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Maple & Ash



On The Blackboard: July 11

By Nicole Schnitzler

Green City Market dinners at Travelle
There’s nothing better than an all-out tasting menu—except, of course, an all-out tasting menu that also benefits a great cause. And that’s exactly what you’ll find every Wednesday at Travelle, when chef Ricardo Jarquin and pastry chef Scott Green dole out a four-course menu for just $45 per person, featuring ingredients hand-picked that morning from the Green City Market, which also happens to receive 10 percent of the night’s proceeds.
Neighborhood: The Loop MAP


A bento box bargain at Naoki
Head to this contemporary sushi staple Tuesday through Thursday for chef Naoki Nakashima’s $34 bento box with all of the fixings, from miso soup and five selections of nigiri, to spicy tuna maki and a seasonal sorbet.
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park MAP

Sunday brunch at Maple & Ash
Whether it's the ending to your epic Saturday, the beginning of Sunday Mayhem or you're looking for an exceptional brunch with friends and family, Maple & Ash will deliver the unexpected: filet mignon, smoked salmon with accoutrements, fruit and pastries, market and kale caesar salad, signature gourmet omelettes and Chef Danny Grant's house-made ricotta agnolotti, served table side. Get the whole experience for $40 and brunch like a baller and top it off with our fire roasted seafood tower, cote de boeuf and bottomless bubbles for $25.
Neighborhood: Gold Coast MAP


Pintxos and porrons at Salero
Who doesn’t love a good chef collaboration—especially when it involves sangria. And on Wednesday, July 28, both are featured at Salero, when Income Tax chef Ryan Henderson joins chef Ashlee Aubin for a menu of six pintxos for $20 and porron pitchers of wine starting at $20.
Neighborhood: West Loop MAP

Chicken, waffles, and wine at Trench
In addition to their ongoing Monday special—$10 for a bowl of mussels and a draft beer—this Bucktown favorite is debuting two more reasons for weeknight visits: $10 chicken, waffles, and cava on Wednesdays, and half-priced bottles of wine come Thursday.
Neighborhood: Bucktown MAP

Nachos at Seven Lions

$8 plates at Seven Lions
You don’t have to wait until Friday anymore for the quintessential summer afternoon, now that this downtown dining destination has debuted happy hour every weekday from 3 to 6 p.m. Just $8 will land you select pours of wines to go with bites like pulled pork nachos or crispy chicken sliders.
Neighborhood: The Loop MAP

A limoncello lesson at Osteria Via Stato
Join the team at this Italian eatery on Saturday, July 22 at 3 p.m., when beverage manager Matt Dolin will lead aperitivo enthusiasts through the steps to making their very own, while offering samplings of flavors like chocolacello and grapefruitcello. You can even take one of those samples home for inspiration—the cost of the class ($20 plus tax) covers it.
Neighborhood: River North MAP

Half-priced happy hours at Roots Handmade Pizza
Pizza lovers are in good hands at this West Town pie haven, where the team is slicing prices Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m. all summer long. That means half-priced apps, half-priced chef series specialty ‘zahs, and, of course, $6 Ketel One cocktails to accompany it all.
Neighborhood: West Town MAP

Dos Urban Cantina Pizza at Roots Handmade Pizza (photo credit: Alexis Bouvet-Boisclair)

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