Deals & Events

This Week's Best Deals and Events in Chicago

By Sarah Freeman  |  August 25, 2014


Get your chilaquiles fix when Mercadito Counter opens in River North. The American deli with a Mexican twist serves breakfast all day as well as tacos, hot dogs and milkshakes spiked with horchata. Editor's note: The opening has been delays until Tuesday or Wednesday.


Beer, step aside. The pairing of choice for The Smoke Daddy's "Tequila-Que" is tequila. From 5-7 PM, for $25, feast on jalapeno margarita paired with agave-cured pork belly, a spicy paloma paired with sugar cane smoked salmon crostada and a tequila-powered michelada paired with suckling pig tacos.


Coppervine always has the perfect pairing, but this dinner puts the spotlight on cocktails by CH Distillery. The four-course dinner of house-cured wild sockeye salmon and roasted Iberico loin costs $75 and starts at 6:30 PM.


Local Root's crawfish boil offers a taste of the south with all local ingredients — red beans, corn bread and, of course, plenty of crawdaddies. The three-course dinner costs $38 and is paired with live Bluegrass music by the Dog Patch Ramblers performing 7-9 PM.


A three-day weekend means things might get weird. Start out on a strange note during Fulton Market Kitchen’s contortionist and magician-filled carnival. Starting at 8 PM, snack on cotton candy, popcorn and boozy snow cones. Get on the list by e-mailing


Two-hundred pounds of heritage brew pork are waiting for chefs Chrissy Camba (Laughing Bird), Carlos Gaytan (Mexique), Abraham Conlon (Fat Rice), Cary Taylor (Big Star) and Nathan Sears (The Radler). Eat it at the first Cochon Heritage BBQ at the Goose Island Barrel Warehouse. Tickets cost $125.


When Longman & Eagle throws a block party they bring out the booze, food and live music to celebrate the neighborhood that the restaurant calls home. From 1-10 PM, enjoy the fourth installment of ‘What’s Happening!” at the corner of Schubert and Kedzie.