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This Week In Chicago: June 4 – 10

It’s June, Chicago! We are ready to kick off the month with some exciting happenings around town and are looking forward to the start of summer activities in the city! Let’s just hope the temps stay nice and we can finally put away our spring jackets and enjoy some summer weather. Happy June, Bitches.


This Monday kicks off Negroni Week! That’s right, there is a whole week to celebrate the beloved Italian cocktail. Indulge in the occasion and check out places around the city featuring Negroni specials, like the Strawberry Negroni from River Roast, or a special Negroni cocktail menu at The Florentine, the classic Italian spot in the JW Marriott.  Other spots offering Negroni specials include The Broken Shaker, Nico Osterio, J. Parker, Three Dots and a Dash, all ideal for getting your gin and Compari fix. We will definitely be making sometime to sit back and enjoy this classic concoction; after all, the Bitches love Negronis!


Head over to Raised, An Urban Rooftop Bar, and Staytion Market & Bar at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown as the hotel celebrates it’s 7th Annual Global Day of Discovery with specialty cocktails, live music, entertainment installations, and more. Beginning at 5 p.m., guests will be treated to signature cocktails, handcrafted with local ingredients from local vendors Two Brothers, FEW, and Chicago Distilling Company. The celebration continues with live entertainment from an array of local performers, including powerhouse vocalist Aly Jados, singer/songwriter and ‘The Voice’ alum Rebecca Brunner, YouneQ, pianist Liza Micelli, and Latin Band. Guests will enjoy beats by DJ Dustin Ryan all night long at Staytion, while DJ Supreme performs upstairs at Raised.  Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, 1 West Wacker Dr.


Drinking for a good cause is always a good idea. Every week there are so many ways to give back and have a good time. This week we are going to An Evening at Concrete Cowboy to attend a happy hour presented by Positively Purple, benefiting the Center for Domestic Violence Policy. Come socialize and support a great organization that strives to raise awareness and funds for the prevention of domestic violence.  Proceeds from the event will directly benefit the organization in their mission to advocate for the prevention of domestic violence and the protection of victims. The Center for Domestic Violence Policy is a national organization whose primary mission is to address and curtail the most pervasive crime in our country — domestic violence. Concrete Cowboy is always a good time, and this week you can feel especially good about letting loose on #humpday! Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. Concrete Cowboy, 646 N Franklin St.


Claridge House Chicago, the new boutique lifestyle hotel in the Gold Coast opened this May, has added a new chic restaurant to it’s residence. We will be checking out the hotel’s new ground-floor restaurant Juniper Spirits & Oysters, which promises to provide guests with a sophisticated, yet approachable menu of seafood-centric fare. With a mantra inspired by Ernest Hemingway: Be Happy, Make Plans, we are so excited to check this cute spot out! Chef Felipe Patron crafts modern American cuisine, with a focus on seafood, offering menu items such as a Chicago Style Oyster Roll with fried oysters, dijonnaise, pickle relish, sport peppers, tomatoes, and onions on a poppy seed roll. The all-day menu also includes Juniper’s signature Sauced Oysters – oysters on the half shell immersed in booze-infused, cocktail-inspired granitas, including Gin & Tonic, Spanish Sangria, Bloody Mary, or Greyhound. Other seafood options include a classic Lobster Roll, Smoked Trout Flatbread, and Prince Edward Island Mussels. Get excited; the restaurant will be offering brunch too! Juniper Spirits and Oysters, 1244 N. Dearborn Parkway


Cheers to a worthy cause and a Windy City tradition… the 21st annual Union League Wine Dinner is upon us! Join guests in a wonderful culinary experience benefiting the 14,000 Union League Boys & Girls Clubs youths. The event will feature Grgich Hills Estate wines, an iconic Napa Valley Winery, consistently producing wines of the highest quality for the past 40 years. Guests will enjoy a five-course meal specially created by the renowned Union League Club’s Chef Garbin with each course paired with a different Grgich wine, and will enjoy the evening as it is hosted by Sean Barrett from Grgich Hills Estate.  Individual Tickets start at $225, with tickets and table reservations available for purchase, here.


Nike is kicking off World Cup fever at an event at Douglas Park on Saturday starting at 3pm. Nike’s Home Field will bring the community together through the power of sport, including a newly unveiled custom soccer field, exciting 4×4 tournament action, entertainment for the whole family and more. Watch a competitive match with players who are geared up in pieces from the new Nike x Off-White collection designed by Illinois-native and fashion designer, Virgil Abloh. Then, take to the field for pick-up games and fun. Come ready to play on the new community field! The event is free. Douglas Park, 1401 S Sacramento Blvd.


Let’s brunch, Bitches! We are so stoked about the new 3 Squares Diner, from the owners of Jam Restaurant, the home of one of the city’s best brunches. Seriously, it’s Bitch-approved! The restaurant will bring a few of their Michelin Bib Gourmand-worthy dishes to Uptown on Friday when they open to the public. The all-day restaurant will be on the ground floor of Lawrence House, a rehabbed 344-unit apartment building at 1020 W. Lawrence Avenue. 3 Squares Diner will not only be serving breakfast and brunch, the restaurant will also be trying it’s hands at dinner; yes, please! 3 Squares Diner, 1020 W. Lawrence Ave.


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