Monday, January 5
Keep your New Year’s diet while still getting sloshed at Slippery Slope (2357 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square, 773-799-8504), where the bartenders will be mixing drinks using cold-pressed juices from the neighboring Owen + Alchemy. The event, called Detox/Retox, starts at 10 p.m., and there’s no cover to attend.
Tuesday, January 6
Join Quartino (626 N. State St., River North, 312-698-5000) in toasting to its ninth anniversary with a Wine Bash—you’ll get tons of bites (salumi, meatballs) and booze (wine, white peach Bellinis) for $25. Pay at the door. The meal starts at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, January 7
Have you looked at the forecast for today? Wednesday’s weather was practically tailor-made for slurping up soup, so it may be a good day to pop over to Chez Moi (2100 N. Halsted St., Lincoln Park, 773-871-2100) for a sampler—get tasting portions of pumpkin, cauliflower, garlic, and onion varieties for $9.95. And if you can’t bear to go outside today, the deal’s on all month.
Brush up on the basics of beer by enrolling in Brew U at Dusek’s (1227 W. 18th St., Pilsen, 312-526-3851), a six-week educational series that kicks off at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Each class will feature a different local brewery (such as Metropolitan one week and Solemn Oath the next) spotlighting a different part of the beermaking process. Getting in for all six sessions costs $75—grab tickets here.
Thursday, January 8
Acquaint yourself with modern twists on classic cocktails invented in hotel bars throughout history at the brand-new No Key Required series, beginning tonight at Nico Osteria’s (1015 N. Rush St., Gold Coast, 312-994-7100) second-floor Reserve Bar. Starting at 8 p.m., sample the first version of what will be a rotating menu, which presently spotlights drinks from 1930s Paris (such as the Belle Aurore, a mix of Cognac, crème de cacao, gin, and Pernod). The drinks run from $13 to $20 and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.