Dining out: Lou Malnati's and Portillo's pair up for ultimate Chicago pizza
Two stalwarts have joined forces to create the ultimate Chicago food pairing: Lou Malnati's x Portillo's Italian Beef Deep Dish Pizza. Topped with sweet peppers or hot giardiniera, does a pizza get any more Chicago? The pies, which are flash-frozen, are available only through online ordering and shipping via Tastes of Chicago. For details, see tastesofchicago.com/.
Main Street Social in Libertyville kicks off its fifth annual Harvest Fest on Saturday with a special brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. accompanied by Chicago jazz musician Charles Heath. Stick around for the Harvest Wine Open House from 2-5 p.m. when patrons will have the chance to sip wines from Orin Swift, Stags' Leap, Duckhorn and Frank Family.
Main Street Social is at 608 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, (847) 549-3490, mainstreetsoc.com/.
Game of Irons: Featuring 16 golf simulator bays, plus a full bar and restaurant, the Oak Brook entertainment venue also airs NFL games on Sundays on its 28 HDTVs. All-day specials on Sundays (and during Happy Hour, from 3-6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays) include $7 boneless wings, $3 draft beers and $15 domestic buckets. Game of Irons is at 3041 Butterfield Road, Suite 104, Oak Brook, (630) 303-9454, gameofirons.com/.
Spartan Ale House: The sports bar is offering a free, yes free, halftime buffet during every Chicago Bears game. Specials include $12 domestic and seltzer buckets and $15 Twisted Tea and import buckets. Spartan Ale House is at 3032 English Rows Ave., Naperville, (630) 536-8163, spartanalehouse.com/.
Cars & Cigars
Go ahead and treat yourself to Michael Jordan's Steak House's Cars & Cigars Angel's Envy Dinner, which takes place from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Oak Brook restaurant. Sup on a four-course dinner of duck confit with cornmeal griddle cake and Angel's Envy bourbon-blackberry glaze; pork belly with five-spice braised red cabbage with roasted apples and sweet soy mustard; coffee- and spice-rubbed prime New York strip and roasted corn hash with Neuske's bacon; and dessert of churros with double dark chocolate gelato and warmed caramel bourbon sauce. The $125 per person dinner also includes a premium Angel's Envy whiskey tasting and two cigars from Arlington Pipe & Cigar Lounge that can be smoked on the patio while perusing the cars on display. Make reservations at exploretock.com/michaeljordansrestaurant/event/367196/cars-cigars-angels-envy-dinner.
Michael Jordan's Steak House is at 1225 22nd St., Oak Brook, (630) 828-2932, michaeljordansteakhouse.com/oak-brook/.
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