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Things To Do This Month: May

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It’s gonna be May! From Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day celebrations, to the Kentucky Derby, National Burger Month and the unofficial kickoff of summer on Memorial Day weekend, May is full of fun at Lettuce from beginning to end. Check out the best things to do this month and make your plans now!

Monday, May 20 & Tuesday, May 21:

Le Duc Dinner at RPM Seafood

Le Duc collaboration dinner with RPM SeafoodMonday, May 20 & Tuesday, May 21: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Join us for an exclusive dinner experience as we welcome the acclaimed Le Duc team from Paris, France. Led by Chef Dominique, indulge in an unforgettable dining journey with a five-course menu inspired by Le Duc’s world renowned offerings. Tickets are $225 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included), with additional tableside add-ons available.
Reserve tickets to Le Duc Dinner at RPM Seafood on Monday, May 20 or Tuesday, May 21 

Tuesday, May 21:

Ramen-san X Lilac Tiger Chef Zubair Mohajir

Chicken Chettinad Noodles special at Ramen-san Lincoln Park by Lilac TigerTuesday, May 21: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Ramen-san – Lincoln Park is teaming up with Chef Zubair Mohajir for its first collaboration dinner of the summer! Mohajir, two-time James Beard Award and Jean Banchet nominee, is the chef behind Chicago’s first South Asian Tasting Menu at The Coach House, along with acclaimed restaurants Wazwan and Lilac Tiger. Tickets are $65 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included).
Reserve tickets to Ramen-san X Zubair Mohajir at Ramen-san – Lincoln Park

Wednesday, May 22:

Domaine Skouras Winery Grecian Wine Dinner at Aba

Wines at Aba

Wednesday, May 22: 6:30 PM
Join Aba for its first-ever wine dinner, showcasing Domaine Skouras Winery. Hosted in Aba’s private event hall, The Dalcy, be transported to Greece as you immerse yourself in Mediterranean cuisine and sip carefully selected 3-oz. red and white varietals from the Northeastern Peloponnese-based Domaine Skouras Winery. The Dalcy makes the perfect setting for an evening of toasting, shareable mezze and unique pours. Tickets are $114.95 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). Please note this event is served family-style and includes communal seating. Please let us know of any allergies or requests to be seated with other parties beforehand.
Purchase tickets to the Domaine Skouras Winery Grecian Wine Dinner at Aba

Friday, May 24:

Spritz Rooftop Patio Party with Campari at Aba 

Aba Chicago outdoor patio
Friday, May 24: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
You’re invited to the event of the season, as Aba and Campari team up to bring you an exclusive Spritz Rooftop Patio Party! Kick off Memorial Day weekend on Aba’s iconic rooftop patio, basking in the sunshine while you soak up picture-perfect views of the Chicago skyline. Cool off with Aba’s newest Aperol summer sip, Thirst Trap, as you enjoy passed bites, hummus and spreads, and beats by DJ Marvin Mentor. Don’t miss the photo booth to capture the memories (pics or didn’t happen!) and the raffle for a chance to win Aperol swag, a dinner from Aba, and more. Tickets are $49.95 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). Each ticket includes a welcome Thirst Trap cocktail, an Aperol Spritz, passed and stationed appetizers, live DJ, access to the photo booth and raffle entry.
Purchase tickets to Aba and Campari’s Spritz Rooftop Patio Party

Summer Fridays Kick Off at Beatrix (River North, Fulton Market, Oak Brook)

Bacon, Cheddar & Egg Sandwich at Beatrix

Every Friday, starting May 24
The best place to spend a Summer Friday is at Beatrix! Starting May 24 through Labor Day, enjoy an extra day of brunch every Friday at Beatrix’s River North, Fulton Market and Oak Brook locations. Enjoy Chilaquiles, Bacon, Egg & Cheddar Sandwich, Buttermilk Biscuits with Chicken Sausage Gravy and more as you toast to the weekend ahead with a Mimosa or Spicy Bloody Mary!
Make plans for Summer Fridays at Beatrix

$1 Fro-Yo Fridays Kick Off at Rotisserie Ema

One dollar Fro Yo Fridays at Rotisserie Ema
Friday, May 24: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Resuming May 24, stop by Rotisserie Ema every Friday throughout the summer for a Frozen Greek Yogurt with olive oil and sea salt to-go for $1, plus tax, between 11:00AM – 3:00PM!
Learn more about $1 Fro-Yo Friday at Rotisserie Ema 

Monday, May 27:

