Monday, January 26
Belly up to the one-night-only taco takeover at Belly Shack (1912 N. Western Ave., Logan Square, 773-252-1414). For $50, you get a Latin-Asian fusion feast (think braised pork sopes with pineapple and kimchi and horchata soft serve with sticky rice) with four Half Acre beer pairings. Buy tickets here.
Tuesday, January 27
Every drinker knows the deal: Liquor before beer, in the clear; beer before liquor, never sicker—but what about liquor made of beer? Find out what happens when you mix the two at the launch party for CH Distillery’s newest creation, Spirit of du Sable, a barrel-aged and distilled version of Ale Syndicate’s du Sable beer. The celebration, which will feature a special cocktail mixing the spirit with honey syrup and a variety of bitters for $11, starts at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, January 28
The latest installment in the Omakase Dinner Series at Ramen-San (59 W. Hubbard St., River North, 312-377-9950) puts the spotlight on roast duck and Japanese whiskey, with plentiful options for high-end alcohol pairings. The base price for the five-course meal, with multiple seatings beginning at 6 p.m., is $45, but you can add whiskies for an additional fee—$40 or $80 depending on how long they’ve been aged. Call the restaurant to make a reservation–and note that there are more tables open after 8 p.m.
Friday, January 30
Tonight marks the start of Chicago Restaurant Week if you’re so inclined, with more than 250 restaurants offering discounted fixed-price menus at lunch and/or dinner. The full list of participants is here. Let us reiterate our advice from last year, though—do your research and cross-check prices against the regular menu to make sure you’re actually getting a good deal.
It’s Blue Door Farm Stand’s (843 W. Armitage Ave., Lincoln Park, 773-935-2583) first birthday, and they’ve got cake—from today through February 3, you can get a free carrot cake cupcake with any purchase.