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Dining news: John Hancock party, Sable benefit, Boundary turns 10
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Emagin Tanaschuk
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times

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—At the John Hancock, 875 N. Michigan Ave., 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck will host a party Wed., Sept. 27, 6-9 p.m. Guests can sip wine while painting at sunset and enjoy a free ride on TILT, a thrilling attraction that allows people to tilt outward more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile. Tickets are $50, and include one complimentary drink ticket plus the use of all paint supplies and aprons, instruction and a take-home canvas; visit

—Sable Kitchen & Bar, 505 N. State St., has partnered with Bella Cuisine Kids Cooking Club ( BCKCC ) to host "Fall Into Autumn" on Thursday, Sept. 28, 6-9 p.m. Bella Cuisine is a non-profit composed of volunteer chefs who aim to fight childhood obesity by educating kids about healthy eating with hands-on cooking classes. One donation of $50 provides four hands-on cooking classes for one child; visit

—The Boundary, 1932 W. Division St., will mark its 10th year in business with a special anniversary celebration on Thursday, Oct. 5, beginning at 6 p.m. The sports bar's 10th-anniversary party aims to transport guests back with a video DJ playing music videos, comedy, trivia and internet hits from its original year, various themed food and drink specials, a photo booth, a raffle and more. See .

—Arun's Thai Restaurant, 4156 N. Kedzie Ave., is hosting a luxury excursion to Thailand on Jan. 15-31, 2018. It will be a trip to James Beard Award-winning Chef Arun Sampanthavivat's native Thailand for a culinary tour with an intimate group of 20 guests. Fare is $7,500-$10,500; to book; email Paul Schermerhorn at .

—ETA Restaurant + Bar, located inside Loews Chicago Hotel ( 455 N. Park Dr. ), has new fall developments, including a new a new partnership with Revolution Brewing, food menu, beverage program and updated private dining rooms. Sample menu items include avocado toast, bone-in pork chop, chicken + dumplings, and chicken-fried mushrooms, among other items. See

—Portsmith, 660 N. State St., has launched its weekend brunch. The seafood-focused menu, curated by Executive Chef and Partner Nate Henssler, is available on Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Items include fried fish and waffle, with dark matter maple syrup; uni toast with uni butter, shiitake mushroom, Asian pears and steelhead caviar; and the chilled seafood platter, among other offerings. See .

—For National Coffee Day ( Sept. 29 ), Beatrix will hold a photo contest in which the winner gets free coffee every day for a year. The contest ( which ends Oct. 29 ) involves following Beatrix at Instagram ( @beatrixchicago ), posting a photo of your Beatrix coffee anywhere, and using hashtag #MyBeatrixCoffee on Facebook or Instagram.

—Sal's Trattoria, 2834 N. Southport Ave., has introduced its Sunday brunch ( 10 a..m.-2 p.m. ). Among the dishes are spaghetti and meatballs, spinach + arugula salad, and three eggs ( any style ) with breakfast potatoes, breakfast meat and Italian toast. See .

—Hakka Bakka Kati Rolls, 1251 W. Fullerton Ave., will mark its second anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 1, with an all-day anniversary party on the patio starting at 11 a.m. Guests will be treated to a $2 anniversary menu featuring veggie samosas, masala fries, lentil soup, cumin rice and mango lassi. Also, there is a raffle Sept. 25-Oct. 1 with prizes that include gift cards and a Hoverboard; the winners will be announced Monday, Oct. 2. See .

—In celebration of Grand Cochon—happening Oct. 1 in Chicago—Cochon555 Chicago 2017 Winner and Travelle Kitchen + Bar Chef Ricardo Jarquin is hosting a ticketed collaboration dining experience with past Cochon555 winners including Tim Graham ( Twain ), Andres Padilla ( Topolobampo ), Nicole Pederson ( Found ), Nathan Sears ( TheWit Hotel Chicago ) and more on Sept. 26. ( Travelle is at 330 N. Wabash Ave. ) Admission is $125 per person, excluding tax and gratuity; call 312-923-7703 or email Lindsay Srednicki at .

