be a cold seafood bar, heaped with sushi, oysters, shrimp, and smoked salmon. See ShawsCrabHouse.com .
Mindy's Hot Chocolate, 1747 N. Damen Ave., is offering a seasonal brunch ( 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ) for Mother's Day. Among other things, there will be dishes such as savory offerings that include a seasonal quiche served with mixed greens; spring scramble with fresh farm eggs, seasonal veggies, crispy breakfast potatoes and grilled toast; and Mindy's burger made with Slagel Farms beef, organic bacon, Carr Valley three-year cheddar and pickles. Sweet dishes include Mindy's Donuts with in cinnamon sugar and a side of raspberry preserves; buttermilk pancakes with blueberry compote; and more. Visit HotChocolateChicago.com/reservations/.
For Mother's Day, French restaurant Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave., will offer a prix fixe menu. The three-course Mother's Day brunch menu will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; the cost is $42 per person, or $56 with the addition of bottomless mimosas, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Items will include Martial's Morther's Country Pate, Baked Alaska, Broccoli Quiche Lorraine and spring crepes, among others. See Bistronomic.net .
Brindille, 534 N. Clark St., will be offering a Mother's Day tea on Sunday, May 14, 2-5 p.m. The tea service will feature Chef Carrie and Pastry Chef Craig's creations. Among the slated items will be crumpets, sandwiches, sweets, confections and, of course, tea. It will be $65/person, and there's limited seating. RSVP at info@Brindille-Chicago.com .
Italian Village Restaurants, 71 W. Monroe St., invites moms to take a trip to Tuscany for a Italian Mother's Day feast. Available from noon to midnight, specials will include Mother's Blush ( bright-pink cocktail made especially for moms combining gin, fresh strawberries, basil and agave nectar, topped with prosecco; $12.50 ); spinach salad with salmon ( $26.50 ); and baked bone-in Virginia ham ( with pineapple glaze, served with scalloped potatoes and seasonal vegetables; $19.95 ). See https://italianvillage-chicago.com/.
The Estate by Gene & Georgetti, 9421 W. Higgins Rd., will host Mother's Day Brunch on May 14, with seatings beginning at 11 a.m. and available every half hour until 4 p.m. There will be classic brunch fare, an antipasto station, a pasta bar, kids' corner and complimentary mimosas ( MOMosas ), among other things. The Estate's Mother's Day Brunch costs $46 for adults, and $19 for children ages 11 and younger, plus tax and gratuity. Call 847-653-3302 or email RSVP@geneandgeorgetti.com; a credit cared is needed to hold reservations.
Commonwealth Tavern, 2000 W. Roscoe St., will open at 10 a.m. on Mother's Day for a family-friendly brunch available until 2 p.m. Guests can enjoy a $3 Build-Your-Own Mimosa Bar and $6 Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar. Brunch highlights include Brunch Schnitzel ( herb aioli, smoked potatoes, pickled red onion, fried egg; $14 ), Pig Muffin ( maple pig head, farm egg, American cheese, English muffin; $12 ) and Belgian Waffle ( belgian style waffle with choice of fresh strawberries or bananas topped with whipped cream; $9 ). See CommonwealthChicago.com .
Il Porcellino, 59 W. Hubbard St., will mark Mother's Day with a grand Italian buffet at noon-8 p.m. The day's menu will feature an assortment of antipasti including insalata, fresh baked bread, salumi and array of cheeses, plus pasta stations showcasing il Porcellino's most popular dishes and a variety of signature entrees. Homemade pies and other sweet surprises will round out the festivities. Call 312-595-0800 or visit ilporcellinochicago.com .
Ema ( a Mediterranean restaurant whose name means "mother" ), 74 W. Illinois St., will celebrate Mother's Day with items such as sesame crepe with yogurt ricotta, berries, saba and orange; cured king salmon with dill, arak, fennel, labneh and caper leaves on "everything" housemade bread; and strawberry drop biscuit with white balsamic, black pepper, strawberry sumac jam and cream. Reservations are recommended; see EmaChicago.com .
