Chicago Maple Syrup Festival and more

Chicago Maple Syrup Festival and more

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All you can eat pancakes, sausage, and maple syrup at the 2013 National Maple Syrup Festival on Burton's Maplewood Farm in Medora, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)

Saturday, March 23

The Chicago Park District presents the Maple Syrup Festival at North Park Village Nature Center. If you didn’t make it down to the National Maple Syrup Festival, you’re in luck, you can still see the making-of from tree to syrup, and maybe if you’re really lucky taste some maple sap. Admission FREE.

Sunday, March 24

Speed Rack Chicago at Cobra Lounge, like March Madness with booze and Chicago’s best female bartenders, benefits breast cancer education, prevention, and research. Expert judges include Blackbird chief mixologist Lynn House, Three Dots and A Dash mixologist/partner Paul McGee, bellyQ beverage director Peter Vestinos, and Miss Speed Rack USA 2012 Yael Vengroff. Drink along with snacks from Revolucion Steakhouse. Admission $20.

Monday, March 25

Half Acre presents a Beer Social, benefiting The Stewards Market, a non-profit business incubator located in Humboldt Park. Unlimited beer will be paired with hors d’oeuvres by CJK Foods, specializing in the Anti-Inflammatory Diet. Admission $75.

Tuesday, March 26

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum presents Nature on Tap, celebrating the opening of the new exhibit Food: The Nature of Eating. Drink from local craft breweries, eat from local food trucks, plus compete in trivia teams, hosted by James Beard nominated Reader restaurant critic Mike Sula. Admission FREE for museum and Green City Market members, $10 for non-members, cash bar.

Wednesday, March 27

Soup & Bread presents this week’s theme, Double A: Alliums and Asparagus (“Soups of Tentative Spring”), at the Hideout. This week benefitting Teen Living Programs with special soup chefs including Sunday Dinner Club/Honey Butter Fried Chicken. Plus bread from Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery. Admission FREE, by donation.

Thursday, March 28

Chicagoist presents a reader meet-up with writers as guest bartenders at Nisei Lounge benefitting UCAN. Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network, founded in 1869, strives to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education, and empowerment. Admission FREE, by donation.

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