This month in Chicago dining and drinking, feast on fried chicken at River Roast, carbo-load with pasta aplenty, learn how to make preserves, and celebrate the return of City Winery’s River Domes.
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. Seriously, just look at that finger-licking platter!
Details: Through October; $42
Oktoberfest, Rhine Hall–style
Everyone’s favorite brandy distillery is going hard for Oktoberfest, throwing its own shindig on October 4 with “bierschnaps,” house-made radlers, apple cider drinks, and something called obstler, which is pear and apple eau de vies combined.
Details: October 4, 5–9 p.m.
National Taco Day at La Josie
Of all the absurd “food holidays” that populate the calendar, National Taco Day is one I can absolutely get behind. It’s basically tortilla Christmas! Celebrate in style at the West Loop’s popular La Josie, which is using the holiday to roll out new autumnal tacos, like the parilla taco with grilled chicken, pipian verde, pumpkin seeds, crispy sweet potato, butternut squash, and cilantro; and the otoño taco with grilled butternut and yellow squashes, sweet potato, habañero mayo, baby kale, and cilantro.
Details: October 4
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. For one week, 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: October 7–12
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. They 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
State and Lake Chicago Tavern Gets Oktoberfestive
In honor of Oktoberfest, State and Lake Chicago Tavern is featuring a handful of tasty-sounding German specials every evening through October 8. These include pork schnitzel, aged Cheddar pretzels, sweet German pancakes, and German Märzen draft beers. There will also be 2-liter boots available for chugging.
Details: Through October 8, starting at 4 p.m. nightly
Periodic Table Dinner at the Promontory
Happy 150th birthday to the periodic table of the elements! To celebrate, the Promontory is getting all scientific by partnering with the nearby Museum of Science and Industry for a three-course elements-inspired dinner on October 10. The menu is wild: ash bread, barbecued cauliflower with cornbread crisps, steamed Napa cabbage with shrimp and scallop mousse, and milk custard with Dippin’ Dots, to name a few.
Details: October 10, 5–11 p.m.; $50
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
The City Winery 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
Diwali Tasting Menu at Rooh
In case you’re like me and you’ve 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