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This Week Chicago: June 8-14

The summer is coming and this week is packed full of Chicago summer favorites: festivals, libations, and improv. Enjoy, Bitches!


Move over Oscars, Chicago Rising Stars Tasting Gala & Awards are going down tonight at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Cafe Brauer. Nineteen tastings, 19 beverage pairings, and two signature cocktails are being served at this purely lavish event. Award winners include Johnny Clark & Beverly Kim of Parachute, Abraham Conlon of Fat Rice, Harold Jurado of Yusho, Lee Wolen of Boka, and more. Get your tickets here.

Salt Cod Ravioli, Lardo, Braised Artichokes, Artichoke Puree, Crispy Artichoke, and Cod Emulsion
Salt Cod Ravioli, Lardo, Braised Artichokes, Artichoke Puree, Crispy Artichoke, and Cod Emulsion


Put on your most stylish stretchy pants to sample Clark Street’s best at the “Cravings on Clark” restaurant crawl. Start with the Basil Leaf Cafe’s rigatoni bolognese and finish off with macarons from Vanille Patisserie. Get more info here.


Get ready to be invited to everyone’s backyard barbeque after learning how to make the dangerously delicious Mezcal Mule at a cocktail class at Nacional 27. The $25 ticket includes the cocktail class, tapas, and recipe cards to take home. Get more info here.


Grab your favorite person for a lavish weekday date night at Arami. The menu is Inspired by Forbidden Root’s current brews and includes: scallop crudo; nigiri/sashimi; braised pork belly; roasted rabbit; dessert. Get more info here.

Mezcal mule


Leave your white pants at home, Lakeview’s annual Ribfest XVII starts tonight and goes all weekend. Featured on Food Network and USA Today, the event allows you to ditch the lines and taste all the best ribs with a VIP pass. Ribs are this summer’s staple, and this party will kick your summer off right. Get tickets and information here.



This Saturday, head to the beautiful tree-lined streets of historic Old Town for the Art Fair. Typically known as the festival for boozy fun with friends, the festival actually hosts 250 nationally acclaimed artists! Rain or shine, this is the place to spend your Saturday and snag some gorgeous pieces for your apartment. Get more information here.


Two of the Chicago Bitches favorite things, brunch and comedy, are combined this Sunday. The Uptown Comedy Club is filling our bellies with a buffet-style brunch followed by a hilarious Second City improv show. What more could you ask for? Get tickets and more info here.


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