Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Filter Magazine Lollapalooza After Parties

FILTER Magazine and S.O.TERIK are co-hosting two Lollapalooza After Parties on Thursday, August 2nd and Friday August 3rd at the Logan Square Auditorium. These parties have quite a few sponsors, including Coors Light and Ty Ku Sake. That better entail free booze or else I'm going into RIOT MODE! RSVP below to gain entry.

August 2nd | 9 PM - 2 AM
Twin Shadow
Neon Indian
Passion Pit DJ set

August 3rd | 10 PM - 2 AM
Grimes
The Big Pink
THENEWN02

Filter Magazine Lollapalooza After Parties
Thursday, August 2nd | 9 PM - 2 AM
Friday, August 3rd | 10 PM - 2 AM
Logan Square Auditorium
2539 N. Kedzie

RSVP @ filtermagazine.com/lolla2012 (Guests must be 21 or older, and a photo ID is required.)

Chancellor Warhol at W Chicago Lakeshore

Kick off Lollapalooza in style with complimentary cocktails and a free performance from Nashville rapper Chancellor Warhol at the W Chicago Lakeshore on Friday, August 3rd. This event is going to take place on the Wet Deck, the recently opened 7th floor rooftop bar with amazing panoramic views of Lake Michigan and sunbathing trollops lying spread eagle across a plethora of boats.

Chancellor Warhol at W Chicago Lakeshore
Friday, August 3 | 6 - 8 PM
W Chicago Lakeshore | 7th Floor Lakeshore Wet Deck
644 N. Lake Shore Drive

Head to the Facebook page to RSVP

Stylepalooza

A|X Armani Exchange and ELLE are teaming up to host Stylepalooza on Thursday, August 2nd at Water Tower Place. This sexy event includes a DJ performance by Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow, specialty cocktails, appetizers, super deep cut v-neck men's t-shirts with graphic designs reminiscent of a Magic Eye puzzle, and a chance to win 2 VIP tickets to Lollapalooza!

Stylepalooza
Thursday, August 2 | 7 - 9 PM
A|X Armani Exchange - Water Tower Place
835 N. Michigan Ave | Level 5

RSVP to RSVP@ArmaniExchange.com
Email Subject: Stylepalooza

Summer on the Pier

Time Out Chicago and Landshark are hosting Summer on the Pier on Thursday, August 30th at Navy Pier. Dueling pianos, appetizers from Phil Stefani Signature Events and free LandShark beer could make this a very promising event. Of course only the first two beers are on the house so be sure to savor the hell out of them. You'll have to cough up $4 for additional beers if you want to continue to enhance your beer belly through the evening.

Summer on the Pier
Thursday, August 30 | 6 - 8 PM
LandShark Beer Garden | Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave (Alllll the way in the back of the pier; you may want to rent a bike)

Click HERE to RSVP

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Free Booze at Division Ale House

THIS JUST IN! Division Ale House in Wicker Park is celebrating its anniversary TONIGHT with two hours of complimentary Guinness AND vodka-lemonade! I'll give you a second to reassemble your skull fragments after having your mind blown...

A bluegrass band will also be there to perform songs that aren't appropriate for The Dougie, but I'll be damned if I don't do it anyway!

Division Ale House Anniversary party
Thursday, July 26 | 7 - 9 PM
1942 W. Division St

No RSVP required

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Guess Eyewear Shades of Summer

The Guess Eyewear Shades of Summer event is kicking off at 6 PM on Thursday, August 2nd. Free cocktails, desserts, and photobooth hijinks await all who attend. Fur coats and neon leopard print leotards are encouraged. It's the perfect outfit to complement your tacky giant sunglasses. 

Guess Eyewear's Shades of Summer
Thursday, August 2 | 6 - 8 PM
605 N. Michigan Ave

RSVP by guessrsvp@guess.com by Wednesday, August 1

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Absolut Swedish House Party

Absolut is sponsoring a Swedish House Party at Proof TONIGHT! RSVP immediately if you want to attend. I assume this event entails free cocktails but I'm willing to bet it won't last until midnight. The line will probably be long and unnecessary, in typical Rush Street fashion. Get there early to get your drink on before they start charging $14 for a Screwdriver!