—Bubbles & Boards, 20 E. Delaware Pl. ( at the recently renovated Talbott Hotel ), offers half-priced select glasses of bubbles and boards ( including the Delice de Bourgogne Cheese Board, with strawberry preserves and fines herbs and burrata with fresh tomatoes, garlic bread, extra virgin olive oil and basil ). Happy hour is Monday-Friday at 3-6 p.m. See

—For the Chicago Marathon, The Florentine, 151 W. Adams St., will feature a three-day Marathon Menu for fueling up before the big race, along with runners specials featuring discounts and free Two Brothers. Dishes include spaghetti and meatballs ( pork, veal, beef ), rigatoni bolognese ( spaghetti squash, zucchini, red onion ) and arugula salad, among other items. View

—SafeHouse Chicago, 60 E. Ontario St., will be celebrating Global James Bond Day on Thursday, Oct. 5, by hosting a special James Bond Lookalike happy hour at 6-8 p.m., in which the winner ( male or female ) will receive a $200 bar tab. Contestants may also dress up as any character from the iconic films to compete. The winner will be chosen and announced at 8 p.m. See .

—The City of Highwood and Celebrate Highwood will host the Eighth Annual Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 6-8 in downtown Highwood. The event will benefit Make-A-Wish Illinois, and is sponsored by HGTV Magazine and Muller Auto Group. Also, in an attempt to to break a world record, festival organizers are inviting the community to come and carve early Oct. 2-5 at 9 a.m.-9 p.m. at City Hall ( 17 Highwood Ave. ). See .

—Identita Golose, an international culinary organization that highlights contemporary Italian cuisine, returns to the United States for the fourth annual Identita Chicago on Oct. 7-8. Eataly Chicago, 43 E. Ohio St., will host the two-day event that will feature Corrado Scaglione, Davide Oldani, Sarah Grueneberg and other prominent chefs; four master classes; and an inaugural "Pizza & Pasta" event that will allow guests to eat their way through Eataly. Tickets are $48 each; visit

—Krispy Kreme's second Chicagoland location since the brand's return to the area this year will open Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 9150 S. Western Ave., Evergreen Park. The opening-day celebration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the Evergreen Park Community High School Mustang Marching Band; a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. The first 100 customers in line when doors open at 6 a.m. will be honored with a free dozen Original Glazed® doughnuts every month for a year.

—For the Chicago Marathon ( Oct. 8 ), runners who visit Joy District, 112 W. Hubbard St., after the marathon will enjoy a 26.2 percent discount for their entire group. The marathon runner must show the runner ID number to receive the discount. Joy District offers Asian-fusion menu items and also has large-format 94-ounce cocktails like Mega Mule, Mega Paloma and the Botanist Punch.

—Also related to the marathon, at Roanoke ( 135 W. Madison St. ), Executive Chef Ryan Kikkert has created a special carbo-load menu Oct. 6-8. Items will include pumpkin ravioli ( $16 ), chicken penne pasta ( $18 ), Marathon Pizza ( $13 ) and tagliatelle pasta ( $18 ). Oct. 8 brunch will feature brown butter French Toast ( $11 ), braised oxtail taquitos huevos ( $12.50 ), porchetta eggs Benedict ( $14 ), ribeye hash skillet ( $12 ) and more. See .

—Loews Chicago Hotel, 455 N. Park Dr., will hold its third annual Harvest Fest on Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The hotel's rooftop terrace, Streeterville Social, will be transformed into a fall pumpkin patch and biergarten to celebrate the autumn season. The pumpkin patch will have pumpkins of various sizes available for patrons to take home and decorate. Every pumpkin is $10 ( any size ), and all pumpkin proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.

—The 17th annual Kohler Food & Wine Experience will take place Oct. 19-22 in Kohler, Wisconsin. The chef line-up includes Richard Blais, Alex Guarnaschelli, Stephanie Izard, Jeff Mauro and cast members from America's Test Kitchen. See .

—At Chez Moi, 2100 N. Halsted St., Chef Dominque Tougne will celebrate Sweetest Day with a a special prix fixe menu for two. Items will include pumpkin soup served in a pumpkin bowl, a special surf-and-turf and "Bleeding Heart" for Two. The three-course menu for two is $150; see .

—Kendall College Trust's ( KCT's ) Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest will take place Saturday, Nov. 4, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the college's Skyline Room. A dozen of Chicago's award-winning chefs ( including Acadia's Ryan McCaskey and Monteverde's Sarah Grueneberg ) will make their best chicken renditions, while KCT Executive Director and Check, Please!'s Catherine De Orio will host. Admission is $85-$195; visit

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