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This Week In CHI: August 22-28

The last week before September is officially here and in full swing. The events are as hot as the 90 degree temperatures, so what are you waiting for? There are amazing brunches, great happy hours and the best dinners the summer has to offer. With amazing patios, and delicious drinks soak up the last days of August in style. Here’s what’s happening this week in Chicago.


As one of the hottest neighborhoods in the West Loop is offering a Tasting & Historical Walking Tour. Experience the best food, drink and lessons Chicago has to offer. This adventure will include six food tastings and three beverage ones at three different restaurants. This guided town is the best way to start your week off right. Starting at 11:30am this event includes a wine tasting and even lets you take a bottle of your favorite vino to go – does it get any better? Get a ticket quick because they are going fast!  For more information, click here


Head to Piccolo Sogno for an amazing summer dinner on the best patio in town. With Caprese Salad, prosciutto di parma, and homemade pizza – Sogno is the place to go for dinner after work. Plan your next date night or girls night out here as you enjoy wine and conversation on a warm august night. For a full menu or to make a reservation or to make a reservation, click here.



It’s wine and a movie night at Pearl Tavern! Pearl Tavern will host it’s first movie night featuring the film Dirty Dancing on the back riverside patio. Moviegoers can watch the classic film on jumbo screens right next to the Chicago River. Tickets are $20 and will get you entree, a drink ticket and endless truffle popcorn. People can come in early and receive 10% off dinner at Pearl Tavern. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Balena has one of the best dinner or brunch options in Chicago. With a great happy hour menu Monday-Thursdays, this is a great go-to stop for a deal after a long day of work. Try Balena’s spiced olives with a glass of crisp white wine to complete the perfect summer night.If you have a crazy week then stop by for lunch on the weekend where you can choose from a basket of fresh scones, salmon eggs benedict, french toast with fresh almonds and blueberries. This is a brunch you won’t want to miss. For a full menu and to book a reservation click here.

Get away from the stresses of the city with Urban Kayaks Tour. This 1.5 hour long tour of Chicago lets you get out in the open air as you go through a guided historical tour of your favorite city. So grab your friends and don’t forget your sunscreen because this hot event last only a couple more weeks! For more information or to book your tour, click here.


ZooBrew with Chicago’s Zoological Society at Brookfield is finally here! If you are free, head west to Brookfield for a night you are sure to love. Enjoy seeing your favorite animals as you sip on your favorite beer, lager, or ale. This is unique beer-tasting features over 80 choices and will leave seeing lions and tiger and beers – oh my. For more information or to see the full list of what beers are being offered, click here.

If you feel like sticking around the city then head to Halsted Street and get in tune with your Greek roots at Taste of Greektown. Celebrating it’s 27th year, this annual event is one of the best culinary events of the summer. Come enjoy delicious food as you see plenty of entertainment and music, including some greek bands.  For more information, click here. Opa!


Come to North Ave. Beach with your girls for Burpees and Brunch from 8:30-11:30am. Enjoy an array of workout stations before heading to brunch and leaving with your very own goodie bag. Members get a discount so sign up today with Crosstown Fitness. This event will make your body and taste buds very happy. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Bucktown Art Fair Chicago is celebrating its 30th year. Come see local artists and aspiring ones at this non-profit event Chicagoans love. This Bucktown and Wicker park annual events helps art thrive and let’s you spend your Sunday looking at some beautiful pieces while you grab food from your favorite local restaurants. For more information on the event, click here.



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