Arami

 

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Eat This Town: Chicago

By Samantha Nelson

National Margarita Day at Tuco and Blondie
Pretend you’ve escaped Chicago’s winter for a Mexican vacation on February 22, when you can order a flight of three four-ounce margaritas for $10. Showing off the classic drink’s range, the special includes a version using tequila’s smoky cousin mezcal blended with Cointreau, orange juice, and agave, and a black cherry margarita made with reposado tequila, grapefruit juice, and bitters.
Neighborhood: Lakeview MAP

Porron cocktails at Merchant
Grab some friends or just your date and share a drink served in a porron, the traditional Spanish pitcher. Think a mango spritz made with vodka and moscato, or the Birds of Paradise, a blend of rum, pineapple, and the Italian rhubarb-based aperitif Zucca. Both drinks are $40, and the bar also offers off-menu concoctions so don’t be afraid to ask. Start your night out right with a round at the casual spot, or linger and listen to the late night weekend DJs.
Neighborhood: Logan Square MAP

Happy hour cocktail class a Reid Bar
Learn the fundamentals of mixing whiskey cocktails as well as the history behind the drinks from River Roast beverage director Ken Pritz from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on February 7. The $35 tickets include snacks and sips of your creations, which will be made using the restaurant’s private barrel selections. The series continues with whiskey cocktails incorporating Tullamore Dew in March, sparkling cocktails in April, and a lesson on European aperitivos in May.
Neighborhood: River North MAP

Chicago Sinfonietta Tap Takeover at Lagunitas Brewing Company
Mingle with young professionals and fellow music lovers from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on February 18 when the orchestra takes over the taproom to raise money for its education and outreach efforts. Enjoy food, a wide variety of beers, music, networking opportunities, and a raffle. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
Neighborhood: Lawndale MAP

National Pizza Day at the U.S. Pizza Museum
Everyone knows Chicago takes its pizza seriously, but how much do you know about the dish’s history and the regional rivalries that have developed over the best style? Visit from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on February 9 and you can catch an educational presentation from museum founder Kendall Bruns, plus free slices from Aurelio’s Pizza. The first 100 visitors get commemorative buttons, but if you miss out you can still take advantage of a 10 percent discount on everything in the gift shop.
Neighborhood: South Loop MAP

Malort-flavored coffee at Finom
Jeppson’s Malort is a liqueur some Chicagoans claim to love, but most just use to play cruel pranks on visitors and newcomers. This coffee shop’s owners were gifted with a bottle of it when they opened in November, which inspired them to make an alcohol-free Malort syrup that you can add to any drink for 50 cents or try in the $5.25 soy milk-based Malort Chai-town latte. Put your affection for the drink to the test, or just offer it to a friend as a much gentler introduction than a full shot.
Neighborhood: Old Irving Park MAP

Sake 101 class at Arami
Try five different varieties of the Japanese rice wine and learn about the drink’s history, brewing process, and various styles at 5:30 p.m. on February 10. The lesson is meant to make sake menus less intimidating and let you show off your expertise by ordering the perfect choice. Bites are included in the $45 class, but if you stick around for dinner after you’ll also get a free dessert.
Neighborhood: West Town MAP

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