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This Week CHI: July 27 – August 2

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Before the Monday blues set in, check out our top picks for you to enjoy the week and Chicago summer while it lasts. Get your shades out for a week full of outdoor activities in the sun.


Cutting back on carbs even in the summer is just too difficult. All our favorites are full of carbs—croissants, doughnuts, and noodles.  Feed your noodle addiction this Monday at Arami’s Noodle Night. Yusho chef Harold Jarado will join Arami chefs to creative Japanese noodle dishes. On the menu is Hamachi poke; spicy chicken and beer ramen; and braised short rib tonkatsu. Yes, my mouth is watering too. Arami, 1829 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL. Get more information here.

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Head out to the Millennium Park’s Movie Series to watch Almost Famous. Every seat is a great one, just don’t forget a blanket and some snacks. The movie starts at 6: 30 p.m. Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL. Get more information here.


Is wine Wednesday a thing yet? Either way, unwind with a glass in hand at the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Wine and Wildflowers Garden Party. The zoo hosts the annual event with live music, varietals and blends from leading wine making regions, discussions with horticulture experts, and a silent auction.  Tickets are $75 per person. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL.Get your tickets here.

Wine and Wildflowers
Photo via Lincoln Park Zoo


Forget what your mother said, play with your food at Read It & Eat ‘s “Playing with Pasta.” Thomas McNaughton will teach guests how to make the perfect summer dish, like arugula pappardelle with preserved lemon, summer squash, and mint. Now all you have to worry about it is who you going to cook for. Read It & Eat, 2142 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL. Get more information here.


And the Lollapalooza madness begins! Too pumped to go home after Friday’s line-up? Head to Bub City for the after party! July 31. Live entertainment includes Grandpa vs. Prowler. “ Admission is $5 per person. Party starts at 11 p.m. Bub City, 435 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL. Get more information here.

Bub City
Photo via Bub City


If you still need an accessory to complete your Lolla outfit head to Freehand Hotel | Hostel Saturday afternoon. The Foxglove Studio will show you how to create an ethereal flower crown with your personal flair. The workshop will be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Freehand Hotel | Hostel, 19 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL. Get more information here.


After a weekend at Lolla or just one too many stop by Tanta for the recovery brunch service. Tanta serves up traditional hangover leche de tigre full of electrolytes and Peruvian brunch bites on their rooftop. The “Rooftop Recovery Brunch” is held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tanta, 118 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL. Get more information here.

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