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What to Eat and Drink in Chicago This Week

Plenty of pumpkin treats, plus breakfast for dinner and free stone crab.

Pumpkin spice spiked shake at 25 Degrees   Photo courtesy 25 Degrees

Monday, October 13

You can pumpkin shake it off at 25 Degrees (736 N. Clark St., River North, 312-943-9700), where, starting today, they’ll be mixing up a milkshake with pumpkin purée sauce, butterscotch, vanilla ice cream, and spiced rum for $10. The boozy treat will be available through the end of October.

Thursday, October 16

Having breakfast for dinner needs no excuse, but if you’re really jonesing for a reason, Floriole Cafe & Bakery (1220 W. Webster Ave., Lincoln Park, 773-883-1313) has you covered. They’re joining forces with Zoe Nathan of the Huckleberry Bakery & Café in Santa Monica and author of the Huckleberry cookbook to prep a version of the mixed-up meal. Tickets are $55 and include a copy of the book (you can also get just dinner for $40)—pick them up here.

Friday, October 17

Trick or treat yourself to pumpkin Frangelico pie ice cream at the one-day-only scoop shop pop-up at David Burke’s Primehouse (616 N. Rush St., River North, 312-660-6000). For $5, you can grab a cone of that or a pecan banana bread flavor—just note that the goodies are available only between 3 and 5 p.m.

Crack open a cold one—a stone crab, that is. Starting at 3 p.m. today, you can get a free claw at Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House (1024 N. Rush St., Gold Coast, 312-640-0999) with the purchase of any entrée so staff can get practice opening them up in advance of the start of the crustacean’s season.

Sunday, October 19

What would a week in fall be without multiple opportunities to eat something pumpkin-y? In addition to getting to carve your own gourd in a contest at Antique Taco (1360 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park, 773-687-8697), the spot will be serving pumpkin beers, pumpkin soup, and pie from Bang Bang Pie Shop. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for kids (their tickets don’t include beer, of course) and are available here.

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