Wednesday, March 12
Today’s date is 3/12, so of course this is the day Goose Island releases the second in its line of 312 beers, the 312 Urban Pale Ale. Got any questions? Their head brewer, Brett Porter, will be on the website Reddit for a beer-related Ask Me Anything today at (appropriately enough) 3:12 p.m.
Friday, March 14
This is also a notable date—it’s Pi Day (3/14, get it?), so Tuscany (1014 W. Taylor St., Little Italy, 312-829-1990; 1415 W. 222nd St., Oak Brook, 630-990-1993; 550 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, 847-465-9988) slashed the price for their whole pizzas from $11-$12 to $3.14 for dine-in lunch only.
Saturday, March 15
Because we’d be remiss not to mention it, there is going to be some green beer available this weekend. You can get some if you swing by the Division Ale House (1942 W. Division St., Wicker Park, 773-384-6886) starting at 9 a.m. for a Kegs & Eggs brunch, which, for $25, will offer up one entrée and up to six green beers, mimosas, or Bloody Marys.
For those in search of sustenance between stops on a near-north-side bar crawl during St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Chicago Q (1160 N. Dearborn St., Gold Coast, 312-642-1160) will have grab-and-go pulled pork sandwiches on a pretzel roll for $8. If you can keep your behavior in check enough to sit down at a table, they’re also doing a corned beef special with cabbage and potatoes ($17 at lunch, $22 at dinner) all weekend long.
Or, escape the shamrock-frenzied crowds entirely and spend the afternoon with renowed chef Ferran Adrià, he of elBulli fame, during a Q&A and book signing at Balena (1633 N. Halsted St., Lincoln Park, 312-867-3888). Your $95 ticket includes a copy of his book A Day at elBulli as well as some Spanish-style hors d’oeuvres, wines, and nary a green beer in sight.