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Cindy's Rooftop to Serve Lunch, mEAT Shutters in Boystown, More Intel

Plus Windy City Smokeout is coming back and a pizza "museum" is coming for just one day

Marc Much

Cindy's, the gorgeous rooftop restaurant and bar atop the Chicago Athletic Association hotel on Michigan Avenue, will kick off weekday lunch service on April 5. Dishes include spring lamb tartare, cornish game hen and sandwiches, while mocktails that can be made boozy will be among the drink options.

—Boystown lost skewers and meat puns on Halsted Street, as mEAT shuttered following the sale of the restaurant and Minibar next door to the owner of Progress Bar, Chicago Pride reports. Minibar will expand into the space following renovations that should be completed in late May. mEAT's Streeterville location remains open but is also under new ownership, DNAinfo reports.

—Chicago's annual barbecue and country music festival, Windy City Smokeout, is coming back this summer, bringing an array of local and out-of-town 'que to town from July 15-17. This year's lineup includes The Salt Lick (Texas), Peg Leg Porker (Nashville), Pappy's Smokehouse (St. Louis) and local favorites Smoque, Bub City, Lillie's Q, and much more. Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. right here.

Windy City Smokeout Jeff Marini/Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Photo: Jeff Marini

—Chicago is getting a pizza "museum"—at least for one day. U.S. Pizza Museum will debut physical exhibits—think vintage pizza memorabilia—at this Sunday's first annual Chicago Pizza Summit at Chop Shop, which is sold out. The "museum" only existed online in the past.

Jimmy, the hidden and swanky cocktail bar in the James Hotel in River North, is closing for the season on Saturday. Look for it to reopen in October and only be open until April, although the patio will be open and the interior will host popups and private events in the summer months.

—Former "Top Chef Masters" winner Floyd Cardoz is heading to Sepia for a one-night dinner and book signing on April 14. Tickets, although expensive at $125, are available by calling the restaurant.


418 Meridian Avenue, , FL 33139 (786) 690-1858 Visit Website

Progress Bar

3359 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 697-9268 Visit Website


123 North Jefferson Street, , IL 60661 (312) 441-1920 Visit Website

JIMMY Chicago

610 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611


1500 Colorado Boulevard, , CA 90041 (323) 257-7375 Visit Website


215 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611 Visit Website

Chop Shop

2033 West North Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 537-4440 Visit Website