The 20th annual Chicago's Best WingFest will take place Saturday, April 13, 12-4 p.m., at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave. The special Chicago Police Department/Chicago Fire Department wing-eating competition guest host will be Chicago Fire's Miranda Rae Mayo. Just a few of the vendors will include Bangers & Lace, Goose Island, Downtown Dogs, The Fifty 50, Buffalo Wings & Rings, Hangry's and Butch McGuire's. Also, Elliot Bambrough is hosting the official WingFest After Party at 551 Live, 551 N. Ogden Ave. Visit wingfest.com .
Black Dog Gelato, 859 N. Damen Ave., will feature nine different Game of Thrones-inspired gelato and sorbet flavors for April. Located at 859 N. Damen Ave., Black Dog Gelato is set to reopen for the season Friday, April 12. The nine flavors of the themed menu are Golden Rose, The Salt Throne, Moonpie Door, Robert's Rebellion, Arbor Gold, You Know Muffin Jon Snow, Mother of Dragons, The City of Brotherly Sisterly Love and Lady Stonefruit.
Frontier will conclude its weekly Sunday night Game of Thrones ( GoT ) dinners and viewing parties on Sunday, April 14, 5-7 p.m., with a wild-boar feast and viewing party of the final episodes of season seven. Tickets are $30, and include the feast with sides, Game of Thrones tarot-card readings, costume contests with official GoT prizes and more. Cocktails include The Cersei Lannister ( half-bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon served in a porron ), and several more. Tickets can be purchased online at thefrontierchicago.com/happenings.
For Tax Day ( Monday, April 15 ), Hubbard Inn, 110 W. Hubbard St., will offer Mad Men-themed specials 4-7 p.m. ( They include $2 king-crab legs, $5 Manhattans and martinis, and more. ) Also, the bar/restaurant will play 1960s movies including James Bond, The Graduate, Sound of Music, West Side Story and The Good The Bad and the Ugly along with '60s music from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, The Beach Boys and Bob Dylan.
At Benny's Chop House, 444 N. Wabash Ave., the full menu will be offered 3-9 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 21. In addition to steak and seafood items, there will be special desserts such as carrot cake, milk-chocolate s'mores cheesecake and banana cream pie. There will also be a kids' menu available. Call 312-626-2444.
Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods, 1415 N. Wood St., will celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 21, at 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The festivities will include Easter baskets, kids' menu offerings and brunch favorites by chef Brian Jupiter. Guest go-to brunch items include Mae's fried chicken & waffle, breakfast po' boy and pain perdu French toast. Reservations can be made at InaMaeTavern.com .
Chef Luca Corazzina will offer "Easter Benny Brunch" at 312 Chicago, 136 N. LaSalle St., on Sunday, April 21, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. In addition to the regular menu, the Loop restaurant will be whipping up five special eggs Benedict variations ( buffala, spring, crab, avocado and lobster ) made with fresh bread that is baked in-house daily and creative hollandaise sauces. Head Bartender Andres Padilla is also shaking Easter Basket-inspired cocktails with marshmallow Peeps and jelly beans. See 312Chicago.com .
The Peninsula Hotel will return with its annual Easter brunch. Spanning The Lobby as well as the Avenues Ballroom, the all-day buffet features an extravagant array of savory and sweet dishes prepared by The Peninsula's culinary team. There is something for every palate, from sashimi cut to order, to a "Vegetable Farm" with its colorfully composed salads, to a selection of pastries, tarts and other sweets. There will be three seatings in The Lobby between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and two seatings in the Avenues Ballroom between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Lobby's Easter Brunch is $225 for adults and $65 for children ages 5 to 12 ( excluding tax, gratuity and alcoholic beverages ); call 312- 573-6685 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tuscany Restaurant on Taylor Street, 1014 W. Taylor St., will feature an a la carte Easter specials menu created by Executive Chef Victorio Padilla. The regular menu will also be available, and specials will include items like burratina ( $12 ), with roasted beet, pesto and a grilled baguette; gnocchi ragu D'Agnello ( $22 ), with lamb, tomatoes, red wine and pecorino; and Speck Eggs and Pizza ( $17 ), with mascarpone cream sauce, fontina over-easy eggs and arugula.
Bernie's Lunch & Supper, 660 N. Orleans St., will offer a la carte specials in addition to its regular brunch menu for Easter Sunday at 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A la carte options include $12 Scotch egg, $9 hot-crossed buns and a $15 ham, asparagus and cheese quiche. Visit Bernies-Chicago.com .
