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.
Parachute,one of our favorite restaurants in the city, has launched a pizza pop-up called Korini’s Pizza. Right now, it’s only available on Wednesdays, and one dollar from each pizza goes towards “Dough Something,” a national campaign to support Asian Americans Advancing Justice. The flavors are changing every week, with options like a bulgogi pizza or the “smokey casino” with spam, coconut shrimp, little smokies, and a sweet potato-stuffed crust.
Starting May 1st, Bar Takito (and its sister restaurants Takito Street and Takito Kitchen) are hosting five days of Cinco De Mayo specials. Along with food and drink deals, they’ll be giving away swag bags, have live mariachi, and magicians performing tricks tableside. They’re also hosting a special midweek bottomless brunch on May 5th.
After months of random pop-up dinners and meal kits, Giant in Logan Square is reopening their dining room and patio on April 28th. They’re also completely redoing their menu, with entirely new dishes. They haven’t released it yet, but follow them on Instagram for details.
The J. Parker
Check out the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit at Germania Place, then go grab drinks and food on The J. Parker rooftop. If you show same-day admission tickets for the exhibit at Germania Club, you’ll get a free appetizer (like buffalo cauliflower or truffle fries) with the purchase of a small plate and drink.
On Saturday, Frontier in Wicker Park is holding a live watch party for the Kentucky Derby. There will be a “best dressed” and “best hat” contest, and they have food and drink specials like $10 Mint Juleps, whiskey sours, and Old Fashioneds, and a $17 fried chicken dinner. It goes from 3-6pm and you can sit in either their dining room or beer garden.
Saint Lou's Backyard
This is another Kentucky Derby watch party worth knowing about. On May 1st Saint Lou’s in the West Loop is hosting their annual Run for The Rosé event. People run through an obstacle course while carrying a tray of Rosé flutes, there’s a “best hat” contest (a $150 Saint Lou’s gift card is the prize), and they’ll have Mint Julep specials. Doors open at 3pm, and patio seating is first-come-first-served.