French bistro Le Bouchon, 1958 N. Damen Ave., will be open Sunday, July 14, to celebrate Bastille Day. To honor the French national holiday, Le Head Chef Jean Claude Poilevey and son, Sous Chef Oliver Poilevey, have created a prix fixe menu for $25 to be offered at the restaurant July 12-14. This menu includes escargot or salad Lyonnaise, steak frites or trout Grenobloise and mousse au chocolat or crème caramel. See www.lebouchonofchicago.com .
The Mexican taqueria Flaco's Tacos is opening a location in Wrigleyville (3530 N. Clark St.) the week of July 8. The restaurant's tacos, burritos, tortas and tamales are made in its kitchens in the traditional Mexican fashion. Flaco's Wrigleyville is a "hybrid" between a full-service and quick-service restaurant. Guests will order at the counter, but then their food will be brought to them.
For July, owners Lisa and Michael Kornick have extended mk The Restaurant's annual seasonal closure to undergo dining-room renovations. In August, the restaurant will reopen to reveal the refreshed interior design, new bar, and an enhanced lounge space with an expanded row of window seating. Along with the updated space, Chef Kornick and Executive Chef Erick Williams will introduce a new lounge-specific menu.
Ada's Famous Deli, 14 S. Wabash Ave., has apparently closedat least temporarily, according to ChicagoBusiness.com . Ada's is in the Silversmith Hotel. On its website, hotel management says, "We are currently refreshing our restaurant and bar, during this time we will be offering all of our guests a complimentary quick start breakfast served in the lobby of our hotel."
Chicago Gourmets, marking its 16th year, is joining forces with Evanston French-American seafood restaurant Oceanique (celebrating its 25th year) for a degustation event Tuesday, July 23, at 6 p.m. at Oceanique, 505 Main St. Items will include Virginia Misty Point oysters, wild Maine diver scallops, sorbet, wild Delaware skate and Valrhona chocolate Marjolaineall with different wines. The cost is $89 for Chicago Gourmets members and $99 for non-members; visit www.chicagourmets.org or call 708-383-7543.
READY Coffee, a new independent coffee shop, has opened at 1562 N. Milwaukee Ave. All of the READY Coffee blends are roasted locally by legendary Chicago coffee roaster Greg Stivers. Prices of items are $1-$3, and the prices start with READY's one-dollar "Buck Cup," a 12-ounce cup of premium drip coffee made from the 100-percent Arabica house blend. See readycoffee.com .
Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care, a program of Heartland Health Outreach, Inc., has announced the Chefs and the City Summer Tasting & Croquet Garden Party Sunday, July 28, at Galleria Marchetti, 825 W. Erie St., 12:30-5 p.m. Attendees will sip on cocktails courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka and sample items from more than 15 of Chicago's most elite and experienced chefs including Bill Kim of BellyQ, Shin Thompson of Kabocha, and Brian Huston of The Publican. Tickets are $150 each ($600 for a croquet team of four to six people); visit www.heartlandalliance.org/vital or call 773-271-9161.
Howard Brown Health Center's "Garden of Eve" kickoff event will take place Thursday, July 11, 6-8 p.m., at L'etage Wine and Cocktail Bar, 5420 N. Clark St. The event is free, and hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided. To RSVP, contact Lizzie Bright at 773-388-8992 or LizzieB@howardbrown.org .
Japonais, 600 W. Chicago Ave., is hosting a 100 Club junior board soiree Wed., July 10, 6-9 p.m. The 100 Club of Chicago invites guests to sip signature cocktails, beer and sake while enjoying hors d'oeuvres. The 100 Club of Chicago provides for surviving spouses and dependent of law-enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics who have lost their lives in the line of duty. See www.japonaischicago.com .
For the fourth straight year, DMK Burger Bar is partnering with Make-A-Wish Illinois to help raise funds and grant wishes for local children with life-threatening medical conditions. As part of the 365 Days of Giving efforts, during the month of July, DMK Burger Bar will offer Kianna's Burger in honor of one special Make-A-Wish friend. Priced at $10 each, 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to the Make-A-Wish foundation. See www.dmkburgerbar.com .
In honor of National Grilling Month (July), 216 W. Ohio St., will offer its signature grilled salmon (Atlantic salmon, wild rice, sugar snaps, grilled pineapple mango salsa; $20). See www.municipalbar.com .
Donley's Wild West Town in Union, Ill., has announced that it will open a reconceptualized restaurant, the South Union Roadhouse, Aug. 1. Signature items include burgers, ribs and specials like the Beer Cheese Fondue made with Lone Star Beer straight from Texas. Beginning at 8 p.m. on Aug. 1, South Union Roadhouse will host a launch party featuring $3 you-call-it drink specials, passed samples from the new menu, and live music on the patio featuring Jim and Justin from Modern Day Romeos. See www.wildwesttown.com .
This July, Clark Street Dog and Bar, 3040 N. Clark St., will celebrate National Hot Dog Month. The restaurant has been serving hot dogs, hamburgers, gyros, Italian beef and sausage, chicken sandwiches, salads and other items for more than 36 years. See https://www.facebook.com/ClarkStreetDog.
The fourth Roscoe Village Burger Fest will take place Saturday-Sunday, July 13-14, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., on Belmont Avenue at Damen Avenue. There will be 14 burger vendors, including Banh Mi & Company, Stanley's Kitchen & Tap, Hamburger Mary's, Rockit Burger Bar, Twenty Five Degrees and Goose Island Brewpubs. Sister Hazel and Cowboy Mouth will be among the bands at the festival. The gate donation is $7; see www.ChicagoEvents.com .
Pastry Chicago is holding a free ice-cream social with Nielsen-Massey Vanillas Friday, July 26, 6-8 p.m., at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water St. There will be tastings as well as a demonstration by Chef Joshua Johnson of The French Pastry School. RSVP at email@example.com or 312-726-2419, ext. 208.
Untitled, 111 W. Kinzie St., has upgraded its menu to include summer items such as beef carpaccio, foraged mushroom pasta, nicoise black cod and whole friend loup de mere. In addition, guests can try Soul Brunch Sundays. Menu items are $9-$39; see www.untitled-chicago.com .
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