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Weekly Round Up – Chicago Events – February 5 2018

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Weekly Round Up

Chicago Events – February 5-11, 2018

Happy Monday! How many of you are recovering from Super Bowl parties last night? Did your team win? What did you think of JT’s half-time performance? What was your favorite commercial? Message me or tell me in the comments below!

Now, who’s ready to kick off a new week despite the snow? I’ve got a few events to share with you and more great Chicago Valentine’s Day 2018 deals and happenings. Tonight is one of my favorite monthly events, Culinary Fight Club, which raises money for charity (specifically Fight 2 Feed to feed the homeless). I am hoping to be there if I can swing it after work between tutoring and volunteering.

Also, Friday night kicks off the Chicago Auto Show with the First Look for Charity! It’s one of the hottest events all year! Then the auto show will be open to the public until Monday, February 19 at McCormick Place. Check out all the details below and click links for full information.

I am sharing some more February happenings and Valentine’s Day specials down below so as always…. keep scrolling. And please, don’t be shy – If you have any comments, suggestions, feedback, you know I am always open to hearing from you.

Monday, February 5

Culinary Fight Club 2018 Kickoff  – Don’t miss the Culinary Fight Club 2018 Kickoff at Barn & Company which will be full of spice! They’re bringing back The Windy City Chili and they can’t wait to get their Chili on! It’s all going down at Lincoln Park’s Barn & Company where they ended 2017. You know the drill ChiTown Fight Clubbers! More Details

National Chocolate Fondue Day – Did someone say FREE chocolate fondue? We did! Geja’s Café340 W Armitage, will be celebrating National Chocolate Fondue Day on Monday, February 5th with FREE chocolate fondue for one to-go. This offer qualifies for any patron that purchases a Premier Dinner that evening and mentions that they are there for National Chocolate Fondue Day.

Tuesday, February 6

Tuesday Funk February 2018 at Hopleaf – February harbors the traditional day of love — and we’d love it if you’d come to the 113th episode of Tuesday Funk! Join Chicago Review of Books in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf for another edition of Chicago’s favorite eclectic monthly reading series, Tuesday Funk, featuring Molly Rafferty, Rachel Hinton, Molly Dumbleton, Lindsay Porter and Dave Reidy! More Details

Staytion Markey & Bar Brewery Experience – Staytion Market & Bar, located at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, 1 W. Wacker Drive, is thrilled to announce its February Celebrate the Neighborhood Events including a performance from Chance the Rapper’s Violinist, special Chef’s dinners, and cooking classes (Feb. 23).  From 5p-p local Haymarket Brewery offers a few selections from their brew room while an expert from the brewery shared more on the story behind their beers.

Wednesday, February 7

No Events Listed

Thursday, February 8

Sips Sweets & Jewelry for Chicago Public Library Associate Board – An evening at Kendra Scott with the Chicago Public Library Foundation Associate Board. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, join the Chicago Public Library Foundation Associate Board at Kendra Scott for an evening of sips, sweets, and jewelsThe event takes place at Kendra Scott Michigan Avenue, located at the 900 N Michigan shops and includes free drinks and light bites, as well as a complimentary braid bar provided by Goldplaited. All $75 purchases are entered into a raffle for jewelry from Kendra Scott. More Details

Friday, February 9

Chicago Auto Show First Look for Charity 2018 – The Chicago Auto Show First Look for Charity stands as one of Chicago’s greatest one-day fundraisers, regularly generating more than $2.5 million for 18 area nonprofits. Held at McCormick Place the evening before the Chicago Auto Show opens, the benevolent event is anticipated by socialites and car buffs alike. More Details

Saturday, February 10

Chicago Auto Show 2018 – First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks the 110th edition of the Chicago Auto Show. The Chicago Auto Show utilizes more than 1 million square feet in the North and South Exhibit Halls of the McCormick Place complex. McCormick Place offers a total of 2.7 million square feet of exhibit halls with an additional 700,000 square feet of meeting room availability. More Details

Retro Ski Lodge Block Party 2018 – Join Green Curtain Events for the 3rd annual Retro Ski Lodge Block Party  2018 on Saturday, February 10th. This year’s theme will be a “Winter Olympics Edition” as we kick off the 2018 Olympic Games! Click below for tickets and info. Green Curtain Events and The Division Street Entertainment District are pleased to present the 3rd annual Retro Ski Lodge Block Party. More Details

Raised Bar Supper Club Series 2018 – Raised Bar Supper Club Series is an entertainment-filled dining experience complete with crafted cocktails to pair is sure to be a night not to miss in the Windy City! Raised Bar, 1 W. Wacker Drive, has announced the February installment of their popular new Supper Club Series on Saturday, February 10 from 4 p.m. until 12 a.m. Guests will enjoy live entertainment from Liza Micelli, a Chicago based pianist and composer, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. while dining on special menu items courtesy of Specialty Raised Chef Timothy Powles, curated to the music. The year-round rooftop, known for having one of the best cocktail programs in Chicago, will also be featuring creative cocktail pairings for the menu items. More Details

Sunday, February 11

Chicago Auto Show 2018 – First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks the 110th edition of the Chicago Auto Show. The Chicago Auto Show utilizes more than 1 million square feet in the North and South Exhibit Halls of the McCormick Place complex. McCormick Place offers a total of 2.7 million square feet of exhibit halls with an additional 700,000 square feet of meeting room availability. More Details

VALENTINE”S DAY 2018 – Is anyone else feeling the love?

Pizzeria Bebu Caponata

Pizzeria Bebu (1521 N. Fremont St.)

