What To Do, Eat, & See This Weekend In Chicago

Friday:

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Jammin’ at the Zoo 2013

Michael Franti & Spearhead at the Lincoln Park Zoo – Gates open at 6 p.m.

Saturday:

Wicker Park Fest – July 27th & 28th

Milwaukee Ave. Between North and Paulina, 12pm – 10pm. $5 donation at entrance. Three stages of live bands and DJs, local food vendors and art installations and kids entertainment.

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Taste of Lincoln Avenue – July 27th & 28th

North Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton & Wrightwood, 12pm – 10pm. $10 admission. Live pop, rock and blues acts This year’s Wrightwood stage will showcase the beats of EDM (electronic dance music) deejays at the Wrightwood stage.

Free arcade games area in the 2500 block on North Lincoln where craft beers will also be sold as well as Kid’s Carnival.

Sunday:

Enjoy a Summer Evening in Provence with an Eight-Course Popup Dinner at Chicago’s French Landmark Le Bouchon.

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Doors will open at 5:00 p.m., 1958 N. Damen. Reservations for the popup dinner will be taken every half hour. Sous Chef Oliver of Le Bouchon and Sous Chef Scott of La Sardine join forces once again to create the quintessential French eight-course menu for $80. To complement the dinner’s theme of a Summer Evening in Provence, the menu will include classics such as Braised Octopus, Rabbit Saddle, Provencal Flatbread and Honey Lavender Ice Cream.

Brunch @ Perennial Virant – Lincoln Park

Sunday’s are always good for sitting outside and enjoying a Bloody Mary and some brunch. I decided to check out Perennial Virant in Lincoln Park because every time I pass by the patio is packed and everyone always looks like they are having fun.

If you don’t mind a crowd this is the place to be on Sunday…check out my video to see the food and restaurant. (Sorry, it was a bit windy when I filmed!)

Housemade Sausage: two eggs cooked your way, homefries with cheese curds, toast…cheese curds were amazing! And I’ve had some good cheese curds in my days in Madison, Wisconsin.

3-Egg Skillet: roasted broccoli, mushrooms, onions, capriko cheese…left us wishing there was more.

Bloody Mary: Nice and spicy

 

Late Night @ Sushi Seki – Upper East Side, NYC

My ultimate sushi destination is Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo, Japan a Michelin 3-star restaurant run by Jiro Ono. He is close to 90 and has run this world-famous restaurant for years. As you can imagine he takes his sushi seriously and the fish speaks for itself. Since I am not getting to Tokyo nor spending $300 for a meal anytime soon so I search out sushi bars that are unassuming and treat sushi like artists.

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Enter Sushi Seki.  The unassuming store front that opens up into a no-frills medium-sized restaurant has some of the best sushi waiting for you inside.  The vibe is laid back but hyper focused on the fish and service.  Crowd is a mix of Upper East Siders, cabbies and chefs (the sushi bar is open until 3am).  The preparation and presentation fall somewhere in between traditional and modern style sushi.

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Pastoral in Lakeview = Best Neighborhood Shop

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Enjoying a Pastoral BLTA at Millennium Park

Imagine a spot where you can stop in and find the perfect bottle of wine, craft beer, cheese, olives, jams, and chocolates for the dinner party/housewarming gift/Ravinia outing/picnic and you are probably thinking of Pastoral.  Not only do they have all of these things (several items are local as well) but also they serve THE best sandwiches and salads. On top of this the staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and more than willing to help you find the perfect item you need for any occasion. They also cater, create picnic lunches and have classes.

See for yourself! Here is a video tour of my lunch last week…Enjoy!

Ridiculously Good Food at Myers + Chang – Boston

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I am in love with Myers + Chang. Everything about this place is great, the space, the vibe, the service and the food. I was so happy I found this restaurant in the South End neighborhood while I was in Boston for the 4th of July. Myers + Chang is a casual diner with a fashionable edge serving up the chef’s take on Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes.

This place is popular so reservations are recommended (in fact they won Best Neighborhood Restaurant and the chef Joanne Chang was nominated for James Beard, Best Chef). We did not have reservations and were told we could sit on the patio which was this cute little 14 seat oasis surrounded by floating pots of herbs.

To take an actual inside look of Myers + Chang, check out the video I made!

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