WICKER PARK—Big Star is taking rare reservations for Cary Taylor's first beer dinner. Two seatings (7 and 9 p.m.) are available for a five-course Revolution Brewing-paired $50 affair on January 21, featuring grilled lobster with citrus mojo de ajo, papas molidos, and vanilla; and raw oyster with cucumber water gelee, shaved jalapeno, and cilantro. [EaterWire]
ANDERSONVILLE—Strange Pelican, Philip Tadros and brewer Eric McNeil's upcoming brewery, has a new home, taking over the former 4 Paws Brewing facility on 5435 N Wolcott. Look for the beers to become available in the spring. [Guys Drinking Beer]
SOUTH LOOP—Doug Sohn (Hot Doug's), Paula Haney (Hoosier Mama) and Kat Barry (Chicago Diner), will be sharing anecdotes, entrepreneurial wisdom, and cookbook talk in a conversation moderated by WBEZ's Peter Sagal at the Harold Washington Library (400 S. State) on January 15. Limited seating, free admission. [EaterWire]
LAKEVIEW—Stop into DryHop Brewers on January 14 for its first "Whiskey and Art" event, featuring three Van Winkle wheated bourbons and whiskey-themed art from illustrator and printmaker Andrew R. Wright.
WICKER PARK—Prasino has gained three stars from the Green Restaurant Association. [EaterWire]