UPDATE: I was wrong about this one. Everyone will receive 3 drink tickets to try a variety of Absolut cocktails! That should be more than enough for most of you lushes!

Absolut Swedish House Party
Wednesday, July 11 | 10PM - 12AM
Proof
1045 N. Rush

RSVP to http://www.absolutindustry.com/rsvp/chicago3

Free Stuff


Wednesday, July 11
  • Participating 7-Eleven stores will offer a free 7.11-oz. Slurpee to customers from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time.
  • The new Gino’s East Sports Bar in the South Loop at 521 S. Dearborn is celebrating its grand opening by giving away free slices of pizza from 11 AM until 1 PM.

Friday, July 13
  • Starbucks locations will offer a Tall Refresher in Very Berry Hibiscus or Cool Lime for free from 12:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m. local time. This beverage is low in calories and made with real fruits and fruit juice.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Art of Design


Effen Vodka is hosting it's Art of Design event at Studio Paris (so hot right now!) this summer.  Hopefully this year's party isn't ridiculously overcrowded like the last one at The Hard Rock Hotel. The concept was great: sample different cocktails created by weirdo mixologists and vote on the best one. Unfortunately sampling drinks from each station proved to be a daunting task since the ballroom was packed like the Red Line during the Crosstown Classic. RSVP quickly and make sure you arrive early. This event begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18th. Make sure you're in line no later than 3:00 a.m. to get a good spot in line. It's totally worth the sleep deprivation.

Effen Vodka presents The Art of Design
Wednesday, July 18 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio Paris
59 West Hubbard Street

Click HERE to RSVP

Bucketfeet Pop Up Launch

Bucketfeet is teaming up with menswear boutique--Apartment Number 9--to launch a month-long pop up display. Stop by the store on Saturday, July 14 to celebrate the launch of the casual shoe pop up, and enjoy free PBR, appetizers and a $15 discount on all Bucketfeet shoes! I have to be honest. These kicks aren't my style. I'm an OG. I only wear the classiest Vibram FiveFingers dress shoes on my casual days.

Bucketfeet Pop Up Launch
Saturday, July 14 | 12 PM - 5 PM
Apartment Number 9
1804 North Damen Ave

No RSVP. Just walk through the door and yell "What?!"

Lomography Chicago Grand Opening

Disclaimer: The following text is not an excerpt from a Dr. Seuss book, despite its ridiculousness.

Check out the Grand Opening of the Lomography Gallery Store Chicago on Thursday, July 19th! Free pizza, booze, and live music will be in store for all you anxious lomographers out there. Be sure to check out the lomographs on the Lomowall taken by Chicagoans with their own Lomo cameras. It's a lomographic display unlike any other!

Do you have any idea what the hell I'm talking about? What exactly is Lomography, you ask? Well, it's simple really. Lomography is the essence of life! It's also an old Russian-made camera with built in Instagram filters rediscovered by modern day hipsters.

Lomography Store and Gallery
Thursday, July 19 | 6 PM
1422 N. Milwaukee


Doesn't look like you have to RSVP for this one.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

John Allan's Best of Chicago

John Allan's Chicago is teaming up with the Korver Brothers, Seer Outfitters, and Bucketfeet to show off the "Best of Chicago" with proceeds from the event benefiting the East Garfield Park improvement project. This event takes place on Wednesday, June 27th at 6 PM in the John Allan penthouse. Guests will be able to sample chocolate truffles and Jack Daniel's whiskey. Biba the Diva (?) will also be on hand to challenge patrons to a game of ping pong. This could be interesting, assuming the game will be played Bangkok strip club style. I hope you've been working on your kegels!

