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What to Eat and Drink in Chicago This Week

Hit a cocktail competition, learn to take better food pics with an iPhone, and make plans for the return of Restaurant Week.

The private room at Found for their “Moveable Feast” dinner party   Photo: Neil Burger

Monday, January 20

Swap mittens for The Mitten, Virtue’s aged winter cider, as 12 mixologists from bars such as Longman & Eagle and Sportsman’s Club use it in the Stone Fence cocktail in a competition at Barrelhouse Flat (2624 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park, 773-857-0421). Bring winter clothes for Chicago Public School kids and get a free piece of Virtue Cider glassware as a souvenir.

Tuesday, January 21

Become the Ansel Adams of Instagramming your dinner with a lesson from local food photographer Huge Galdones, who’ll be talking about improving your iPhone culinary technique at the Apple Store (679 N. Michigan Ave., Streeterville, 312-529-9500) at 7 p.m. Make a reservation here.

For the fourth edition of the Moveable Feast dinner series at Found (1631 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-868-8945), they’ll be working with the Spence Farm Foundation for a midwinter farmers’ market-inspired, five-course meal paired with local wines in Found’s private room. Buy tickets for the $85 pre-tax meal here.

Thursday, January 23

Get a sneak sip of Ten Hills Pale Ale, one of the newest beers from Goose Island, at a free meet-and-greet from 5 to 7 p.m. at Franklin Tap (325 S. Franklin, The Loop, 312-212-3262). Samples of several other beers, including the Kisetsu sake saison and the single-heritage barley beer Leisure Suit, will also be on hand.

Friday, January 24

It’s back. Chicago Restaurant Week begins its 14-day campaign of fixed-price dining all over the city and ‘burbs, with $22 lunch menus and $33 or $44 dinner options. Browse the available menus here.

Saturday, January 25

Why not make a dent in our list of the city’s 20 best new bars? Here, we even made a handy checklist for you to mark off as you imbibe across town. Cheers.


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