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Chicago’s Finally Getting the First Italian Beef Festival

Plus, two more hotspots debut brunch and much more intel

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Buona Beef
An Italian beef sandwich from Buona Beef
Buona Beef [Official Photo]

— After Chicagoans have seen festivals for nearly every food and drink imaginable, the city will finally get a festival for one of its iconic foods later this month — the Italian beef sandwich. Happening in two sessions on May 26 at Revolution Brewing Tap Room at 3340 N. Kedzie Ave., The First Annual Italian Beef Festival will feature iconic local brands Al’s Beef, Buona and Mr. Beef as well as Revolution beer. Tickets cost $30 each and a portion of proceeds going to the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. More info and tickets are available on its website.

Bar Biscay, the Spanish-inspired hotspot in West Town from the folks behind mfk, starts Sunday brunch service this weekend. Check out the menu below, which includes tortilla espanola with fried squid, creamy cauliflower tartine with paprika mornay, and build-your-own crepes.

— Northwest Side hotspot Eris Brewery & Cider House also kicks off weekend brunch on Saturday. The full menu isn’t available at press time, but items include “Waffle of Chaos” (Belgian waffles, bacon, avocado, radishes, cheddar jack, sunny-up egg, sriracha maple syrup) and shrimp & grits. They’re also launching a new spring menu this weekend.

Wells St. Market, the new food hall coming to 205 W. Wacker Drive in the Loop, has rounded out its food offerings by adding West Town Italian deli hotspot Tempesta Market. Previously announced tenants include Takashi Yagihashi’s Tabo Sushi, Jimmy Bannos’ Piggie Smalls, Dos Toros Taqueria, Furious Spoon, Firecakes Donuts, and more.

— Fulton Market’s BLVD, the swanky restaurant and bar which won Eater Chicago’s award for Design of the Year, has finally added its missing design centerpiece — a massive chandelier that hangs over the main bar on the first floor. The chandelier is 8-feet wide and 15.5-feet long, weighs more than 1,000 pounds, took more than a year to build, and more than 12 hours to install. Check it out below.

BLVD’s massive chandelier
BLVD [Official Photo]

Shore Club, the multi-prong seasonal waterfront restaurant and club that debuted at North Avenue Beach last year, reopens on May 11 with a slew of new wrinkles including morning service and a new bar at The Patio, and morning fitness classes and new frozen boozy drinks at The Restaurant at Shore Club. There’s also a new menu, which can be read below.

— In more seasonal outdoor hotspot news, Cabana Club, the poolside rooftop bar at The Robey hotel in Wicker Park, reopens tomorrow with a new menu featuring an array of frozen drinks, decor, and a “a 70’s inspired pool party theme.” That menu is below as well.

— And in still more patio news, beloved Wrigleyville dive Nisei Lounge has unveiled a new outdoor space.

— Some sad news: Doc Pellegrino, the owner and founder of beloved Lincoln Park blues bar Kingston Mines, passed away yesterday, the bar announced. There have been far too many deaths in the Chicago restaurant and bar scene this week, as Pellegrino joins the co-owner of Superdawg, the owner of Italian Village, and Jack Glunz of Louis Glunz Beer Inc.

— And finally, in Chicago blues and restaurant news, David Letterman and Buddy Guy filmed at Athenian Room in Lincoln Park and dined on the restaurant’s roast chicken with steak fries for Letterman’s Netflix series “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.” Former Chicago resident Tina Fey recommended Letterman go there and try the dish, the Tribune reports, and after tasting it the former “Late Night” host said “Wow. Holy crap, it’s greasy. I’m not saying that’s bad.” Guy is a fan of the dish and spicy food, as he says in the clip below.

Brunch! by Daniel Gerzina on Scribd

Cabana PDF by Daniel Gerzina on Scribd


817 West Lake Street, , IL 60607 (312) 526-3116 Visit Website

Tempesta Market

1372 West Grand Avenue, , IL 60642 (312) 929-2551 Visit Website

Shore Club

1603 North Lake Shore Drive, , IL 60610 (312) 635-8058 Visit Website


10633 South Western Avenue, , IL 60643 (773) 941-6980 Visit Website

Athenian Room

807 West Webster Avenue, , IL 60614 (773) 348-5155 Visit Website

Cabana Club

2018 West North Avenue, , IL 60647 (872) 315-3050 Visit Website

Mr. Beef

666 North Orleans Street, , IL 60654 (312) 337-8500

Kingston Mines

2548 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 (773) 477-4646 Visit Website

Eris Brewery & Cider House

4240 West Irving Park Road, , IL 60641 (773) 943-6200 Visit Website

Nisei Lounge

3439 North Sheffield Avenue, , IL 60657 (773) 525-0557 Visit Website

Bar Biscay

1450 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60642 (312) 455-8900 Visit Website

Revolution Brewing

3340 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (773) 588-2267 Visit Website

North Avenue Beach

1600 N Lake Shore Dr, , IL 60614