Memorial Day RPM Seafood Boil

RPM Seafood Boil Monday, May 27: 1:00 PM
Kick off summer on the riverfront! Celebrate Memorial Day with our all-you-can-enjoy RPM Seafood Boil, perfectly complemented by refreshing spritzes and wines! Enjoy canapes like Caviar Deviled Eggs, Mini Lobster Rolls and Tomato Burrata Tartlet, along with Watermelon & Tomato Salad, Old Bay Parkerhouse Rolls and a seafood boil featuring Blue Crab, Snow Crab, Shrimp, Sliced Sausage, Roasted Corn, and Potatoes tossed in RPM’s house-made seafood boil rub. End your experience with a delightful Lemon Semifreddo for a sweet treat! Tickets are $175 per person, plus tax, gratuity and event fees, and include your choice of Limoncello Spritz or Aperol Spritz on arrival, along with select white and rosé wines flowing throughout the event. Shellfish enhancements are available for an additional cost. Kindly note, this event is exclusively for guests aged 21 and above.
Purchase tickets to the Memorial Day RPM Seafood Boil

Friday, May 31:

Flamenco Show at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

Flamenco Show at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!Friday, May 31: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Mix your passion for paella, tapas, and sangria with a passionate performance of flamenco! Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! popular flamenco shows offer the opportunity to experience hundreds of years of rich Spanish culture with the troupe’s contemporary take on the classic dance. Enjoy pintxos, tapas, and beverages from Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!’s full dinner menu during the performance. The event cover is $25 per person, plus tax and the price of your meal (gratuity not included).
Reserve your spot at Cafe-Ba-Ba-Reeba!’s Flamenco Show

Hartford Family Wine Dinner Wildfire – Tysons

Hartford Court Pinot Noir at Wildfire

Friday, May 31: 6:30 PM
Join us for a wine dinner featuring five custom courses of food and wine pairings from Hartford Family Wines from the Russian River area of Sonoma County. Benjamin Aguilar Glupker, Jackson Family Wines Region Manager, will appear as guest speaker to discuss the evening’s pairings. Tickets are $115 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included).
Purchase tickets to the Hartford Family Wine Dinner at Wildfire – Tysons

Throughout May: 

Burger Month at L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge

Double Prime Smashburger at L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge

Wednesday, May 1 – Friday, May 31: Hours vary
Throughout May, Lincolnwood’s L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge is offering a rotating menu of burger specials, including: Double Prime Smashburger (May 1-8), with American cheese, grilled onion, 1000 island dressing; Barbecue Brisket Burger (May 9-15); Pastrami Burger (May 16-22), prime ground beef, Swiss cheese, dill pickles and deli mustard; and Prime Patty Melt (May 23-31), made with American cheese, grilled onion and garlic aioli on marble rye. Don’t miss it!
Make a reservation at L. Woods | Order carryout and delivery from L. Woods

Shafer Vineyards at The Cellar Door at The Oakville Grill & Cellar

Shafer Vineyards, featured May 2024 winery at The Oakville's Cellar Door Wednesday, May 1 – Friday, May 31
The Oakville Grill & Cellar welcomes welcomes Shafer Vineyards as the featured winery for May at its wine tasting room, The Cellar Door. Shafer’s Napa journey started in Chicago over 50 years ago, and for one month they’ll make a return to their roots. Discover selections by Shafer for $65 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). The Cellar Door offers seating for up to six guests Monday – Friday from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, and Saturday – Sunday from 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM. A chef-curated cheese & salumi board is available to order. Please note that The Oakville’s full dinner menu is not available at The Cellar Door, and reservations are required ahead of time to secure a table before or after the experience. Our team will do our best to accommodate any last-minute requests.
Book seats for Shafer Vineyards at The Cellar Door 

New at Lettuce This Month: 

Weekday Lunch at Aba Miami – Bal Harbour

Lunch at Aba Miami in the Bal Harbour ShopsMonday – Friday: 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Join us on weekdays beginning at 11:30 AM for Aba Miami – Bal Harbour’s NEW lunch menu, featuring salads like the Vegetable Cobb, Mediterranean Chopped and Kale Caesar or opt for sandwiches like the Green Falafel, Chicken Kefta Burger or Pan-Seared Halibut. Pair it with your favorite glass of wine, or treat yourself to a zero-proof cocktail like the Faux-Loma or Comment Section.
Make a reservation for the new weekday lunch at Aba Miami – Bal Harbour

Big Bowl – Downtown Chicago Launches Exclusive Carryout, Delivery & Catering

Big Bowl Tofu To-Got
Beginning Thursday, May 2
Big news from Big Bowl! Following the closure of its downtown Chicago/Ohio Street location on April 27, starting Thursday, May 2, Big Bowl Chinese and Thai favorites are available exclusively for carryout, delivery and group catering inside Wildfire – Chicago. Order online for carryout and delivery Monday – Friday from 11:30 AM -8:30 PM and Saturday – Sunday from 3:00 PM – 8:30 PM, with pickup at the Big Bowl To-Go window inside Wildfire – Chicago at 159 W. Erie Street. Click here to view off-site large group catering menus and submit inquiries and orders.
Order Big Bowl – Chicago for carryout and delivery | Order off-site large group catering from Big Bowl – Chicago

Friday Lunch Hours at Lil’ Ba-Ba-Reeba!

