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Care Bears Cuddle Up With Kurimu and Five More Pop-Ups

A log of the city’s best bar and restaurant pop-ups

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The Japanese-style ice cream shop Kurimu is teaming up with the Care Bears this summer for extra-cuddly soft serve and other treats.

Though spring continues to tease Chicago with occasional warm and sunny days, most Chicagoans know not to trust that winter is over. But locals are primed to seize those moments of seasonal optimism — as are chefs across the city who are embarking on creative collaborations and events in bars and restaurants around town. Follow along for a sampling of the best the city has to offer in this week’s Eater Chicago’s pop-up round up.

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April 28

Around Town: Billy Zureikat, a Logan Square home cook and baker who goes by Tripping Billy, a reference to his 2021 diagnosis with limb girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD), which targets the leg muscles, will be touring Chicago pizzerias this summer to serve up his namesake pizza (shishito pepper cream sauce, smoked corn, pickled jalapenos, spring onion, and roasted shishitos) in various styles to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The tour has already begun with Crust Fund Pizza and continues with Table Donkey & Stick on Sunday, May 1. Future stops include Pizza Fried Chicken Ice Cream, Milly’s Pizza in the Pan, Bungalow by Middle Brow, and more. Follow Zureikat’s Instagram for updates. Tripping Billy at Table Donkey & Stick, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2728 W. Armitage Avenue, preorder via Tock.

Avondale: Chef Won Kim of Kimski will be hosting a Taste of Bridgeport celebration this Saturday, April 30, at Guild Row in... Avondale. The event will feature food and drink from Kimski, Pizza Fried Chicken Ice Cream, Duck Inn, Marz Brewing, Maria’s Package Goods, and Buddy, plus live music. Kim, who is also a graffiti artist, may also paint the fire pit. Taste of Bridgeport, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, April 30, 3130 N. Rockwell Street, tickets available via Tock.

Bridgeport: Vendador, the pop-up from chef Francis Pascal (formerly of Alinea and Momotaro), along with Bryan Prado (Oriole), will be taking over Kimski for a one-night Mexican-themed party. There will be food, drinks, and live music from DJs Danzo and Fazer. Vendador at Kimski, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, May 9, 954-960 W. 31st Street.

Little Italy/Wicker Park: Locally-owned Japanese-style ice cream brand Kurimu will in early May launch a massive three-month pop-up collaboration with the Care Bears, the cuddly and colorful ’80s-era characters with their own plush toys, multiple TV series, comics, and mountains of merchandise. Fans can expect special soft serve flavors, branded items like hats and t-shirts, and tons of Care Bear-themed decor at both its locations. A kickoff event is slated for noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Wicker Park shop. Stay tuned for more on this event. Kurimu x Care Bears, May 7 through July, 1159 W. Taylor Street; 1632 W. Division Street.

Lincoln Park: In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, the Chocolate Collective, 12 Asian American woman chocolatiers from around the country, will be teaming up to produce a special gift box of two dozen chocolates to benefit the Abundance Setting and the Very Asian Foundation. Chicago is represented by Simply Mithai, SUGOi Sweets, and Chocolat Uzma. Preorders begin May 1. Chocolate Collective — Chicago, pickup Saturday, May 21, at Lululemon, 944 W. North Avenue, preorder via Tock.

Logan Square: Alt Economy, the pop-up from Jennifer S. Kim, is offering a Mother’s Day brunch box in collaboration with Salt Spoon Bakehouse and Exfolia Botanical (though it can also be a gift to any other parental figure). The boxes include several types of cured fish, bagels, cream cheese, jam, and a bouquet. Mother’s Day Cured Fish Boxes, pickup between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at Exfolia Botanical, 3608 W. Wrightwood Avenue, preorder online.

April 5

Around Town: Taco Sublime, the self-proclaimed “best tacos in the world,” has three long-term pop-ups in April, at Marz Community Brewing in McKinley Park, at the Life on Marz Community Club in Logan Square, and Royal Palms Chicago in Bucktown. Taco Sublime at Marz Community Brewing Company, Tuesdays and Wednesdays April 5 through April 20, 3630 S. Iron Street; Life on Marz Community Club, Fridays through Sundays April 2 through April 17, 1950 N. Western Avenue; and Royal Palms Chicago, April 25 through May 1, 1750 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

Bridgeport: Dhuaan BBQ’s Indian-flavored Dhuck Inn Dhuaan Dog will be featured at the Duck Inn Dog Nights every Wednesday this month. The dog is fried and topped with Indian-style giardiniera, pickled and fried onions, cilantro, and Frankie sauce, and it sits on a bed of masala french fries. Proceeds will go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Dhuaan BBQ at the Duck Inn, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays in April, 2701 S. Eleanor Street.

Humboldt Park: Jeff & Judes, the “Jew-ish” deli, is teaming up with pickle shop Vargo Brother Ferments for a series of sandwiches available every Monday in April, Vargo Brother announced on Instagram. The next offering on April 11 will feature a vegan Caesar white bean salad with fermented carrot and kale on a country loaf. Later on in the month, customers can try PowerKraut and collard green kimchi. Vargo Brother x Jeff & Judes, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays in April, 1024 N. Western Avenue.

Ravenswood: MaaMaaDei, Jaye Fong’s Instagram bakery, will be popping up with a spice-themed menu at Ponnopozz to celebrate the craft studio’s inclusion in the Chicago Reader’s Best of 2021 issue. Other vendors will be selling work, and there will be drinks from Begyle Brewery and Koval Distillery. Customers are encouraged to pre-order via DM. MaaMaaDei at Ponnopozz, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 8, 4839 N. Damen Avenue.

