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    Nando’s Peri-Peri celebrates its roots with a South African party Chicago-style, for the opening of its new location at 1500 N. Clybourn location beginning 7 p.m. November 21.

    Guests will be feted with sampling Nando's Peri-Peri chicken, sides and other bar food as well as South African wines and biltong (spicy beef jerky) from Ayoba-Yo. DJ Dee Money spins beats. A photo booth will also be available

    Nando Nando is giving away free tickets online. Guests hoping to score a complimentary ticket can apply online here

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    Sketchbook Brewing, 821 Chicago Ave. Evanston, launches five specialty items for its anniversary on November 19.

    Anniversary week launches include three new versions of its barrel aged, releasing November 19. Turbulence. The stouts, available only in Sketchbook's taproom are:  Turbulence Imperial Stour; Vanilla Bean Turbulence and Coconut Habanero Turbulence.

    On November 21 the brewer launches Hop Void Double IPA brewed with Syrian Dragon hops on draft and in cans (pictured).

    Sketchbook mixes Morsels Patisserie pop-up and flight pairing of four pastries and four brews on November 23.


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    Chef Cleetus Friedman hosts "Food, Booze & Tunes," a weekly Wednesday Q&A segment spotlighting some of the city's top culinary talents who share their favorite music while guest nosh on some of the headliners favorite food and beverage. The event takes place at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison.

    The show kicks off with James Beard Award-winner Rick Bayless  (pictured) of Frontera Grill; Lena Brava; Tortas Frontera; Topolobampo and Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless at O'Hare Airport, kicks off the series November 20. Details.
    The lineup includes: 
    Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s "Wait, Wait! Don’t…Tell Me!," (December 11).
    Mick Napier (founder) and Jen Estlin (executive producer) of the Annoyance Theater (January 15).
    Louisa Chu (Chicago Tribune) and Monica Eng (WBEZ), co-hosts of the Chewing podcast (February 12).
    Kevin Coval, poet, author, and editor (March 18).
    Bryan Smith, senior staff writer at Chicago magazine with Rock Wirtz and legendary Blackhawk Tony Esposito (April 8).

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    Starbucks Reserve Chicago Roastery, a 43,000 square foot, mega multi-level barista is now open on the Mag Mile in the old Crate 'N Barrel location at  646 N. Michigan.

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    Time Out media operation's is set to open Time Out Chicago Market,  916 W. Fulton Market 8 a.m.  November 21. The culinary emporium will feature 18 restaurants and three bars along with live music.

    Chef-driven food stops include: Abe Conlon (Fat Rice); John Manion (El Che Steakhouse & Bar); Kevin Hickey (Duck Inn): Brian Fisher (Entente); Thai Dang (HalSous); Bill Kim (Urbanbelly).

    Other food venues include: Lost Larson: FARE, Funkenhausen: Dos Urban Cantina; Mini Mott, The Purple Pig; Art of Pizza; Split Rail; Sugar Cube; Tortello; Band of Bohemia and Pretty Cool Ice Cream.

    During the event Paul McGee and Shelby Allison debut their new Secret Sound cocktail concept. Additional happenings include food events curated by chef Erick Williams owner of Virtue located in in Hyde Park.

    Hours of operation are: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.


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    The Chocolate Sanctuary, 5101 Washington St., Gurnee, hosts a Thanksgiving Tea  2-4 p.m. November 23.

    Guests can enjoy sipping on Benjamin tea while sampling petite turkey and cranberry sandwiches along with Thanksgiving-themed treats; $21, adults; $12, kids. Reservations accepted 224-944-0808. 


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    Elf'd Up is now open at Stretch Bar, & Grill 3484 N. Clark. The "Elf," move-themed pop up features all things Elf with more than 1000 elves of all shapes and sizes adorning the area from floor to ceiling.

    The Buddy's Brunch offered 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning November 23.

    Themed food menu ($5-$19) include items such as the Buddy burger served on a toasted green bun; Papa Elf’s three-cheese homemade mac and the “Francisco” grilled cheese and soup combo as well as the Buddy’s Breakfast Pasta with spaghetti, maple syrup, chocolate fudge, chocolate syrup, mini marshmallows, and strawberry frosted Pop Tarts.

