Eat This Town: Chicago

By Nicole Bruce

Fall In Spain Bodega Wine Tasting at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!
Shift into fall and celebrate the rich flavors of the season at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!’s Fall In Spain Wine Tasting. On Tuesday, October 16 from 6-8pm, you can taste through the lineup of 30 Spanish wines and enjoy signature pintxos and tapas from Executive Chef Eric Jorgensen. Connoisseurs from local distributors will be available to answer your wine questions while pouring you a taste of these beautiful vintages. Guests who find a new favorite can even put in a bottle order to enjoy at home. The event is priced at $35 per guest, plus tax (gratuity not included). Advanced reservations are required; please call 773-935-5000 for tickets.
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park MAP

Aperitivo at The Florentine
Experience northern Italy's version of happy hour through the new Aperitivo menu at JW Marriott's sleek Italian restaurant, The Florentine. Every weekday from 4 to 7 p.m., the bar serves up an array of classic bites for $5 and handcrafted cocktails for $8 to $9. Curated by executive chef Zachary Walrath and beverage director Fidelma Cunniffe, menu highlights include a refreshing white negroni sbagliato (suze, white vermouth, and prosecco) as well as seasonal crostini, grilled octopus, spreadable spicy salami on ciabatta, and more. The restaurant also continues its unbeatable offering during the aperitivo with a complimentary wood-fired pizza to accompany any beverage purchase (wine, beer, or cocktail).
Neighborhood: The Loop MAP

Furious Spoon

Halloween-inspired ramen at Furious Spoon
For the month of October, diners can slurp on a new, hauntingly delicious ramen concoction—the Furious Spoon Dread Bowl ($14.95)—available for a limited time at all Furious Spoon locations in the city except Revival Food Hall. Chef Shin Thompson combines handmade chile-infused noodles, seaweed salad, kikurage mushrooms, calamari, and a fried chicken foot from the grave in a black squid ink vegetable broth for this one-of-a-kind spooky bowl. Share a photo of your bowl on Instagram with #FuriousDreadBowl in the caption before Saturday, October 20, for a chance to win tickets to Chicago's Rock the Yacht Halloween Party.
Neighborhoods: Andersonville MAP Lakeview MAP Logan Square MAP Pilsen MAP Wells Street Market MAP Wicker Park MAP

Drink for Pink at Remedy
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Remedy will donate $1 to the Lynn Sage Foundation's In Good Taste Campaign for every pink cocktail on the menu sold between October 22 and 29. "Drink for Pink" cocktails for $10 each include the Bronson (vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, PAMA Pomegranate, Chareau, and crème de violette), El Diablo (silver tequila, crème de cassis, lime juice, and ginger beer), and the Rhubarbarella (Aviation gin, Aperol, lemon juice, and rhubarb bitters). This is excluded from the regular weekday happy hour deal (half off everything from 4 to 7 p.m.).
Neighborhood: Bucktown MAP


Halloween happy hour and spooky shot special at Estelle's
This Halloween, partygoers can partake in a half-price everything happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. at Estelle's. On top of that, the lounge will also have all-night specials like a $5 Blood Clot shot (Fireball and Rumchata topped with a grenadine float) and half-price signature cocktails. The late night munchies are sure to strike with all that imbibing, so they'll also be offering a deliciously gooey food special: $6 for a grilled cheese sandwich (choose from four menu options) with fries.
Neighborhood: Wicker Park MAP

Fall-themed libations at Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
As the weather cools down, Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club is heating things up with new, fall-inspired martinis and cocktails. Celebrate the season with nightly performances by drag-queen divas and VIP-sized "falltinis" ($14) by beverage director extraordinaire Chuck Hart. In addition to an already extensive roster of more than 200 martini and cocktail offerings, the Boystown mainstay will be slinging autumn- and Halloween-themed martinis like the Sweater Weather, a martini made of Bourbon, pumpkin puree, and a splash of lemon, and The Crypt, Stoli Peachik, peach liqueur, mango juice, lemonade, and syrup with a peach gummy. Snag happy-hour specials Tuesday through Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Neighborhood: Lakeview MAP

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