As vaccination rates continue to rise and things start to open back up, the concept of “making plans” is starting to re-enter our lives. And your usual excuse of, “Sorry, I already have plans,” probably won’t work for a few months. So, if you’re in need of ideas, here are six new openings, events, and special menus to check out this week.
After being closed since the start of the pandemic, Dusek’s, the restaurant attached to Thalia Hall, is reopening on Saturday May 15th with a new menu from a brand new team. Their dishes will include snacks like pork rinds, and buffalo chicken wings, along with entrees like lamb neck pappardelle and a double cheeseburger. You know what else is reopening? Thalia Hall. Check here for upcoming shows and events.
If you’re looking for a special occasion date option, you should know about RPM Seafood’s $225 “Sommelier Experience.” The River North seafood restaurant from the RPM team is offering a private eight-course dinner that’s available Tue-Sat for up to four people. The menu changes every day, and (as the name suggests) each dish is paired with wine.
Mansion on Rush
Mansion On Rush is another option if you’re looking for an upscale date night. This Japanese and Latin-inspired Gold Coast spot opens on May 15th, and will serve sushi along with dishes like wagyu beef and duck confit with mole. If you really want to go all out, book a table at their Champagne Lounge, which has a separate menu, bottle service, and a live DJ. Is this place over the top? Probably, but after a year where putting on shoes felt fancy, who are we to judge.
Le Sud, the Mediterranean restaurant in Roscoe Village, now has indoor and outdoor dining along with a new Happy Hour menu. Wednesday through Sunday from 4:30-6pm you can get $6 snacks (like fried cauliflower or duck egg with fries), $6 glasses of wine and cocktails, and $3 beers. Plus, their cute sidewalk is good for a low-key date.
Look, after being stuck in our houses for months, touristy stuff we would never be willing to do before 2020 might seem fun now. Just in case this applies to you, you should know that Navy Pier has reopened, and every Saturday in May has a free fireworks show.
On Friday the 14th Galit, one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago, is reopening for dine-in service. They’ll have indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) dining available, and will no longer be offering takeout after this week. So, if you want to eat their incredible hummus on your couch one last time, put your order in now.
Goddess and Grocer
From now until June, Goddess And The Grocer (a local bakery and cafe chain) has a vintage home goods pop-up right next to their Bucktown location. It’s called [Goddess Home And Flea]https://www.instagram.com/goddessflea/), and has all sorts of cute retro stuff for you to browse after eating a slice of rainbow cake next door.