The Foodie’s Guide to Chicago Food & Drink Events: February 2018

Chicago is a scorching hot spot for the culinary-inclined, food-obsessed, drinks-loving restaurant super fan. If this describes you in a nutshell, you’ll kick yourself for missing these upcoming Chicago food and drink events. 

Grab your family and friends and make your reservations now!

Hopewell Brewing & The Ruin Daily Pop-UpBuffalo Cauliflower sandwich, courtesy of The Ruin Daily

February 3 
Hopewell Brewing + The Ruin Daily Pop-Up

Popular Loop sandwich spot The Ruin Daily is taking its operation to Logan Square partnering with Hopewell Brewing Company to offer hearty sandwiches and gourmet snacks paired with Hopewell's craft beers. Chow down on the Gym Shoe, Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad, and Buffalo Cauliflower sandwiches, along with crispy kale salad and fresh kettle corn — all while sipping Hopewell's “Thank Me Later” IPA or their best-selling "First Lager.” 2760 N Milwaukee Ave.

Fizz Eatery & Soda FountainChocolate Bliss French Toast, courtesy of Fizz Eatery & Soda Fountain

February 3 
National Ice Cream For Breakfast Day at Fizz

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., stop by for a special breakfast menu featuring four different, decadent ice cream and french toast dishes that will satisfy your sweet tooth and satiate your cravings! Fizz Eatery & Soda Fountain is an old-fashioned, neighborhood diner located in Belmont Heights, and features a menu devised by celebrated chef, Josh Bushnick, and an awesome retro space complete with a jukebox. 7958 W Belmont Ave.

Through February 7
Brew U Beer Education Classes at Dusek's

Michelin-starred Dusek's Board & Beer is known for its extensive selection of beers on tap and hearty beer-centric cuisine. The Pilsen hot spot is teaming up with local brewing experts from Middle Brow Beer Company, Half Acre Brewing Company, Whine Beer Company and Off Color Brewing to host a four-week series of classes on crafting beer, hopping, mixed fermentation, and more. Your $79 ticket covers all four nights, plus plenty of tastings. Classes meet at 7 pm every Wednesday from January 17 through February 7. 1807 S. Allport St. 

Chicago Restaurant Week 2017

Chicago Restaurant Week

Through February 8
Chicago Restaurant Week

For the 11th year, Chicago Restaurant Week returns with more than 300 restaurants across the city and suburbs offering special $22 prix fixe lunch menus and $33 or $44 prix fixe dinner menus for two full weeks. It's a chance for many locals and visitors to try a new restaurant at a more affordable price point. Restaurants get slammed during this time, so make reservations in advance. Participating restaurants this year include Big Jones, Portsmith, River Roast and The Loyalist. 

Saint Louis Assembly

Saint Lou’s Assembly, courtesy of Clayton Hauck

February 10
Mardi Gras at Saint Lou's Assembly

All weekend through Fat Tuesday, Saint Lou's Assembly dishes up New Orleans-style classics, such as gumbo served with long-grain rice and potato salad, paczki and jambalaya. Wash down those Louisiana flavors with a frozen daiquiri, Sazerac or “Lake Street Hand Grenade,” inspired by the Mardi Gras cocktail combining gin, white rum, overproof rum, lemon, pineapple gomme syrup and Midori muskmelon liqueur. Saturday night New Orleans brass band High-Hat Second Line performs beginning at 7:30 pm. 664 W Lake St.

February 13 & 27
Cooking Classes at Virgin Hotels Chicago

Virgin Hotels Chicago has launched a new bi-monthly cooking series with Executive Chef Moosah Reaume. Novice and veteran cooks are welcome to cook in the Commons Club kitchen, with classes highlighting one global flavor per quarter (February and March classes will focus on chilies). These intimate classes will be for a maximum of 10 guests. Tickets are $100 and include a cooking demonstration and three-course dinner beginning at 5:30 pm (with a sake shot and choice of cocktail). Take home an apron and cooking diary to inspire further culinary adventures. 203 N Wabash Ave

February 17
Bourbon Cocktails at River Roast

Dry January was so last month. Get boozy with bourbon in February at River Roast, which will create drinks with its own private barrel of bourbon. Mixologist Ken Pritz will demonstrate a few of his favorite classic bourbon cocktails, including whiskey smash, Old Fashioned, whiskey sour variations and milk punch. Tickets are $65, including lunch and cocktails for the two-hour class starting at noon. 315 N LaSalle Dr.

February 18
Ramenfest at UrbanBelly and bellyQ

Chef Bill Kim of bellyQ and UrbanBelly challenges more than 20 of Chicago's most creative chefs to make the best ramen ever at the fourth annual Ramenfest. Last year's crowd favorite winner, Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp of Honey Butter Fried Chicken, are returning along with an A-list lineup that includes Girl & the Goat's Stephanie Izard, El Che Bar's John Manion, and Quiote's Dan Salls. Each chef creates their most unique and delicious twist on ramen with guests and judges voting to determine the champion. 12 pm–3 pm, general admission tickets are $75 per person for unlimited ramen tastings, two drink tickets and a branded ramen spoon. VIP tickets allow entry at 11 am for $125 per person, and gives you a locally crafted ceramic ramen bowl and chef-signed ramen poster. 1400 W Randolph St.

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