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Charlie Trotter Fundraising Generating Big Bucks; Kokopelli Opening Date; More

Plus a vegan festival and brunch at Highline.

LINCOLN PARK—Various Charlie Trotter fundraising efforts have raised more than $210,000 under the iconic deceased chef's name since he passed away last November. [DNAinfo]

WICKER PARK—Kokopelli, the Tijuana food truck-turned-Wicker Park taqueria, will open on October 30. [EaterWire]

UPTOWN—If you're vegan, there's a good chance you're interested in tomorrow's Vegan Mania at Broadway Armory (5917 N. Broadway). There's free food, a food court, chef demos, speakers, workshops, live music and much more at the sixth annual event. [EaterWire]

RIVER NORTH—Highline, the new spot from Four Corners Tavern Group at 169 W. Kinzie, begins brunch service this weekend. Check out the menu below. [EaterWire]

GOLD COAST—The Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, including Cafe des Architects, now has its own product line of cheeses, charcuterie, jams and preserves from chef Greg Biggers, some of which are in dishes on the new fall menu. [Crains]