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This Week in CHI: March 27 – April 2

This past weekend, the Chicago Bitches braved the rain better than Holly Golightly and Cat in order to brunch at the new Wicker Park spot, Rhyme or Reason. It was divine. As I daydream of the coffee cake, let’s see what is going on this week in Chicago.

You be the judge at The Tin on Tin Cocktail Classic as six of Chicago’s top mixologists put their best drink forward. The stakes are high as the winner receives a trip to New Orleans to compete in the 2017 Tales of the Cocktail. Hosted by Raised, the Renaissance Chicago Hotel’s urban rooftop bar, this event includes creative cocktails, helpful hints from mixologists, and a fabulous view of the city. Tickets are $20, and tickets are available here. To check out our review of Raised, click here. To check out our recap of the opening party of Raised, click here. Raised Bar at The Renaissance Chicago Hotel – 1 W. Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL.

Our consumption of whisky does not stop with St. Patrick’s Day. The Untitled Supper Club is celebrating International Whisky Day by serving up a three-course prix-fixe menu and whisky cocktails, and tastings to celebrate. The menu is designed to complement each individual expression of whisky, and there will certainly be a lot of it. I enjoy whisky, but the cured salmon belly on pumpernickel with blood orange and grapefruit drizzled with sherry vinaigrette and topped with mâche and frisée starter has me sold. For tickets and more information, click here. Untitled Supper Club at 111 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL.

Tomorrow the 2017 Habitat Young Professionals start building, but tonight, we all drink! The Revolution Brewery Brew Pub, located in Logan Square, is letting their taps flow freely from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to aid Habitat for Humanity’s mission to provide affordable housing for families in need throughout the Chicagoland area. Tickets are $30 with all proceeds benefit Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity. For tickets, click here. Revolution Brewing Brew Pub at 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL.

Walk in and immediately get poured a tasting of vintage release rosé wine. Sounds quite a bit like my ideal version of a warm welcome! Located along the main drag in Roscoe Village, Volo Wine Bar marks its 12th year serving Chicagoans a rotating selection of 30 boutique wines, all priced under $45 per bottle. In celebration, Volo Wine Bar is hosting happy hour all week with $5 small batch wines, $5 sangria and $1 oysters. Original opening menu items will be brought out of retirement and offered with the new spring seasonal menu. For reservations and more information, click here. Volo Wine Bar at 2008 W. Roscoe St., Chicago, IL.

Get Hopped Up for Beer Madness as a mix of local and non-local star breweries takeover the taps at The House of Blues. Beers start at $4 and Highway 41 takes the stage to provide live music. This is the House of Blues after all, and we loved it for brunch. To read our review, click here and for entry and more information, click here. The House of Blues Chicago at 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL.

Revival Social Club is celebrating International Whiskey Day a few days late, but I don’t hear any complaints! Focusing on whiskey from this side of the pond, Revival Social Club revolves its three-course dinner menu around Kentucky Rabbit Hole Whiskeys. Escape down the rabbit hole for an evening with a Kentucky Rabbit Hole cocktail in hand. Don’t spill! The evening is $45. For reservations and more information, click here. Revival Social Club to 1133 W. Granville Ave., Chicago, IL.

Channel your inner female James Bond for the grand opening of The SafeHouse Chicago. The new spy restaurant and bar in town has revealed its location and is calling for the presence of all spies to ensure the success of this evening’s mission, an epic dance party. The location of The SafeHouse Chicago can be stealthily uncovered by typing its coordinates into Google Maps, 41°53’35.9″N 87°37’33.2″W. Until then, I’ll have “a medium dry martini, lemon peel. Shaken, not stirred.” For more information, click here.

BACON! BACON! BACON! This weekend revolves strictly around bacon as 50 chefs and thousands of bacon lovers return to Chicago for the 9th Annual Baconfest. Bounce around to each table to tantalize your taste buds with bacon-based, bacon-infused and bacon-inspired bites and beverages. For tickets and more information, click here. UIC Forum at 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL.

Mind Matters Chicago, an organization dedicated to transforming the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success, will be hosting their 10th Anniversary :Spring for the Students” Gala at the Adler Planetarium. COme support students and the cause, while dining on light bites and enjoying the open bar at one of Chicago’s most notable institutions. For more information and tickets, click here.

For the first time in 60 years, James McNeill Whistler’s famous portrait of his mother is available for viewing at The Art Institute of Chicago. The significance of the iconic painting, widely known as, “Whistler’s Mother,” will be discussed by curator Victoria Sancho-Lobis from 12 p.m. to 1p.m. Treat yourself to a long Friday lunch hour, perhaps even check out Terzo Piano in the modern wing for lunch, and then catch this museum talk. Please meet at Griffin Court. Curator discussion is free with museum admission. For more information, click here. The Art Institute of Chicago at 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL.

It might be time to reevaluate your Saturday morning pre-brunch workout class as the 360 Chicago Observation Deck at the John Hancock Building adds 360 Sky Yoga to its activity lineup done 94 floors up. Classes are $25 and start at 9:30 a.m. every Saturday. Pre-registration is required. For more details and to register, click here. The John Hancock Building at 875 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL.

The Chopping Block proves it can withstand the heat after 20 years of teaching Chicagoans their way around a kitchen. Sip wine and cocktail samples as The Chopping Block chefs teach free cooking classes throughout the day. Admission is free. For the chef schedule and more information, click here. The Chopping Block Logan Square at 4747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL.

The chefs at The Winchester and Sink/Swim have declared the start of patio season by teaming up for The Winchester’s Patio Chef Series, Vol. 1. Sweet memories of summer will be projected on the side of the building as America’s favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, play our not so friendly rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals. It is the Cubbie’s first game back after winning the 2016 World Series!! (Writing out “the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series” will never get old.) Try dishes from both restaurants, and wash them down drink specials including $5 cans of Ballast Point, $3 shots of Old Forester and $8 Old Forester old fashions. For more event information, click here. The Winchester at 1001 N. Winchester Ave., Chicago, IL.


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