John Allan's presents THE BEST OF CHICAGO
Wednesday, June 27 | 6 - 8 PM 
John Allan's Chicago
111 W Jackson Blvd, PH


RSVP to jachicago@johnallans.com 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Impressive Wood

Manhattan Forest Products specializes in custom-made floors and shelving constructed from wood that previously belonged to historic sites in New York. Imagine if your living room floor was made from the same wood as the Coney Island boardwalk. Or how about an armoire built from the wood inside of P. Diddy's Manhattan studio from season one of Making the Band?! RSVP to check out the Opening Party with drinks, live music, and appetizers at Merchandise Mart on Thursday, June 28th.

Manhattan Forest Products Opening Party
Thursday, June 28 | 5 - 7 PM
Merchandise Mart | LuxeHome | Suite 163
222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza

RSVP at 646-861-4044 or by emailing bizdev@mfpny.com

Modern Hispanic Gentlemen Series Finale


The Modern Hispanic Gentlemen Series Finale is taking place TONIGHT at Bevy from 6 - 9 PM! This event is sponsored by Ketel One and the Obama Administration.

Modern Hispanic Gentlemen Series Finale
Thursday, June 21 | 6 - 9 PM
BEVY
215 W. Ontario St

RSVP at http://www.modernhispanicgentlemen.com/

City of Style Book Signing


eDrop-Off and GlossedandFound are teaming up to host the book signing of City of Style with Melissa Magsaysay on Tuesday, June 26th. Light appetizers and cocktails will be served to guests who attend this event. This definitely isn't an event for the bros. If a guy walks in the store he may come out with a pair of Uggs, a fake tan, and his first "Scrodazzling" experience. Behold! The era of unattractive scrotums has come to an end!

City of Style Book Signing
Tuesday, June 26 | 6 - 8 PM
eDrop-Off
2117 N. Halsted Street

RSVP to rsvp@shoedropoff.com by 6/25

Friday, June 15, 2012

Thrillist Stoli Summer Kick-Off

Thrillist is hosting the Stoli Summer Kick-Off, sponsored by Stoli® Vodka, on Tuesday, June 27th 26th! This rooftop party is going to get Hot and Sticki™ because those are the names of Stoli's newest flavor of vodka and I'm too lazy to write a decent pun. DJ Aaron Thompson will provide the beats and global warming will provide the heat. This one will probably be crowded so get there EARLY!

Thrillist Stoli Summer Kick-Off
Tuesday, June 26 | 7 - 10 PM
Benchmark
1510 N Wells St (b/t W North Ave & W Schiller St)

RSVP HERE: http://www.thrillist.com/SummerKickOff2012

Studio 2400 Open House

Several businesses on the 2400 block of North Halsted team have teamed up to host a collective Open House filled with fun, fashion, and skincare on Saturday, June 23rd! This is just like the invite for Ryan Seacrest's bachelor party! Join Leah Chavie Skincare Boutique, Borris Powell and Tech Central for cocktails, light appetizers, great sales, Celtic house music, and heated debates about Ryan Gosling's sexiest facial expression!

2400 N. Halsted Open House
Saturday, June 23 | 12 - 5 PM
2400 N. Halsted St

No RSVP

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Glossed and Found Summertime Soiree


[Hilarious description coming soon]

DNA2050 Girls Night Out

DNA2050 is hosting Girls Night Out on Thursday, June 7th! Guests will be treated to complimentary treats and cocktails while perusing the newest collection of Rebecca Minkoff accessories and DNA2050's contemporary collection! I bet your ovaries are quivering with desire for this event! RSVP soon to gain entry.

DNA2050 Girls Night Out
Thursday, June 7 | 6 - 8 PM
900 N. Michigan Ave | 3rd Floor


RSVP to rsvpchicago@modernluxury.com

John Allan's Rooftop Deck Preview

The rooftop deck at John Allan Chicago is almost open for business! Get a sneak preview on Wednesday, June 6th while enjoying cocktails mixed by celebrity bar and lifestyle expert James Moreland. What the hell is a celebrity bar and lifestyle expert, you ask? I don't know, but I bet it's a hell of a lot better than my current job. Probably a hell of a lot douchier too but I can deal with that. Guests will also be able to try flipflop wines and receive complimentary mini spa services.

