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This week in CHI: Oct. 10 -16

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Happy Columbus Day Bitches! We hope you got an extra day off of worth this week, which hopefully means an extra day for fun things to do, which would be great because we have lots of good stuff going on this week in Chicago. Check it out, and come say “hi” to us at the Bloody Mary Festival on Sunday, where Chicago Bitch Allison will be judging!


Texas de Brazil celebrates its 18th anniversary on Thursday, October 13th with a tasty special! From Monday, Oct. 10 through Thursday, October 13, guests will save $20 per couple (valid on parties of up to 8 guests) at this awesome and established Brazilian steakhouse. In addition, Texas de Brazil adds to the party by introducing a new Quarterly Food Feature – Coffee Rubbed Pork Tenderloin and Quarterly Drink Feature – the Rio Swizzle ($12). For more information and to make a reservation, click here.

On Tuesday, Cafe Spiaggia will host Women of Wine and Food, a charity event featuring a stellar lineup of some of the top women in food and beverage from around the city. Sommeliers Rachael Lowe (Spiaggia), Liz Martinez (The Purple Pig), Sian Ferguson (Alinea), Liz Mendez (Vera) and Rachel Driver Speckan (City Winery) will pair and pour wines along with a five-course menu from Cafe Spiaggia chef Breckin VanRaalte. Tickets are $105 per person and can be purchased here. For additional information, guests can call Spiaggia at (312) 280-2750, or visit here.

Additionally, it is National Gumbo Day! With the cool fall months creeping in, why not change up the soup routine and celebrate Gumbo this week by stopping into Pearl Tavern and enjoying “all-you-can-eat” gumbo all day, for only $18. Pearl Tavern just debuted their new fall menu, so there are loads of dishes that celebrate the awesome flavors of fall, but we suggest taking advantage of this one time Gumbo-extravaganza and swing by for this Southern classic. Chef Frank Valdez knows his stuff. For more information on Pearl Tavern and National Gumbo Day, visit here.

Photo courtesy of Eater Chicago, Marc Much
Photo courtesy of Eater Chicago, Marc Much


Alpana Singh, Master Sommelier and renowned restaurateur, with co-owner and Executive Chef Andrew Graves,  are pleased to announce the opening of Terra & Vine, the newest addition to the Evanston dining scene. The restaurant offers casual, rustic Mediterranean fare with an Italian emphasis, showcasing the region’s bright, bold flavors and seasonal ingredients, with a menu featuring a variety of sides, shareable dishes and large plates, including ciabatta spreads, house-made pastas, pizzas, and wood-fired entrees. Reservations are strongly encouraged for this new hot spot, so check it out while it’s on everyone radars! For more information and to make a reservation, click here.

To commemorate the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, Burnt City Brewing and The Hop Review have created 13 DeKoven, a limited-edition, collaboration beer. On Thursday, at the From the Ashes Launch Event, guests can have their first taste of the Belgian Dark Strong, featuring notes of smoked malt, honey, and orange peel. During the event, guests can meet the brewers and The Hop Review team while enjoying the sips and specialty menu items. For the semi-competitive, Burnt City is also hosting a low-score bowling tournament, complete with prizes and other giveaways.


Thursday kicked off the Chicago International Film Festival, so we suggest this Friday evening checking it out. See over 150 indies, foreign films and under the radar documentaries with categories like New Directors, Out-Look, ReelWomen and Black Perspectives. The Moviegoers pass is $100 for members and $130 for non-members and is good for 10 admissions. For more information and to purchase passes, visit here.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 200 buildings across Chicago.
Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free.The Chicago Architectural Foundation opens doors to some of the city’s most interesting places, offering a behind-the-scenes look at more than 200 buildings you’ve always wanted to get into. The free tours take place all weekend long on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the Open House Chicago website for a full list of locations. You only have 48 hours, so get ready to explore Chicago on overdrive! For more information, visit here.



Join us for a real #SundayFunday at Chicago’s Bloody Mary Fest, where our very own Bitches Who Brunch Chicago Editor, Allison, will be judging this fierce competition in honor of the beloved breakfast libation; the Bloody Mary! The Bloody Mary Competition features hand-picked bars and restaurants that represent a cross-section of Chi-town’s brunch scene who will prepare samples of their cocktail for guests to taste and judge. Attendees will cast their vote to determine who will be crowned one of Chicago’s BEST Bloody Marys. Tickets are $45, for more information, visit here.

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