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What to Eat and Drink in Chicago This Week

Fried chicken, indoor bocce, and more

Bang Bang Hot at Honey Butter Fried Chicken   Photo courtesy Honey Butter Fried Chicken

Tuesday, August 23

What happens when the biscuit masters from Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits join forces with the folks from Honey Butter Fried Chicken (3361 N. Elston Ave., Avondale, 773-478-4000)? A week-long special called the Bang Bang Hot ($10), which includes spicy honey butter, pickles, and fried chicken strips on a biscuit. Only 75 sandwiches are available each day through Sunday, and $1 from each sale will go to Pilot Light, an organization that teaches children about healthy food.

Wednesday, August 24

Take on a Ping-Pong challenge at Forbidden Root (1746 W. Chicago Ave., West Town, 312-929-2202), as half of the brewpub will be converted into a table tennis arena and $5 beers will be poured throughout the matches. First serve is at 8 p.m. Thursday, August 25 If bocce’s more your boozy-athletic speed, Chicago Distilling Co. (2359 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square, 872-206-2774) will host an indoor tournament, with four-person teams competing (entry fee is $30, and you can sign up here). They’ll also have $7 cocktails, and the winning team from the bracket tourney will get a free bottle of booze.

Thursday, August 25

There’s a serious paella cook-off happening at Mercat a la Planxa (638 S. Michigan Ave., Loop, 312-765-0524), its third annual iteration. Five chefs, including Ashlee Aubin of Salero and Joanna Stachon from Ada St., will be pitted against one another to be crowned the paella-making champ. Tickets, which start at $45, are available here.

Sunday, August 28

Just in case you didn’t get enough Honey Butter earlier in the week, you can swing by BellyQ (1400 W. Randolph St., West Loop, 312-563-1010) from 1 to 4 p.m. for the summer’s final Backyard BBQ, with a menu made in collaboration with the fried chicken spot. For $45, you’ll get to snack on charred wings, Asian succotash, and more, along with beers from 21st Amendment Brewing.

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