Weekend Recommender: June 21–24
Enjoy an outdoor movie, attend an exclusive wine pairing dinner, celebrate PRIDE weekend, more.
June 21, 2012
Rugby star Ben Cohen hosts a brunch for PRIDE weekend and in support of his charity.
Movies in the Park
Thursday, June 21, dusk
The 12th Annual Movies in the Park series kicked off earlier this month, and will play films almost daily in parks throughout the city through the end of October. Usually a family-friendly event, leave the kids at home this time, and pack a wine-and-cheese picnic basket to take in Forrest Gump at Bartelme Park in the West Loop. 115 S. Sangamon St., 312-746-5962; weather cancellation line: 312-742-1134
2Sparrows Wine Dinner
Friday, June 22, 7 PM
2Sparrows executive chef Gregory Ellis prepares a four-course menu of seasonal dishes to match summery Italian wines from Tenuta Santome in Treviso, Italy, as part of the restaurant's monthly beverage dinner series. Highlights from tonight’s menu include a bruschetta starter with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, and caper vinaigrette, paired with a Prosecco; house-made spicy Italian sausage over linguine, complemented by a cabernet; and lemoncello tiramisu, alongside another Prosecco ($60). Reservations required. 553 W. Diversey Pkwy., 773-234-2320
Oak Street Summer Block Party
Saturday, June 23, 11 AM
The Oak Street Council hosts its first-ever summer block party on the famous street. Bustling sidewalks are set to feature a chalk muralist and plein air artists, live music, palm and tarot card readers, and a balloon artist. Food trucks, such as The Empanada Truck, Starfruit, and the Mac N Cheese Truck, will provide snacks. Or, step off the sidewalks into the luxe Oak Street shops and enjoy exclusive promotions and special treats at stores like David Yurman, Vera Wang, Jack Spade, Moncler, Vince, Calypso St. Barth, Spa on Oak, and more.
Brunch with Ben Cohen
Sunday, June 24, 9 AM–12 PM
It’s PRIDE Weekend in Chicago, and England Rugby World Cup champion Ben Cohen boosts the celebrations with a brunch to benefit The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation. This organization funds those working to end bullying, particularly those focused on the LGBT community. Enjoy Champagne and light bites and mingle with Cohen on the sunny sixth-story deck at the W Chicago Lakeshore ($45 donation). 644 N. Lake Shore Dr.; 312-943-9200; for tickets: eventbrite.com
Michigan Avenue celebrates with cover star Harrison Ford at Chicago Cut Steakhouse.