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A Lettuce Mom’s Night Out

Do it up, from wine tastings to karaoke

Sometimes Mama needs a night out! All week long, you work hard, handle carpools, keep everyone fed, check homework, listen, teach, discipline, cheer on, offer unconditional love and support, and everything else that goes with the territory. Phew! It’s time to treat yourself and your mom friends to a night on the town with wine tastings, karaoke and more. Read on for ideas for your next kid-free GNO with Lettuce.

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W(h)ine Time

Wine Tasting at The Cellar Door at The Oakville Grill & Cellar

Oakville wine tastingThe next best thing to a girls’ trip to Napa? Step inside The Cellar Door at The Oakville Grill & Cellar in Chicago’s Fulton Market. The intimate wine-tasting room offers seating for up to six guests and emulates the offerings of an esteemed California vineyard each month. During the tasting, you’ll savor select pours from the vineyard’s current selection. A chef-curated cheese & salumi pairing is available to add on to the experience. Seatings are available Monday – Friday from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM and Saturday – Sunday from 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Then pop into the main dining room for a leisurely meal and more selections from the 1000+ California wine list!
Reserve seats at The Cellar Door

The Sommelier Experience at RPM Seafood

Somm Experience at RPM SeafoodA celeb go-to, RPM Seafood‘s gorgeous River North dining room will make you feel like you’re a Bravo housewife dining on a yacht! Grab your mom besties for the RPM Sommelier Experience. Enjoy a specially curated menu as the team pours limited-availability wines from RPM’s cellar and explains how they enhance the flavors of each course. While the menu changes nightly, you’re sure to encounter some of your favorite dishes like Pearl and Prestige Oysters, Miso Black Cod and the Banana Cream Napoleon (Drake’s favorite dessert!). The experience is roughly two hours long and available Tuesdays – Thursdays at 6:00 PM or 8:00 PM. 
Make a reservation for the Sommelier Experience at RPM Seafood

50% Wines Every Monday at Wildfire (all locations)

Wine at WildfireMake it a standing Moms’ Night Out date at all Wildfire locations (Chicagoland, Minnesota, and Metro D.C.), where EVERY Monday, you can enjoy half-price bottles of wine. Choose your favorite bottle from a curated list developed by Wildfire’s Wine and Spirits Director Brad Wermager to sip while tucking into steaks, chops, seafood, salads and more. (Be sure to save room for one of Wildfire’s signature desserts—the Door County Cherry Pie, Triple-Layer Chocolate Cake and Seasonal Berries Crisp are not to be missed!)
Make a reservation at the Wildfire location nearest you

Riverfront Spritzes at Pizzeria Portofino

The Amalfi large format spritz cocktail at Pizzeria PortofinoWe’ve got the perfect setting for your next book (wine?) club meeting! The picture says it all—Pizzeria Portofino takes the spritz very seriously. Gather 6-8 of your ladies to share one of these gorgeous wine-based cocktails, such as the Amalfi, made with limoncello, Giuliana Prosecco and pinot grigio, on the all-seasons riverfront patio. Bring your beach read to discuss while feasting on fresh pizza, pasta and salads.
Make a reservation at Pizzeria Portofino

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Whole Bluefin Tuna Experience at Miru

Bluefin Tuna Experience at Miru at The St. Regis ChicagoLooking for a swanky mid-week mom date? Book seats at the Miru sushi bar in The St. Regis Chicago for the Whole Bluefin Tuna Experience, available every Wednesday at 7:00 PM. You’ll get a front-row seat to a real-time breakdown of a whole Bluefin tuna (a fish that can grow to 300-600 pounds!) followed by a multi-course meal presenting the tuna from lean to fatty, including one with the whole tuna spine to hand-scrape to make your own hand rolls—a truly unique experience. Go ahead and treat yourselves to the wine and sake pairing add-on. You deserve it! The cost is $120 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included).
Book the Bluefin Tuna Experience at Miru

18-Course Tasting Menu at The Omakase Room

The Omakase RoomLet’s face it, when you’re a mom, you spend a lot of time eating scraps of dino-shaped chicken nuggets and mac ‘n cheese left uneaten by toddlers. For once, have someone else handcraft beautiful morsels fit for the queen you are! Wrangle your most fabulous moms to splurge on an 18-course tasting dinner at The Omakase Room at Sushi-san. The 10-seat dining room feels like an intimate dinner party at your cool chef friend’s chic city loft and we promise you, there is not a dino nugget in sight.
Make a reservation at The Omakase Room

A Tuscan Feast at Tre Dita

Tre dita dining oromTreat yourself to a taste of la dolce vita at Tre Dita, The St. Regis Chicago’s new ‘cucina Toscana’ from Lettuce and award-winning Chef Evan Funke. Named the first certified Tuscan restaurant in the U.S. by Vetrina Toscana, indulge in Funke’s signature focaccia, authentic pastas handmade in the temperature- and humidity-controlled pasta lab, and Bistecca Alla Fiorentina, a giant shareable steak cooked to perfection on the wood-fired grill. Then, wrangle a seat at Bar Tre Dita for a nightcap of amari, grappa, vermouth or the Tre Martini.
Make a reservation at Tre Dita

