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This week's food and drink events mostly about drinking, really



Such as will be served at GT Fish & Oyster on the occasion of its first anniversary
  • Karen Neoh
  • Such as will be served at GT Fish & Oyster on the occasion of its first anniversary

The biannual Lincoln Square Wine Stroll, in which ticket holders roam up to four routes of shops, restaurants, and pubs, is tonight. Stops include Amy’s Candy Bar, the Grafton, and Ruff Haus Pets. The Perfect Cup, Pizza D.O.C., and Old Town School of Folk Music have live music, and there’s a wine-making seminar at Pro-Holistic Institute. Click here for tickets and info. 6:30-9:30 PM, Planet Access (4727 N. Lincoln), Beans and Bagels (2601 W. Leland), or the Perfect Cup (4700 N. Damen), 773-728-3890, $40 advance, $50 door, $60 for all routes.

Femme Du Coupe finishes a Mad Men-inspired cocktail series with The Closer: Nightcaps for a Mad Man, where attendees will make classic whiskey- and cognac-based cocktails like the Sazerac and the Derby. RSVP required. 7-9 PM, Fleur de Lis Flower Shop, 715 N. Franklin, 773-916-6070, $40.


Both Timothy O’Toole’s locations host an American craft beer tasting today, with eight breweries (including Three Floyds, Half Acre, and New Belgium) and 59 beers represented. Regular tickets get customers five samples and a glass at one location, while VIP tickets include ten samples at each location, a glass, an all-you-can-eat buffet, and a round-trip bus ride leaving at noon. Reservations required for VIP tickets. 11 AM, Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks (312-642-0700) and 5572 Grand, Gurnee (847-249-0800), $15, $50 VIP.

GT Fish & Oyster offers a free half-dozen oysters with any purchase tonight, either at the oyster bar or in the dining room, in celebration of its first anniversary. Six North American varieties are available. 4:30 PM-1 AM, GT Fish & Oyster, 531 N. Wells, 312-929-3501, free with any purchase.

Today in Union Station’s Great Hall, the inaugural Chicago Beer Festival features more than 150 beer samples from 52 suppliers. Local (5 Rabbit, Goose Island, and Strange Pelican, among others), domestic (including Magic Hat and Sierra Nevada), and foreign (including Guinness and Sapporo) breweries will be represented in two separate early-afternoon and early-evening sessions. Food sold separately includes Kobe short rib grilled cheese sandwiches. Tickets required. 1-4 or 6-9 PM, Union Station, 210 S. Canal, 312-258-8477, $40.

Tonight’s Streets of Bombay Dinner sets music and film accompaniment to six courses of Indian street food, including pani puri (fried bread stuffed with tamarind, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion, and chickpeas, with sprouted fenugreek and blood orange) and pork kati roll with chicharrones and the avocado-based condiment guasacaca. The featured drinks are Thums Up (spiked or not) and an Indian-spiced sangria. Tickets can be purchased online or in person. Seatings at 7 and 10 PM, Dodo, 954 W. Fulton, 312-226-5300, $46.


Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks, a home-delivery service for locally sourced produce, meat, dairy, and eggs, hosts an open house with samples from Mana Food Bar and Bleeding Heart Bakery, among others. There’ll also be a chat with local farmers, two warehouse tours, Half Acre beer and organic wine samples, live music, kids' activities, and a raffle with prizes including Shedd Aquarium and Fenn Valley Vineyards gift certificates. RSVPs encouraged. 4-7 PM, Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks, 5625 W. Howard, Niles, 847-410-0595, free.


It Might Get Wild, a tasting at Fountainhead, features a variety of wild-yeast beers including Allagash’s Old HLT, Victory Brewing Company’s Wild Devil, and Lost Abbey’s Red Poppy Ale. Wild-yeast beers have a dry, cidery flavor and a sour aftertaste. 4-11:30 PM, Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose, 773-697-8204.


Tonight Letizia’s Fiore hosts a five-course multiregional Italian dinner paired with amaro-based cocktails. Courses include ravioloni all’anatra (giant house-made duck-stuffed ravioli in a brown-butter sage sauce) paired with pop amarone (amaro-style Hum Botanical Spirit, valpolicella, white balsamic vinegar, and duck fat-infused Armagnac.) 7:30 PM, Letizia’s Fiore, 2456 N. California, 773-342-4400, $55.


Vie hosts two five-course wine-paired dinners (there’s also one Thursday) to coincide with the release of chef Paul Virant's new book The Preservation Kitchen: The Craft of Making and Cooking with Pickles, Preserves, and Aigre-doux. All dishes served—whitefish, Waldorf salad, rainbow trout, pork belly, and cheese tart—appear in the book. Diners receive a copy of the book and a jar of house-made jam, and a portion of the proceeds benefits the DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund. Reservations required. 5-9 PM, Vie, 4471 Lawn, Western Springs, 708-246-2082, $125.

D.O.C. Wine Bar hosts a wine-and-cupcake pairing tonight, featuring flights comprising four wines and four Molly’s minicupcakes. 6 PM-2 AM, D.O.C. Wine Bar, 2602 N. Clark, 773-883-5101, $20.