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What to Eat and Drink in Chicago This Week

Tacos, barbecue, and ancient grains.

Tacos at Tallboy Taco   Photo courtesy Tallboy Taco

Tuesday, August 11

Chow down at Taco Tuesday at Tallboy Taco (325 W. Huron St., River North, 312-488-4917), where you can snag a serious deal of two tacos and a can of Tecate for $8. If you’d prefer something fruitier to wash things down, glasses of sangría will be just $5 for the evening.

Thursday, August 13

Shop the Bucktown location of Mariano’s (2112 N. Ashland Ave.) with chef Sean Pharr of the Bristol, who’ll be guiding customers on how to better select fresh produce and will then demonstrate a seasonal salad as part of the grocery store chain’s series of “Savor the Summer” events. The $5 fee to register for the tutorial will be refunded to attendees in the form of a Mariano’s gift card.

Saturday, August 15

Hit the links and stuff yourself with a golf outing organized by Commonwealth Tavern (2000 W. Roscoe St., Roscoe Village, 773-697-7965). The all-day affair starts at 9 a.m. with breakfast at the bar. A bus will then take you to Carillon Links in Plainfield for an 18-hole scramble, followed by a barbecue at the course. It costs $140 for the whole shebang, including the bus ride (knock $10 off that price if you’d prefer to manage transportation yourself.) Call Commonwealth to reserve a spot.

It’s summer, so there are plenty of street fests to select from on any given weekend. One drinking-friendly one: The Oak Park Micro Brew Review, which takes place on Marion street between Lake Street and Pleasant Avenue in downtown Oak Park. More than 150 beers from Midwestern breweries will be on hand to sample, and your $50 general admission gets you 40 tastings and a souvenir glass. Pick up tickets here.

Want to learn more about ancient grains being cultivated here in Illinois? Join the team from Evanston bread bakery Hewn on a visit to Hazzard Free Farm (5111 Ahrens Rd., Pecatonica) to see the rare strains of wheat the farm is growing and help with a bit of harvesting, followed by a celebratory feast. Buy tickets to the $40 event here.

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