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This Week in CHI: Nov. 14-21

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We’d like to think we still have some time for fun before the holiday madness takes its toll and Chicago erupts. Thanksgiving is next week, so before you go off for loads of family time, enjoy yourself with some wonderful cocktail programs and unique dinner experiences going on throughout the city. Don’t forget to brunch, Bitches!

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Monday
Today kicks off the two-part River Roast Neighborhood Chef Series, with guest chefs Beth Partridge and Dan Pancake from Autre Monde, joined by River Roast Executive Chef John Hogan. Tickets for each evening include wine pairings and five courses inspired by the guest chef. Dinner will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. in the main dining room at River Roast. On the menu tonight? Hamachi crudo, Gobbet and duck prosciutto with fig, sautéed sea scallop, celery root puree, roasted grapes, root vegetables and frisee, black garlic risotto, wild mushrooms, and foie gras  are among some of the decadent dishes served during this five course meal. Tickets are $100 per person. For more information, click here.

Tuesday
This Tuesday, The Signature Room is partnering with Beam Suntory to host an exclusive paired bourbon dinner at 6 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy a four-course meal paired with five seasonal bourbon cocktails while overlooking Chicago’s famous skyline. Executive Chef Cardel Reid and Adam Harris, National Brand Ambassador for Beam Suntory, will kick off the event with a cocktail reception, featuring various hors d’oeuvres, such as Mushroom Strudel and Oyster & Lobster Rockefeller. At dinner, guests can enjoy a four-course meal with each course accompanied by a bourbon-based cocktail, featuring the likes of various bourbons, such as Basil Hayden’s, Knob Creek Bourbon, Knob Creek Rye Whiskey, Jim Beam Double Oak, and Maker’s Mark 46. Tickets are $90 per person and include a cocktail reception, a four-course dinner with five cocktail pairings, and an exclusive gift bag. Space is limited; for more information and to purchase tickets, call (312) 280-0465.

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Wednesday
Building on the success of the dinners offered at Travelle Kitchen + Bar from August through October, Chef Ricardo Jarquin and Pastry Chef Scott Green continue to offer a special four course menu for just $45/person each Wednesday night throughout the end of the year, with optional wine pairings at $20/person. Chefs Jarquin and Green create each unique dinner and dessert with fresh ingredients picked up that morning from vendors at the indoor Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. Available until ingredients run out, the menu changes each week and features unique dishes highlighting seasonal produce. Ten percent of the proceeds from the menu directly benefit the Green City Market. For more information, click here.

Thursday
Can’t make the Wednesday night fours course meal pairing at Travelle? Then swing by this Thursday for one of the “Cellar Series” being hosted this month. Travelle Kitchen + Bar has been partnering with Tenzing, a Chicago-based wine and spirits company for a weekly interactive and educational event, taking place Thursdays from November 3 – December 15, 5:30–6:30 p.m. and will offer tastings of the featured beverages as well as light bites from Travelle Kitchen + Bar by Chef Ricardo Jarquin. This week features “Stirred VS Shaken Cocktails” with DeJorn Huffman, a Craft Spirits Expert. Tickets are $30 and include light bites and a tasting seminar. For more information, visit here.

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Friday
Grab your skates and lets roll! Bringing back the glory of old school skate nights in their heyday, the Chicago Athletic Association hotel announces a three-day roller skate event this fall in partnership with 1833 Events called Hot Heels Soul Club. Transformed from the club’s original gymnasium on the fourth floor and brought back to life as a multipurpose stadium, Stagg Court serves as a whimsically nostalgic setting for the Chicago Athletic Association hotel’s latest event series. Hot Heels Soul Club features a rotating DJ set during each session, food and drink bars fueled by Land and Sea Dept., and skate rental stations for those without a pair hiding under their bed. This event will be held all weekend long. Admission price is $12 and attendees are welcome to bring their own roller skates, or invited to rent adult sizes for $3. For more information, click here.

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Saturday
It’s baaaaack! Saturday is opening night for Stage 773’s the run of the comedy performance, “Cupid Has a Heart On.” A show Time Out raves is a “must see” Chicago experience, this fast-paced, irreverent, musical sketch-comedy show is “consistently laugh out loud funny!” It’s refreshingly raunchy for date night, although its quaint take on dating in the age of social media feels a little rusty and outdated at times. Each show features a rotating set-list from Cupid’s 17 years of comedic material, performed by a wickedly talented cast the Windy City Times calls “at the top of their game.” So grab a friend, partner or Tinder date and go check it out! Tickets are $25 a person. For more information, visit here.

Wondering where to brunch this weekend? Well Revival Food Hall, the weekday go-to new lunch hot spot, is testing out Saturday hours. Revival’s restaurants will unveil new breakfast and brunch offerings, something that is currently much-needed in The Loop, as many restaurants cater to the office crowd and are closed on the weekends, especially during these holiday shopping months. The city’s finest food hall will swing open its doors for brunch service to visitors featuring all of the delicious dishes, drinks and treats you’ve grown to love during the work week, plus brunch offerings from various vendors.

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Sunday
Sunday Dinner Club, the underground dining experience from Chefs and Owners Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp, will host TriBecca’s Cubano Takeout Night led by Executive Sous Chef Becca Grothe at Honey Butter Fried Chicken on Monday, November 14, 2016 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Guests can take a quick trip to Cuba courtesy of Sunday Dinner Club Executive Sous Chef Becca Grothe, with a complete Cubano sandwich and side special. The one time only night includes Becca’s Cubano with pork, a side of Rice and Sour Orange Black Beans, and a Fun Rum Cake made with Funfetti for dessert. Items are not a la carte and must be purchased as a combo. Additionally, Sunday Dinner Club’s spin on a classic Cuba Libre will also be flowing as it offers a Cherry Cuba Libre with dark rum, lime, and cherry cola for $7. Additional drinks offered throughout the evening include beer, wine, cocktails, iced tea, lemonade, and sodas available for purchase from Honey Butter Fried Chicken. For more information, click here.

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