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What to Eat and Drink in Chicago This Week

Cooking classes, five-course dinners, and patriotic scones.

Scone City   Photo: Eric Kleinberg

Monday, June 29

Eat well while doing some good at a dinner benefiting Share Our Strength at the Bristol (2152 N. Damen Ave., Bucktown, 773-862-5555). This week they’ll have a special five-course menu for $44, $5 of which will go to the organization, which works to end child hunger in the US. For an extra $15, you can add beer pairings from Moody Tongue Brewery (the pairings are heavy on fruit-forward beers.)

Tuesday, June 30

Ruxbin (851 N. Ashland Ave., Noble Square, 312-624-8509) has spent all of June toasting its fifth anniversary, and tonight’s your last chance to get in on their celebratory menu offering highlights from years past, including a $55 five-course tasting menu. Call the restaurant to make a reservation.

Wednesday, July 1

Learn to make a cup of coffee as good as the one you get at Ipsento (2035 N. Western Ave., Bucktown, 773-904-8177) in the latest edition of their wildly popular Coffee 101 course. You’ll have hands-on training and be given a tasting and history lesson—class is in session from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $80, but buy here ASAP if you’re interested as they’re down to the final open spot.

Or, if you’d prefer your curriculum skewed more toward the edible end of things, Heaven on Seven (111 N. Wabash, Loop, 312-263-6443) chef Jimmy Bannos will be leading a five-course dinner and cooking demo—the $75 enrollment fee includes your meal and all you can drink beer, wine, and Hurricanes. Make a reservation here.

Friday, July 3

Get in the Fourth of July spirit with some red, white, and blue baked goods from Scone City (1632 W. Division St., Wicker Park, 773-904-8722), where today only they’ll offer two specials in honor of the holiday. Show your patriotic side with a roasted blue potato scone with tomato and goat cheese or a strawberry-blueberry offering topped with a blueberry glaze and stars (of course.)

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