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This Week in CHI: April 10 – 16

Go Cubs Go! Go Cubs Go! Hey Chicago, what do you say? IT’S OPENING DAY TODAY!! Coming off a win last night against the Milwaukee Brewers, let’s see our boys fly the W for the home opener at Wrigley Field. Chicago will be buzzin’ with all the baseball love but that is not all that is going on in our dear city.

The Chicago Cubs are returning to the Friendly Confines for the 2017 home opener and any bar in Wrigleyville will be a hot spot. If you aren’t up for the chaos that will naturally occur at the corners of Addison and Clark, try traveling slightly south to neighborhood bar, Sheffield’s Beer & Wine Garden for a Goose Island tap takeover. Goose doesn’t stop with the beer selection, as the specialty menu will include smoked pulled goose mac and cheese, a goose pastrami sandwich, and a smoked pulled goose sandwich. You had me at the mac and cheese. Oh and baseball. Right. Baseball. For more information, click here. Sheffield’s Beer & Wine Garden – 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL.

Dreamboat and heartthrob John Mayer will be serenading this Bitch during his The Search for Everything Tour at the United Center. An evening of white wine and tears of overwhelming joy will indeed ensue. Tickets can be found here. The United Center – 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL.

Do not even begin to tell me you are not a fan of John Mayer because I do not believe you. However, if you do not want to spring for last minute tickets, eat your heart out another way with the ever-so-talented Megan Coffey as she teaches you how to craft stunning marbled chocolate cake gems. Festive Collective will be serving up champagne cocktails as you make your own box of nine treats to take home. This newfound talent could be the perfect addition to the next bridal shower or ladies night you throw! Tickets are $60. For more information, click here. Festive Collective – 3279 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL.

National Grilled Cheese Day is today and Estelle’s in Wicker Park has the right attitude. The self proclaimed art deco lounge is offering four different $6 grilled cheese sandwich options in order to give this holiday the love it most certainly deserves. Estelle’s will also be rolling out its new spring signature cocktail menu at half price for the evening. There may not be a better way to spend a Wednesday evening. Specials span from 5 p.m. to midnight. For more information, click here. Estelle’s – 2013 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL.

III Forks Chicago is hosting a Wine Dinner in anticipation of the Marchesi Antinori winery release of its 2013 Tignanello. The evening includes a four-course prix fixe menu accompanied by wine pairings that are certain to dazzle. The dinning experience begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. This is an obvious choice for a seasoned wine-o, however, I am salivating just thinking about the chefs charred octopus salad served with grapes, watermelon radish, drizzled with a champagne vinaigrette. Dinner is $125 per guest. For reservations and more information, click here. III Forks Chicago – 180 N. Field Blvd., Chicago, IL.

The newest exhibition to the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) in Chicago opens today displaying the provocative work of Chinese artist, human rights activist, writer and curator, Ai Weiwei. Ai infuses blatant sarcasm and irony into his art and photography in an attempt to grab the viewer’s attention to address the difficult and piercing contemporary political and social issues confronting the world today. The MoCP exhibit will predominantly display Ai’s early photographs from the 1980’s and 1990’s in New York and Beijing intertwined with his new series of photo activism as seen on his social media accounts to construct the #AiWeiwei exhibition. The exhibition will last from April 17th through July 2nd, 2017. For more information, click here. The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College – 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL.

In an evening designed to resemble speakeasies during Prohibition era where only a select few are in the know, Chicago’s Claudia Restaurant will be hosting a pop-up dining experience with Chef Trevor Teich, Chef Teich’s seasonal tasting menu will be entirely concealed until the plate is placed in front of you. So be sure to come with an open mind and adventurous palate. Each dish is seasonal and crafted using the most premier ingredients from around the world. For more information, click here. Claudia Restaurant – 327 N. Bell Ave., Chicago, IL.

If a marathon or even half marathon sounds as miserable to you as it does to me, then try a swift 6.55 mile run along the lake front at the Chicago Quarter Marathon. Back in its fourth year benefiting Prevent Child Abuse America, join fellow quasi-runners and friends looking to support a more than worthy cause this Saturday morning to jump start your springtime running routine. The race is $50.25 to register and begins at 9:15 a.m. For registration and more information, click here. Grant Park (Upper Hutchinson Field); Map is available here.

The chefs at Yuzu Sushi and Robata Grill are helping add to our dessert-making repertoire with an afternoon of filling dough with Jeni’s Splendid ice cream. Yes, they are teaching a class on how to make mochi. If you have never tried this delicious Japanese dessert before, head over to your local Trader Joe’s and pick up a box of green tea or mango mochi from the freezer section. Try one and I promise you, this class will never taste more appealing. For tickets and more information, click here. Yuzu Sushi & Robata Grill – 1751 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL.

Next Weekend…
Join us for our Brunch n’ Kickball league with Chicago Sport & Social, starting April 23rd. After playing our games, we will be heading to any of our Bitch-approved brunch spots near the fields in Lincoln Park. Check out our Instagram on how to win a spot for you and a friend on our team.


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