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What to Eat and Drink in Chicago This Week

Work off a week of beer, cheap burgers, and a whole lot of pork with a post-dinner tango class.

Tango class at Artango   Photo: Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

Tuesday, September 9

Dinner and a workout: On Tuesdays and Wednesdays this month, Artango (4217 N. Ravenswood Ave., North Center, 773-697-7479) will have a $25 three-course menu, followed by a complimentary Argentine Tango group dance lesson. The dancing part runs from 7:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Wednesday, September 10

What could be better than a plate of ceviche to round out the summer? How about a pop-up dinner put on by the crews at 5 Rabbit Brewery and Heritage Bicycles (2959 N. Lincoln Ave., Lake View, 773-245-3005) celebrating the South American specialty? In this first installment of the ongoing Tonteria dinner series, they’ll pair the fish dish with 5 Rabbit brews. Dinner starts at 8 p.m. and costs $45; get tickets here.

Thursday, September 11

There are specials celebrating the fifth anniversary of Gemini Bistro’s (2075 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park, 773-525-2522) opening all week long, but this one caught our eye (and stomach). Today, the restaurant’s signature burger, topped with applewood smoked bacon and served with fries, only costs $5. Several beers will be on offer for $5 as well.

Mmm, pork. Two of Chicago’s pig-heavy newbie restaurants, Tête Charcuterie and Bohemian House, will be teaming up for a dinner party at Tête (1114 W. Randolph St., West Loop, 312-733-1178) in which chefs from each spot will get half a pig from Slagel Family Farm to do with what they please. Get your $70 ticket by calling the restaurant.

Friday, September 12

Start off the weekend with a ton of beer at Festivale, a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation taking place at Carmichael’s (1052 W. Monroe St., West Loop). In addition to sampling the wares of several local brewers, you can up your pork consumption for the week: chefs from Frontier and Sunda will be roasting two full-size pigs to provide some of the snacks. Buy $65 tickets here.

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