Mexcian restaurant Mercadito Chicago, 108 W. Kinzie St., will offer a Mother's Day brunch on, Sunday, May 14, with a special four-course brunch sharing menu including one complimentary cocktail per guest. Mother's Day Brunch is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and costs $30 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 312-329-9555 or visit MercaditoRestaurants.com/chicago.
On Sunday, May 14, Lake View's PR Italian Bistro will host a Bowen Arrow Diamonds & Designs trunk show at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. There will also be bottomless mimosas ( $12 ) being offered. The event is free, but reservations are being taken. Visit PRItalianBistro.com or call 773-404-8955.
Ada Street, 1664 N. Ada St., will include, for Mother's Day brunch ( 11 a.m.-4 p.m. ), takes on brunch classics like fried chicken thigh and waffles with bacon-infused maple syrup and apple butter, as well as peekytoe-crab pot pie with asparagus and English peas. Ada Street also has the flowers covered, offering bouquets for sale upon making a reservation; call 773-697-7069.
At Cindy's, 12 S. Michigan Ave., DJ Dave Mata will spin tunes for Mother's Day while Chef de Cuisine Keith Potter will offer large-format brunch platters such as steak and eggs with stone-ground grits, mushroom conserva, fried egg, and crispy potatoes; or the cast-iron Dutch Baby topped with maple roasted pear, pomegranate molasses and creme fraiche. See CindysRooftop.com .
It's National Burger Month, and Estelle's, 2013 W. North Ave., will mark the occasion with half-price burgers on Mondays and a $10 Loaded Nacho Burger special on Sundays. Half-price burger selections on Mondays include the Patty Melt ( Swiss cheese, grilled onions served on Texas Toast; normally $10 ), Surfer Rosa Burger ( portobello, Swiss, red pepper; normally $12 ), Blue Velvet Burger ( blue cheese, bacon, grilled onions; normally $12 ), Roadhouse Burger ( spinach, roasted red peppers, black beans; $12 ) and the Point Break Burger ( pepper jack, grilled jalapenos, guacamole; $12 ). See EstellesChicago.com .
Michael Jordan's Steak House, 505 N. Michigan Ave., is celebrating National Burger Month with a different specialty burger each day in May. Just a few of the burgers on tap include May 14's The Hoosier Daddy ( Burton's Maple Glazed Bacon, Linz Heritage Angus Beef, Capriole Farmstead Goat Cheese, Three Floyd's Stout Mustard ), May 20's On Wisconsin! Burger ( Widmere Cheddar, Ruth Kase Blue Cheese Fondue and Nueske's Bacon Jam ) and May 27's The Madigan vs. Rauner ( advertised as "a burger that's full of it," with BFB Bun, Bacon, pulled pork, cheddar, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, special sauce, mushrooms, jalapenos, mustard and sliced ham ). See MJSHChicago.com .
STK Chicago, 9 W. Kinzie St., has unveiled its spring menu. Some of the new items include baby gem lettuce Caesar salad, grilled Spanish octopus, jumbo lump crab cake, Alaskan black cod and foraged mushrooms. Also, the restaurant is participating in the James Beard Foundation's Blended Burger Project with its "Juicy Lucy" Blended Burgera foie gras and maitake mushroom burger with brie cheese, tart cherry mustarda and fire-roasted chiles on a housemade bunthat's available starting Memorial Day through July 31. See STKHouse.com .
In recognition of National Burger Month, Hakka Bakka Kati Rolls, 1251 W. Fullerton Ave., will offer a lamb shammi burger during the month of May, available for $8. A twist on traditional shammi kebabs from South Asia, the burger patties are handmade with minced lamb and Hakka Bakka's house blend. The burger will be served on a toasted brioche bun with onions, tomatoes, lettuce, sweet mango chutney and cilantro aioli. See HakkaBakkaRolls.com .
