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What to Eat and Drink in Chicago This Week

Burgers, bacon, more burgers, and a little wine to wash it down.

Third Birthday Burger at Burger Boss   Photo courtesy Burger Boss

Monday, 3/31

Happy opening day! White Sox fans can celebrate the first game of the season against the Minnesota Twins with the Dunn Burger, in honor of Sox first baseman Adam Dunn, at III Forks (180 N. Field Blvd., The Loop, 312-938-4303). The sandwich has a 16 ounce burger, Wisconsin cheddar, bacon, and a side of fries for $24.95 (for another $2.95, you can top it with a fried egg).

The Dinner Party at City Winery (1200 W. Randolph St., West Loop, 312-733-9463) probably has a much more impressive guest list than the last dinner gathering you threw at your house—Rick Bayless, New Yorker cartoonist Pat Byrnes, and author Sara Paretsky will join host Elysabeth Alfano for appetizers and entrées prepped by Carrie Nahabedian. You can sit in the audience and listen in on their conversation while sipping paired wines for $45—tickets are available here.

Tuesday, 4/1

Drink your pork fat at Baconfest’s cocktail party at the Berkshire Room (15 E. Ohio St., River North, to kick off the start of Bacon Month. Benjamin Schiller (the Berkshire Room), Danny Shapiro (Scofflaw), and Annemarie Sagoi (the Dawson) will each be mixing up a special bacon-y cocktail, and your $30 ticket guarantees you one of each (along with several porky snacks.)

Wednesday, 4/2

Burger Boss (3208 N. Southport Ave., Lake View, 773-248-2677; 7512 W. North Ave., Elmwood Park, 708-452-7288) is celebrating its third birthday with a basic burger for $3—it’s a single patty, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, mustard, and mayo on a brioche bun. You can snag this deal until April 6.

Saturday, 4/5

The next installment of “A Table,” a series on food and wine in French cinema at the Alliance Française (54 W. Chicago Ave., River North, 312-337-1070) will screen Tu seras mon fils at 1:30 p.m. After watching the stories of fathers and sons in a Southwestern French vineyard, follow with a wine tasting inspired by the film and put together by sommelier Sean King of the Plum Market. Call the Alliance for information on the $8 tickets.

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