John Allan's Rooftop Deck Preview
Wednesday, June 6 | 6 - 8 PM
111 W. Jackson Blvd

RSVP to JACHICAGO@JOHNALLANS.COM

First Thursday: Networking in Hyde Park


Join members of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce for a night of networking and drankin' on Thursday, June 7th. This event is open to the public. It's a great opportunity to get boozed up with complimentary drinks (and hors d'ouevres) and gripe about how much crap you have to go through to get around the neighborhood when the president decides to come in town so he can slide around his house while wearing socks and a dress shirt a la Risky Business.

First Thursday: Networking in Hyde Park 
Thursday, June 7 | 5:30 PM - 7:30PM
Chaturanga Holistic Fitness | 1525 E. 55th #302

No RSVP required

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Post 27 Grand Re-Opening

Post 27 recently moved to a new location (across the street), and the owners have decided to celebrate the momentous occasion with free cocktails! Check out the new store and browse the diverse selection of sexy, retro-themed furniture that will give your house the Peter Brady bachelor pad look that you always dreamed about.

Post 27 Grand Re-Opening
Thursday, May 31 | 5 - 9 PM
1818 W. Grand Ave

No RSVP required

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The CISC Spring Event

The Chicago Interactive Social Club (CISC) is hosting another night of networking for the interactive industry at NV Penthouse Lounge on Thursday, May 24th. These events usually entail free drinks and appetizers for an hour and a huge crowd that will severely limit your ability to take advantage of the open bar. NV Penthouse Lounge is a nice spot, but it doesn't do well with large crowds, especially on the patio that is roughly the size of a CTA bus shelter.

The CISC Spring Event
Thursday, May 24 | 6 - 8 PM
NV Penthouse Lounge
116 West Hubbard St

RSVP at
www.chicagoisc.com/signup/

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sebastian Grey Clothiers Summer Fashion Show


The Underground and HALO [For Men] are hosting another Sebastian Grey Clothiers' Fashion Show on Friday, May 18th. This one will feature the new line of summer menswear and include a special performance by The Electric Funketeers--whose music is hopefully as awesome as their name...

This might be fun, but make sure you arrive early. They usually have a hosted bar during these events, but I can't confirm anything for this one. Good luck!

Sebastian Grey Clothiers Summer Fashion Show
Friday, May 18 | 9 - 11 PM
Underground
56 W. Illinois St

RSVP to rsvp@theundergroundchicago.com

Sleeping with the Artist Salon Series


The Sleeping with the Artist Salon Series at the Hotel Palomar is taking place on Thursday, May 17th. No, this is not a collection of short stories written by Thomas Kinkade's groupies in the style of 50 Shades of Grey. Guests will be able to view a collection of art from local artists while enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres from Sable Kitchen & Bar.

The $10 mandatory cover charge suggested donation for this event will score you a raffle ticket, and the satisfaction of knowing that your money will benefit the Chicago Arts Partnership in Education

Sleeping with the Artist Salon Series
Thursday, May 17 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Hotel Palomar | 505 N. State St

RSVP to Sarah.Erker@hotelpalomar.com or call 312.985.0736

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Juicy Couture Beach Weekend Packing Party

Juicy Couture and Jena Gambaccini of ChiCityFashion.com teamed up to host the Beach Weekend Packing Party at the Juicy Couture store on Wednesday, May 16th. Attendees can indulge with light appetizers and cocktails while receiving a 20% discount on purchases. Unfortunately this event is not taking place at the beach, despite the fact that the store is located less than a mile from an actual beach. They better put some sand on the floor and seagull poop on the shelves to make it feel somewhat authentic!

Beach Weekend Packing Party
Wednesday, May 16 | 6 - 8 PM
Juicy Couture
101 E. Oak St

RSVP to rsvp@skirtpr.com or call 773-661-0700 [corrected email address]

Friday, May 11, 2012

Reform Chicago Studio Six-Month Anniversary

Sexy pilates studio Reform Chicago is hosting a snazzy cocktail party to celebrate its Six-Month Anniversary on Friday, May 18th. Please remember that alcohol and pilates equipment DO NOT MIX. LSD and pilates, however, complement each other surprisingly well. 

