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This Week in CHI: May 22 – 28

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Chicago Craft Beer Week will come to a close on Thursday and Memorial Day weekend begins! Whether or not you are going out of town for the holiday weekend or making it a staycation, there are plenty of events to keep you busy this week in Chicago.

Monday
Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap in River North is opening up its beer vault and featuring Jolly Pumpkin Cellar for a tap takeover in celebration of Chicago Craft Beer Week from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The patio is open and the burger of the month is a French onion burger. A stacked burger and beer is always a winning combo. For more information, click here. Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago, IL.

Tuesday
Summer House Santa Monica is hosting a Maryland Blue Crab Dinner for its first summer seafood extravaganza. The dinner will be served on Stella Barra’s back patio and is an all-you-can-eat feast of Chesapeake blue crab and oysters. Pitchers of beer from local brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Co. are included to wash down the endless amount of seafood. The dinner is $95. For reservations and more information, click here. Summer House Santa Monica, 1954 N. Halstead St., Chicago, IL.

Wednesday
DryHop Brewers is collaborating with the Lincoln Park Zoo as it releases its newest brew on tap, Ursus Mapletimus, in honor of Chicago Craft Beer week. The name of the beer translates to “water bear” and was inspired by the polar bears from Churchill, Manitoba. DryHop Brewers will donate $1 from each beer sold to the Lincoln Park Zoo and its critical research of polar bears and promotion of climate change awareness.For more information, click here. DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL.

Thursday
Today is National Wine Day, which one could argue is every day. Nevertheless, we will gladly accept the holiday, as the Brazilian steakhouse, Texas de Brazil is hosting a happy hour event in celebration! Private label wines bottled exclusively for the restaurant by San Rita Vineyard in Chile will be poured for $5 a glass throughout the evening. Texas de Brazil, 210 E. Illinois St., Chicago, IL.

BBQ restaurants around the city are uniting to compete in a smoke out in Millennium Park for the first ever SMOKIN’ Pork In The Park. Indulge in unlimited baby back ribs from various restaurants and will be served with mac and cheese, slaw, and cornbread. Tickets are $40. For tickets and more information, click here. Park Grill, 11 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL.

Friday
BBQ Supply Co. kicks off the weekend with a Pit-to-Plate BBQ dinner with a 3-course meal coming straight from its wood-burning oven. Serving dishes from a wood-burning oven is said to enhance the natural flavors of the meat and seafood being served. The night will start with a Cajun shrimp boil, followed by smoke n’ fire chicken, smoked meats and sides, finishing the night with a berry campfire cobbler. For tickets and more information, click here. BBQ Supply Co., 6954 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL.

Saturday
Dovetail Brewery is closing off its street, Belle Pine Ave., in celebration of one year of brewing. The two-day Ravenswood neighborhood block party will include plenty of beer, food trucks galore, and live music lasting from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Foundations of Music, which is a not-for-profit organization aiming provide children of all means the opportunity to use music as a creative outlet as well as ensure music education in schools. For more information, click here. Dovetail Brewery, 1800 W. Belle Pine Ave., Chicago, IL.

Sunday
Cycling will be the only form of transportation on Lake Shore Drive from 5:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. as the city of Chicago closes the iconic road to all automobiles for its 16th annual Bike the Drive event. Proceeds benefit the Active Transportation Alliance, which strives to promote healthy and sustainable transportation methods. The riding begins at 5:30 a.m. and suggests you start your ride by 7 a.m. at the latest. For registration, location, bike rentals, and more information, click here.

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