RIVER NORTH—Tickets for Shaw's 27th Annual Oyster Fest on Friday, September 11 and curated by Shaw's Crab House along with the team behind Windy City Smokeout, are now on sale for $30 per person. The event runs from 3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
and will feature a separate crab dinner for $75 per person, as well as southern fried chicken, smoked ribs and a double cheeseburger from Bub City along with another event, Bubbles & Brine, focusing on specialty oysters and champagne for $25 per person. [EaterWire]
WEST LOOP—Sarah Grueneberg (of the upcoming Monteverde) and Bill Kim (bellyQ) will be collaborating on a dinner taking place on Sunday, September 13. Featuring 4 courses, tickets for the event are on sale now for $50. [EaterWire]
OAK BROOK—Michael McDonald is now the culinary director and executive chef at Le Meridien Chicago, including the Spanish restaurant El Tapeo. McDonald most recently was at Zed451. [EaterWire]
GOLD COAST—Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs was at the flagship Giordano's today to make his pizza creation "Sizzlin' Sicilian," a deep-dish pizza that is on special at all Illinois Giordano's locations through Monday, September 14. The "Sizzlin' Sicilian" includes meatballs, pepperoni and sausage and includes two free Pepsi products. [EaterWire]
AVONDALE—A Pockets location shuttered last weekend and the Lakeview spot will be picking up deliver orders for its order area. There are eight more Pockets stores in the Chicago area. [DNAinfo]