Reform Chicago Studio Six-Month Anniversary
Friday, May 18, 2012 | 7 PM - 10 PM
233 W. Huron St.

No RSVP required. Go HERE for more info.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dollybird Fashion Show

Dollybird Jewelry is hosting a fashion show to debut its new Stormy Spring/Summer line at Underground on Friday, May 11th.  RSVP quickly to attend the private VIP reception (free booze). You'll definitely want to arrive early because this place will become crowded quickly on a Friday night, AND special gifts will be given to the first 50 guests. I hope they're giving out bedazzled slap bracelets!

Dollybird Fashion Show
Friday, May 11 | 9 - 11 PM
Underground
56 W. Illinois

RSVP to VIP@rockitranch.com

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Glossed and Found Spring Fashion

Online fashion and beauty magazine, Glossed & Found, is hosting a Spring Fashion and Beauty Preview at L.K. Bennett on Thursday, May 3rd. This event will include makeup consultations from Pür Minerals, mini-manis from Mario Tricoci, music from FIG Media, and a silent auction of Whitney Houston memorabilia from the estate of Osama Bin Laden. Drinks and appetizers will also be provided by Pure Kitchen Catering.

Glossed and Found Spring Fashion
L.K. Bennett | 6 PM
900 N. Michigan Ave | Shops at 900 - Level 3

RSVP to courtney@skoogproductions.com or call 917-862-0435

Randolph Tower City Apartments First Look

Randolph Tower City Apartments is holding an exclusive open house on Wednesday, May 9th! You'll have a chance to tour the historical landmark building, sip cocktails, eat hors d'ouevres, and Lindy Hop to the Prohibition-era tunes of DJ Kid Color. These types of events are always fun to attend, even if the residences are way out of your price range. RSVP or you might regret missing out on this one.

Randolph Tower City Apartments First Look
Wednesday, May 9 | 6 - 8 PM
188 W. Randolph St

RSVP to rsvp@boldfacechicago.com

Man Up

Van Buren Gentlemen's Salon is hosting a styling event for bros on Thursday, June 7th at the 235 West Van Buren building. Guests will receive complimentary grooming services, cocktails, and appetizers while enjoying one of the best views in the city. Judging by the list of sponsors on the flyer, this event is going to be the bee's knees!

Don't forget to hang around for the VIP After Party on the 46th floor. I'm not sure what qualifies you for VIP status but it's worth a shot. For the entertainment, a stuntman wearing a fashionable, custom-made suit from Trunk Club Men's Outfitters will recreate the opening of Mad Men by jumping out of a window in slow motion while holding a glass of Spicebox Canadian Whisky.

Van Buren Gentlemen's Salon
VIP After Party 46th Floor
Thursday, June 7 | 6 - 9 PM
235 W. Van Buren

RSVP by 6/1 to maria@mcdpr.com

Monday, April 30, 2012

Happy Hour Update

Check out my UPDATED Happy Hour page by clicking the image above! I added a few more bars/restaurants with great specials and a few links to other sites listing tons of happy hour deals throughout Chicago.  

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Haberdash Spring Lookbook Event

Visit the Haberdash store in River North to witness the unveiling of its spring fashion "lookbook" (elitist term for catalogue?) on Thursday, April 26th. The featured models in the book are actually some of Chicago's top chefs, bartenders, and others not worth mentioning. They've even included a few exclusive recipes for all you bespoked apron wearing fashion foodies out there! And of course no lookbook unveiling is complete without gratis tequila! RSVP for a non-regrettable night of tequila-induced binge shopping.

Haberdash Spring Lookbook Event
Thursday, April 26 | 6 - 9 PM
607 N State St

RSVP to events@zapwater.com

Ciroc de Mayo

Privét, the ridiculously exclusive Gold Coast club that you're probably not cool enough to enter, is hosting Ciroc de Mayo on Friday, May 4th! Lucky guests will be treated to a hosted bar featuring Ciroc vodka cocktails from 10 PM to midnight, but the party won't stop until 4 AM, unless the DJ decides to play this song halfway through the night.

