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This Week In CHI: May 2-8

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Like almost everyone else in Chicago, we are anxiously waiting for the arrival of spring weather. In the meantime, we are keeping busy with lots to do around town!  We have the best places for you to celebrate burger month, where you should sip margaritas on Cinco De Mayo, and where you should take mom for Mother’s Day Brunch. We also invite you to come take part in Kentucky Derby festivities with us! Here is your social calendar for this week.

Monday

Restaurant Developer Adolf Garcia, of awesome spots such as Son of a Butcher and Pearl Tavern, opens his latest culinary creation, Early Society this Monday. Early Society will be an urban take on a classic diner. The grab-and-go station is reminiscent of a grand lobby with vintage leather sofas, cozy rugs, antique photographs and communal tables. It will be the perfect place to grab a quick midweek bite in the Loop. The space will also feature a full service coffee station, a juice bar and a grab-and-go counter.  For more information, visit here. Early Society will serve breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 77 W. Wacker Drive.

Tuesday

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Rodger and Hammerstiens timeless classic, “The King and I” comes to Lyric Opera, and we could not be more excited! Beginning tomorrow, get your tickets now to see a performance before it closes out on May 22.  A glorious spectacle of unforgettable songs, marvelous costumes, and opulent scenery, “The King and I” comes Lyric this spring with an “elaborate…brightly colored…dazzling” (The New York Times) production of one of the most beloved musicals of all time. For more information and tickets, visit here.

Wednesday

Join the Music Box Theatre, Dablon Winery, Bell’s Brewery and Cheesie’s Pub and Grub to celebrate spring and enjoy the gorgeous weather at the Grand Opening of the Music Box Garden! They will be featuring free tastings of Dablon wine and Bell’s beer as well as exclusive access to Cheesie’s Food Truck. They will also have copies of their new Film Calendar available, to keep you updated on all upcoming films, special events, and monthly programming. Come check out one of Chicago’s coolest spots and enjoy some wine and beer, in addition to some yummy grilled cheese sandwiches. For more information, click here.

Thursday

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It’s Cinco de Mayo, a favorite holiday of ours! We are looking forward to checking our beer and food specials around town in honor of one of our favorite fun-filed holidays. Nana in Lincoln Park will be having a pre-fixe meal in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Executive chef Jeremy Kiens will prepare a special multi-course Mexican meal with courses such as Kingfish Ceviche with avocado and yucca chips; Cochinita Pibil with zucchini ribbons and pea basil cream; and Chicken Roulade with housemade chicken sausage stuffing, Aztec grits and fire-roasted tomato salsa. Owner/beverage director Omar Solis creates handcrafted seasonal cocktails to pair with each course. The four course meal with four course pairings is $35 a person. Reservations are required, call (312) 929-2486. For more information, visit here.

Broken English Taco Pub opens just in time for Cinco De Mayo!  The new space opens this week and will feature traditional and specialty tacos and mezcal-based cocktails. It will have a dive-y look with street art, mural art and an open kitchen with a taco-cart facade. Broken English will seat 90 inside and boasts 40 outdoor seats, as well! Considering the restaurant will be a block north of Millennium Park, you can expect big crowds this summer, and this to be Chicago’s go-to place for margaritas — Olé!

Friday

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Celebrate National Burger Month and treat yourself to a fancy burger courtesy of Chez Moi in Lincoln Park. Priced at $20, Chef Dominique Tougne prepares a ground beef cheek and shankburger, topped with Swiss cheese, red wine glaze and served with fries. Other burger offerings include the “Chez Moi” Burger; beef, braised short ribs, topped with brie cheese, French fries, and  a salad. Pair your meal with a libation from their extensive cocktail, beer and wine lists. For more information, click here.

Also in celebration of National Burger Month, all Kanela Breakfast Club locations will feature Kanela’s signature Café Burger for half-price. The burger features an Angus beef patty, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle on a brioche bun for only $5.50 and is served with house made chips, herb roasted potatoes, side salad or fruit. For more information, visit here.

Saturday

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It’s Kentucky Derby Day, folks, and we are off to the races! We invite you to Pearl Tavern’s Bourbon & Oysters celebration of the 142nd annual Kentucky Derby. The Chicago Bitches, along with Leah Chavie, Jacob Neminarz, Heidy Best and Marley Kayden, will be co-hosting the event, brought to you by Janet Lee Mandell and Izabela Sloma. Festivities are benefiting the #CraveCCC campaign for The Chicago Children’s Choir.

Place your bets on who will be taking home the win, while spending the day filled with bourbon tastings, complimentary mint juleps, and small bites. Enjoy live coverage of the “fastest two minutes in sports” from anywhere in the room. Derby party attire is required. Show off your inner southern fashion with over-the-top hats and seer sucker suits! Award for best hat, most dapper gentleman and best dressed couple will be award after the races! Tickets are $45 per person and group reservations are encouraged. Portion of the proceeds from each ticket will be donated to Chicago Children’s Choir. For more information, visit here. We hope to see you there!

Sunday

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the specials moms out there. We are so excited for the weather to be nice so we can take mom out for a lovely brunch somewhere n a gorgeous patio here in Chicago. For that, we have complied a list of the best spots to treat Mom to brunch in our Bitchtastic Mother’s Day Brunch Guide. Bonus, we have also added a list of places perfect for graduation brunches, so while you are finding the perfect place for Mom, keep other spots in mind for the graduate in your life! In our guide to the perfect places to celebrate mMm, we have listed Chop Shop, North Pond, Frontier and Riva Crab House among many others. Our guide breaks down what specials you can find where, to help you pick the perfect place for you to show your appreciation for Mom.

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