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What to Eat and Drink in Chicago This Week

All-you-can-eat mussels and a brunch-making lesson from Gale Gand.

Moules at Chez Moi   Photo: Paul Strabbing

Monday, September 14

This month’s edition of the Dinner Party will have chef Michael Taus of Taus Authentic cooking for such guests as artist Hebru Brantley and Kickstarter co-founder Charles Adler. Elysabeth Alfano hosts the monthly shindig at City Winery (1200 W. Randolph St., West Loop, 312-733-9463), and you can order $55 tickets here.

Tuesday, September 15

Magic words: All-you-can-eat mussels and frites at Chez Moi (2100 N. Halsted St., Lincoln Park, 773-871-2100) starting today. It’s the centerpiece of their ten-day Moules Fest, and there are four takes on the seafood specialty (one with white wine and shallots, another with lobster cream) that you can gorge on for $25 a person.

Friday, September 18

It’s day one of the two-day 312 Urban Block Party at Goose Island (1800 W. Fulton St., West Loop), which pairs live music from bands such as Tune-Yards and Calexico with rare beers from the Goose Island cellars (Muddy, this year’s Bourbon County Stout.) Use those beers to wash down sausages from Hot Doug’s. Buy $20 general admission tickets here.

Saturday, September 19

Learn how to make brunch like one of the best in the biz, Gale Gand, at a cooking demonstration at Read It & Eat (2142 N. Halsted St., Lincoln Park, 773-666-6158). Gand, currently in the kitchen at Spritz Burger in Lake View, will show off how to make three dishes and one drink during the event, which starts at 10 a.m. Your $50 ticket gets you samples of everything—pick it up here.

Sunday, September 20

Sneak a taste of what’s to come at El Che Bar (from John Manion, Mark Steuer, and Paige Jacoby) at a preview dinner at La Sirena Clandestina (954 W. Fulton Market, West Loop, 312-226-5300). You’ll get four courses from the group, spotlighting many of the same Latin flavors as La Sirena (with a special emphasis on Argentina’s cuisine, as the team just returned from a trip there. Dinner costs $100 per person—call La Sirena to reserve.

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