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What to Drink in Chicago This Week

There are wine tastings, playoff drink specials, beers, martinis—and a few things to eat, too.

Bar at Commonwealth   Photo: Kevin Osterhout

Monday, April 21

Things are not going so well for the Blackhawks or the Bulls in the playoffs thus far. If you’re in need of a drink (or several) to get through the next few games, Commonwealth Tavern (2000 W. Roscoe St., Roscoe Village, 773-697-7965) will have $5 Jack and Cokes when Chicago teams are playing, like during the Blackhawks’ face-off with the St. Louis Blues tonight.

Wednesday, April 23

All day long, Franklin Tap (325 S. Franklin St., South Loop, 312-212-3262) will offer an extra-large menu of canned beers—60 different offerings from close to 30 different breweries, all priced between $4 and $8.

Thursday, April 24

It’s spring, and pink wine is so in this season. Taste rosés from a variety of vineyards during a free sampling session at Pizza Rustica (3908 N. Sheridan Rd., Lake View, 773-404-8955). Weather permitting, they’ll be pouring at their outdoor café.

Saturday, April 26

Start your wine education from the bottom of the bottle in a new wine education series taught by Alpana Singh at her restaurant, the Boarding House (720 N. Wells St., River North, 312-280-0720). The first session, “How To Taste Wine,” will focus on what to look for when you’re describing what’s in your glass, and how to better pair it with food. Sign up for the $85 class here.

Sunday, April 27

The iconic teen comedy Mean Girls turns 10 next week, and you can, in fact, sit with the Kit Kat Lounge (3700 N. Halsted St., Wrigleyville, 773-525-1111) during their celebratory brunch. In addition to their brunch menu, you can order a “That’s So Fetch!” (guava rum, triple sec, lime juice, cranberry juice, pink sugar rim) or “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” (Harmonie and Fleur liqueurs, Champagne float, and a pink glow stick garnish) martini as the movie plays in the background.

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