    Guests can also imbibe in themed cocktails such as: Yule Mule (Fireball, Dr. McGillicuddy's Apple Pie liqueur, lime juice, ginger beer, splash of cranberry and orange juice); Ninny Muggins (Chila ‘Orchata and Fireball, topped with whipped cream and Cinnamon Toast Crunch), Naughty or Spice (Monrosso Tuscan Red Blend, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, apple cider, orange juice, cinnamon, brown sugar, cloves), Elfie (Corazon Tequila, strawberry puree, sage simple syrup, lime juice, Gran Gala and Mionetto Rosé), $12 each. In addition a giant Elf boot featuring 36-oz. rotating seasonal drafts, ranging in price from $10 to $18, will be available. 

    Also, guests visiting the Christkindlemarket can bring in their mug through December 24 for half-off their first glass of wine or beer.

    Activities include:. "Elf" movie trivia December 4, 11 and 18. Buddy Elf will make guests appearances throughout the pop up run and DJ's will be on hand to spin holiday-themed songs. The pop-up will be around through mid-January. PHOTO: Ivy Tac.

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    Kinton Ramen, has opened its second U.S. location in Wicker Park at 1426 N. Milwaukee.  
    The ramen house offers five pork and chicken options that include: original, shoyu, miso, spicy Garlic and spicy jalapeno and include accompanying slices of pork belly that are torched for added caramelization and flavor or juicy chicken breast slices. 

    Several shareable plates also available including Kimuchi, Takowasabi, Salmon Tataki, Ton Ton Don, Edamame, Ikapiri and the restaurant’s famous original and spicy Karaage. The restaurant's dining room features seats 54 along with room for 11 at open-kitchen bar.

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    Chef Jimmy Bannos of Heaven on Seven, 111 N. Wabash, puts a Cajun twist on seasonal dishes during his five-course Cajun cooking demo/dinner 6-9 p.m. December 4: $75, wine, beer or Hurricane and recipes included.

    Dishes include items such as turkey and sweet potato polenta; shrimp and crabmeat with white remoulade and Cajun caviar. Menu is subject to change. Reservations are required and can be reserved in advance with a credit card at: 312-263-6443

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    SafeHouse Chicago, 60 E. Ontario, partners with The Chicago Lighthouse for Operation Black Wednesday, the venue's annual late-night party beginning 10 p.m. November 27.

    Specials during the free (cash bar) event includes $4 domestic beers; $5 well drinks; $6 select wines and half-priced specialty cocktails. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit The Chicago Lighthouse's services for the blind, visually impaired and Veterans.

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    Punch Bowl Social, 310 N. Green, hosts Way Back Wednesday "Funsgiving" (time-honored event celebrating friends, fun and food) 5-11 p.m. November 27. 

    Photographers, backdrops, props, pillars and even hairstylists will be on hand to recreate favorite memories from the past photos. Accessories such as pom poms, letterman jackets and scrunchies will be available to assist in replicating  special moments in time.  No cover. RSVP encouraged. 

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    Michael Jordan’s Steak House, located in the InterContinental Hotel, 505 N. Michigan, is featuring a "Space Jam" inspired meal deal during the NBA season. 
    The special, Space Jam burger (10-ounce beef burger, stacked with BBQ braised pork belly, pickled onions, dill pickle, stout mustard, butterkäse and aged cheddar cheese) served with hand-cut fries and the Mike Secret Stuff shake (salted caramel milkshake); $27, is a slam-dunk deal.
    The Space Jam meal, for guests who want to eat like Mike, will be available in the restaurant's bar area during Chicago Bulls home games only through April 13, 2020, with the exception of the 2020 NBA All-star (February 16, 2020) game being played at the United Center.  

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    Nordstrom at the Shops at North Bridge, 55 E Grand,  (also a Michigan Ave.), as part of its nationwide seasonal giving campaign to raise over $1M for its charitable hosts a breakfast with Santa  9 a.m. December 7 benefitting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals®

    In addition to breakfast attendees can mingle with Santa along with participating in festivities that include:  arts and crafts, photo opps, face painting, cookie decorating, and more. 

    Nordstrom will donate 100% of the ticket sales—up to $25,000—to children's hospitals in the community of purchase to support uncompensated care for local families in the most difficult of circumstances. A second breakfast is scheduled for December 14. Tickets are $25, adults; $15, ages 3-15. Tickets

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    Rooh,736 W. Randolph, is now serving a Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Executive Chef Sujan Sarkar (pictured) and Chef de Cuisine Sahil Sethi, have created an imaginative dining experience along with a creative cocktail menu.

    The new lineup, which ranges from sweet to savor items, includes: a lamb Chapli burger served on a brioche bun (laccha onion, pickle served with ROOH masala fries) and prawn pepper fry Benedict served on brioche with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.

