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Portage Park's Community Tavern Readies, Dessert at Sophie's At Saks Fifth Ave.; More

Hot Woks Cool Sushi to open East next month, Winter Brew tickets at Lincoln Square's DANK Haus on sale next week.

Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

PORTAGE PARK— Community Tavern, a gastropub at 4038 N. Milwaukee Ave. from the owners of The Portage, could soon open. It's 95 percent complete done. [DNA Info]

MAGNIFICENT MILE— Sophie's At Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave., has launched a dessert menu. From 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., shoppers can nosh on two $8 desserts: apple crisp with muesli streusel topped with vanilla bean frozen yogurt or chocolate cremeux and salted caramel with hazelnut brittle and coffee gelato. [RedEye]

SOUTH LOOP— The team behind Hot Woks Cool Sushi will expand again in January. They're opening East at 8 E. Van Buren St. inside the former My Thai. They'll serve stir fry and sushi. [Chicago Magazine]

LINCOLN SQUARE— Tickets for the annual Winter Brew at the DANK Haus go on sale at noon on Monday, Dec. 29. Begyle, Half Acre, Finch's, Metropolitan, Revolution, Ale Syndicate and 5 Rabbit will all pour beers. There are two sessions for the Jan. 31 event, and tickets cost $12. Buy tickets here. [DNA Info]

Sophie's (Saks Fifth Ave)

700 N Michigan Ave Fl 7, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 525-3400