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What to Eat and Drink in Chicago This Week

Birthday cake and hard-to-find beers, all in one week.

Red velvet bundt cake at River Roast
Red velvet bundt cake at River Roast   Photo: Courtesy of River Roast

Monday, July 27

Stop in to Protein Bar (multiple area locations, see theproteinbar.com) and start scratching—through August 16, it’ll be offering a scratch-off card to customers with prizes ranging from $2 shakes to free kombucha. The cards are available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Best of luck.

River Roast (315 N. LaSalle St., River North, 312-822-0100) is giving diners a present in honor of the restaurant’s first birthday: at both lunch and dinner today, every meal comes with a complimentary red velvet bundt cake.

Tuesday, July 28

Salute Peru’s Independence Day with a celebratory meal at Tanta (118 W. Grand Ave., River North, 312-222-9700). The restaurant has pulled together a three-course menu for $45 in honor of the occasion spotlighting some of the country’s most loved dishes, including lomo saltado and an alfajor cookie for dessert. The deal runs through Sunday.

Big Star (1531 N. Damen Ave., Wicker Park, 773-235-4039) will be joined by the crew from sister spot The Publican to toast the release of its exclusive single-barrel bourbon, made by Wathen’s in Kentucky. The party starts at 6 p.m. with cocktail specials (including an apricot and anise bourbon sour) and kitchen offerings from both spots. Admission is free, but you’re on your own to pay for food and drinks.

Thursday, July 30

Have a favorite hard-to-find beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company? Try looking for it at High Noon Saloon (1560 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park, 773-227-9339) Thursay during a special showcase of the Warrenville-based brewery’s rarest offerings, including the 2012 Hop Centric Black Double IPA and the Red Eye Coffee Porter. The suds start flowing at 7 p.m.

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