    Traditional brunch items include: buttermilk pancakes served with salted jaggery ice cream for those with a serious sweet tooth; an Eggs Our Way section features the Ross Masala Omelette with tomato, onion, chili, and cilantro; a vegan omelette served with a graham flour pancake, cottage cheese, cilantro, and ginger alam; a vegetarian version of scrambled eggs, the Paneer Bhurji served with ricotta cheese, green peas, and cilantro; and lamb keema served with a fried egg and crispy potatoes.

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    Today is the last day for The Chocolate Sanctuary's, 5101 Washington St., Gurnee, after Thanksgiving specials that include an open face filet mignon eggs Benedict sandwich served on an English muffin with hollandaise sauce and a side of cheesy potatoes; $15. Reservations available at: 224-944-0808.

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    Chicago's first Hanukkah-themed pop-up bar "8CrazyNights, opened December 1 at Graystone Tavern, 3441 N. Sheffield.

    Guests will be feted to holiday-themed props and decorations that included more than 8,000 blue and white lights; Hanukkah ball lanterns hanging from the ceiling Star of David and dreidel ornaments all about and a lighted menorah; Mensch on a Bench and a photo booth with Hanukkah props.

    Traditional Jewish favorites, priced $5 to $12 , include; latkes, matzo ball soup, brisket platter and grilled cheese served on challah bread. Dessert is a boozy jelly donut made with house made vodka infused jelly. 


    Festive cocktails Include: Gelt Martini (Wheatley Vodka, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Crème de Cacao, chocolate syrup, Hanukkah gelt); Manischewitz spritzer (Manischewitz, Koval Cranberry, Mionetto Prosecco, club soda and an orange slice) and the Sufganiyah (vanilla vodka, citrus vodka, Manischewitz, lemon wedge, powdered sugar); $10 each.

    Manischewitz sangria bowl (48-ounces and serves 3 to 4 guests); four rotating theme draft beers ($6-$9) that includes: Messiah (Nut Brown Ale), Chanukah (Brown Ale), Circum-session (Sour Ale) and Shebrew (Double IPA). The bar will also feature an 18-foot giant menorah "shotski" starting at $24 (eight guests can take a shot at once).

    Night events such as Hanukkah Happy Hour charity benefit; dreidel spinning tournament and move movie night will take place. More events to be announced. The holiday pop-up bar will remain through December 31.

    Some activities during the 8-night celebration will benefit the Israel Cancer Research Fund and the Jewish Federation. PHOTO:Megan Anman.

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    The 19th Annual Holiday One of a Kind Show, takes place December 5-8 at the Merchandise Mart, 222 features more than nifty holiday gifts. While browsing for those stocking stuffers and other gifts check out the special section Gourmet Market featuring an array of items that includes: baked goods, teas; dips; sauces and confections.

    Gourmet cafes including a sports cafe airing football games will be on site. In addition all cafes will offer bar service. Hours are: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 7 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets. PHOTO: Image from 2018  Gourmet Market.

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    Raised, an Urban Rooftop Bar, located on the third level of the Renaissance Chicago, 1 W. Wacker,  invites guests to experience the Alpines during the launch of Apres This Way, transforming into the  ultimate ski lodge experience.

    Running for the duration of the winter season, the bar's interior will be transformed into a winterized lodge featuring faux fur and faux bearskin rugs along with Birch trees sprinkled throughout to create a mountain cabin ambiance, complete with accent throws, bolster pillows and soft lighting.

    Guests will also have access to a special Happy Hour and enjoy après ski, a time to warm up and unwind with friends, 4-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

    Select beer, wine, and rotating old fashioned options will be available. In addition exclusive themed cocktails will also be available, including:  Cabin Fever (Chairmen’s Reserve Spiced Rum, Malbec, rosemary, clove, and smoke)Under the Jalisco Sun (Arette Reposado Tequila, Italicus, Dolin Dry, and Bittermen’s hopped grapefruit bitters) and Ferdinand the Bull (Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Oloroso Sherry, tamarind, egg white, and angostura bitters)

    Cocktail to keep you warm include: PB&T, with Screwball Peanut Butter Whiskey, Distillerie Du Peyrat Cognac, oolong tea, blueberry vinegar, and honey, served in a tea cupSantiago’s Waymixed with Havana Club Anejo Rum, coconut, cream, vanilla, and spices, served in a mug; among others. Spirit Free cocktails are also available, and include Ginger and Rootwith carrot, lime, coconut, ginger beer, and garam masala; and Demeter’s Daughterwith pomegranate, lemon, egg white, rose water, and Lagunitas hop water.

