— Another protest over wages and union rights happened at McDonald’s West Loop headquarters Thursday afternoon and more than 50 people — including U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky — were arrested, the Sun-Times reports. The protest, organized by Fight for $15, was just the latest of many in Chicago and around the country where fast food workers demanded higher wages, the right to unionize, as well as a mass protest last month in 10 cities over how McDonald’s handled sexual harassment complaints. Schakowsky tweeted many photos from the protest, including one of her being arrested.
— The deluge of ‘90s pop culture-themed pop-up bars continues with Buffy the Vampire Slayer at Replay Lincoln Park. The arcade bar, which is basically a rotating pop-up bar at this point, will start the Buffy party on October 12 and hold a costume party on October 27, Block Club reports.
— The World’s 50 Best Bars list was released this week and Lost Lake garnered the highest Chicago ranking, at number 50. The Aviary, which clocked in at 41 last year, fell to 83 this year, just ahead of its NYC expansion at 89.
— Here are three new brunch services launching this weekend at three hotspots: Etta in Bucktown, Tricycle in Bucktown, and Union Full Board in Wrigleyville. The Etta menu is here and the Union and Tricycle menus, the latter of which also launched a kids’ menu, are below.
— Following up on the closing of West Loop nightclub The Mid, which was announced yesterday, Crain’s reports that New York investor Thor Equities paid $8.1 million for the building. It’s the last part of the entire block that the investor acquired in hopes to build a 20-story office building that will reportedly include country group Rascal Flatts’ restaurant.
— A free Charlie Trotter exhibit opens today at Harold Washington Library in the South Loop. Look for personal items such as Trotter’s chef’s jacket, hand-written recipes, menus and notebooks, photographs and more on the 9th-floor gallery to be on display through April 28.
— And finally, Chicagoans can try CBD cocktails at Emporium Popups in Logan Square this weekend as part of its free-admission cannabis popup. Starting today, “Yes We Cann” will also include presentations, exhibits, networking, and more to learn about the medical cannabis industry. Cocktails include riffs on gin and tonics, vodka lemonades, and daiquiris with house-made terpene syrups and CBD oils. The “Super Lemon Haze” is pictured below.