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What to Eat and Drink in Chicago This Week

There’s wine, punch, and a Nutella overload in Chicago this week.

Planter’s punch at Scofflaw   Photo: Courtesy of Scofflaw

Monday, February 10

Scofflaw (3201 W. Armitage Ave., Logan Square, 773-252-9700) is taking on Tiki for the next installment of their regular Fan Fiction cocktail series, in which the cocktail mecca’s menu has a single-minded focus for one night only. Tonight, you can sip Mai Tais and Planter’s Punch in front of its fireplace, the next best thing to tropical sunlight.

Eating and reading go hand in hand at a fixed-price dinner in celebration of the new wine-centric novel Vintage Attraction at Taxim (1558 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park, 773-252-1558). The three-course dinner and meet-and-greet with author Charles Blackstone for $65 is inspired by the novel’s scenes in the Greek Isles.

Tuesday, February 11

Rock star bartender Charles Joly of the Aviary will set up shop behind the bar at CH Distillery (564 W. Randolph St., West Loop, 312-707-8780) as the first in a series of monthly guest mix-masters. He’ll create two cocktails for the night, one using CH’s spirits and another using whatever he wants. Can’t make it Tuesday? March will see Eden Laurin and Patrick Smith of Violet Hour do the same.

Saturday, February 15

Show your Valentine you love her by skipping the February 14 hubbub and taking her instead for a 2 p.m. punch-making class at (where else?) Punch House (1227 W. 18th St., Pilsen, 312-526-3851). For $75 total, a group of up to four will make a 16-serving batch of punch to take home, supervised by beverage director Will Duncan. Call the restaurant to make a reservation. 

Sunday, February 16

Because you know you can’t keep a jar of it in the house without it magically disappearing one spoonful at a time, get your chocolate-hazelnut fix at Nutella Day at Multilingual Connections (2518 W. Armitage Ave., Bucktown, 773-292-5500) Several local treatmakers, including Katherine Anne Confections, Black Dog Gelato, and Bang Bang Pie Shop, will be selling Nutella snacks to enjoy during free entry-level Italian classes.

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