RIVER NORTH—Head to Ampersand behind Kinmont on July 29 for a preview of the geekiest bar and restaurant in Chicago, Geek Bar. Your $40 ticket includes four courses and one drink, which you can purchase here. [EaterWire]
WEST LOOP AREA—[UPDATE: This dinner is not open to the public. Do not call for reservations.] Have dinner at Stephanie Izard's place on August 4 for a mere $500. Chef Kevin Williams of Farmhaus in St. Louis will co-host the evening, which also includes drinks by the Girl & the Goat head bartender and benefits No Kid Hungry.
Call 815-790-9625 for reservations. [EaterWire]
LAKESHORE EAST—Former chef de cuisine Carolina Diaz is the new exec chef at Filini. She takes over for William Johnson, who left in January. There's no word if any menu changes are in the works. [EaterWire]