With Memorial Day coming up, it’s kinda, sorta officially summer in Chicago. And that means hot dogs, beachside restaurants, rosé, and frozen cocktails for all! Well, at least the 21-plus set. Over the holiday weekend, and in the weeks to come, here is what to eat and drink in Chicago.
Murphy’s Red Hots Pop-Up at Schubas Tavern
Have you been mourning the loss of hot dog icon Murphy’s Red Hots since it closed last year? Are you craving a good Chicago-style hot dog in general? If you answered yes to either question, you’d be wise to make your way to Schubas Tavern this weekend, as the Lakeview bar hosts the bygone hot dog legend for a weekend-long pop-up. That’s right, get your Vienna beef hot dog fix (or a Polish sausage or bratwurst) served out of a classic cart in front of Schubas.
Details: May 24–26, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
One-on-One Happy Hour at Parlay at Joy District
The cheaper the drinks, the happier the happy hour, so by that logic the new recurring promo at Joy District’s Parlay Lounge is the happiest of them all. On the first of every month through summer, the bar is offering $1 beers and glasses of rosé, red sangria, and select wine. It’s a surefire way to put you in a summery mood on the cheap.
Details: June 1, July 1, August 1, 6–7 p.m.
There’s a New Rosé Garden in the Loop
Speaking of rosé, Chicagoans can’t get enough of the pink stuff in the summer, and ROOF on theWit knows this. Which is why the chic rooftop lounge is raising the bar by adding a full-blown Rosé Garden, launching Memorial Day and running through Labor Day. Bedecked in pink, white, and red roses (naturally), the garden is situated in the bar’s private patio and fully stocked with rare and luxury wines.
Details: Memorial Day through Labor Day; reservations can be made here
The Basic Bitch Is the Drink of the Summer
I’m calling it right now: The Basic Bitch at Barrio is the cocktail of the summer. Why? It’s a powerhouse combination of two of the restaurant’s popular frozen drinks, mixing together The Basic, which is essentially a frozen margarita, and the Frigid Bitch, a kind of frozen sangria with Malbec, brandy, blackberry, strawberry, and orange. Put the two together and you get a cocktail that’s as beautiful and refreshing as it is fun to say. Win-win-win.
Backyard Barbecue at Sportsman’s Club
One of my favorite summer pastimes is the weekly backyard barbecue at Sportsman’s Club. In general, the patio is lovely and idyllic, so when you add a lineup of chefs from across the city cooking and serving food on leisurely Sunday afternoons, it only gets better. This season, the bar has booked some impressive talent, starting with Kimski and Quiote on May 26, Coda di Volpe on June 2, and Pacific Standard Time on June 9, with many more to follow.
Details: Every Sunday starting at 4 p.m.; $20 for a plate of food and beverage pairing, first come, first served
Shore Club Is Back for the Season
If you’re hankering for South Beach vibes, Shore Club is here to scratch that itch. The glam waterfront restaurant at North Avenue Beach is once again open for the season, with a new patio and new menu items in tow. Naturally, the food skews beachy and summery, with shareable items like salmon ceviche, sparkling s’mores tarts, and frozen Aperol Spritzes.
Pilsen Food Truck Social
Summer is almost here. Really. Think warm thoughts and mentally prepare with Pilsen’s upcoming Food Truck Social, slated for June 8 and 9, when a lengthy lineup of local food trucks will park it along 18th Street for a weekend of alfresco eats, arts, crafts, music, and entertainment. Confirmed participants include 5411 Empanadas, Lucy’s, Pierogi Wagon, Yum Dum, and The Happy Lobster, joined by Pilsen restaurants like Churro Factory, Honky Tonk BBQ, and Le Cebollita Grill.
Details: June 8 and 9; $20 for sampler ticket
Is there any food more summery than ribs? This might explain the ravenous popularity of North Center’s annual RibFest, back for another weekend-long feast in June. Taking place by the intersection of Damen, Irving Park, and Lincoln, the fan-favorite festival boasts numerous barbecue eateries from throughout Chicago, along with multiple bands performing live music.
Details: June 14–16