—You have one week left to eat at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush. As first reported on January 5, Stefani's Italian steakhouse off the Magnificent Mile would likely close at the end of February once its 60-day lease extension, signed on January 1, expired, and Crain's reports that it is indeed closing on February 29. There's no word yet on whether it will reconcept or vacate altogether.
—Wicker Park is getting its latest ramen restaurant on March 4. That's when Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya will open in the former Max's Wine Dive and Covo Gyro Market space at 1482 N. Milwaukee Ave., according to reps. The Japanese chain, which only has four U.S. locations in the Pacific Northwest and also serves plenty of small plates and Japanese spirits, will join Furious Spoon, Oiistar and the forthcoming Urban Belly as ramen options in the neighborhood.
—Get ready for lots of artisan Midwest cheese in April. Cheesetopia 2016, which will have "50 of the best artisan cheesemakers and food producers around the Great Lakes region," is coming to Bridgeport Arts Center on April 10. Tickets cost $75, include an open bar, and must be purchased in advance here.
—You can get your fill of hard cider on Saturday before Chicago's first cider pub The Northman opens on March 8. Tickets are on sale now for Cider Summit, taking place February 27 in the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom, which cost $35.
—Here's a peek inside Federales Tequila & Tacos, the under-construction Mexican collaboration from Four Corners Tavern Group and Hogsalt off of Fulton Market. There's no opening timeframe yet, but the space is definitely taking shape.