Monday, April 28
MK (868 N. Franklin St., River North, 312-482-9179) has rebranded their Sunday Supper series as Bistro Dinners, and you can enjoy the $30, three-course, family-style meal from Sunday to Tuesday now. This week’s menu features a radicchio salad with peas and goat cheese, Rushing Waters grilled trout with a charred ramp vinaigrette, and a honey-yogurt rhubarb parfait.
Wednesday, April 30
To bide the time waiting for the Chicago outpost of Lagunitas Brewery to open up, Howells & Hood (435 N. Michigan Ave, Streeterville, 312-262-5310) has put together a four-course dinner paired with sips of the California-based beermaker’s offerings. Make reservations for the $49 dinner, which starts with a reception at 6 p.m., by calling the restaurant.
After a two-year break, the Whistler (2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square, 773-227-3530) will reintroduce their Book Club tonight, where bartenders pick a cocktail book and mix up their favorite drinks from it for the evening. This edition’s pick is Left Coast Libations by Ted Munat, which features drinks from prominent West Coast bars. A jazz quartet led by James Davis will provide background music as you sip.
Saturday, May 3
The current forecast for Saturday calls for sun. If it holds (or even if it doesn’t), you can start your morning at opening weekend for the Green City Market (between Clark and Stockton Drive, Lincoln Park.). Vendors will be up and running at 7 a.m., and a slate of activities including kid-friendly tastings, market shopping tours with Carrie Nahabedian (Naha) and Sarah Stegner (Prairie Grass Cafe), and gardening workshops start at 8 a.m.
Big hats are optional at Chicago q’s (1160 N. Dearborn St., Gold Coast, 312-642-1160) Kentucky Derby party, which kicks off at 2 p.m. You can bet on the race for prizes from the restaurant, Maker’s Mark, and Blue Door Farm Stand—and, if you decide to come in your Southern finest, there will be a best-dressed contest as well. The $42 ticket includes an all-you-can-eat Southern-style buffet and a drink.