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A Beethoven-Inspired Tasting Menu, Pasta-Making Classes, and City Winery’s River Domes Are Among October’s Best Food Events in Chicago

Photo by Wade McElroy/Courtesy of Ludlow Liquors

A couple extra-special tasting menus, Sicilian-style pizza parties, pasta-making classes, and fried chicken headline the can’t-miss food and beverage events and specials in Chicago this month.

Photo by Lindsey Simon/Courtesy of Bandit/DineAmic Hospitality

Dominoes and Pizza at Ludlow Liquors 
As someone who grew up regarding Domino’s as the pinnacle of pizza perfection, imagine my delight when I heard about Ludlow Liquors hosting a weekly dominoes night. Well, it turns out it’s actually house-made Sicilian-style pizza courtesy of chef Mickey Neeley, available in four different flavors by the slice: cheese, pepperoni, special, and vegan. And I’m not complaining. They’re on deck every Monday evening until they sell out, and can be combined with a beer and a shot for a scant $10.
Details: 5 p.m. until sold out

Happy Hour at Bandit 
Considering the retro-inspired motif and laid-back vibe at this colorful West Loop haunt, it’s only fitting that Bandit makes a name for itself as a happy-hour destination. And with discounted pretzels, tater tots with caviar, and fried Halloumi cheese, it looks well on its way. They’re all half price during weekday happy hour, along with rosé, canned beers, and quirky shots.
Details: Monday–Friday, 3–6 p.m.

Celebrate Filipino-American History Month at Sunda 
In honor of Filipino-American History Month, pan-Asian temple Sunda is celebrating with a slew of monthlong specials inspired by owner Billy Dec’s own culinary heritage and timeworn family recipes. Available through October 31, specialty dishes include longanisa-stuffed empanadas with papaya, egg, and garlic vinaigrette; oxtail kare-kare with bok choy, green beans, eggplant, peanut gravy, bagoong, crispy tripe, and chilies; and honey mussels with coconut milk, lemongrass, turmeric, watercress, and chilies.
Details: Specials menu available through October 31

Photo courtesy of River Roast

Chicken Fried Fridays at River Roast
Here’s a fun October promotion I can get behind. All month long, River Roast is offering whole fried chickens on Fridays for $42.

All-You-Can-Eat Pasta at La Storia
Whether you’re running the Chicago Marathon or just trying to express empathy by carbo loading alongside your loved ones, La Storia has you covered with a killer pasta promo. October 7–12, the chic Gold Coast Italian restaurant is offering all-you-can-eat pasta for just $22 per person, with available dishes like penne à la Mediterranean; linguine e pollo; and saffron malloreddus, aka dumpling-esque pasta, with tuna conserva, corn, pesto, and fresh basil.
Details: Through October 12

Pasta Aplenty at Café Robey
Considering the Chicago Marathon and National Pasta Day are both coming up this month, it’s the perfect excuse to go carb crazy at Café Robey, which is offering special three-course menus for both occasions. Dishes include pumpernickel and beet panzanella salad, egg pasta with roasted sweet potatoes and mushrooms, and puff pastry with apple cider sorbet and pecan crumb.
Details: Pasta menus available October 11, 12, and 17; $26.20

Picklin’ and Preserves Class at Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods 
If you’re a fan of the delicious pickles and preserves at Wicker Park’s New Orleans–inspired Ina Mae Tavern, then definitely make sure to sign up for the fun class it has in store later this month. Picklin’ and Preserves will teach attendees how to make Michigan apple jam, pickled peaches, berry preserves, and bread and butter pickles, and the class kicks off with welcome cocktails. Guests also get 15 percent off dinner either before or after the class.
Details: October 14, 6:30 p.m.; $40

Photo courtesy of City Winery at the Riverwalk

The City Winery River Domes Are Back 
For better or worse, one surefire sign that summer is over is the annual return of the River Domes at City Winery at the Riverwalk. Yeah, drinking wine “alfresco” in a translucent igloo is cool as hell, but it’s a little sad to grapple with the notion that winter isn’t far away. The heated domes are back in action October 16–November 30, great for groups determined to keep those patio vibes going strong. Reservations are available for two-and-a-half-hour increments, and domes can fit up to eight guests.
Details: October 16–November 30; $85 per person, including a $60 food and beverage minimum

Pasta-Making Classes at Tortello 
Get ready to roll up your sleeves and perfect your pasta skills, because Wicker Park’s charming Tortello is starting a series of twice-monthly classes designed to share the love of its recipes. Beginning on October 21 and taking place every subsequent first and third Monday, each class is a two-hour hands-on tutorial on different pasta shapes, which guests will get to take home with them. Classes culminate with a family-style meal with such dishes as tortelli di burrata, fingers foods, veggies, and dessert.
Details: Starting October 21 and every subsequent first and third Monday, 6:30–9:30 p.m.; $125

Diwali Tasting Menu at Rooh
In case you’re like me and have been hankering for an excuse to visit Restaurant Row’s buzzy new Indian spot, then Rooh’s upcoming Diwali dinner should fit the bill nicely. The modern Indian restaurant is serving a special holiday tasting menu with four courses by executive chef Sujan Sarkar and chef de cuisine Sahil Sethi, including tandoori cauliflower with dum ki gravy and nut crumble, and paneer pasanda with lababdar sauce and nigella chutney.
Details: October 27; $85

Photo by Sarah Nader/Courtesy of Band of Bohemia

In the Realm of the Senses Dinner at Band of Bohemia 
Here’s a unique tasting-menu experience you’re not going to want to miss, especially if you’re a die-hard Beethoven fan. Band of Bohemia is hosting an über-special, six-course In the Realm of the Senses dinner in honor of the composer’s 250th birthday, with each dish specially designed to conjure various senses inspired by his music. And just like any good symphony, the meal will be divvied into two parts, the Kreutzer and Opus 59, with a 15-minute “intermission,” and with entertainment courtesy of a pianist (naturally), Eighth Blackbird; scent sculptures; and art displays.
Details: October 28, 6:30 p.m.; $140 in main dining room or $40 for bar seating with music only and one beer ticket