Vibrant music offerings every Wednesday perfectly complement Carnivale's décor.
Carnivale Concert Series
Wednesday, June 20, 7:30–11 PM
As if Carnivale—Fulton Market district’s Latin mainstay—doesn’t provide enough of an upbeat vibe with its impossibly bright décor and carnival-esque theme, its weekly concert series on Wednesdays provides the vibrant sounds to match. This week, Grupo Cha-Cha offers salsa, cha-cha, and merengue beats. Enjoy while indulging in delicious dishes like the ropa vieja with sweet plantains and braised beef, alongside refreshing white sangria or a Carnivale martini. 702 W. Fulton Market St., 312-850-5005
PQM Beer Dinner
Wednesday, June 20, 7-10 PM
Publican Quality Meats, the butcher shop sister restaurant of nearby Publican, hosts a beer dinner to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. A four-course, family-style dinner from chef Paul Kahan follows an hour-long beer reception with partner St. Feuillen beers. Tickets to the dinner ($95) are limited; call Sarah or Deanna at 312-496-0012 to reserve a spot at the table. 825 W. Fulton Market St., 312-445-8977
PLEASE NOTE: The PQM event has been postponed. Check back for new details!
Deca Lunch for a Cause
Through summer, 11 AM–4 PM
Celebrating the recent move of the children’s hospital to the neighborhood, deca executive chef Mark Payne has cooked up a three-course “Lunch for Lurie Children’s Hospital,” with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the hospital. Served alongside sparkling Lunetta Prosecco, the lunch ($35) consists of a ricotta gnudi with wild mushrooms; deca’s lobster salad; and Payne’s signature lemon tart. For reservations, call 312-573-5160. The Ritz-Carlton, 160 E. Pearson St.
Fear No Art Dinner Party
Monday, June 25, 7 PM; doors at 6:30 PM
Big Jones’ Paul Fehriback provides the food for this installment of Fear No Art’s interactive dinner party, a cultural conversation hosted onstage by FNA’s Elysabeth Alfano. At the dinner table—where the audience samples the fare alongside pairings from Shiner Beers and chocolates from Vosges—Alfano converses with four special guests. The Interrupters director Steve James, Goodman Theatre’s Crowns playwright Regina Taylor, Be The Groove artistic director Stephanie Paul, and Marco the Poet will be on hand. Tickets $25 on maynestage.com. Mayne Stage, 1330 W. Morse Ave., 773-381-4554