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This Week in Chicago: June 1-7

Happy June, Windy City! There are plenty of fabulous events in Chicago this week to kick off summer. Here are our picks.


It’s Negroni Week, where bars around the world will mix their favorite Negroni variations and donate a portion of proceeds from each cocktail sold to a charity of their choice. There are 10 bars in 10 cities, each with their own special cause. Multiple locations in Chicago with different charities, including Bar Toma, Bin 36, and Kinmont. Get more information here.

Photo via Imbibe Magazine


Cherry Circle opens this week at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, now serving brunch daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant will be serving in-house chocolate glazed doughnuts and brunch cocktails. Imagine a gin and fizz cocktail with your Earl Grey tea, cream, and egg whites. Pinky out. Get more information here.

Cherry Circle Room
Photo via Cherry Circle Room


Wednesday night is the 23rd Great Chefs Tasting Party, one of Chicago’s largest, longest-running culinary fundraisers. Forty of the city’s top chefs will gather to create sample portions of their signature dishes. There will be a cocktail reception, a silent auction, raffle and live musical entertainment. $125 for general admission and $175 for reserved seating, get tickets here. Proceeds benefit the children and adults served by UCP Seguin Foundation. Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 East North Water Street, Chicago.


Chef Tony Mantuano and Bon Appétit’s CEO Fedele Bauccio bring together some of Chicago’s top chefs to participate in the Third Annual Chefs’ Playground to benefit the Academy for Global Citizenship on Thursday evening. Hosted at Terzo Piano, guests can enjoy bites and sips from 20 chefs and mixologists presenting modern takes on childhood favorites while raising funds and awareness. $250 for General Admission and $375 for VIP, get them here.


It’s National Doughnut Day! Check back tomorrow for our guide to Chicago’s best doughnuts so you can celebrate all week long. On Friday, head to Stan’s Donut & Coffee for free glazed doughnuts with every beverage purchase. 1560 North Damen Avenue, Chicago.

Stan's Donut & Coffee
Photo via Stan’s Donut & Coffee


It’ll be a beautiful weekend, so spend it outdoors. This Saturday and Sunday, the Pilsen Food Truck Festival will offer up all the food truck delights, live music, and other entertainment you can imagine (plus plenty of doughnut vendors, too, including Beavers Coffee & Donuts). A portion of the event proceeds benefit the Illinois Food Truck Owners Association and Saint Procopius Church food bank and soup kitchen. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 18th Street between Racine and Throop in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.


Brunch, of course! Lately we’ve loved Tippling Hall, Beatrix, and Trellis.

Tippling Hall French Toast


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