This summer, treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind Chicago dining experience at a special chef collaboration or pop-up.
Claudia Pop Up Restaurant // July 14, July 28
On July 14th and 28th, Claudia is popping up for a fine dining fairytale with 5:30 and 8:30 pm seatings. Chef Trevor Teich's pop-up concept was a finalist in the "Best Alternative Dining” category in the 2017 Jean Banchet Awards. Expect playful food and intricate flavors, including lightly fried escargot with truffle and a peas and carrots popsicle intermezzo course.
Tickets for the 10-course summer tasting menu are $165 and you can BYOB with no corkage fee. 327 N Bell Ave, 773-856-3113
Bastille Day Celebrations at Floriole Café & Bakery // July 14-16
Floriole Cafe & Bakery celebrates France's Bastille Day with a weekend full of family-friendly festivities and free samples in Lincoln Park from July 14th-16th. Each day from 3 pm to 5 pm, enjoy complimentary French-inspired tastings from fine wines to cheese and chocolate alongside co-owner and executive chef Sandra Holl. A special French cheese plate ($6) with baguette will be offered throughout the weekend and guests who purchase a cup of coffee on Sunday will receive a complimentary chocolate. 1220 W Webster Ave, 773-883-113
Bud & Burgers Lunch Pop Up // July 18-21
Feast on beer and burgers at the second annual pop-up Bud & Burgers lunch restaurant from July 18th-21st. Participating chefs this year include The Bristol's Chef Todd Stein, The Butcher & Larder's Chef Rob Levitt and Maple & Ash's Chef Danny Grant. A $5 entry fee includes your choice of burger and an ice cold Budweiser. All ticket proceeds benefit Folds of Honor. 6 South Clark, 11am–2 pm
Allium Collaborative Chef Dinner // July 20
On July 20th, the Four Seasons Chicago and Executive Chef Sean Murray host Chefs Jenny Cleveland and Ed Heath of Cleveland-Heath in Edwardsville, Illinois for a collaborative dinner at Allium. Heath is a James Beard Semi-Finalist as well as St. Louis' Chef of the Year in 2015. They'll be cooking up watermelon pork belly and king salmon with apricot-miso and prawn hash.
Tickets for the three course menu are $65 and cocktail and local beer pairings are an additional $35. 120 E Delaware Pl, 312-799-4900
What else is hot and happening on Chicago's dining scene? Find new restaurants to brunch (Osteria Via Stato and the Albert kickstart the mornings with dishes like Black-Peppered Bacon Pizza with Farm Egg and Hot Piri Piri Chicken with Cornbread Waffle starting this month); classy up your happy hour with croquettes and tartines at the new Margeaux Brasserie at Waldorf Astoria; or meet the resident "rawtender" dishing up raw seafood selections at The Kennison, the newest spot from Chicago's Boka Restaurant Group.