For a limited time only, this Michelin-starred restaurant is serving a collection of desserts inspired by Girl Scout Cookies. The treats, created by pastry chef Cindy Schuman, include a chocolate cake reminiscent of Thin Mints; a peanut butter, chocolate, and oatmeal pavê based on Tagalongs; and Trefoils-esque almond whiskey tapioca with buttercream sables. 123 N. Jefferson St., 312-441-1920
Effortlessly balancing authentic Central European flavors with playful, modern presentations, this trendy restaurant brings its brunch game with a brand new menu loaded with Bavarian pancakes laden with apples, pecans, and farmer’s cheese; a pork schnitzel sandwich on rye with horseradish cream, sauerkraut, emmental cheese, and a perfectly runny fried egg; apricot kolacky with whipped crème fraîche; and more. 11 W. Illinois St., 312-955-0439
Chef Cleetus Friedman crafts slow food interpretations of fast food favorites thanks to fresh, locally sourced ingredients at this North Side bar and restaurant. Stop in on April 22 for Buffalo chicken dip and the Big Zach, a double-patty burger with remoulade, lettuce, cheese, pickle, and onion on a sesame seed bun, April 27-29 for garlicky “kooky bread” with smoked tomato marinara dipping sauce and a roast beef sandwich with curly fries, and May 4-6 for two types of breakfast sandwiches served with hash browns and house-made ketchup. 1970 W. Montrose Ave., 773-697-8204
Join chef Bill Kim and Tom Knighton of Bluestone Vineyard at Belly Q on April 23 for a four-course dinner featuring modern Asian barbecue eats such as lemongrass chicken with asparagus, wheat berries, and basil peanut pesto and tea-smoked duck with tamarind-glazed charred broccoli and cous cous, along with thoughtful wine pairings from Bluestone. 1400 W. Randolph St., 312-563-1010; Purchase tickets online here
One of our River North favorites invites guests to a one-night-only Cultural Crossover dinner showcasing a special menu crafted by executive chef Jesus Delgado and esteemed guest chef Carlos Gaytan of Mexique. The seven-course Peruvian-Latin inspired meal includes jalapeño tiradito, carne asada with goat cheese fondue, and citrusy dessert made with margarita sorbet and pisco sour foam. Dinner is on April 29 at 6 p.m. Call the restaurant or email email@example.com to reserve. 118 W. Grand Ave., 312-222-9700
If a trip to the Twin Spires isn’t in the cards this year, settle for the next best thing: Indulging in Derby-themed specials at the Millionaire's Row event at Chicago q as you watch the race on the restaurant’s large projector screen. Tickets include access to an all-you-can-eat buffet boasting hot browns, Benedictine sandwiches, smoked deviled eggs, and more, as well as Derby classics like mint juleps, Champagne smashes, and sweet bourbon punch. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. Come dressed to impress. From 3-6 p.m. on May 2. 1160 N. Dearborn St., 312-642-1160
RPM Steak and chef/partner Doug Psaltis will host Italian butcher Dario Cecchini for a demonstration on how to properly break down beef and pork at a multi-course dinner on May 2 at 7 p.m. Expect meat-centric dishes like Cecchini’s famous Florentine steaks and wine pairings from lauded Tuscan wineries, Gaja and Il Poggione. Purchase tickets online here. 66 W. Kinzie St.
Dining concierge app Reserve recently dropped in the Windy City, and has partnered with over 20 of the city’s top restaurants—including Formento’s, Sepia, and more—to make the dining experience as effortless as possible from start to finish. Users may use the service to explore new restaurants, make reservations, and perhaps most notably, pay for a meal. reserve.com