Lil' Ba-Ba-Reeba! lunch itemsFridays, beginning Friday, May 3: 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Starting Friday, May 3, Lil’ Ba-Ba-Reeba! is starting the weekend fun early with Friday Lunch Hours. From 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM every Friday, slip into an afternoon of sangria and your favorite Spanish tapas.
Make a reservation at Lil’ Ba-Ba-Reeba!

Wow Bao’s Dim Sum Palace Roblox Experience

Wow Bao Dim Sum Palace on Roblox

Available Now
Wow Bao’s Dim Sum Palace on Roblox is officially open for business! As the first fast-casual restaurant to integrate its rewards program AND IRL perks, users have the chance to claim a FREE Roblox Wow Bao CollectaBao Classic Head, FREE box of Wow Bao, and a chance to win Wow Bao for a year. What are you waiting for? Collect your clues at Dim Sum Palace and then head over to Wow Bao and follow the instructions to claim a Wow Bao USG item and IRL perks!
Visit Wow Bao’s Dim Sum Palace on Roblox

Coming Up in June

Monday, June 3 (and more dates):

J. Lohr Vineyards & Hope Family Wine Dinner at Wildfire

Wine at Wildfire
Monday, June 3 (also June 4, 5 & 6): 6:30 PM
Join us for a spring wine dinner, featuring delicious wines from J.Lohr Vineyards & Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles, CA. The evening will feature six different wines paired with a four-course dinner, beginning with Chorizo & Clams paired with Treana Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles ’22, and ending with Wine Poached Plums with cinnamon pound cake and chocolate whipped cream paired with J. Lohr “Pure Paso” Proprietary Red, Paso Robles ’21. A winery representative will appear as a guest speaker to discuss the evening’s pairings and side-by-side tastings of Cabernet and Chardonnays. Tickets are $120 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included).
Purchase tickets to J. Lohr Vineyards & Hope Family Wine Dinner at Wildfire – Oak Brook on June 3
Purchase tickets to J. Lohr Vineyards & Hope Family Wine Dinner at Wildfire – Chicago on June 4
Purchase tickets to J. Lohr Vineyards & Hope Family Wine Dinner at Wildfire – Glenview on June 5
Purchase tickets to J. Lohr Vineyards & Hope Family Wine Dinner at Wildfire – Lincolnshire on June 6

Sunday, June 9:

Omakase & Guided Sake Pairing Featuring Kojima Shohonten at The Omakase Room

Kojima Shohonten Sake Distillery

Sunday, June 9: 6:30 PM
The Omakase Room is hosting an exclusive dinner featuring iconic, premium craft Japanese sake labels such as Divine Droplets, Ultraluxe, and Untitled. You will be guided through each glass by special guest, 24th generation sake brewery CEO Kenichiro Kojima. Each glass brewed by his family’s historic brewery will be paired with Chef Kaze’s exquisite dishes. Tickets are $375 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included).
Reserve your spot for The Omakase Room’s Kojima Shohonten sake dinner

 

Monday, June 17 (and more dates):

Summer Nights Supper Club Series at Summer House – Lincoln Park

Summer Nights Supper Club at Summer House - Lincoln ParkMonday, June 17: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Summer House invites you to a summer of celebrating the season’s bounty and breaking bread with exceptional company. On June 17, July 23, and August 13, step into Summer House – Lincoln Park’s all-seasons courtyard for a quintessential summer evening under twinkling lights and lush greenery. From 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, June’s installment transports guests to the boardwalks of Venice Beach and Gulf Shores with dishes like Boardwalk Fries, Peel n’ Eat Gulf Shrimp, Sorbet, and more, alongside paired beverages with each course. As guests are seated in groups of 2, 4, or 6, you will be seated with your party and other guests for the opportunity to foster new connections during your dining experience. Tickets are $99.95, plus tax (gratuity not included). Looking to attend the entire series? Save when you purchase tickets to all three dinners today for $249.95 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included).
Purchase tickets to Summer Nights Supper Club at Summer House – Lincoln Park on Monday, June 17
Purchase tickets to Summer Nights Supper Club at Summer House – Lincoln Park on Tuesday, July 23

