Dining out: Restaurants go pink for breast cancer awareness
In Good Taste
October is breast cancer awareness month, and this is the 11th year for The Lynn Sage Foundation's In Good Taste campaign. To honor it, more than 175 Chicago-area restaurants and bars will donate proceeds from select dishes, desserts and drinks to help raise awareness and support for local breast cancer research during the month of October.
• Participating restaurants include Francesca's, Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse (Lombard, Rosemont), Holy Mackerel (Lombard), Old Town Pour House (Oak Brook, Naperville), Tuscany (Oak Brook, Wheeling), Weber Grill (Lombard, Schaumburg), Rosebud and many more.
• During October, enjoy a White Raspberry Bellini for $10 at Saranello's in Wheeling and feel good knowing that a dollar from each drink bought will benefit The Lynn Sage Foundation. Saranello's is at 601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, (847) 777-6878 or saranellos.com/.
Sue's Tech Kitchen
Engage your mind and your appetite at the interactive Sue's Tech Kitchen, a STEM-fueled pop-up coming to the Streets of Woodfield in Schaumburg Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7. Kids of all ages can make 3D-printed s'mores, take part in chemistry experiments such as making edible helium balloons, eat liquid nitrogen cereal balls, create treat-dropping drones and binary bracelets and much more. The pop-up will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Admission is $8; free for kids 2 and younger. Buy tickets at eventbrite.com/. Sue's Tech Kitchen is at Streets of Woodfield, 601 N. Martingale Road, Suite 160, Schaumburg, suestechkitchen.com/.
The Works Kitchen debuts
Schaumburg's GameWorks recently unveiled its new chef-driven restaurant concept, The Works Kitchen, which was created by chef Tony Leitera who most recently collaborated with Guy Fieri on operating and expanding his branded locations. The Works Kitchen's menu takes a modern American spin on bar classics. Menu items include hand-stretched artisanal pizzas; buffalo-fried cauliflower; spiced and seared yellowfin tuna sashimi; the signature Works burger (a grilled cheese-stuffed 1½-pound double burger topped with Sam Adams barbecue sauce and bacon) and the Impossible Burger. Also on offer are hearty milkshakes, such as the Frozen Brunch (a vanilla milkshake with bacon, a Belgium waffle and maple syrup); the Movie Theater (a chocolate milkshake with red licorice, caramel popcorn, M&M's and whipped cream); and the Unicorn (a rainbow sherbet milkshake with rock candy and cotton candy topped with a sugar cone). The Works Kitchen is at GameWorks at the Streets of Woodfield, 601 N. Martingale Road, Suite 115, Schaumburg, (847) 330-9675 or theworkskitchen.com/.
Raise a glass
Naperville's City Gate Grille is hosting an Oktoberfest beer tasting on the patio from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. It's $40, which includes 12 tasting tickets for the 12 Oktoberfest beers, German-inspired passed appetizers, and tax and gratuity. Plus, enjoy live music from Paul and the Bavarian. City Gate Grille is at 2020 Calamos Court, Naperville, (630) 718-1010 or citygategrille.com/.
Say prost to $5 drafts of Sam Adams Octoberfest, Hofbrau, Two Brother's Atom Smasher and Main Street Brewing Off Duty during Rack House Kitchen & Tavern's Smoketoberfest from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Nosh on German specialties such as Kasekrainer and Knackwurst sausage, pulled pork sandwiches, giant pretzels and a whole smoked hickory pig roast. Plus, there will be live polka music, a stein-hoisting competition at 4 p.m., Touch a Truck vehicles from the U.S. Army and a raffle. Admission is free. Rack House Kitchen & Tavern is at 222 E. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, (847) 640-7225 or rackhousetavern.com.
Barks and Brews
What better way to enjoy the weekend than with your pooch and a beer? Broken Oar's Barks and Brews dog-friendly beer fest offers just that from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Tickets, which include 20 3-ounce beer samples, an event tasting mug and a T-shirt, are $30 in advance and $35 the day of. Buy tickets at tickettailor.com/events/brokenoar/197322. Broken Oar is at 614 Rawson Bridge Road, Port Barrington, (847) 639-9468 or brokenoar.com/.
City Barbeque is opening its fifth Chicago-area location in Vernon Hills at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8. On opening day, the first 50 guests will receive a limited edition "First Fifty" City Barbeque T-shirt, a coupon for a free sandwich on their next visit, and a $10 gift card. The location's grand opening happens from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, and will include giveaways, games, prizes, live music, face painting, crafts and more. Each guest will receive a $10 gift card good for their next visit. City Barbeque is at 887 N. Milwaukee Ave., Unit 400, Vernon Hills, citybbq.com/.
Mystery History Food Crawl
For something different, consider going on St. Charles' Mystery History Food Crawl from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. Enjoy appetizers and drinks while learning about St. Charles' ties to U.S. history during this 21 and older event. It starts at the St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main St., then moves on to local restaurants including the Filling Station, El Puente, Vintage 53 and Club Arcada. A representative from the museum or park district will share haunting stories that took place in each of the locations. Tickets, which cost $25 for residents and $38 for nonresidents, include appetizers but not drinks. Advanced registration is required at stcparks.org/register.
Goose Island beer dinner
Interested in learning more about beer? Pinstripes in Oak Brook is pairing with Goose Island Beer Co. for a four-course beer dinner from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. A representative from Goose Island and a chef from Pinstripes will lead diners through the food and beer pairings, which include pork belly bruschetta with American IPA Next Coast, squash and grains with Oktoberfest, Cooper's duck with Cooper's Project #1 (a bourbon barrel-aged scotch ale), Death By Chocolate with Madame Rose (Belgian style brown ale) and Bourbon County Brand Stout 2017. Tickets cost $60 and include tax and gratuity. Pinstripes is at 7 Oakbrook Center Mall, Oak Brook, (630) 575-8700 or pinstripes.com/oak-brook-illinois/.
Pretty in pink
Perry's goes pink in October for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The steakhouse will donate $5 for each Cucumber Blueberry Martini and Rosé Collins -- both $15 -- ordered between now and Oct. 31 to benefit breast cancer awareness. Perry's Steakhouse & Grille is at 5 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 571-1808 or perryssteakhouse.com/menu-locations/chicago/oak-brook/.
Never Ending Pasta
Olive Garden's Never Ending Pasta Bowl is back in time for National Pasta Month (October). For $10.99, diners can nosh on unlimited servings of pasta, soup or salad and breadsticks. Choose from seven types of pasta, including cavatappi and gluten-free rotini; seven homemade sauces, including the new creamy spinach and artichoke; and six toppings, including meatballs, crispy chicken fritta or garden veggies. Olive Garden has locations throughout the suburbs. olivegarden.com/.
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