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Chicago's Best Dining Deals & Events: Free Donuts, Party at The Pony

By Sarah Freeman
September 2, 2014

Tuesday

Glazed & Infused has a treat for teachers starting their first week of school at CPS. Monday through Friday, all teachers who show their school ID will receive a free donut before or after class.

Wednesday

Chef Takashi Yagihashi will compete against chef David Burke on this week’s episode of Bravo’s Top Chef Duels. Catch the competition with the man himself during viewing parties at both Takashi and Slurping Turtle. Both restaurants will offer dishes inspired by the show and host interactive cooking challenges.

Thursday

The previews continue for what will likely be the West Loop’s hottest new Italian restaurant when it opens later this fall. Get a taste of Formento’s at The Garage, where chef Tony Quartaro will serve meatball sandwiches with a side of housemade giardiniera and antipasti salad for lunch starting at 11 AM.

Friday

The Hideout Block Party brings Death Cab for Cutie, The War and Drugs and more bands to the industrial corner of Wicker Park. While tickets to the two-day music fest are still available, the hottest spot to grab a bite before or after (or instead of) rubbing shoulder with rock stars is nearby Ada Street.

Saturday

In celebration of their six-year anniversary this September, The Pony is hosting an all-day birthday bash with live music from Saddlebrook in addition to $5 Pony Punch, $4 Coronas, $5 Fireball shots as well as a Fireball ice luge.

Sunday

The Roots of American Food, hosted by Imbibe & Inspire, is a two-day, two-dinner culinary conference that kicks off on Sunday with a day full of speakers and seminars at the Wyndham Grand Hotel followed by a star-studded dinner prepared by a secret lineup of chefs. Tickets cost $250 and are available online.

Places Mentioned

The Garage

Mexican • West Loop

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takashi.

French • Bucktown

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Ada Street

Pulaski Park

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