Chicago Events at Lobby Lounge, Terzo Piano, The Underground, and The Redhead Piano Bar, and Mity Nice
This Week's Must-Do List: Viewing Party, Fashion, Food, and a Top Chef
Why reserve your socialite status for the weekends alone? Spring has officially arrived, so dig yourself out of Winter hibernation mode and check out one — or more — of these events happening around town.
- Love the new Fox police drama The Chicago Code? It's worth checking out for the action and the fact that it is actually filmed here. Trade your couch for a plush chair or bar stool at the Lobby Lounge (150 W. Roosevelt Rd., 312-564-2100) on Monday, April 11, and settle in for The Chicago Code viewing party. The 150-seat lounge (nestled in the Kerasotes Theater in the South Loop) will project all the action on 50-inch televisions, and if the show isn't enough to entertain you, the view of the Chicago skyline will. The show starts at 8 p.m., but you can enjoy food specials and themed cocktails like the Officer in Route at the bar (pictured) all night long.
- On Tuesday, April 12, A Silver Lining Foundation (supporting cancer education) is hosting a "Cabaret For a Cause" at the Redhead Piano Bar (16 W. Ontario St., 312-640-1000, pictured). It wouldn't be a cabaret without some tunes, so jazz vocalist Arlene Bardelle (accompanied by Tom Muellner) will be providing the musical entertainment while you work the room, sipping cocktails and noshing on tasty bites from Corky’s Catering. One hundred percent of ticket proceeds will benefit the foundation's program helping to support the cost of mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women. Tickets are only $45 and can be purchased via Silver Lining's website.
- It seems as though everyone has a gluten intolerance these days, and Mity Nice (835 N. Michigan Ave., 312-335-4745) in Water Tower Place is hosting a four-course gluten-free wine dinner with master sommelier Alpana Singh on Tuesday, April 12, at 6 p.m. Even those not on a special diet will enjoy the dishes executive chef Larry Donahue (known as the "gluten-free rock star") will be serving. Who wouldn't love herb-crusted halibut with whipped yukon gold spuds, grilled filet mignon, and mini cheesecakes? Perfectly paired wines from a wine guru doesn't sound that bad either — especially for a Tuesday. Resos are required and can be made by calling the restaurant. The price is $55, and it's all-inclusive.
- It's Thursday, which means it's time once again to gather the girls and head over to The Underground (56 W. Illinois St., 312-644-7600) for another installment in the oh-so-fashionable Style Series presented by Rockit Ranch Productions. This week, the catwalk features fashions from Furla & Nars. Can't make it? Not to worry, as the series continues next week with more of the latest Spring fashions from yet another great Chi-town boutique. The fashion show begins at 11 p.m., but doors open at 9 p.m. for those of you who want to get a little cocktailing and conversation in beforehand.
- And speaking of The Chicago Code, who wouldn't want to dine at the same resto that star Jennifer Beals was spotted lunching at a few weeks ago? On Thursday, April 14, Terzo Piano’s (159 E. Monroe St.,312-443-8650) Chef Tony Mantuano invites guests to join the restaurant to celebrate fellow former Top Chef Masters contestant Jonathan Waxman's new cookbook, Italian, My Way. The festivities start at 7 p.m. and will entail passed antipasti and cocktails before a three-course, family-style dinner with vino. If you'd like Waxman to put his John Hancock on his new book, they will be available for purchase for $32 each and can be reserved ahead of time. The cost is $75 per person for din, and resos are recommended by calling the restaurant.