Chicago craft beer week, Food Truck Rally and more food and drink events

May 10, 2013

Friday, May 10

Peterson Garden Project second annual Spring Plant and Bake Sale at the Peterson Garden Project Learning Center. This three day event will offer baked goods by local pastry chefs, plus heirloom, organic, and locally grown seedlings specifically selected to grow well in Chicago. The fundraiser will benefit the project's learning programs. Please remembert to BYOBT (Bring Your Own Bags and Trays). Admission FREE, baked goods and seedlings additional, and act as your donation.

Saturday, May 11

Oak Park's inaugural Great Food Truck Rally at the Pilgrim Congregational Church. The church will also have a limited supply of their famous homemade donuts (plain, powdered sugar, and cinnamon sugar) as featured in Saveur magazine. The church building itself, Queen Anne Revival Style and on the National Register of Historic Places, will be open for tours. Plus Oak Park's own Animal Care League will hold an adoption event with dogs, cats, bunnies, and guinea pigs on the West Lawn. Admission FREE, food and drink additional.

Sunday, May 12

Mother's Day edition Dose Market at the River East Art Center. With 50 food and fashion purveyors, make sure to find my favorites Mess Hall & Co., Rare Bird Preserves, and Journeyman Distillery. Admission $8, $10 door.

Monday, May 13

Chicago History Museum dinner series: 1893 World's Fair — 2013 Style at Atwood Café at the Hotel Burnham. Celebrate the 120th anniversary of the World's Columbian Exposition with archive-researched courses by chef Derek Simcik and senior curator Libby Mahoney. The always thoughtful and inventive Simcik will discuss the exposition's banquets, while Mahoney shares stories about the fair, all under the roof of the historic Reliance Building designed by Burnham & Root. Admission $85 Chicago History Museum members, $95 general.

Wednesday, May 15 

Advocates for Urban Agriculture Spring Gathering: Sharing the Harvest at the Garfield Park Conservatory. There will be a potluck, mix & mingle, community slideshow, discussion panel and more. Farmers, gardeners, food pantry coordinators, and recipients from across the city will discuss donation programs, garden gleaning projects, and other ways to ensure what's grown goes to good use. Bring a tasty, labeled dish to share, and please remember to bring your own dishware and flatware. Admission FREE.

Thursday, May 16

Fourth annual Chicago Craft Beer Week across Chicagoland and beyond. More than Chicago, and more than a week, this 11-day event is a celebration of local craft beer and the people who make and love them. Look for Chicago craft beer specials, pairings, tastings, flights, beer dinners, meet the brewer events, tappings, tap takeovers, late night releases, and more, at neighborhood bars, restaurants, and stores in across our fair city, all the way out to Rockford, and up to Kenosha. Admission FREE, beer and food additional.

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