This modern Catalan tapas restaurant celebrates the lauded gin and tonic with a new gin-soaked menu loaded with inventive twists on the iconic cocktail. Standouts include the fruit-forward Gin Bramble made with St. George Terroir Gin, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, peppered blackberry syrup, fresh lime juice, and Fever Tree tonic, and the refreshing Southside, which is mixed with Sipsmith Gin, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and mint. 638 S. Michigan Ave., 312-765-0524
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday for the duration of autumn, Ada St. offers special craft cocktails and exclusively priced bar food inspired by a classic album. The promotion runs the total length of the record each evening starting at 5:30p.m.; upcoming specials include Townes Van Zandt’s Delta Momma Blues with the gin-based Brand New Companion (October 20-22 and 25) and R.L. Burnside’s A Bothered Mind with the Someday Baby, comprised of Beefeater, pink peppercorn fig, and lemon (October 27-29 and November 1). 1664 N. Ada St., 773-697-7069
This popular all-day restaurant from Lettuce Entertain You is set to open its second location on Thursday (October 22) in Streeterville. The new outpost will operate breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch services, and will also offer a variety of healthy grab-and-go snacks and meals through the Market @ Beatrix and a “chocolate closet” loaded with candies, gift boxes, and more. 671 N. St. Clair St.
Have your pie (in candy form) and eat it too at Katherine Anne Confections’ preview party on October 23. The event, which runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m., features the chocolatier’s upcoming line of pie-themed confections, including pumpkin cheesecake truffles, praline pecan pie caramels, brown butter marshmallows, and more. Buy tickets online at katherine-anne.com/parties. 2745 W. Armitage Ave., 773-245-1630
Stop by this Logan Square burger joint for Sunday brunch and pumpkin carving on October 25 from 12-4 p.m. Brunch specials include a brunch burger with your choice of a bean, vegan, or beef patty topped with a fried egg, bacon, and veggies from the Logan Square Farmer’s Market, as well as a vegan tofu scramble sandwich and exclusively priced mimosas and breakfast shots. Use your carving skills to craft a burger-inspired pumpkin and Parts and Labor could reward you with a complimentary burger. RSVP at do312.com to reserve a pumpkin. 2700 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-360-7840
This Japanese grill and noodle concept continues its monthly Ramen Battle series, which pits two local chefs against each other in a ramen cookoff, on October 25 with chef Greg Bastien of The Winchester and chef Mike Simmons of the soon-to-open Calaugusta Café. The battle runs from 4-9 p.m., and proceeds benefit Pilot Light, a program that integrates food and nutrition education into school curricula. Call to reserve. 2853 N. Kedzie Ave., 773-904-8558
Join Trenchermen Bar on October 31 from 5 p.m.-close for an All Hallow’s Eve party fêting the legacy of the fern bar, complete with a DJ spinning nonstop ‘80s and ‘90s music. Imbibe Mud Slides, Blue Hawaiians, and Amaretto Sours crafted by bar manager Wesley Kenney, and soak it all up with chef Pat Sheerin’s upmarket bar snacks, such as Buffalo chicken baked potato skins and smoked jalapeno poppers. 2039 W. North Ave., 773-661-1540