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.
On April 26th, Recess (the City Hall-themed bar in the West Loop) is hosting Cat-Su Sando, a pop-up that specializes in (you guessed it) katsu sandos. Starting at 4pm, you can sit on their huge outdoor patio and order fried chicken sandos topped with cabbage and Cat-Su sauce on milk bread.
Aba is doing dinner and a live Zoom magic show on 4/27 from 4:30-6:30pm. The meal is $30 per person, and includes whipped feta spread, salad, your choice of kebab entree, and pistachio cake. You can also add a $69 “mystery magic box” to use for the interactive virtual experience hosted by the magician. It’s also worth mentioning that they’re calling the event Aba-Cadabra. Click here for more details, and to order.
Fuel, the cafe inside Lululemon in Lincoln Park, has been hosting a weekly chef series. And on Sat April 24th, for $60, you can get a box of treats from Chef Hallee Raff of Hardbittenn. It comes with a slice of cake, savory ham and cheese pop tarts, three sweet pop tarts (pistachio honey, carrot cake, and apple), a mini buffalo chicken pie, three cookies, and a slice of neapolitan pie. Yes we realize that’s a lot. The kit also includes a pass to a virtual Lululemon workout class. See more information and tickets, here.
Sugar Junkie, a walk-up dessert window in Lincoln Park, has reopened. Their menu has housemade gelato, sorbet, ice cream sandwiches, and take-and-bake cookie dough that we are unofficially telling you to eat raw. It’s a perfect place to stop by on your way to or from walking around Lincoln Park.
Miko's Italian Ice
Another takeout window you can visit this week is Miko’s Italian Ice.The shop is finally open for the season - both their Logan Square and Irving Park locations. While last year you could order it for delivery, this is the first time you can visit the shop in person since the start of the pandemic. And for planning purposes: the current flavors are lemon, blueberry, strawberry, coconut, mango, banana chip, passionfruit, and raspberry.
Replay Lincoln Park
Look, after a year of being stuck at home watching sh*t, a television-themed pop-up might be the last thing you want to do. But, hey, it’s our duty to inform. Replay in Lincoln Park is hosting Back To The Office, a pop-up centered around The Office. It runs until May 16th, and the space (including their outdoor patio) is designed to look like Dundler Mifflin. You can order cocktails like Schrute Farm’s Beet Delight, Michael Scott’s signature Scotch and Splenda, and snacks like soft pretzels. You need a reservation, and each ticket costs $20 (which gets taken off your tab at the end). Order here.