Monday, July 28
Salute Peruvian independence between now and Wednesday at Tanta (118 W. Grand Ave., River North, 312-222-9700), where they’ve got a special sampler feast of four dishes (including their beef heart anticucho and special tiradito) for $32.
Wednesday, July 30
Get in on some mojito madness at a cocktail class at Nacional 27 (325 W. Huron St., River North, 312-664-2727), where beverage manager Elyse Fuller will show participants how to make three different kinds of mojitos. You can RSVP for the $15 class, which includes samples of all the drinks as well as some tapas, by calling the restaurant.
Thursday, July 31
Piece Pizzeria & Brewery (1927 W. North Ave., Wicker Park, 773-772-4422) is about to enter its awkward teen years—join in a toast to the restaurant’s 13th birthday at 8 p.m., when they’ll be tapping their special Anniversary Ale and hosting live music from the Phil Angotti Band.
Saturday, August 2
Cast your vote for the best brew and barbecue tag team at the Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge in the parking lot of St. Viator School (3644 N. Kedvale Ave). Ten local brewers will work with a chef to come up with a pork dish to go with one of their beers—participants include Finch’s, Solemn Oath, and Half Acre—and attendees get to pick the winner. The showdown starts at 2 p.m.—grab $60 tickets here.
Or, if you prefer your beer festivals to be suburban, the second annual Highwood Craft Beer Festival (130 Highwood Ave., Highwood, 312-587-3474) will feature more than 40 breweries such as Lake Effect, Deschutes, and Oskar Blues with beers to sample. Both general admission and VIP tickets are still available—pick them up here.Edit Module