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This Week CHI: April 2-8

Alright Bitches, Spring is here! It definitely doesn’t feel like it here in Chicago, but we’re determined to not let the weather stop us from having a great week and fortunately, the city is showing up this week in full swing. Check out all of the awesome new restaurants across the city and don’t forget about Chicago’s very first shuffleboard club!

The best way to make sure you’ll have a great week, is to make sure you have a great Monday! This Monday finish off your day with some tasty bites and traditional cocktails at The Pink Squirrel, in Logan Square. This retro midwestern super club opened in the fall and folks are loving it. And if you feel like you haven’t fulfilled your Pink Squirrel mix by the end of the night, make sure to pay them another visit and book a lane for some good old fashioned duckpin bowling. Reservations are not required for diner and drinks, but are recommended for bowling. To see the full menu or make a reservation, click here.
The Pink Squirrel, 2414 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Photo by Time Out Chicago

Macy’s Flower Show, hosted by Macy’s on State Street is in its final week. The flower show is held annually at Macy’s marquee stores in New York, San Francisco and Chicago. This year the show has a very special “Once Upon A Springtime” theme and guests are welcomed into a fairytale. On Tuesday, April 3rd, the Flower Show will partner owner and executive Chef Stephen Ross of Lakeview’s Mortar & Pestle (read the brunch review, here), for a cooking demonstration in the Culinary Studio on the 7th floor. Seating is first come, first serve and the demonstration will begin at 12pm. For a full list of events, click here.
Macy’s on State Street, 111 N. State St.

Photo by The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

Chicago’s very own shuffleboard club opened in Bucktown over the weekend and we’ve only been hearing good things. Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, opened its first location in Brooklyn four years ago and after scoping out various cities, Chicago was eventually chosen for the coveted second location. The club not only allows visitors to go head-to-head in a friendly game of shuffleboard, there’s also space for food trucks to pull-up at the docks and allows for visitors to try different cuisine from across the city. Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club has a strict walk-in’s only policy, but the food truck rotation calendar is live on the website and can be found, here.
The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, 1750 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Baseball season is back and the Chicago Cubs are playing the Milwaukee Brewers this Thursday. If you don’t have tickets to the game, head up to the new and improved Wrigleyville to watch the game and grab some great food. Rizzo’s Bar and Inn is now open and is serving up everything you could ever want while watching a baseball game, and that includes a 19’ Giant Pretzel. Rizzo’s Bar and Inn opens everyday at 4pm and reservations are recommended for big groups. To make a reservation and see the full menu, visit the website, here.
Rizzo’s Bar & Inn, 3658 N. Clark

Photo by Anne Petersen.

This Friday might just be the best yet. Baconfest Chicago kicks off Friday night at 7pm and is just the beginning of a bacon filled weekend and we cannot think of anything better than that! All weekend long local Chicago restaurants and their star chefs will be serving small plates featuring the guest of honor, bacon. And the fun doesn’t stop there, the chefs will be joined by local mixologists and brewers who will be showcasing bacon-based and bacon-inspired cocktails and brews. Baconfest Chicago will be hosted at UIC Forum and tickets can be purchased on the official website, here.
UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Saturday April 7th, quite possibly, might be the greatest day of the year. International Tom Hanks Day, and The Chop Shop in Wicker Park will be celebrating this special day. Hanks fans are welcome to gather to watch some of his most memorable films, while raising money for Hanks favorite charity, Lifeline Energy. The charity aims to bring education to children across Africa. The event will include an incredible raffle featuring items autographed by Hanks himself. Tickets are still available for $10 and all proceeds will go to the charity. Purchase your tickets, here.
The Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave.

Headquarters Beercade’s annual “What The Firk” Firkin Beer Fest is back and it’s time to celebrate it’s 5 year anniversary! 40 breweries will be participating this year, including Goose Island, Ballast Point, Pollyanna, Lagunitas, 2 Brothers, and many more. Each brewery will be bringing their most exciting and rare brews to HQ’s on Sunday, April 8th. Tickets range from $10- $40, and are available for purchase on the website, here.
Headquarters Beercade, 213 W. Institute Pl.

Julie Strand

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