Beerhead's grand opening
The refreshed Beerhead Bar & Eatery, formerly known as The Beer Market, is hosting a grand opening event on Thursday, July 12, to show off the restaurant's new decor and revamped food and drinks menu. The party will feature free appetizers -- Barbarian pretzels, chicken wings, pizzas and dog daze -- from 4 to 6 p.m. and Gina Gonzalez will perform at 6 p.m. Plus, there will be beer specials on tap all day including Two Brothers Bare Tree, Noon Whistle Barrel Aged Bob Ross Did It, 3 Floyds Zombie Dust, Half Acre Preen, Scorched Earth Mista Dobalina, Wild Onion Vanilla Drago and many more. In addition to Beerhead's nearly 500 brands of beer and other beverages, the new lunch and dinner menu now offers MYO avocado toast, specialty pizzas, the signature Barbarian Pretzel and desserts. Brunch, featuring chicken and waffles, breakfast pizza and drink specials, will be served on Saturdays and Sundays. Beerhead Bar & Eatery is at 888 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-8300 or beerheadbar.com/locations/schaumburg-illinois/.
Bastille Day bonanza
French bistro Mon Ami Gabi toasts France's national holiday, Bastille Day, with special menu items Thursday, July 12, through Wednesday, July 18. On the menu, diners will find classic Vichyssoise (chilled potato and leek soup with chives) for $8.95, ahi tuna Niçoise with tapenade vinaigrette for $23.95, seafood bouillabaisse with garlic rouille for $36.95 and tricolor profiteroles filled with blueberry sorbet and vanilla and strawberry ice cream for $9.95. Mon Ami Gabi is at 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 472-1900 or monamigabi.com/oak-brook/.
Summer music series
Head out to e+o food and drink's patio (weather permitting) from 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays for the restaurant's summer music series. This week features Samantha Masokas. Jack Byron plays Friday, July 20, and Mighty Fine Shindig plays Friday, July 27. Stop in for happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to take advantage of $3 drafts and $2 sparkling in the bar and lounge only. e+o food and drink is at 125 Randhurst Village Drive, Mount Prospect, (847) 398-3636 or eofoodanddrink.com.
Portillo's hot dog special
Portillo's is commemorating National Hot Dog Week -- Monday through Sunday, July 16-22 -- with a special deal: two hot dogs for $5 at all locations. The offer is available for dine-in, drive-through and online orders, including delivery. Portillo's has locations throughout the Chicago area. portillos.com/.
On a Mission
Mission BBQ, a fast casual restaurant chain that pays tribute to military, police and fire personnel, is opening its second Illinois location in Gurnee Monday, July 16. Mission BBQ serves ribs, brisket, pulled pork, sausage, pulled chicken, Maggie's mac-n-cheese, baked beans with brisket, seasonal sides, sweets and more. The restaurant is hosting a pre-opening Military Appreciation Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 13, that is open to the public and will benefit the USO. Mission BBQ is at 6430 Grand Ave. #101, Gurnee, (847) 278-4577 or mission-bbq.com/.
Wildfire Craft Beer dinner
Get a taste of Wildfire's own Wildfire Craft Beer Co. brews during its July beer dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 16, in Oak Brook. Taste a custom four-course menu while listening to guest speaker Phil Stubstad, Wildfire's Craft Brewer, discuss the pairings. The reception features passed appetizers such as summer market vegetable empanadas and ginger-glazed calamari paired with Higgins Hefeweizen at 6:30 p.m., followed by the seated dinner at 7. First course pairs chicken scallopine with Belgian Tripel and the main course pairs garlic-herb marinated beef tenderloin skewer and shrimp risotto with Sheridan Irish Red Ale. The meal concludes with butterscotch crème brûlée paired with Stubstout. It's $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required. Wildfire is at 232 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 586-9000 or wildfirerestaurant.com/.
IHOP's sweet short stack deal
60-cent short stack. Yes, you read that correctly. It's IHOP's 60th birthday, so they're celebrating with a short stack deal to match from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17. IHOP has also added some new limited-time pancake flavors to its menu, including Belgian dark chocolate mousse, Mexican tres leches and vanilla spice. IHOP has locations throughout the suburbs. ihop.com/.
After a long workday, kick back and relax at Antico Posto's aperitivo event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18. Aperitivo, meaning a drink or light meal at the end of the workday, is one way to enjoy the warm weather on the patio. For $30, enjoy assorted wine pours, passed appetizers and a chance to win a bottle of wine. Walk-ins are welcome or make a reservation with Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 586-9200. Tax and gratuity is not included. Antico Posto is at 118 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 586-9200 or antico-posto.com/.