Martinis + Whole King Crab at Shaw’s Crab House

Shaw's Whole King Crab ExperienceBust out your best cocktail attire, order a few classic martinis and prepare for the mother of all Chicago seafood experiences. Shaw’s Crab House in River North offers a remarkable Whole Norwegian King Crab Experience, during which the giant crustacean is broken down before you tableside. The Whole King Crab feeds about 3-6 people and is expertly presented accompanied by Shaw’s signature mustard mayonnaise and cocktail sauce.
Make a reservation at Shaw’s Crab House – Chicago

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Casual Weeknight Hangs

Live Band Karaoke at Bub City – River North

Live Band Karaoke at Bub City in River NorthBub City is always a good time but thanks to live country music every Thursday – Saturday and Wednesday Night Live Band Karaoke, you can have some much-needed midweek fun! Dig into some BBQ, throw back some beer and whiskey, then get up on stage to do your best Taylor Swift backed by a live band.
Make a reservation at Bub City – River North

Cookies & Cocktails at Summer House

Women enjoying martinis at Summer HouseIt’s summer all year round at Summer House, with locations in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, Metro Washington, D.C., Las Vegas and the newest spot, Summer House on the Lake at Disney Springs. Summer House keeps the rosé flowing, the menu fresh and seasonal, and the cookies HUGE and delicious! Grab your fellow moms and pop into any location, all week long for a cocktail and cookie like Sea Salt Chocolate Chip, Birthday Sprinkle or Pink Lady. In Lincoln Park, weekdays also mean Martini Hour from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Add it to your weekday rotation!
Make a reservation at the Summer House location nearest you

Daily Sushi & Sangria Happy Hour at Tokio Pub

Spicy Tuna Maki Roll at Tokio PubTake a night off from soccer practice shuttling for sushi and sangria! Make Tokio Pub in Schaumburg your next mom meetup and enjoy half-price maki, hand rolls, and nigiri and sashimi, along with handcrafted glasses of sangria and pints of select Japanese beer, EVERY DAY from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Make a reservation at Tokio Pub

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Party On, Mom

Don’t Worry, Eat Happy at Happy Camper

Happy Camper Las Vegas PatioRelax by the firepit or in a vintage camper at the buzziest new spot on the Las Vegas Strip, Happy Camper Pizza! Serving up the Three P’s—pizza, patio and party—and fun drinks like a Chalice of Aperol Spritz, Big A$$ Lemonade and Chambongs, you’ll be dancing under the disco balls in no time! (Pro tip: Have some aspirin at the ready for your head in the morning…)
Make a reservation at Happy Camper

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Late Night Happy Hour at R.J. Grunts

Classic Cocktails at R.J. GruntsChannel your inner Sex and the City characters with a Cosmo (or three…) at R.J. Grunts‘ late-night happy hour, where every Thursday – Saturday from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM, a dozen classic cocktails are only $5 each, plus tax (gratuity not included). With this deal, you’ve got yourselves a guilt-free night out! (It’s no wonder that Chicago Magazine recently named it the best happy hour in the city.)
Make a reservation at R.J. Grunts

Treasure Chest at Three Dots and a Dash

The Treasure Chest Group Cocktail at Three Dots and A DashThe closest thing to a beach vacation you’ll get on a girls’ night out is Three Dots and a Dash! The subterranean cocktail haven in River North has several options for group cocktails but the Treasure Chest is a showstopper. Made with long-aged Venezuelan rum, Ace of Spades (Armand de Brignac, the French Champagne owned by Jay-Z and LVMH), passionfruit, guava, lemon and tangerine, the drink serves 6-8 people.
Make a reservation at Three Dots and a Dash

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Shop + Sip

Patio Perfection at Aba

Patio at Aba MiamiWhile away the day on one of Aba’s dreamy patios with a frozen cocktail and a mezze feast, followed by leisurely shopping at Music Lane, just steps from Aba, or the Bal Harbour Shops, home to Aba Miami. The sprawling patios at these Mediterranean favorites offer instant relaxation, while delicious small plates from Chef Partner CJ Jacobson include Smoky Garlic Hummus, House-made Stracciatella, Grilled Salmon Kebab and more local bites.
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Anytime Treats at Beatrix – Oak Brook

Beatrix Pastry CaseBeatrix is a no-brainer for an any-night-of-the-week Mom date. There’s literally something for everyone, from green-juicing vegans and gluten-free gals, to steak, wine and whiskey lovers. Plus, thanks to “Clear the Case,” all of the insanely delicious housemade cookies and pastries are only $2 each, plus tax, after 8:00 PM every night at every location. So, take a spin around Oakbrook Center, then pop in for dinner and a sweet treat. You’ve all earned that cookie!
Make a reservation at Beatrix – Oak Brook

Boho Brunch at El Segundo Sol

El Segundo SolNext to wine and “mom”-mosas, margaritas might be the perfect Mom drink. At El Segundo Sol in Fashion Show Las Vegas, these cocktails made with liquid gold (aka tequila) are ready to whisk you away to coastal Mexico! Put on your best beach dress and sun hat, grab a seat on the patio and tuck into Tulum-inspired tacos, fajitas and seafood, then pop next door for some retail therapy.
Make a reservation at El Segundo Sol

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