Purchase tickets to Summer Nights Supper Club at Summer House – Lincoln Park on Tuesday, August 13 

Thursday, June 20:

Trivia Night at Beatrix Market DePaul Loop

Beatrix Market Deep Dish and drinksThursday, June 20: 5:30 PM
Game Night is ON at Beatrix Market DePaul Loop! Play Chicago’s BEST Pub Trivia Game while enjoying deep-dish pizza, cocktails and more, plus a chance to win prizes.
Trivia Night is free to attend but does require a reservation.
Reserve your spot at Beatrix Market’s monthly Trivia Night

Thursday, June 20 (and more dates):

Cruz Blanca Brewery Mexican Beer Dinner at Wildfire

Beer at wildfire

Thursday, June 20 (also June 24 & 25): 6:30 PM
Sip some refreshing summer beers with Mexican-influenced brewery and pub Cruz Blanca, which will be pouring brews to complement a custom four-course menu. From Pulled Pork Nachos & Street Corn Fritters paired with Mexico Calling Lager, Cocktail Shrimp Gazpacho paired with Vamos Vienna Lager, and Short Rib Stuffed Poblano Pepper paired with Palm Shade Tropical Hazy IPA, to a Buñuelo Bowl paired with La Floridita Sparkling Rosé Ale for dessert, you won’t want to miss this delicious dinner. Tickets are $75 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included).
Purchase tickets to Cruz Blanca Brewery Mexican Beer Dinner at Wildfire – Lincolnshire on June 20
Purchase tickets to Cruz Blanca Brewery Mexican Beer Dinner at Wildfire – Oak Brook on June 24
Purchase tickets to Cruz Blanca Brewery Mexican Beer Dinner at Wildfire – Schaumburg on June 25

Friday, June 28:

Sazerac Family Bourbon Dinner at Wildfire – Chicago

Wildfire Barrel Aged Old Fashioned with Beam Suntory BourbonFriday, June 28: 6:30 PM
Join us for a custom four-course menu, each paired with a bourbon from the Sazerac Family Portfolio to complement. The evening begins with Steak Tartare paired with a Buffalo Trace Manhattan, followed by Miso Glazed Black Cod paired with The Sazerac Cocktail, and Bourbon Glazed Pork Belly paired with Blanton’s Original Single Barrel. For dessert, English Toffee Gelato Sundae paired with Weller Antique 107. Whitney Krystof, Sazerac Luxury Portfolio Manager, will join the dinner to discuss the evening’s pairings. Tickets are $135 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included).
Reserve tickets to Wildfire – Chicago’s Sazerac Family Bourbon Dinner

Spring Sangria Dinner at Wildfire – Tysons

Sangria Dinner at Wildfire

Friday, June 28: 6:30 PM
Join Wildfire for a spring Sangria Dinner, featuring a custom four-course menu paired with flavorful sangrias to complement. Enjoy pairings such as Chicken Tinga Enchiladas with Strawberry & Peach Rosé Sangria and Mango Tres Leches Cake with Pineapple-Mango Sangria. The dinner is $80 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included).
Purchase tickets to Wildfire – Tysons Sangria Dinner on Friday, June 28

Sunday, June 30:

Paella Cook Off at Ivy Room Chicago for Meals on Wheels

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Paella Kit

Sunday, June 30: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Four of Chicago’s top chefs will go head-to-head in the Ivy Room’s 2nd Annual Paella Competition to benefit Meals on Wheels Chicago. Co-hosted by Cory Morris of Meals on Wheels Chicago, Ivy Room Chef Evan Behmer will be joined by Taqueria Chingon/Mariscos San Pedro Chef Marcos Ascencio, Mercat a la Planxa Chef David Oland and Buttercup Chef Justin Gomez for a friendly paella cook off, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Meals on Wheels. Tickets are $110 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included), and will also include a menu of Spanish-inspired pintxos and Spanish wines.
Purchase tickets to the Paella Cook Off at Ivy Room Chicago 

New at Lettuce in June: 

Pork Soup Dumplings Now Available at Wow Bao

Pork Soup Dumplings at Wow Bao

Available Now
Pork Soup Dumplings are now available at Wow Bao Chicagoland stores (State & Lake, Water Tower Place, N. Clark), select dark kitchens, and airport locations ($10.99 for a 6-piece box). These delicate steamed dumplings are filled with pork and ginger in a savory broth and meant to be eaten in one bite. A cult favorite, Wow Bao’s signature recipe is sure to delight taste buds. Look for them coming soon to grocery store freezer sections nationwide.
Visit the Wow Bao location nearest you 

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