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What to Eat and Drink in Chicago This Week

Hope you’re thirsty—there’s a lot of good stuff to drink this week, along with mini-sandwiches and a bottomless German buffet.

Patio at the Dawson   Photo: Nicole Ess

Monday, September 15

Dive in to the start of bivalve season at Chez Moi (2100 N. Halsted St., Lincoln Park, 773-871-2100), where from today through Thursday, you can get bottomless bowls of moules frites (that’s mussels and fries for you non-Francophiles) for $25 at dinnertime.

Wednesday, September 17

To toast to Local Root (601 N. McClurg Ct., Streeterville, 312-643-1145) on the farm-to-table spot’s second anniversary, swing by at lunchtime. They’ll have three of their most popular sandwiches in miniature format on sale from an outdoor stand for $2 a pop, including Champagne chicken on brioche and stuffed Portobello on a baguette from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Friday, September 19

A lot of anniversary parties this week! Celebrate the third birthday of Few Spirits (918 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-920-8628) with a cocktail and a cupcake. Starting at 5:30 p.m., the craft distiller will be pouring out whiskey cocktails to sip alongside tacos from Big Star’s food truck and treats from Cupcakes for Courage.

Saturday, September 20

Get started on Oktoberfest celebrations at the Dawson (730 W. Grand Ave., West Town, 312-243-8955), where $20 will get you access to unlimited Bavarian BBQ fare—bratwurst, pretzels, potato salad, etc.—and live music on the restaurant’s patio. There will also be a special line-up of German-style beers to purchase on the side. The party kicks off at 2 p.m.

Block party season is winding down. Squeeze in one last stop on the circuit and pop by the 312 Urban Block Party outside of Goose Island’s Fulton Street Brewery (1800 W. Fulton St., West Town), where rare brews and music from the Breeders will come together. Pick up $10 tickets here.

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