—Wrigleyville eating upgrades keep coming, as the Cubs and the Ricketts family announced more additions to the Park at Wrigley, launching this season on the west side of Wrigley Field. The fourth location of Chicago’s top farmers market, Green City Market, is the highlight of the latest announcement, which will offer local farm-raised fruits, vegetables, prepared goods, chef demos, and other events on many Thursday evenings beginning June 15. A two-story “tavern-focused” restaurant with an outdoor terrace is also coming to the new “town square” area sometime this summer, although its name and operator haven’t been announced yet. And finally, an event featuring many big-name chefs, including Stephanie Izard and Paul Kahan, is slated for May 13 and 14. Big Star, a Matthias Merges restaurant, a Starbucks Reserve bar, and a McDonald’s were previously announced for the area, most of which won’t open until 2018 at the Hotel Zachary adjacent to the park.
—Roister, the latest smash-hit from the Alinea Group on Fulton Market, will be open seven days a week starting Monday.
—Rhyme or Reason, the new-ish 70s-themed restaurant, bar and music venue at 1938 W. Division St. kicked off weekend brunch service last Saturday. Dishes include fried chicken and doughnuts, $1 oysters, edamame toast, a signature “off beat poutine” topped with two fried eggs, a tomatillo bloody Mary, and a monthly chef collaboration “hangover special.”
—Firecakes doughnuts has a new popup....in a women’s clothing store on the Southport corridor. The temporary doughnut spot, inside Lou & Grey at 3442 N. Southport Ave. in Lakeview, serves nine flavors and La Colombe coffee seven days a week from late morning until early evening.
—Chicago’s violence epidemic sadly happened inside a restaurant yesterday, as four people were gunned down inside Nadia Fish and Chicken at 75th and Coles in South Shore, according to multiple news reports.
—Taste plentiful cocktails from the West Loop area’s top bartenders on Monday evening at the second West Loop Shakedown at Nellcote on Randolph Row. Representatives from many of the neighborhood’s hotspots, including Lena Brava, Honey’s, The Loyalist, and El Che Bar will compete for the title. $30 tickets are available here and include the aforementioned cocktail tastings, a pizza station, and more.
—And finally, NewCity released its annual “Big Heat: Chicago’s Food and Drink 50” this week, which this year focuses on “owners, media personalities, business leaders, as well as food-oriented entrepreneurs” rather than chefs and bartenders. Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz (Boka Restaurant Group) take the top spot, followed by David Manilow and Catherine De Orio (Check, Please!) and Nick Kokonas (Alinea Group, Tock). Yours truly clocks in at No. 29.