On The Blackboard: August 29

By Samantha Nelson

National Cheese Pizza Day at Dolce Italian
Contrary to the name, you don't have to prefer your pizza plain to take advantage of the celebration at this River North spot. All of the restaurant's Neapolitan-style pizzas are $5 when you dine in for lunch or dinner on Tuesday, September 5. The deal is good for one per customer and you can choose between varieties like the Tartufata, with spicy salami, speck, and truffle oil, or the Primo Amore, featuring burrata, arugula, grape tomatoes, and shaved Parmesan.
Neighborhood: River North MAP

Fourth birthday celebration at Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Stop in from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, September 14 and help Honey Butter celebrate four years of mouthwatering fried chicken goodness. Take advantage of $4 orders of fried chicken strips that you can pair with a $4 draft of Top Notch, a lager created in collaboration with Half Acre to mark the occasion. To top it off, order some birthday confetti dump cake ($5)—the only proper way to end your festive meal.
Neighborhood: Avondale MAP

Labor Day Fish Fry at City Winery
For the holdiday weekend, City Winery is hosting a party in the wine garden from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday September 4. There’ll be games and $15 plates of catfish with your choice of sides, including potato salad, hush puppies, and corn bread. Beers from SweetWater Brewing Company will be on special, along with live music starting at noon. Admission is free with RSVP.
Neighborhood: West Loop MAP

Lakeview Taco Fest on Southport Avenue between Addison Street and Roscoe Street
You'll find classic chicken and steak tacos served alongside versions made with lobster and duck at Lakeview’s fifth annual Taco Fest. Thirteen vendors will be competing for your votes all weekend long, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. September 16 and 17. Between bites, you can grab a seasonal beer and catch a set from one of the bands performing at the fest's two stages. The event has a $10 suggested donation.
Neighborhood: Lakeview MAP

Smoketober Fest at Smoke Daddy
Take a meaty bite out of fall at this Wicker Park barbecue spot, where they’re celebrating Oktoberfest from September 16 through Octiober 3. The menu of specials will include a smoked German sausage platter served with sauerkraut, potato salad, and brisket ($15.95), and a giant pretzel accompanied by beer cheese and caramelized onion mustard ($13.95). Wash the hearty eats down with $5 Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest pints or $7 Two Brothers Atom Smasher pints.
Neighborhood: Wicker Park MAP

Sunday Supper Club at Cherry Circle Room
End your weekend on a high note with a $40 family-style feast featuring cauliflower gratin, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, herb-roasted leg of lamb, and lemon pie. Pair your meal with a drink from Cherry Circle Room’s whiskey-focused cocktail menu, some of which are mixed tableside.
Neighborhood: The Loop MAP

Cherry Circle Room

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