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What to Eat and Drink in Chicago This Week

Including a pizza luncheon and autumnal gin.

Photo: Courtesy of Letherbee Distillers

Monday, October 5

A month of $8, eighth-anniversary dining deals kicks off today at Osteria La Madia (59 W. Grand Ave., River North, 312-329-0400). For this week’s “pizza luncheon,” eight bucks buys you one chef’s choice specialty pizza (view the menu here) along with either soup or salad. The special is only offered during lunch (11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), and is available for dine-in only.

Tuesday, October 6

Letherbee has released its 2015’s Autumnal gin (one of two seasonal varieties they put out each year)—a warming blend of flavors such as maple and allspice. To celebrate, the local distiller teams up with their pals at Longman & Eagle (2657 N. Kedzie Ave., Logan Square, 773-276-7110) to throw a launch party at Longman’s OSB (located behind and adjacent to Longman proper) from 6 to 9 p.m. Longman & Eagle bar manager Phil Olson will be whipping up a special cocktail for the occasion as well.

Bread & Wine (3732-34 W. Irving Park Rd., Irving Park, 773-866-5266) joins forces with Firestone Walker Brewing Company for a beer-filled dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. For $65 you’ll ingest a six-course dinner, plus six beers from the California-based brewer. This means things like whitefish paired with Opal Dry-Hopped Saison. Call the restaurant to reserve a spot.

Friday, October 9

Sometimes you just need a late-night flamenco fix. At Bar Takito (201 N. Morgan St., West Loop, 312-888-9485), you can swing by from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. to check out live tunes from the Ronaldo Monge Troupe. Bonus: Mixologist Adam Weber has created a specialty sangria for the occasion.

Friday, October 9 to Sunday, October 11

Skip the crowded pumpkin patch and work a wee bit o’ Irish into your weekend at the Irish Books, Art and Music Festival (Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave., Irving Park, 773-282-7035). Culinary highlights include presentations and cooking demos (yes, there will be corned beef!) from Irish top chefs Darina Allen and Emmett McCourt. Admission is free. Browse the full schedule here.

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