By Kailley Lindman | March 8, 2017 | Food & Drink
What's new for brunch at Band of Bohemia, and what's the deal with City Winery's buzzworthy River Domes? That and more in this week's dining news....
In anticipation of Chicago's often erratic spring weather, City Winery’s Riverwalk location expands with three enclosed and heated "River Domes" that comfortably seat between two and six guests, March 17 through April 30. Each dome comes equipped with furniture and a Bluetooth speaker, as well as a carafe of City Winery’s signature offers of red, white, or rose per person and a cheese and charcuterie board; guests may also avail themselves to the restaurant's complete Riverwalk menu. River Dome reservations last 90 minutes, and range from $150 per person to $100 per person, depending on how many people are in a party. Reserve on citywinery.com. 11 Chicago Riverwalk, 312-229-5593
Whether you're soaking up the previous night's indiscretions or you're simply craving comfort food, the new—and decidedly carb-heavy—brunch lineup at this upmarket brewpub is a must-try when those inevitable weekend hunger pangs strike. Stay savory with peekytoe crab with crisped mascarpone polenta, a poached egg, toast, and miso hollandaise, or tempt your sweet tooth with beignets with Valrhona hot chocolate and cherry bourbon maple syrup-soaked buttermilk and oat pancakes. 4710 N. Ravenswood Ave., 773-271-4710
Chicago's favorite gin-focused cocktail bar rings in its fifth birthday on March 12 with a host of promotions, including $5 fan favorite cocktails, like Deco Step (Ford's gin, Kina L'Aero, and Fernet) and Veranda Way (Citadelle gin, Tepache, Aperol, and lime), $10 Scofflow classics, like Wild Card (Reposado tequila, Luxardo Amaro Abano, and lime juice), and $5 two-patty cheeseburgers stacked with caramelized onions, special sauce, and sliced dill. The celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and has no cover charge. 3201 W. Armitage Ave., 773-252-9700
To usher in warmer weather and spring festivities, Portillo’s has released three limited-run menu items: a St. Patrick's Day-ready mint chocolate shake made with mint ice cream and the chain's famous chocolate fudge frosting, and Lent-compliant pepper and egg and tuna salad sandwiches. The shake is available now through the end of March, the pepper and egg sandwich is offered Fridays through April 7, and the tuna salad sandwich runs through April 15. Multiple locations throughout Chicagoland
This casual eatery may be best known for its pillowy cinnamon rolls and largely Swedish menu, but it’s getting in touch with its Irish roots (owner Tom Tunney is Irish!) March 10 through St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend (March 19). Expect a traditional dinner loaded with corned beef, cabbage, and boiled potatoes. Guests are encouraged to bring their own Guinness, Harp's, or Jameson; the restaurant will provide glasses for an Irish toast. Multiple locations
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