West Town: Well-known Chicago barbecue pro Charlie McKenna (Lillie’s Q, Roux) will late this month hold the second annual BarbeCure charity event to raise funds for cancer-related nonprofits, according to a rep. This year’s gathering is a “chicken wing showdown” at District Brew Yards among lauded local chefs Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat), Brian Jupiter (Ina Mae), Zach Engel (Galit), and the spouse team of Genie Kwon and Tim Flores (Kasama). Tickets are $75 and proceeds benefit the Katherine McKenna Scholarship Fund — named for McKenna’s aunt, who died of breast cancer — and the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation. BarbeCure at District Brew Yards, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 417 N. Ashland Avenue, tickets available via EventBrite.

March 29

Avondale: Chef and restaurateur Tigist Reda of Ethiopian restaurant Demera in Uptown will pop up for one night on Saturday at Guild Row with messob platters, traditional Ethiopian coffee service, and more to raise funds for survivors of gender-based violence in the country’s Tigray region. Tickets ($75), available via Tock, include appetizers, a family-style meal, dessert from Pretty Cool Ice Cream, and optional wine pairings from Minum Wines. Organizers say ticket proceeds will go directly to women Reda met in refugee camps to help them open their own cafes. Demera Ethiopian Supper Club at Guild Row, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 3130 N Rockwell Street.

Edgewater: Cookies & Carnitas and its brasserie are celebrating spring and the start of Green City Market with a special five-course dinner centering around beef. Dishes include a trio of carpaccio (classic, Thai, and venison), oxtail agnolotti, and Miyazaki A5 wagyu. It’s intended to spotlight local farmers and butchers. Cookies and Carnitas Red Meat Dinner, 7 p.m., Sunday, April 3, 5940 N. Broadway, tickets are $170 via Tock.

Humboldt Park: Texas-based butcher and former Chicagoan Kriss Abigail on Monday, April 18 will return to the Midwest for a new lamb-focused edition of her Meet Your Meat dinner series. Patrons can expect a whole lamb butchery demonstration from Abigail followed by a seven-course lamb dinner from chef Jacquelyn Lord (The Dinner Belle) and beverage pairings from bartender Stella Miller (Yugen, the Sixth). Tickets ($300) and more details are available online. Buckwild Babes’ Meet Your Meet: On the Lamb at Orkenoy, 6 p.m. Monday, April 18, 757 N. Kimball Avenue.

Humboldt Park: Modern Jewish deli Jeff & Judes will this week host a prix fixe tasting menu pop-up with Kentucky whiskey maker Angel’s Envy. The event will feature six courses with cocktail and wine pairings, with bartenders putting a special emphasis on the distillery’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon and rye whiskey finished in Caribbean rum casks. Tickets ($125) are available via Tock. Angel’s Envy x Jeff & Judes, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 1024 N. Western Avenue.

River West: Asian-influenced barbecue caterer Umamicue will pop up in April at Korean American hit Perilla with options including smoked pork belly banh mi and smoked beef cheek stew, according to a Facebook post. Quantities are limited so the team recommends placing preorders by booking tickets ($12-$15) via Tock. Umamicue at Perilla Korean American Fare, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 401 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

Green City Market

1790 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614 Visit Website


944 West North Avenue, , IL 60642 (312) 601-2134 Visit Website


1757 N. Kimball Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 Visit Website

Cookies & Carnitas

5940 North Broadway, , IL 60660 (773) 769-2900 Visit Website


800 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60605

Marz Brewing

3630 S. Iron Street, Chicago, IL Visit Website


1723 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 Visit Website

Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods

1415 North Wood Street, , IL 60622 (773) 360-8320 Visit Website


820 West Lake Street, , IL 60607 (312) 733-4818 Visit Website


661 West Walnut Street, , IL 60661 (312) 877-5339 Visit Website

Jeff & Judes

1024 North Western Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 661-1227 Visit Website

Bungalow by Middle Brow

2840 West Armitage Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 687-9076 Visit Website


2429 North Lincoln Avenue, , IL 60614 (773) 360-8755 Visit Website

Marz Community Brewing Company

3630 South Iron Street, , IL 60609 (773) 579-1935 Visit Website


953 West Fulton Market, , IL 60607 Visit Website

Girl & The Goat

809 West Randolph Street, , IL 60607 (312) 492-6262 Visit Website

Perilla Korean American Fare

401 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60654 (312) 243-3344 Visit Website

Milly’s Pizza In The Pan

1005 West Argyle Street, , IL 60640 (224) 656-4732 Visit Website

District Brew Yards

417 North Ashland Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 295-1270 Visit Website

Pizza Fried Chicken Ice Cream

964 West 31st Street, , IL 60608 (773) 565-4192 Visit Website

Life on Marz Community Club

1950 North Western Avenue, , IL 60647 Visit Website


4801 North Broadway Street, Chicago, IL 60640 Visit Website

Koval Distillery

5121 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 (312) 878-7988 Visit Website


1159 West Taylor Street, , IL 60607 (312) 877-5227 Visit Website


954-960 West 31st Street, , IL 60608 (773) 823-7336 Visit Website


1001 North Winchester Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 697-3790 Visit Website

Marz Community Brewing

3630 S. Iron Street, Chicago, Visit Website

Chocolat Uzma

1900 South Halsted Street, , IL 60608 (312) 674-6984 Visit Website

The Duck Inn

2701 South Eleanor Street, , IL 60608 (312) 724-8811 Visit Website

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