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Oaxacan black mole at Dos Urban Cantina

On The Blackboard: July 25

By Anthony Todd

Mole madness at Dos Urban Cantina
Mole is one of the signature dishes of Mexican cuisine, but it also leaves plenty of room to innovate and create new flavors. That’s why Dos Urban Cantina is bringing in some of Chicago’s most exciting chefs to create their own versions of traditional mole dishes. On July 26, Fat Rice’s Abe Conlon creates his own dish using yellow mole; on August 9, the chefs from Honey Butter fried chicken craft a hot, spicy chichilo entree; and on August 16, John Manion of El Che takes on red mole. Each special dish runs $15 to $18 a plate.
Neighborhood: Logan Square MAP

Primehouse

Primehouse burger bargain
Primehouse is one of Chicago’s pricier steakhouses, which can be a little intimidating to most people. After all, paying $50 to $100 for an entrée is enough to make just about anyone think twice. But if you still can’t stop thinking about their awesome dry-aged beef (aged in-house in their Himalayan pink salt “cave”), head here for happy hour. From 3:30 to 6 p.m. every weekday, all draft beers are half price, and amazing dry-aged burgers are 30 percent off. It’s a great way to get a taste of some seriously prime beef.
Neighborhood: River North MAP

Haute happy hour at The Bristol
The Bristol has been at the forefront of Chicago’s farm to table dining scene for nearly a decade, and it’s still relevant, popular, and packed. That’s why it comes almost as a surprise they’re running such an awesome happy hour. Between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, they offer half-off specialty cocktails and a $12 rosé flight. What better way to end your day?
Neighborhood: Bucktown MAP

Jazz on the MCA terrace
While we’re still waiting for the new fancy restaurant to take over at the Museum of Contemporary Art, that doesn’t mean there isn’t good food and fun times to be had there. Every Tuesday during the summer, the MCA hosts an evening of jazz on its gorgeous terrace, featuring Chicago jazz musicians. The food comes a la carte, and you can find a variety of sandwiches and salads as well as weekly seasonally inspired dishes on the terrace and lawn. For outdoor dining, plus entertainment, this close to the lake? That’s quite a bargain.
Neighborhood: Streeterville MAP

Carnivale

Happy Hour at Carnivale
There is no more dramatic restaurant in Chicago than Carnivale. With its soring ceilings, bright swaths of color, and drinks and ceviche flowing everywhere, it’s a hot spot that just won’t quit. If you want a little taste of the action, head in for their awesome happy hour, between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. every weeknight. Beers and wines are $5, signature mojitos are $7, and appetizers like ceviche and fish tacos are just $8.
Neighborhood: Fulton Market MAP

Bob Ross Night at Nighthawk
Who doesn’t love Bob Ross, the iconic host of The Joy of Painting on PBS? His happy little trees and soothing voice have calmed many a stressful day, but how many people actually painted along? Now, thanks to Nighthawk Tavern in Albany Park, you can. On every other Wednesday night, including July 26, all of the bar’s TVs will turn to painting. Two guests are invited to grab an easel and join in, while the rest of the audience cheers them on, and you might just see some special Bob Ross-themed drinks. The event is free.
Neighborhood: Albany Park MAP

Show your Chicago pride with hot dogs
There may be no more iconic Chicago food than the hot dog, and what better way to celebrate this than to eat a whole bunch of them all at once. You can get your fill at the Chicago Hot Dog Fest. Running from August 11 through 13, and presented by the Chicago History Museum, the event includes live music, drinks, and hot dog creations from more than a dozen vendors, all priced between $4 and $8. The event itself is free, though there is a $5 suggested donation.
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park MAP

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