It’s March, and we are here with our Top Five for the month: our favorite brunches, new hot spots we are anxious to check out, rad products we just discovered, anything that tickles our fancy at the moment. We are here to share what has got us excited with you. We know that spring is right around the corner, and as we patiently wait, there is lots to keep us busy and stay positive despite the cold temps. And of course, there are plenty of St. Patrick’s Day festivities to look forward to. Here are the things that have us fired up this month.
5. Charm’d St. Patrick’s Day Bar
Deuce’s and The Diamond Club has done it again, this time with Charm’d, a festive pop-up spot to bring out your inner leprechaun. Out of the hundreds of ways you could celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, this is the one we are advocating for. You’ll be sick of Lucky Charms after one visit to this place; Charm’d is an over-the-top, multi-room, multi-level magical Irish experience featuring wall-to-wall Irish decor, multiple bars, social photo-ops, a leprechaun garden, carnival games, a rainbow room, “Shenanigan’s shot bar,” plus a Guinness lounge and a Jameson tasting room. We think Chicago has outdone itself this year!
Charm’d, 3505 N Clark St., Chicago, IL, 1 (866) UR-LUCKY
4. Spring Fest at Eataly
For the second year in a row, Eataly will host it’s all-access Spring Fest party on March 22 from 6 p.m. until midnight. Enjoy total access to all that Eataly has to offer with a night of amazing food, drinks and entertainment. What’s “total access” you ask? That’s right, it’s unlimited food, drinks, everything. Enjoy classic Italian fare prepared by Eataly’s chefs, and choose between cocktails and regional Italian wines to sip on throughout the evening, as well as housemade beer from their in-house brewery. Word to the wise: get your tickets early! At only $78, tickets will be scooped up fast.
Eataly Chicago, 43 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL
3. “Dear Evan Hansen” at the Nederlander Theater
You still have a chance to catch the Tony Award-winning Best Musical “Dear Evan Hansen” during its brief 2019 Broadway in Chicago run. Playing in the city since February 12, the musical will be here until March 10th. Thankfully, it was just announced that it will return in 2020, but who can wait until then?! “Dear Evan Hansen” is a must see; the critically acclaimed show explores family dynamics and difficult situations that high schoolers encounter with grace and humility. It is relatable to everyone and will connect with audiences with ease, making it an unforgettable performance. There are still tickets available thankfully, but you can also take your chance on cheaper seats through the lottery.
Nederlander Theatre, 24. W Randolph St., Chicago, IL
2. The Aviary Cocktail Book
This is the book we didn’t know we needed, but boy are we glad we can have it. As a 440-page book featuring stunning large-format photography of drinks from Chicago’s most well-known spot for elevated cocktails and fine dining, this book is incredible. Now you can have a piece of The Aviary without the hassle of long waits, reservations in advance, or expensive tabs! The book contains innovative and delicious recipes as well as gorgeous photos and whimsical illustrations. It is the ultimate bar guide and coffee table book all rolled into one.
The Aviary Cocktail Book – Standard Edition, $85.00
1. Fulton Market’s New Heritage Bikes & Coffee
Heritage Bikes and Coffee, with two locations in Lakeview and in West Town, unveils a new coffee shop in Fulton Market today that is different than the other locations, thanks to a full kitchen and an expanded menu. As brunch experts and coffee shop aficionados, we are stoked about this new spot, which includes a retail showroom, service area, and full dining room. Heritage serves Intelligentsia coffee and the company’s Kilogram teas. The restaurant has brought chef William Fahey of Cindy’s Rooftop on board to create an elevated menu featuring avocado toasts, vegan wraps, and breakfast burritos. This is easily going to become our new go-to coffee shop.
Heritage Bikes & Coffee, 172 N. Racine Ave., Chicago, IL