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Chicago Craft Beer Week and more in this week's food and drink events

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The Hungry Brain
  • Matt D
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Friday25

The third annual Chicago Craft Beer Week began May 17 and ends May 27. Celebrate the tail end in the cozy, hip Hungry Brain, which boasts both a good selection of well-priced craft beers and, tonight, the live talk show You, Me, Them, Everybody. Brandon Wetherbee and Esmeralda Leon host, with guests Red Hot Annie, Stephanie Hasz, and Desert Soap. 7-9 PM, Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont, 773-709-1401, donations accepted.

Maison, a new restaurant from Custom House's Sue Kim-Drohomyrecky and Peter Drohomyrecky, opens tonight. The French-tinged menu comprises seafood, snacks like gougeres and house-marinated olives, charcuterie plates, and a generous list of entrees; the executive chef is Perry Hendrix. 333 E. Benton Pl., 312-241-1540.

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Kick off Memorial Day weekend at Mole de Mayo Festival, where you can sample mole as well as a variety of other Mexican foods. The main stage features musical performances of the reggae, ska, samba, folk, and Latin alt-rock varieties. Sat-Sun 11 AM-9 PM, Peoria between 16th and 18th, 312-733-228, $1-$5 suggested donation.

Go to the opening of this year's Randolph Street Market Festival to shop for original apparel and vintage items while enjoying food, beer, and wine. Sat 10 AM-6 PM, Sun 10 AM- 5 PM, Plumbers Hall, 340 W. Washington, 312-666-1200, $10 general admission, $5 students, children under 12 free.

Sunday27

End Craft Beer Week with Half Acre Beer Brunch, which features the illustrious local brewer's Meat Wave, Chocolate Camaro, Ginger Twin, and Baume beers, plus four brunch specials (sample item: duck confit bread pudding with chicken cracklings and pistachio-rye sauce). Reservations are recommended—e-mail smallbar.chicago@gmail.com. Items will be sold a la carte. 10 AM-2 PM, SmallBar, 2049 W. Division, 773-772-2727.

Tuesday29

Dabble presents the workshop Food as Medicine, which in addition to tips on eating better covers topics like edible-medicine traditions and benefits of the eating from the regional foodshed. Recipes and samples will be available, and participants can buy locally grown items at the end of the class. 7-8:30 PM, Eco Loft & Garden, 2042 W. 21st, 773-467-7891, $25.

Wednesday30

Reverse the midweek slump at WineStyles Wednesdays, a painting party that also happens to feature wine. Purchasing a ticket will you get paint materials, aprons, and a canvas; participants can preorder bottles of wine, which start at $10, at a 10 percent discount. 6-9 PM, Bottle & Bottega, 2900 N. Lincoln, 773-549-2227 to order wine, 773-313-9133 to RSVP, $40.

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