Lincoln Park‘s innovative Pizzeria Bebu is the perfect place for any pizza lover to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re a romantic couple on date night or a group of friends out for a great time, Bebu is a sure thing when it comes to a delicious dinner that evening. Bebu offers guests a special market pizza, the Caponata, available from now through Valentine’s Day with a tomato base, onions, garlic, golden raisins, capers, Kalamata olives, topped with roasted cauliflower, eggplant, parmesan, mozzarella and asiago cheese ($20). In addition to its one-of-a-kind thin-crust pies, Bebu will also be offering guests holiday wine and sparkling specials, including: Take Me Home Rosé for $30 a bottle (normally $56), Joseph Drouhin Morgon for $50 a bottle (normally $75), and2006 Moet & Chandon for $75 a bottle (normally $120). Limited reservations for large parties are available via Resy; and as always, we welcome and encourage walk-in diners. Keep up-to-date on all things Bebu by following @PizzeriaBebu and #FeedMePizza on Instagram.


Katana Chicago (339 N. Dearborn St)

Katana, the Robatayaki-style concept located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, offering signature skewers, innovative sushi and specialty cocktails is pulling out all the stops in celebrating the day of love. This Valentine’s Day (2/14), guests can experience a one-of-a-kind Seafood Tower for Two ($125) made with four pieces of oyster, one king crab leg, scallop sashimi, poached shrimp, akami sashimi, madai sashimi, Hamachi sashimi and three dipping sauces including Wasabi cocktail sauce, garlic ponzu and karashi aioli making it the perfect sharing experience for you and your loved one. Guests also have the option of including a specialty bottle of Sayuri Sake with the tower for an additional $25. Don’t forget to finish out the evening on something sweet with Katana’s special Red Velvet Volcano Cake ($15) dessert served with whipped cream and goat cheese ice cream.

The Hampton Social

The Hampton Social (353 W. Hubbard St.; 705 Village Center Dr., Burr Ridge, IL)

The Chicago hotspot known for its East Coast-inspired vibes and playful atmosphere, is celebrating Cupid’s favorite day with a nod to the latest installation of the highly popular “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie series, “Fifty Shades Freed,” (set to arrive in theatres on Friday, February 9) with a special offering – Fifty Shades of Rosé.

For the entire day on Wednesday, February 14, guests can indulge in half-priced all bottles and glasses of rosé, $1 oysters and a chef’s special dessert, adding just a little bit of sweetness to the amorous holiday. The one-day-only promotion will be available at both the bustling River North location, as well as the recently opened location at the Burr Ridge Village Center.

Wrigley BBQ

Wrigley BBQ, 3555 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 

Valentine’s Day is just two weeks away, and we’re working to position Wrigley BBQ as a cozy spot for low-maintenance couples looking to indulge without breaking the bank. Whether anxiously awaiting a first date or casually enjoying a meal where finger licking isn’t frowned upon, Chicagoans can rest easy knowing their Feb. 14 dinner plans are covered with a deliciously smoked three-course meal at Wrigley BBQ.

The restaurant is BYOB, and for just $40 couples can enjoy the following:

  • Appetizer: Wrigley BBQ is calming the mood with comfort food and kicking the night off right with a BBQ sampling that’s sure to spark playful small talk. With a choice of pulled pork or brisket nachos, 6 smoked or fried jumbo whole chicken wings or 3 meaty sliders, there’s plenty of options to tide couples over to the main course.
  • Surf & Turf Entrees: Diners have their choice of any two surf and turf entrees. From blackened or BBQ shrimp, smoked salmon, or scallops (surf) to beef or pork ribs, a smoked bone-in veal chop, and brisket, pulled pork and chicken platters (turf), these menu items are the epitome of ‘relationship goals.’
  • Dessert: Finish the evening with a choice of three desserts, including a bourbon bread pudding, s’mores pie and Mississippi mud cake to satisfy sweet tooth cravings.

Mi Tocaya

Mi Tocaya Antojería, 2800 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL

The restaurant will be offering a special four-course Valentine’s Day menu on Wednesday, February 14. The menu is available for $65, not inclusive of tax and gratuity. Items on the prix fixe menu are also available as a la carte for those diners not wanting to partake in the full menu. The full Valentine’s Day menu is listed below.

Carta de el Dia de San Valentin

La Bienvenida
salsa y chips & sparkling toast
guacamole con caviar (surcharge $20)
Primero choice of 
Crudo de Calabacitas chipotle adobado
Sopa de Mariscos red snapper, shrimp, mussel
Tlayuda de Masa azul nativa seeds, flowers, chile
Segundo choice of
Milanesa de Coliflor salsa veracruzana, papa con azafran
Langosta, Tamal y Esquites mantequilla enchilada, maiz
Sunchoke, Chorizo Casero hay smoked quail egg, verdolagas
Tercer choice of
Setas con Mole Verde mushroom, beets, taquitos
Xicken con Xocolatl heritage breed, turnips, chard
Carne Duranguense Ribeye, leeks and salsa Durango
Cuarto choice of
Tarta de Chocolate Nixtamal crust, sheep’s milk ice cream
Arroz con Leche rice crispies, squash textures
Additionally on Monday, February 26 at 6:30pm Mi Tocaya is partnering with Tequila Herradura for a special “Luck is Earned” dinner. For $55, inclusive of tax and gratuity, diners can indulge in four stations featuring delicious bites from acclaimed Chef Diana Davila paired with four varieties of tequila from Tequila Herradura. Adam Melberth of Herradura will be on site teaching a Tequila 101 educational class during the event.
Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite here:
Luck is Earned Menu Details:
Station 1 – Crudo station featuring Silver Expression
Station 2 – Tacos Arabes – Tortillas hechas a mano featuring Reposado Expression
Station 3 – Frijoles Charras featuring Añejo Expression
Station 4 – Postre: Churro con Texturas featuring Ultra Añejo Expression

Katie Cahmann

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