— As Saved by the Max prepares to hit the road to LA, the team behind the uber-popular TV show-inspired pop-up are also preparing its replacement: Riot Feast. Opening on July 8, the team behind the music and carnival pop-up, inspired by Riot Fest, revealed a rendering via Chicagoist of what it will look like. Check out all of its punk carnival glory above. Tickets are available here.
— South Loopers have lost a longtime restaurant and bar. Blackie’s, with its history dating back to the 1940s, has closed at 755 S. Clark St. Sloopin reports that “closed for remodeling” and “we are not accepting deliveries” signs are now attached to its front door. The phone number has been disconnected as well. A reader of the neighborhood blog speculates on who’s taking over the space, but there’s no official news yet.
— Amazingly, The Violet Hour — perhaps Chicago’s most influential cocktail bar — turns 10 years old tomorrow night (June 27), and read about the Wicker Park cocktail speakeasy’s beginnings and history via this piece in Punch. Even though it’s been open for 10 years, the bar continues to evolve its beverage program, as evidenced by its new summer menu below.
Menu 6.12 (1) by Daniel Gerzina on Scribd
— Baker & Nosh, the popular Uptown spot which closed in March in hopes of moving to larger digs at 4600 N. Magnolia Ave., is turning to the public to try to solve its financial woes. Ownership has started a very large $650K GoFundMe campaign to “raise the necessary money to finish the construction” on both the Uptown and Edgewater locations, but it has only raised $3,115 in five days. Check it out here.
— And finally, six of Chicago’s best restaurateurs and chefs — Rick Bayless, Abraham Conlon, Curtis Duffy, Sarah Grueneberg, Michael Muser and Carrie Nahabedian — will take the stage at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater in Lincoln Park for a one-night-only charity event on August 20. In addition to the show, ticket holders get champagne and snacks. Tickets, which cost $50 ($100 VIP) to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, are available here. Check out the caricature photo art below.