Lowes Hotel opens its doors to Chicago at 455 N Park Dr. Waiting inside are 400 guestrooms, a rooftop lounge and chef Jose Garces’ Argentinean steakhouse dubbed Rural Society (read about the original DC location here).
Lunch goes gourmet at TÊTE Charcuterie’s new sandwich counter. Offerings include the Jambon Buerre with fresh French ham, salted butter and comte; the Italian with grilled sweet sausage and pickled giardiniera; and the Brat with jalapeno-cheddar sausage, sautéed onion and mustard. Each costs $12 and is served with salt and pepper chips and a can of La Croix.
Get a sneak peek of the bubbly documentary “A Year In Champagne” during an early screening at Trump Hotel (8 PM; $50; includes champagne and popcorn). Make a night out it with a pre-movie, three-course tasting menu at Sixteen, which includes, yes, champagne pairings ($125; reservations offered between 5:30 and 6:30 PM).
Terzo Piano’s Second Annual Sardinian Lamb Jam welcomes chefs Chris Marchino (Spiaggia), Jimmy Bannos Jr. (The Purple Pig) and John Hogan (River Roast) to compete in a friendly lamb cook-off in anticipation of spring. From 6:30-9 PM, guest can sample different Sardinian-inspired lamb dishes and vote on their favorite while enjoying Sardinian wines. Tickets cost $85 online.
Dine out for a good cause at Vera. As part of the citywide Give Delicious campaign, the Spanish wine bar will donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to Purple Asparagus, a nonprofit organization that brings healthy food and recipes to at-risk children in Chicago Public Schools.
Relive the glory days of Havana, Cuba’s Cantineros Society, an elite band of bartenders whose reign spanned America's Prohibition and whose mission was to preserve and protect daiquiris, rum culture and bartending finesse. Miami’s Julio Cabrera steps behind the bar at Bordel for a night of rum cocktails alongside Cuban fare, all set to the tune of a Cuban band.
Chef Bill Kim’s brunch at Belly Q is one of Chicago’s best hidden gems, and on Sunday you can learn how to make its standout dishes such as nori waffle with sake maple syrup and Vietnamese omelet with quinoa and feta cheese and tempura eggs. The 6 PM demo costs $50 and includes food and beverages.