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This Week in CHI: August 1-7

August is finally here and it’s starting with a bang! With great events, returning annual favorites, and the hottest deals, the first week of this month is sure to be unforgettable. Recoup after your weekend at Lolla because you won’t want to miss this week in Chicago.


Can you spell B-U-Z-Z-E-D? Buzzed Spelling Bee is back at Elbo Room. Join in the fun every first Monday of the month from now until December. Show up at 8 p.m. to be one of the first of 30 to participate. PBR gear will be given to all participants and the winner gets a $50 bar tab. Misspell and you can join your friends to watch the rest of the show. Try your best at spelling your way through $3 tall boys and have yourself some F-U-N. For more information and to check out what else the Elbo Room has to offer, click here.


Come to the annual Festival of Oysters at Tavern on Rush. Chicagoans head to Gold Coast to indulge in $1 oysters and great drink deals. With some of the best oysters in Chicago you can pick from stone oven baked or fried, as well as jalapeno bacon or lemon garlic. For more information of the deals happening click here.

Come to Kizuki for the best ramen AND free ice cream. Sign in using Facebook and you can enjoy Kizuki’s unique and delicious green tea ice cream. Stop by for dinner and get ice cream on your way out because you won’t want to miss out on the most authentic ramen experience. With choices from pork, chicken, or even vegetarian—the broths are all unique and mouthwatering. To see their full menu and how to get your free ice cream click here.


Adopt a duck for the annual Rubber Ducky Derby. Watch 50,000 yellow rubber ducks cruise down the Chicago River at 10 a.m. at 400 North Michigan Avenue. For only $5 you could be part of this great event where all the proceeds benefit over 22,000 athletes across Illinois. If your duck wins you could win a 2016 Chevy Malibu, an all-inclusive Apple Vacation to Cancun, and other amazing prizes! For more information on this unique event click here.

After watching those yellow duckies race down the Chicago River, check La Briola for some delicious brunch. Whether it’s bagels and lox or a Croque Monsieur (or Madame with a fried egg), La Briola has an amazing menu. If you are in a rush, no worries, get some coffee and a pastry from the cafe where everything is made fresh daily. For more information and menu items, click here.

Chicago’s Brew Cruises are back for the summer. Get ready for Shoreline sights and Revolution Brewing as the Brew Cruise officially opens for the summertime. Join the party and enjoy a night of craft beer, appetizers, and live music, all while you sail through Chicago and take in the city at night. The cruise departs at 8 p.m. sharp, so book your tickets now and get ready for 90 minutes of beer tasting and remarkable views. Click here to reserve your spot and find out more information.

See your favorite football team at Soldier field with Chicago Bears Meijers Family Fest. Enjoy a Bears scrimmage while you listen to live music and meet some alumni. Gates open at 11 a.m. For just $10 or $65 for a family 4-pack buy tickets here.

If you’re not into football, then head to Irving park for the Old Irving Park Beer and BBQ Challenge. Combining two of the very best things—beer and BBQ—this event pairs local Chicago breweries with pit masters from Old Irving Park making it one of the best events of the summer. All you need to do is attend and vote on your favorites. Held in the parking lot of the St. Viator Elementary School, all proceeds will go to developing the community. For more information or to buy tickets click here.

Join in the fun at the Taste of Lincoln Ave where you can enjoy live music, great beer, food and your favorite vendors. In one of Chicago’s hottest neighborhoods, this event is a must. For more information of who is playing, vendors, or how to volunteer click here.


Wrigleyville Summerfest is here and we are so excited about it! There will be vendors, food and your favorite beers on tap so you can fully immerse yourself in this fest. With a great lineup of original artists from Chicago, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Headliners like Too White Crew and Hairbangers will have the party in full swing. For more information and to RSVP click here.

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