Wild Garden Foods will hit the road for a four-day food-truck tour around Chicago providing FREE meals at popular destinations and places in need. Facebook "likes" will power the tour, so for every new "like" on the Wild Garden page, a free Mediterranean lunch or dinner will be served. The tentative schedule is May 15 ( lunch: The University of Chicago, dinner: Mercy Home for Boys & Girls ), May 16 ( lunch: Michigan/Monroe, dinner: You Can Make It Women and Children Shelter ), May 17 ( lunch: Daley Plaza Food Truck Fest ) and May 18 ( Lunch: Wabash/Jackson ). See http://mjprchicago.com/blog/wild-garden-announces-nationwide-food-truck-tour-first-stop-chicago/.
For Chicago Craft Beer Week, Sweetwater Tavern and Grille, 225 N. Michigan Ave., will host three events. On May 18, 5-7 p.m., there will be the dog-friendly Lagunitas Puppy Patio Party; on Friday, May 19, at 5 p.m., will be an event with Whiner Brewing Co.; and a finale on Thursday, May 25, with B Nektar Meadery. See SweetwaterTavernAndGrille.com .
Chicago's Jonquil Park, 1001 W. Wrightwood Ave., will again be home to the Lincoln Park Wine Festival, which will take place May 20-21. he park's two acres will be cordoned off and visitors can sample from a selection of more than 80 varietals. In addition to U.S. vineyards, among other countries represented will be Argentina, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand and South Africa. The cost for a one-day individual wine tasting pass is $50, which allows the purchaser to sample ( with a souvenir wine glass ) up to 12 one-and-a-half ( 1.5 )-ounce wines. See ChicagoEvents.com/events/lincolnparkwinefestival/.
The National Restaurant Association ( NRA ) announced the lineup of the nation's top celebrity chefs to share their culinary know-how on the World Culinary Showcase stage at the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®, taking place at Chicago's McCormick Place on May 20-23. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the latest cooking practices and trends from Top Chef Masters winner Rick Bayless, Worst Cooks in America host Anne Burrell and Top Chef All Stars competitor Fabio Viviani; others slated to appear include Stephanie Izard, Ming Tsai and Robert Irvine. The World Culinary Showcase demonstrations run all four days of the NRA Show.
The Travelle "Chef Collab" dinner series kicks off on Thursday, May 25, at 6 p.m. as Travelle Kitchen + Bar's Chef Ricardo Jarquin opens his kitchen to Chef Daniel Espinoza from new taqueria Holy Taco! for a family-style dinner. The five-course event will begin with guests seated at communal tables in Travelle's wine cellar. Admission is $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity; call 312-923-7705 or call TravelleChicago.com . ( In addition to the "Chef Collab" event, Travelle Kitchen + Bar, 330 N. Wabash Ave., will be open to the public for nightly dinner service. )
The West Loop Community Organization, StarEvents and Silver Wrapper have announced the music and restaurant lineups for the 21st Annual Taste of Randolph Festival, taking place June 16-18 at 900 W. Randolph St. Some of the musical headliners include Dawes, Moon Taxi and Emancipator Ensemble; and some of the participating restaurants include bellyQ, Nando's Peri-Peri Chicken, La Sardine, Grange Hall Burger Bar and Bar Siena. See https://www.starevents.com/event/taste-of-randolph/.
Wicker Park Farmers Market returns every Sunday from June 4 through Oct. 29, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at 1425 N. Damen Ave. Complete with live acoustic music and local, environmentally responsible food for sale, the market also features monthly children's cooking classes hosted by The Kids' Table, chef demonstrations and a community table showcasing area businesses. For more information, visit WickerParkBucktown.com/stufftodo/farmers-market/.
The fifth annual Chicago Hot Dog Fest, presented by the Chicago History Museum, will take place Aug. 11-13 in Lincoln Park, 1701 N. Stockton Dr. Admission is free, although a $5 donation is suggested that will benefit educational programming at the Chicago History Museum. See ChicagoHotDogFest.com .
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