Ciroc de Mayo
Friday, May 4 | 10 PM - 12 AM (Hosted Ciroc Bar )
Privét
937 N Rush St

Go here to RSVP: http://www.elevatedfresh.com/

Windward Boardshop 80's Spring Fling

Throw on your Zubaz pants and scrunchies and check out the 80's Spring Fling at Windward Boardshop on Thursday, April 26th! Shoppers dressed in garish 80's garb will receive 10% off their purchases. Snacks and drinks will be provided, and you and your friends will have an opportunity to replicate your favorite Guns N Roses album cover in an 80's themed photoshoot.

Windword Boardshop 80's Spring Fling
Thursday, April 26 | 6 - 9 PM
Windward Boardshop
3317 N. Clark St

No RSVP

Monday, April 23, 2012

Spring Desire Affinity Night

I was recently watching hockey and scratching when I thought, "Wow, these guys are so graceful. It's like watching a ballet with more fights and less teeth. I guess ballet really isn't that bad." Suddenly, I received this gem in my inbox. Spring Desire Affinity Night, featuring select performances from the Spring Desire program, will take place at the Joffrey Tower on Wednesday, May 2nd. Afterward the Artistic Director of the Show, Ashley Wheater, will host a (very brief?) Q&A session followed by cocktails and hors d'ouevres. RSVP by Wednesday, April 25th to get on the list!

Spring Desire Affinity Night
Wednesday, May 2
Joffrey Tower | 10 E. Randolph St

Itinerary:
5:45 PM - Reception
6 PM - Program/Q&A
7 PM - BOOZE! 

RSVP to affinity@joffrey.org or call 312-784-4640 by April 25th

GUESS 30th Anniversary Collection

GUESS and Marie Claire are hosting an exclusive cocktail party to celebrate the GUESS 30th Anniversary Collection on Tuesday, April 24th! This tipsy shopping event is taking place at the GUESS store on Michigan Avenue. Patrons will receive triple points on purchases and gifts from OPI, Nyx Cosmetics, and Violent Lips. Additionally 10% of all sales will benefit Save the Children. Strategically placed fun house mirrors will also be included in the changing rooms to give you a false perception of physical attractiveness.

GUESS 30th Anniversary Collection
Tuesday, April 24 | 7 - 9 PM
GUESS Michigan Ave Store
605 N. Michigan Ave #2

Click HERE to RSVP

Kentucky Derby Viewing Party

Crown Royal, my favorite purveyor of Canadian whisky, is sponsoring a Kentucky Derby Viewing Party at Hawthorne Race Course on Saturday, May 5th!  Guests will enjoy Kentucky Derby themed food and delicious cocktails, including Mint Juleps and Jell-O shots made from the bones of the loser horses. DJ Joe Kollege will get it poppin' on the turntables and live music will be performed by a special band.

This event looks like it could be really fun. Though it's not the same as going to the actual Kentucky Derby, you're still encouraged to wear the appropriate derby attire. For the ladies this includes big, floppy hats adorned with a variety of flowers and twigs (extra points if it has an actual bird's nest attached.) Gentlemen should wear their classiest pastel-colored suits with matching pinky rings and aviator monocles.

Crown Royal Kentucky Derby Viewing Party
Saturday, May 5 | 3 - 7 PM
Hawthorne Race Course
3501 S. Laramie | Cicero, IL

RSVP  to www.guestcode.com 
Enter code: 1047

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Who's Who in Latino Chicago Book Launch Party

Who's Who in Latino Chicago, you ask? Tu madre! That's who! I kid, I kid. The Who's Who in Latino Chicago Book Launch Party will take place at the Supper Club in The South Loop Hotel on Thursday, April 19th. This free event includes complimentary Miller 64, a hosted Ciroc cocktail reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and plenty of delicious hors d'ouevres for your nibbling pleasure.

Sexy celebrities from your favorite Univision and Telemundo TV shows will be in attendance to stare longingly into the camera on your girlfriend's phone until she swoons. Then a chain reaction of swooning will occur when she shares the pictures with her friends on Instagram and Pinterest. On second thought, don't tell your lady about this event.

