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Labor Day Crawfish Boil At Bow & Stern 8.31

19 Aug Bow & Stern Chicago Crawfish Boil

Bow & Stern Chicago Crawfish Boil

Bow & Stern Chicago Crawfish Boil

Who: Bow & Stern Oyster Bar

What: The Cajun Crawl

In celebration of its first summer in West Town, Bow & Stern Oyster Bar is hosting an authentic crawfish boil on Labor Day weekend with live music, beer specials, and all-you-can-eat crawfish fixings. Executive chef Brian Greene is boiling fresh, live crawfish – direct from Louisiana – for the special occasion. For $30 per person, it’s all-hands-on-deck for endless peel and eat crawdads along with their traditional boil counterparts corn on the cob and red potatoes. Featured beer Abita will be poured at discounted prices while The Royal Hustlers Brass Band and Brother John Kettke round out the Big Easy vibe. Reservations are required by calling 312.988.0644.

When: Sunday, August 31 from 4 pm to 8 pm (*standard menu will also be available)

Where: Bow & Stern Oyster Bar, 1372 W Chicago Ave
Address: 1371 W. Chicago Ave
Phone: 312.988.0644
Reservations by calling direct or via Open Table
Tue – Fri: 5 pm to 12 am
Sat & Sun: 10:00 am to 12 am
(Kitchen closes at 10 pm)

Randolph Street Market Ticket Giveaway

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Win a pair of passes to the Randolph Street Market August 30-31st! Enter the form below now through 8.26. Winners will be notified by 8.27. Tickets can be picked up at will call at the market.

Randolph Street Market, the country’s largest and liveliest urban antiques market, invites fans, friends and the fabulous to their August 30+31 back to school, don’t stop til’ you get enough, summer lovin’ extravaganza! Featuring a Hops & Grapes Gazebo with City Winery and craft beers / imports from Louis Glunz Beers, Inc. along with round the clock entertainment, amazing local food offerings and 250 of the best vendors around- Chicago’s favorite summer party just keeps on going!

When: August 30-31st

Where: 1350 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607


Chicago Fashion Fest 8.23-8.24

18 Aug Chicago Fashion Fest Division Street
Chicago Fashion Fest Division Street

Chicago Fashion Fest Division Street

Chicago Fashion Fest, now in its sixth season, will shut down West Division Street on August 23rd & 24th (from noon to 10 pm) to bring fashionistas, families and fest-lovers alike two days of non-stop local fashion, live music and entertainment – topped off with a little Creole spice! Chicago Fashion Fest 2014 has paired with Chicago’s inaugural New Orleans Festival, aiming to turn the destination corridor in Wicker Park into a Mecca for fashion and shopping mixed with Big Easy music and food. Like last year, Chicago Fashion Fest features a massive, runway stage with bleaches, where Chicago models will strut their stuff wearing “what’s hot” for end of summer and fall 2014 – collections from local designers, boutiques, and artists.


Over 20 unique fashion runway shows (15-20 minutes each) will be included over the two days, including segments like: vintage, back-to-school, curvaceous, bridal, ‘Do-Fashion’ featuring Division Street boutiques and Kids Rock sponsored by Smash Talent. At night, Wicker Park After Dark, star-studded fashion shows under the lights, take over. Also include in the mix is a shoppers row boasting over 50 exclusive booths of local designers and boutiques, a dedicated kids area, a doggie fashion show and activities, and tons of Big Easy eats and live tunes. All for just $5 donation benefiting LaSalle II Elementary, Wells High School and A Safe Heaven.

Chicago Food Social 8.23-8.24

14 Aug Chicago Food Social

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Chicago’s most popular food trucks will join some of Chicago’s most respected chefs and restaurants at this year’s Chicago Food Social, which has expanded to two days.   On August 23rd and 24th inside the spacious parking lot at Kendall College (900 N. Branch), over 20,000 foodies are expected to attend the weekend festivities benefitting EverThrive “Champions for Healthy Communities” in Illinois, a non-profit that works to improve the health of women, children, and families around the state.  The unique end-of-summer festival mixes great food with culinary activities and live music in an affordable and accessible style.


Presented by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Food Social 2014 features popular local food trucks and a hand selected group of restaurant vendors.  The superb culinary skills from some of the top students at nationally acclaimed Kendall College will be on display too, along with a program featuring demonstrations by high profile Chicago chefs and live music programmed by Empty Bottle.


“Chicago Food Social offers something fresh and different to cap off summer fest season,” said West Town Chamber executive director Kara Salgado.  “We combine the popularity of pop-up restaurants, celebrity chefs and food trucks with the established Chicago street fest model.”


The Guest Chefs & Demos

Live cooking demos by featured guest chefs will take place in a large tent (between band set times) on a dedicated stage with mirrored chef’s table and plenty of room for audience viewing.  Featured chefs include (more names TBA):
Saturday August 23rd

7:50PM TBA

5:50PM TBA

3:50PM TBA

2:05PM  Chef Carlos Gaytan from Mexique

12:20PM  Chef Stephen Dunne from Volo Restaurant & Wine Bar / Paramount Room

Sunday, August 24th

5:50PM Punch House expert punch making demonstrationby Will Duncan. The making of ‘Salvagers punch’ will be demonstrated which was created for the folks over at rebuilding exchange. It contains letherbee gin, grapefruit, mint tea, letherbee besk, honey, and mint.

3:50PM TBA

2:05PMChef Brian Jupiter from Frontier

12:20PM TBA

Tito’s Vodka 1965 Air Stream Trailer:
Come visit the Tito’s Vodka’s 1965 air stream trailer, straight from the VIP sections of Lollapalooza and Pitchfork, which has full bar, TVs, AC, lounge area and more. From 11am-4pm the Tito’s airstream trailer lounge will feature a custom bloody mary bar with Murph’s Original Irish Bloody Mary Mix and Tito’s, and after 4pm will offer various delicious Tito’s cocktails.



The Food Trucks & Restaurants

The 2014 edition of Chicago Food Social includes chef driven eateries and food trucks such as (more TBA):

Beavers Coffee & Donuts
Chicago Cupcake
Chicago Lunchbox
Cone Gourmet Ice Cream
Da Lobsta
Dia De Los Tamales
The Fat Shallot
Haute Sausage
Husky Hog BBQ
Pierogi Wagon
Puffs of Doom

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Daiquiri Cocktail Class at Nacional 27 8.28

14 Aug Nacional 27

Thursday, August 28

6 p.m.
Learn how to make creative Latin libations at Nacional 27. On Thursday, August 28, beverage manager Elyse Fuller will lead participants through a daiquiri making class, featuring three different versions of the popular rum cocktail (classic; strawberry-rhubarb and pineapple habanero ginger).

The class starts at 6 p.m. and the fee to participate is $15 per person, which includes instruction, cocktail sampling, passed tapas (tostones; chicken empanadas; BBQ lamb tacos) and recipe cards to take home. To sign up for the class, please visit

After you become dean of the daiquiris, hit the dance floor and enjoy complimentary salsa lessons with instructor Rickey Copley-Spivey at 7:30 p.m.

Nacional 27
325 West Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60654


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