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June is is National Hunger Awareness Month , and the Greater Chicago Food Depository is sponsoring a number of fund-raising events throughout the week beginning with Dine Out to Fight Hunger, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday when nearly three dozen restaurants will donate a portion of your tab to the cause. (See the link for participating spots.) Tuesday there's a $100 dinner at mk sponsored by Epicurious.com. And Tuesday through next Sunday you can purchase and sign an "icon" at Rock Bottom Brewery, 1 W. Grand, that will be displayed in the the restaurant.
The fifth Chicago Turkish Festival continues today through Saturday at Daley Plaza, featuring performances, crafts, and food stalls featuring kabobs, doner sandwiches, coffee, kahramanmaras (orchid ice cream), and more. The Four Seasons is also hosting Turkish lunch buffets through Saturday, starting at 10 AM, and a Turkish brunch on Sunday. Call 312-649-2349 for reservations.
The Chicago Botanic Garden Wine Festival, sponsored by Blistex (?), starts at noon Saturday and goes through Sunday with some 250 wines, plus music, seminars, cooking demos, eats from Nick’s Fishmarket Grill, Osteria di Tramonto and more. $25 daily advance tickets buy you a wine glass, ten tastings, and the chance to buy more. Designated driver tickets are $15 in advance. Call 847-382-1480
And Wednesday at 7, Fixture opens its biweekly "Summer Beer Series" with a $20 intro to beer class presented by "self-proclaimed beer expert Wesley Phillips." Call 773-248-3331.