Wednesday, February 11
This Valentine’s Day, you can say it with beer at Smylie Brothers Brewing Company (1615 Oak Ave., Evanston, 224-999-7320) at their latest in a series of monthly dinners. The holiday-themed event, which starts at 7 p.m., will be a sampling of bites both sweet and savory and seasonal beer pairings, all for $35—call the brewpub to reserve.
Thursday, February 12
Schedule tea time at Vanille Patisserie (2108 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park, 773-868-4574) Thursday through Sunday afternoons, where $29 gets you an assortment of finger foods and pastries along with tea selections—and there’s also a $19 options for kids between 4 and 12. Call the spot to make a reservation for one of three slots: noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Friday, February 13
Slurp’s up at Tribes Alehouse this weekend, where the Mokena location (11220 W. Lincoln Highway) will put on their sixth annual Oyster Fest. They’ll have plenty of shucked-to-order seafood options available, as well as chowders and mussels to pair with $4 beers from Boulevard Brewing.
Sunday, February 15
Blur the line between breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Table Fifty-Two (52 W. Elm St., Gold Coast, 312-573-4000), which now offers a Sunday Supper meal from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays with options from every meal—breakfast pizza, Southern-fried catfish, and omelettes all share menu space.
The Chicago location of Sugar Hills Bakery (3235 W. Addison St., Irving Park, 847-658-8765) has big plants to get a head start on Paczki Day this year—if you stop in today between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., they’ll be having a Paczki Party in the bakery with a wide array of the treats available.