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New Cooking Demo at Siena Tavern; Cafe Society Becoming Spoke & Bird; more

RIVER NORTH—Fabio Viviani is back at Siena Tavern this Sunday for a cooking demo featuring a four-course menu for attendees. NBC5's Cheryl Scott will emcee and Jeffrey David Goldford from American Idol season 9 will perform. Tickets are available here and 20 percent of the ticket price will benefit Autism Speaks. [EaterWire]

SOUTH LOOP—Jorge Armando Afanador's Café Society, which opened in 2000, will morph into Spoke & Bird next month. Changes requested by the Chicago Park District forced Afanador to recruit new business partners (Alicia Bird and Scott Golas). The new space will feature a menu of panini, salads, soups and crepes and, upon the acquisition of a liquor license, beer and wine. [Crain's]

ROSCOE VILLAGE—Brunch is now being served daily at Commonwealth Tavern from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Check out the full menu here. [EaterWire]

RIVER NORTH—If you like Italian wine and are on a budget Osteria Via Stato is the place to be this Tuesday. For $20 you can sample 20 wines and taste passed bites from chef David DiGregorio's kitchen. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and you can make reservations by calling 312-642-8450. [EaterWire]

SOUTH LOOP—Ameritalia, a new restaurant concept, is set to take over the space formerly occupied by Panozzo's, which shuttered for good in January. The restaurant will serve American comfort food with an Italian influence and owners Holly and Bradley West expect to open in early June. [Sloopin]
[Photo: Siena Tavern]

Siena Tavern

51 West Kinzie Street, , IL 60654 (312) 595-1322 Visit Website

Osteria Via Stato

620 North State Street, , IL 60654 (312) 642-8450 Visit Website