River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle St., will have an Easter Sunday chef table. There will be a breakfast station ( bacon, blueberry French toast and more ), salads, hand-carved roasts, sides and desserts. Cost: $55 per adult, $18 for kids 5-12, free for kids 4 and younger
The Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago, 221 N. Columbus Dr., will have a family-friendly Easter brunch at 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 21. It will feature a full brunch buffet with garlic-crusted leg of lamb, an omelet station, snow-crab legs, French toast, an Easter dessert display, complimentary Champagne pours and complimentary self-parking. Guests can even expect an Easter Bunny appearance. Brunch is $56 per adult, $22 per child 11+ and $15 for children 3-10, while kids under 3 eat free. See https://www.radissonblu.com/en/aquahotel-chicago.
Forum 55, 55 E. Monroe St., will be hosting an egg hunt all next week for Easter. Starting next Monday, an Easter Egg will be hidden throughout the food hall for a guest to find each day, Monday-Friday. A $20 gift certificate to Forum 55 will be inside each egg. It'll be a silver or gold egg; after it's found, the egg needs to be returned to Jillian at Forum 55 to redeem the gift card.
Logan Square spot Daisies will mark Earth Day (April 22) with vegetable-forward cocktails. In correlation with Earth Day, a tomato/parsley stem cocktail will be added to the menu. Among other drinks, there will also be the beet Old Fashioned as well as the Night Vision (Campari/Carpano Antica/carrot and orange juices)..
A Chicago-area pie shop and non-profit that feeds more than 700 people in need each week took home the $10,000 grand prize in a national business makeover giveaway. First Slice Pie Cafe, 5357 N. Ashland Ave., will unveil its new lookand dish out a year's worth of free pie for guestsin a full-scale celebration slated for Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m. The first 50 guests in line will receive a punch card valid for free pie for a year. First Slice Pie Cafe was the winning recipient of the $10,000 makeover campaign by integrated marketing and signage specialists at AlphaGraphics, in cooperation with branding and advertising agency Awe Collective.
Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., will celebrate Jazzfest with its annual all-you-can-eat crawfish boil on Sunday, April 28, with seatings at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include all-you-can-eat crawfish, corn and potatoes. Frontier will also offer $10 crawfish Monicas, $8 crawfish pies, $8 frozen daiquiris and $5 Abita specials, in addition to live music. Tickets can be purchased online at thefrontierchicago.com/happenings.
Chef/Partner Tony Mantuano and Cubs Manager Joe Maddon revealed that "Maddon's Post" will serve as the official name of their forthcoming two-story 7,400-square-foot restaurant, opening this May. Located at 1119 W. Waveland Ave., Maddon's Post will be steps from historic Wrigley Field and part of Gallagher Way, the entertainment district in the heart of the Wrigleyville neighborhood. Staffers include Executive Chef Aaron Thebault ( who just spent 8 years working alongside Stephanie Izard at Girl & the Goat, most recently as chef de cuisine ) and Wine Director Rachael Lowe ( a Food & Wine "Sommelier of the Year" in 2016 ).
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.
One Off Hospitalitywhich has captured seven James Beard awards over the last 20 yearshas announced the addition of a brand new restaurant to its portfolio of Chicago concepts, joining the likes of Blackbird, avec, The Publican and more. Located at Milwaukee, Damen and North avenues in Wicker Park, the group's newest project, Cafe Cancale, will take the place of the group's former Publican Anker concept in late spring/early summer.
Brian Jupiter has changed Frontier's menu in anticipation of Chicago's warmer months. New additions to the "Snack" section of the menu, sold by the piece, include a smoked mushroom fritter ( muenster, confit garlic, rosemary, creamy chimichurri; $3 ) and, back by popular demand, the duck taco ( salsa, queso fresco, crispy potato, red onion, tortilla, cilantro; $5 ). Other new items will include antelope cheesesteak ( $24 ), cucumber salad ( $10 ) and blueberry bread pudding ( $9 ).
LondonHouse Chicago, 85 E. Upper Wacker Dr., brings jazz back to the historic building with a Jazz Brunch Series. Performers throughout the month include the Casey Myles Trio, Petra, Patrick Jasper and the Loyola Academy Jazz Band. Executive Chef Jacob Verstegen crafts a special menu of jazzy brunch eats for the series, including dishes such as shortrib hash browns ( $12 ), with creamed nettles, spring garlic, braised shortrib and a fried egg; smoky biscuits and gravy ( $10 ); and the Coffee & Donuts ( $8 ).
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