Friday (July 19)
Taste of River North
Friday, 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, noon - 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Another summer weekend means another neighborhood festival with music, food, and artisans. This weekend, head to River North to sample dishes from restaurants such as Taco Joint, Motel Bar, John Barleycorn, and Jake Melnick's Corner Tap. $5 suggested donation. N. Kingsbury and W. Erie.; event website
Saturday (July 20)
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Last weekend marked the debut of The Nosh, a weekly food festival in Wicker Park. The list of vendors is too long to list in full here (there are over 30) but we're especially excited about the chance to sample bites from Da Lobsta, Head's Red BBQ, and Mixteco Grill. Free. In the playground of the A.N. Pritzker School on Damen Avenue; event website
Sunday (July 21)
Chinatown Summer Fair
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This festival of Chinese culture includes a selection of Chinatown's dining options. Although the participating vendor list is not currently available, we are hopeful for an assortment of spicy, savory, and sweet dishes to enjoy while watching martial arts and dance. Free. Wentworth from Cermak to 24th Place; event website
Monday (July 22)
Preview of Nathan Sears' D.A.S.
Monday, 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Table, Donkey and Stick is hosting a preview dinner for their future neighbor, The Radler and D.A.S, a two-in-one Bavarian Beer Hall. Chef Nathan Sears will prepare the 8-course tasting menu. Expect dishes such as smoked salmon with snails and cucumber, beef carpaccio with octopus and garlic, rabbit with green tomatoes, and a chocolate dessert. $75. 2728 W. Armitage; event website
Trenchermen and Arami Kyuoucho Dinner
Monday, cocktails beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Acclaimed restaurants Trenchermen and Arami are teaming up for a six-course collaborative dinner with a Japanese-inspired menu. Beginning at 8:30 p.m. collaborative snack-size servings will be available at the bar as well. $75. 2039 W. North Avenue; 773-661-1540 for reservations
James Beard Foundation's Journey Through the Great Lakes
Tickets are on sale now for the James Beard Foundation's Taste America stop in Chicago. The event features a Violet Hour cocktail reception and dinner menu created by ten James Beard Award nominees from the Great Lakes region, including Chicago's Andrew Zimmerman, Paul Virant, Tony Montuano, Gale Gand, Chris Pandel, Guiseppe Tentori, and Patrick Fahy. $300 - $350 or $75 for after party only. 500 W. Jackson; event website