Who's Who in Latino Chicago Book Launch Party
Thursday, April 19 | 6  - 10 PM
Supper Club @ The South Loop Hotel
11 W 26th Street (26th & State)

RSVP to chicago@whoswhopublishing.com

Monday, April 16, 2012

An Evening with English Gin

The Bedford is hosting a night of English gin tasting and self discovery on Wednesday, April 18th! If you prefer vodka because you think gin tastes like burning pine trees, perhaps you haven't tasted it properly. Erick Castro, English Gins Brand Ambassador, will show you how to concoct creative cocktails while conversing confusingly in a Cockney accent. Unnecessary alliteration aside, this is your chance to experience a variety of gins including Beefeater, Beefeater 24 (Kiefer Sutherland edition) and Plymouth. Appetizers will also be served to ensure that you don't blow chunks in The Bedford's illustrious bank vault. 

An Evening with English Gin
Wednesday, April 18 | 6 - 8 PM or 9 - 11 PM
The Bedford
1621 West Division
http://www.bedfordchicago.com/

RSVP at http://englishginvasion.com/rsvp/chicago

Tax Day Free Stuff - April 17

Tuesday, April 17th is Tax Day and it's gonna hit you harder than a swift kick to the perineum. Have you filed your taxes yet? I sure haven't! Here's your chance to reward your unrelenting procrastination with a smorgasbord of deals, courtesy of dealnews.com, being offered by businesses and restaurants around the country:
  • Arby's: Get an order of Value Curly Fries for free when you "Like" the Arby's Facebook page
  • Auntie Anne's: Buy one Signature Pretzel and get a second Signature Pretzel for free when you "Like" the Auntie Anne's Facebook page (ends April 25)
  • Boston Market: Buy one individual meal and a soft drink, get a second individual meal for free via printable coupon
  • Bruegger's Bagels: Get a Baker's Dozen of bagels and two tubs of cream cheese for $10.40 when you "Like" the Bruegger's Bagels Facebook page
  • Chili's: Buy an entree and get an app or dessert for free via printable coupon (ends April 18)
  • Champps Americana: Get two burgers for $15, or two entrees for $25
  • Chevys Fresh Mex: Get two tax-free Herradura Margaritas for $10.40
  • Cinnabon: Get two Cinnabon Bites for free from 6 pm to 8 pm (local time)
  • HydroMassage: Get a HydroMassage Experience for free via printable coupon (ends April 20)
  • Hooter's: Get 20 boneless wings for only $9.99 all day on Tax Day
  • Maggie Moo's: Get a scoop of frozen yogurt for free from 4 pm to 7 pm (local time)
  • Marble Slab: Get a scoop of frozen yogurt for free from 4 pm to 7 pm (local time)
  • McCormick & Schmick's: Enjoy an extended happy hour from 3:30 pm to 11:00 pm (local time) with cheap food and drinks
  • Office Depot: Get 5 lbs. of documents shredded for free via printable coupon (ends April 28)
  • P.F. Chang's: Place an order online and get 15% off when you pick it up at the restaurant
  • Panda Express: Get a Shanghai Angus Steak for free when you "Like" the Panda Express Facebook page
  • Seattle's Best: Get a small coffee for free
  • Sonic: Get half-price drinks and slushies at drive-in locations
  • White Castle: Get 15% off via printable coupon
Source: Dealnews.com

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Raise The Macallan

Get ready to Raise The Macallan again as the single malt scotch maker returns to Chicago for more shenanigans! The Macallan scotch tasting will take place at the River East Arts Center beginning on Tuesday, April 17th. There are several dates and time slots available, but just like a Chicago resident at an Indiana gas station, they'll probably fill up quickly.

Raise The Macallan Scotch Tasting Event
Tuesday, April 17 - Friday, April 20 | Multiple Time Slots Available
River East Arts Center
435 East Illinois Street

Click HERE to RSVP

Picasso and Beyond

KM Fine Arts is hosting a wine and cheese reception in honor of the new Picasso and Beyond exhibition on Friday, April 13th. Picasso and Beyond is a showcase of various pieces from legendary artists such as Picasso, Miro, Botero, Chagall and Old Dirty Bastard. Make sure you RSVP for this one!

