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McAlister's Deli Plans Chicago Invasion; Taus Authentic Targeted Opening Date; More

Plus get cocktails and food items at a fancy Mag Mile restaurant for a buck each and your First Bites Bash tix.

McAlister's Deli Peoria
McAlister's Deli Peoria

CHICAGOLAND—Southern-based sandwich, spuds, and sweet tea chain McAlister's Deli is hoping to open as many as 20 locations in the city and burbs. There are 338 McAlister's in 24 states, including three in Illinois (Champaign, Peoria, Normal). [CRED]

WICKER PARK—Michael Taus is targeting Feb. 10 for the opening day of Taus Authentic, his first restaurant since Zealous, in the former Prasino space. Stay tuned. [EaterWire]

MAG MILE—Get select cocktails and food items for just a buck apiece at Sophie's at Saks Fifth Avenue on Wednesday and Thursday, in celebration of the restaurant's first birthday. [EaterWire]

THE LOOP—Less than 200 tickets are left for the First Bites Bash, Thursday's event at Union Station that kicks off Chicago Restaurant Week. Alpana Singh serves as the host. Get your tickets, which cost $125, here. [EaterWire]