Eating/Drinking

Icelandic Tasting Menus, a Spring Break Pop-Up & BomboBar’s Old Town Expansion Highlight This Month’s Dining News

Photo by Clayton Hauck/Courtesy of Cherry Circle Room

In the coming days and weeks, Chicago restaurants and bars are toasting to Game of Thrones, celebrating spring break, and serving up a taste of Iceland—and lots more. Here are some of our favorite dining and drinking events this month.

Photo by Carolina Mariana Rodriguez/Courtesy of Brothers and Sisters

Brothers and Sisters Name-Change Party
When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. In the case of Ukrainian Village’s beloved newcomer, Brothers and Sisters, when a similarly named restaurant in Washington, D.C., feels the need to issue a cease-and-desist (as if the term brothers and sisters is a novel thing it has the rights to?), throw a name-change party! Taking the high road, Chicago’s Brothers and Sisters is changing its name to All Together Now and hosting a little shindig on April 5. Inspired by New Orleans–style funerals, the event features live music, jambalaya, Sazeracs, hurricanes, and a ceremonial sign changing.
Details: April 5

Bandoleros Concert at Carnivale
For live music with a flamenco twist, get thee to Carnivale. The Fulton Market O.G. is hosting a merry night of live music and dancing in the main dining room, also on April 5, with performances by the Bandoleros. Known for its captivating, toe-tapping flamenco and Latin tunes, the band performs late into the evening.
Details: April 5, 10:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m.

Game of Thrones Beer Release at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Spring is technically here, but winter is coming…? At least that’s the case at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, which is hosting a special Game of Thrones–inspired beer release party in conjunction with the Chicago Brewseum. For the Throne is the name of the beer from Brewery Ommegang, to be poured out alongside trivia, history talks, a string quartet, costume contest, and medieval snacks. The event is ticketed and 21-plus.
Details: April 9, 7-10 p.m.; $45

A Taste of Iceland at Elske
The annual Taste of Iceland series is back again this season, with a bunch of unique happenings and specials popping up all over the city as a way to highlight Icelandic cuisine, chefs, and culture. The most appealing portion of this year’s lineup is a multiday Icelandic pop-up menu at the West Loop’s acclaimed Elske. From April 11 to 14, chef David Posey shares the kitchen with Gunnar Karl Gislason of New York City’s Agern. Together, they’re preparing four-course menus spotlighting traditional Icelandic ingredients like lamb, dairy, and fish, plus plenty of Reyka vodka to sip.
Details: April 11–14

Masters Party at Tuco and Blondie
In case you’re not actually participating in the Masters yourself this year, why not putt some balls at Tuco and Blondie while watching the golf tournament from the comfort of a bar? The Lakeview restaurant will be showing the Masters April 12–14 and providing drink specials and drawings for gift cards. There will also be a putting green so you can practice your maneuvers and perfect your game.
Details: April 12–14

Photo courtesy of BomboBar

BomboBar Expands to Old Town
That wildly popular West Loop doughnut window, BomboBar, is expanding to Old Town and seriously upping the ante on its comfort food offerings. This marks the second location for the dessert-focused brand, known primarily for its Italian-inspired doughnuts and decadent, lavishly garnished hot chocolate. This also marks the first stand-alone brick-and-mortar location for the eatery, and chef Fabio Viviani is taking full advantage of the added space to round out his menu with burgers, chicken sandwiches, and meatball sliders. As the weather continues to warm, look for more house-made gelato in flavors like Cookie Monster Dough and Coconut Birthday Cake. Unlike the original location, which is literally a walk-up window alongside Bar Siena, the Old Town outpost has seating for 20 inside plus 20 outside, and wine and cocktails on tap.
Details: Opens April 15

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Flight Night
It’s Tax Day, and let’s face it: You need a drink. And what better drink than rare bourbons from the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection? On April 15 (ugh), Bub City will be pouring vertical tasting flights of the 2018 collection, including George T. Stagg, Thomas H. Handy, and William LaRue Weller. They’ll be paired with Southern-inspired nibbles like maple-glazed pork belly burnt ends, house-smoked Berkshire ham, and buttermilk fried chicken. Each flight also includes a pour of Old Rip Van Winkle 10-year bourbon.
Details: April 15, 6–8 p.m.; $75

Sake Social at Slurping Turtle 
Looking to learn more about Japanese rice wine? No better opportunity than Slurping Turtle’s sake social, taking place April 16 and guided by a seasoned industry expert. The evening will feature more than 10 rare sakes, plus Japanese whiskeys and passed appetizers to pair. It’s sure to be as educational as it is intoxicatingly fun.
Details: April 16, 6–9 p.m.; $40

Spring Break Pop-Up Bar at Sable Kitchen & Bar
If you can’t get away to Cancun for spring break, let Sable Kitchen & Bar bring Cancun to you! The revered River North spot is going nostalgic for its monthlong pop-up, Aloha Beaches: A ’90s Spring Break Pop-Up Bar, running through April 30 with a slew of cheeky drink specials that are sure to whisk your taste buds away to the sandy shores of Cancun. The bar itself is decked out in a beachy motif, complete with bartenders clad in tropical attire as they pour drinks like the Wet T-Shirt Contest (coconut fat-washed gin, coconut water, Genepy liqueur, creme de banana), Talk to the Hand (tequila, mezcal, mango sangrita, lime juice, agave syrup), and OMG Becky (Maker’s Mark, Amaro di Angostura Bitters, blackberry-ginger-honey syrup, lemon juice). There will also be specialty shots, including a decidedly classy Jell-O shot made with Effen vodka, Framboise, and Green Chartreuse. In case you needed added incentive to indulge your inner MTV 20-something, a portion of proceeds from the pop-up is going to Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry, so you’re actually doing a good deed by partaking.
Details: Through April 30

OMG Becky/Courtesy of Sable Kitchen & Bar/Facebook

Dining Out for Life
If there’s one night to dine at a restaurant this month, make it April 25. That’s the night of Dining Out for Life, the annual event designed to raise funds for HIV/AIDS service organizations, as participating restaurants work to support the Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) in Chicago. This year’s lineup boasts more than 40 restaurants, including Cherry Circle Room, Marchesa, Ella Elli, Anteprima, and Uncommon Ground.
Details: April 25