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    Coolhaus Ice Cream is offering two holiday flavors, Brown Butter Gingerbread Cookie nutty brown sugar flavor with swirl of crumbled gingerbread cookies along with Holiday Nog, a dairy-free spiced rum with and cinnamon graham cracker crumble. Available at Whole Foods. Find location.

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    Jingle Junkie3478 N. Clark (Roadhouse 66 Gas N’ Grill), is now open and featuring a Sunday Santa brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 8, 15 and 22.
    The venue, featured two rooms of seasonal decor, transforms into a quaint sky lodge, for the holiday season.
    is offering all-access ski passes with proceeds benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 
    Brunch items include: fried mashed potato bites with a spicy pickle dipping sauce; ham, cheddar and cranberry melt with smoked bacon and housemade chipotle mayo; smoked turkey sandwich served open face, homemade mashed potatoes; homemade dressing and gravy. Rotating weekly desserts include: Rotating weekly dessert items include snickerdoodle bread and gingerbread skillet cookie.
    Specialty drinks include: Peanut Butter Pretzel (Skrewball peanut butter whiskey; Godiva white chocolate liqueur, caramel sauce drizzle and caramel salted rim); Jingle Junkie punchy (adult version of Matt Warner's family holiday punch made with Stoli Razberi); Get N' Blitzen (Buffalo Trace bourbon; Journeyman apple cider liqueur, brown sugar simple syrup topped with Prosecco); and Baby It's Cold Outside glogg (mulled wine with Monrosso red blend, brandy, maple syrup and a blend of fruits and spices, served  hot).
    Featured holiday beers include: Goose Island Christmas IPA and Goose Island Bourbon County Stour; Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter and Bell's Christmas Ale.
    Guests can post naught or nice Christmas photo wall. Ask about the all-access ski pass with proceeds benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The pop-up will be be open through January 6, 2020.

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    Shedd After Hours Polar Party is 6-10 p.m. December 18 at the Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. 

    Guests will feted to seasonal delights such as the sugar cookie cocktail. Other foods and beverages will be available for purchase as well.

    Events include: aquatic trivia and a favorite holiday sweater for a contest. Ages 21 and over. Must present a valid photo ID. Tickets available online only. Purchase.

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  • 12/08/19--04:00: BrewLights @Lincoln Park Zoo

  • Sample seasonal craft beers during the highly anticipated return of the Sixth Annual BrewLights, 5:30-9:30 p.m. December 12, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2234 Cannon Dr.

    Presented by Louis Guntz Beer, Inc, guests can sample a dozen craft and seasonal beers.

    Photos with santa will be available at the Helen Brach Primate House.

    Must be 21 and older with valid ID.  Designated driver tickets available; $20-$49. Proceed benefit the The Lincoln Park Zoo Auxiliary Board's support of LPZ's The Pride of Chicago campaign. Tickets.

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  • 12/09/19--04:00: Headquarters Beercade

  • A Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas Brunch 1-4 p.m. December 14. Headquarters Beercade, 213 W. Institute Pl' $25.

    Classic holiday fare and specialty cocktails are on the menu.

    In addition to live carolers the Stine Quartet performs hoiliday songs from Vince Guardali's classic Christmas album. Tickets.

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    Sarah Stegner, co-owner/co-chef of Prairie Grass Cafe, 601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, celebrates the legacy of and birthday of Abby Mandel, a co-founder of Green City Market (1932-2018) as well as the 20th anniversary of Green City Market, December 12, by raising and donating funds for Green City Market initiatives.

    Money raised will benefit the market’s The Edible Gardens. Stegner will give all donations directly to the garden. In addition a special beet and carrot birthday cake will be prepared in honor of Mandel's birthday with one hundred percent of the proceeds from December 12 benefitting the initiative.
     The Edible Garden, that children plant or harvest was created to help inner-city children understand where food originates.   

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    Onward Restaurant, 6580 N. Sheridan, is hosting  “Cellar Series” five-course sustainable wine dinner 6-9 p.m. December 12 featuring wines from the sustainable vineyards of Jackson Family Estates Wines; $65. 

    A representative from Jackson Family Wines will lead guests through the dinner discussing the wine selections and paired dish. Guests will also learn about the vineyard's history.

    Executive Patrick Russ creates a seasonal menu that includes: Spanish octopus, Rohan duck and a vanilla lychee buttermilk panna cotta dessert created by Executive Pastry Chef Karianne Soulsby. Tickets available here.


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