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This Week in CHI: April 3-9

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After tonight, the 2017 NCAA March Madness champions will be decided and constant talk of college basketball will be benched. Chicago’s social scene, however, most certainly will not. Here is what is going on this week in Chicago.

Monday
Take cue from Chance the Rapper and do your part to help raise money for Chicago Public Schools by sipping and voting on mezcal cocktails crafted by bartenders from some of our favorite spots at the Third Annual West Loop Shakedown. The bars competing for the top cocktail include Honey’s, Bar Siena, Beatrix Chicago, and many more. Nellcôte will be providing the lovely venue and light bites. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here. Nellcôte – 833 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL.

If mezcal doesn’t catch your fancy, then grab a beer at Lagunitas Chicago TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary to “Ring in Spring with Common Threads.” Common Threads focuses on providing preventative health programs for children in urban schools by teaching nutrition education through hands-on cooking programs. Listen to live music, drink Lagunitas (my favorite is the Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ IPA) and dine on food from Chicago q and Blue Door Kitchen. All beer sales benefit Common Threads, so drink up Bitches! Admission is free, however a $20 donation is suggested. For more information, click here. Lagunitas Brewing Company Chicago TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary – 2607 W. 17th St., Chicago, IL.

For our wine connoisseurs, discover the multitude of wine styles, nine to be exact, native to the Jura region of France at the Jura Wines Winemaker Tasting Party hosted by Publican Quality Meats. We may need to refresh our tasting (read: drinking) technique, as almost 100 wines will be available for your tasting pleasure. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here. Publican Quality Meats – 825 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL.

Tuesday
Eataly is giving us the greatest gift of all; a hands-on tutorial on baking bread in your own home taught by Eataly’s own head baker, Erin Flinn. Learning to bake bread in my own kitchen speaks entirely to my “carbivore” soul, plus, it would totally up my avocado toast game. The event’s parting gift is Eataly’s mother yeast to get the at-home bread making started! Class cost is $25. For tickets and more information, click here. Eataly Chicago – 43 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL.

Summer House Santa Monica is hosting Michael Honig of Honig Winery & Vineyard for its latest Wine Dinner Series, of which is absolutely making me reminisce on my recent trip to Napa Valley with HBIC, Cori Sue! The family-owned and operated Honig Winery & Vineyard is sustainably farmed and utilizes solar power to produce its wine. Socially responsible winemaking practices already make Honig Winery & Vineyard winners in our book. Summer House Santa Monica has concocted a four-course, prix fixe dinner to highlight each wine served. The dining experience begins at 6:30 p.m. and is $85 per guest. For reservations and more information, click here. Santa Monica Summer House – 1954 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL.

Wednesday
Survive Hump Day this week by heading to the grand and historic Germania Place for the ultimate foodie cocktail party, the Taste of Gold Coast. Returning for its 8th year, the event promises samples of popular menu items from a plethora of the Gold Coast’s surrounding restaurants. Cocktail attire is required, but we will take any excuse to dress up. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit The North Dearborn Association. Tickets are $60. For tickets and more information, click here. Germania Place – 108 W. Germania Place, Chicago, IL.

On my honor, I will try to strictly drink beer only if accompanied by a delicious Girl Scout cookie. Thanks to Easy Bar and Aleman Brewing, the new and improved Girl Scout pledge can become a reality, even if it is only for one night. The creative pairings being offered are Shortbread Trefoils with the Stickman Blonde Stout, Samoas with the Soulman Brown Ale with salted caramel, and Savannah Smiles with the Ladiesman Wheat Ale. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will last until every last Girl Scout cookie disappears. For more information, click here. Easy Bar – 1944 W. Division St., Chicago, IL.

Thursday
Chicago’s hip ping pong bar, SPiN has been on the scene for one year now and is celebrating its birthday on National Table Tennis Day! SPiN is gifting over 12 ping pong tables to Chicago Public Schools to introduce the sport to under served youth in our community. SPiN’s funky vibe make this a fun spot whether you choose to play or watch. RSVP here to receive a complimentary drink. Party starts at 7 p.m! SPiN Chicago – 344 N State St., Chicago, IL.

Friday
Escape to the 1920s with a glass full of bathtub gin at the newly renovated Black Kat Club grand opening. Prohibition of alcohol may be long gone but this new spot proves the era of speakeasies is still present in this toddlin’ town! Daisy Buchanan be damned. Female golf star and independent woman, Jordan Baker will be our spirit animal for the night. For event information, click here. Black Kat Club – 1204 N. State St., Chicago, IL. Located on the Top Floor of the Tip Top Inn.

Saturday
Thursday was National Beer Day but the River North Beer Fest held off on the celebrations to ensure our Saturday is filled with beer! Expand your knowledge of the growing industry of craft beers and breweries by sampling over 25 breweries latest brews. Old Crow Smokehouse River North is the gracious host and I can’t think of anything better than beer to wash down the pulled pork Memphis tacos. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here. Old Crow Smokehouse River North – 149 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, IL.

Sunday
Change up your Sunday morning routine, and no, we would never suggest you nix brunch! However, this Sunday, instead of grabbing your go to spring trench, head over to Highline Bar + Lounge from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. sporting the outrageous 80s outfit we know you have in the back of your closet. Fresh 80s beats and cult classics will be played to bring you back to a world with neon and big hair. To book your brunch reservation, click here. Highline Bar + Lounge – 169 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, IL.

Coming soon
This year, we’re excited to partner with Chicago Sport and Social for the new Brunch n’ Kickball league! Come play with us on Sundays in Lincoln Park and then head to brunch at some of our favorite Bitch-approved brunch spots nearby! Click here to register for a team, or subscribe to our Twitter and newsletter for a chance to win two slots on our team and play with the Bitches!

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