Pasta and wine pairing at Café Robey


Jazzfest crawfish boil at Frontier

On the Blackboard: Chicago

By Samantha Nelson

Jazzfest crawfish boil at Frontier
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicks off April 27, and you can get a taste of the annual bash without leaving Chicago on April 29 at Frontier. Along with live music, and all-you-can-eat crawfish, corn and potatoes for $35, drink in the flavor of the Big Easy with $8 frozen daiquiris and $5 Abita beer.
Neighborhood: West Town MAP

Pasta and half-price bottle night at Café Robey
The restaurant inside The Robey Chicago goes well beyond your standard spaghetti with its Thursday specials, that has featured beet fettuccini with smoked crème fraiche, and four mushroom stir fry with udon. Normally $44, you can pair your pasta with a bottle of wine starting at just $22.
Neighborhood: Wicker Park MAP

Roots Pizza

Say cheese fest at Concord Fifty Five
Satisfy your cravings at this cheese fest–produced by Social Power Hour–by trying bites from restaurants including Roots Pizza and Blackwood BBQ, then vote for your favorite to be dubbed the "Big Cheese." Sessions run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 to 3 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 15, and the $45 tickets include five (count ‘em!) drinks.
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park MAP

Late night Omakaze at Sushi-san
Thrifty night owls can try an abbreviated version of Sushi-san’s $88 tasting menu for just $35 after 10 p.m. The offerings vary daily, but you can count on four courses including tempura and nigiri.
Neighborhood: River North MAP

Sunday gravy dinner at Nico Osteria
It’s technically spring, but Chicago is still gripped in a gray chill. Warm up from 5 to 10 p.m. with a hearty, family-style meal centering on braised beef, meatballs, and garlic sausage cooked in tomato and veal gravy and served over polenta. The $35 dinner also includes Caesar salad, rigatoni Alfredo, braised kale, and a scoop of gelato or sorbet.
Neighborhood: Gold Coast MAP

Steak flight at Artango

Two to tango at Artango Steakhouse and Bar
Spice up date night with a complementary tango lesson at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, combined with a couples dinner package. Just $25 per person gets you a steak flight with rib eye, New York strip, and butterflied sirloin served with chimichurri, Malbec sauce, fried potatoes, and flan or ice cream.
Neighborhood: Lincoln Square MAP

Kentucky Derby viewing party at I/O Godfrey
Watch the horse race from noon to 8 p.m. May 5 at the annual rooftop bash, where your $35 ticket includes Southern-inspired food and drink, such as a frozen mint julep you can garnish by making a trip to a live mint wall. You can also take a Bourbon 101 class, and try to win prizes by entering the "best hat" and "best dressed" contests.
Neighborhood: River North MAP

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