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This Week in CHI: August 14 – 20

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Have you used up all your summer Friday days yet? If you haven’t, Labor Day is fast approaching and this week in Chicago is as good a time as any to cash in on that precious gift. With beer, pizza, live music, and street fests galore, get out on the town with your social calendar this week in Chicago.

Monday
Easy Bar and Saugatuck Brewing are keeping summer alive by hosting Pints and Pie Night. An ice cold beer and homemade pie are summer staples of which we will gladly indulge. Additionally, the fruit focused beers from Saugatuck Brewing are the perfect pairings for pies. The event begins at 9 p.m. and lasts until 11 p.m. For more information, click here. Easy Bar, 1944 W. Division St., Chicago, IL.

Tuesday
PIZZA! PIZZA! PIZZA! NEW PIZZA RESTAURANT ALERT! Bonci Pizzeria is opening its doors to the public today! Bonci Pizzeria calls Rome, Italy home, with the new West Loop location being the first Stateside. More places to eat pizza are always acceptable in our books. Bellissimo! For more information, click here. Bonci Pizzeria, 161 N. Sangamon St., Chicago, IL.

Wednesday
Bruno Mars is stopping into town, and therefore making your work week entirely more bearable. The mega artist is performing at the United Center for a total of three nights this week. He kicks off his Chicago run tonight, then getting back on the stage for Friday and Saturday night shows. For tickets and more information, click here. United Center, 1901 W. Madison Ave., Chicago, IL.

Thursday
The Chicago Brewseum and Busy Beaver Button Co., are teaming up for Brews & Buttons of the Past. Learn the history of beer, while drinking brews from local Chicago breweries. The event will take place in the backyard of Busy Beaver Button Co. Afterall, it is summer and beer tastes better outdoors. For tickets and more information, click here. Busy Beaver Button Co., 3407 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL.

Friday
Friday Night Flights is making its debut with a tasting of 14 local Chicago breweries along side the scenic Chicago Riverwalk. Samples of brews and bites will be served from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Now, if only Tim Riggins was going be in attendance. For tickets and more information, click here. Chicago Riverwalk, Water Plaza & Jetty Spaces at LaSalle St. & Franklin St., Chicago, IL.

Saturday
Ciao, bellas! The annual Taylor Street Festa Italiana is back for its 12th year to celebrate the long history of Little Italy. One thing is certain, the food will be incredible. Chow (see what we did there?) down on pasta that tastes as good as grandma’s, if not better, while listening to The 4 C Notes cover the classics by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons on Saturday night. A $5 is suggested. For more information, click here. Taylor Street Festa Italiana, Taylor St. at Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL. 

Sunday
The Chicago Sangria Festival is celebrating Spanish culture for the day in Humboldt Park. Bring a picnic blanket to relax in the park, watch lively flamenco dancers perform, and listen to live music while sipping refreshing sangria. Spanish food will also be available. Salud! For tickets and more information, click here. Sangria Festival in Humboldt Park, 3021 W. Division St., Chicago, IL.

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