6 Exciting Things To Do & Eat In Chicago This Week

Check out these new openings, pop-ups, and special events happening in Chicago from August 10th to the 17th.
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New York-style bagels, drag bingo, and festivals with beer and classical music - we’ve got details on all of those things, and more events happening in Chicago between August 10th and August 17th. If you’re looking for plans, parties, and pop-ups around the city, you’ve come to the right place.

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Pretty Good Bagels

If you’re one of the thousands of people searching for decent bagels in Chicago, we found a new pop-up for you to try. Pretty Good Bagels makes New York-style bagels in two flavors: plain and everything. They start accepting orders Thursdays at 8pm, to be delivered Saturday morning between 8-10am. You can order here, and for updates check out their [Instagram](( And if you’re not into playing ordering roulette, in September they will be at the Gateway Market at Native foods and the Wicker’s Park Farmer’s Market.

Entre Sueños

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Another new pop-up (but way more fancy and expensive) is the weekly dinner series Entre Sueños. Tickets cost $225 per person, and the focus is on Baja-Med food. Each dinner seats 14 people, and includes bites from a seafood food cart, small plates, shared entrees, drinks, and more. This is going on from August until November, and you can purchase tickets through Tock.


River West

$$$$Perfect For:Big GroupsBrunchCasual Weeknight DinnerDrinking Good CocktailsEating At The BarOutdoor/Patio Situation


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The Dawson in River West is starting their “Endless Summer” event series, which lasts from now until the end of September. This means things like live music on their patio on Sundays, and ticketed events like low country boils and “The Beverage Academy,” where you can learn about cocktails while eating appetizers. On the 15th, they’re teaching classic punches and large-scale cocktails for parties. For the full lineup and tickets, click here.

Tickets are now on sale for Demera Ethiopian Restaurant’s “Hope 4 Tigray Women” charity dinner at Lakewood Chicago. The dinner is on Monday, August 23, from 6-10pm, and costs $125 per person. It includes cocktails, appetizers, a three-course meal, and an Ethiopian coffee ceremony. All proceeds go to Health Professionals for Tigray, a nonprofit working to end sex crimes in Ethiopia. There will also be a silent auction and live music. Purchase tickets here.

Lips is a drag bar and restaurant in the South Loop that’s technically been open for two years, but were closed for 18 months of that thanks to the pandemic. This week they’re celebrating their two-year anniversary and their reopening with some new acts and events. Like Bitchy Bingo, which (starting this week) is every Wednesday at 7pm, bottomless gospel Sunday brunch, and more. Make reservations here.

Thirsty Ears Festival

The Thirsty Ears Festival is happening this weekend (the 14th and 15th) in Ravenswood. This street festival focuses on classical music, and will have live performances along with a screening of Access Contemporary Music’s Sound of Silent Film. There will also be beer from Empirical Brewery, food, vendors, kid-friendly activities, and more.

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