Picasso and Beyond
Friday, April 13 | 5 - 8 PM
John Hancock Center
875 N. Michigan Ave | Suite 2515

RSVP to info@kmfinearts.com or 312.255.1202

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Topshop Spring Style Party

Topshop is throwing a Spring Style Party with CS Magazine on Wednesday, April 18th at the flagship store on the Mag Mile. Topshop's "personal shopping team" and some of Chicago's top fashion bloggers will be on hand to offer styling and fashion tips. Professional beauty scientists from Teddie Kossof Salon Spa will be there to provide complimentary hair styling, makeovers, and mini manicures, and a 20% discount will be applied to all purchases. DJ Dani Deahl will be on the 1s and 2s and cocktails and sweet treats are on the menu. This should be a good time, especially if you like clothes that make you look terrible.

Topshop Spring Style Party
Wednesday, April 18 | 6 - 9 PM
830 N. Michigan Ave

RSVP to rsvpchicago@modernluxury.com
Click HERE for the official Facebook page

Monday, April 9, 2012

Cityscape and ItaliAsia Thirsty Thursdays

Thirsty Thursdays are still in effect! ItaliAsia and Cityscape Bar are hosting quite a few events throughout the month of April:

Mixology Class (Whiskey, Whisky, and Scotch)
Thursday, April 12 | 6 - 7 PM
350 W. Mart Center Drive
RSVP to to cityscape@martplaza.com

Vino with a View Sampling (Wine Tasting w/ apps)
Thursday, April 19 | 6 - 7 PM
350 W. Mart Center Drive
RSVP to to cityscape@martplaza.com

Cooking Demo (Wine and food samples)
Thursday, April 26 | [Time not listed]
350 W. Mart Center Drive
RSVP to italiasia@martplaza.com

The Balvenie Rare Craft Experience

The Balvenie Rare Craft Experience is going down on Thursday, May 3rd, and I think you want to be there to witness it. Why, you ask? It's simple really:

Free single malt scotch + appetizers = 

The Balvenie Rare Craft Experience
Thursday, May 3 | 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Near Racine and Madison (Actual Location TBA) 

RSVP to chi.may3@thebalveniersvp.com with your name, date of birth, and zip code.
Email Subject: RSVP: The Balvenie Rare Craft Experience 

Check your inbox for the confirmation email!

Carlisle Wide Plank Showcase Opening

Wide Plank
Carlisle Wide Plank Floors is opening a new showroom at the Chicago Merchandise Mart on Wednesday, April 18th, and they want you to get blitzed to celebrate the occasion! When I Googled "wide plank" I assumed the company logo would pop up, but as you can see from the picture I posted, my actual results were a tad awesomer. Drinks and light appetizers are complimentary which means I'll definitely be attending this event.  The Merch Mart is like a wild game reserve filled with tan cougars preying on young man meat.  Maybe I can get some bills paid? Don't look at me like I'm some kinda hooker!

Carlisle Wide Plank Floors Grand Opening
Wednesday, April 18 | 6 - 8 PM
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza

RSVP @ 800.595.9663

I only hook for rent money!

Gentleman's Happy Hour

Gallery KH and Trunk Club Men's Outfitter are hosting a Gentleman's Happy Hour on Friday, April 27th. Trunk Club, which I assume is a brand aimed at well-endowed men, will whip out the new spring collection while artist Rick Stevens shows off his latest works. If you like em long and hard you'll have a tough time keeping your hands off the complimentary cocktails featuring Spicebox Whisky. Goose Island is also providing the beer and Brunch is bringing up the rear with some fine apps.  I have to admit, that's a pretty nice package!

Gentleman's Happy  Hour
Friday, April 27 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Gallery KH
311 W Superior | 1st Floor

RSVP to tckh@trunkclub.com or 312.266.8700

An Evening of Eye Candy

Prepare to get your ocular diabetes on by joining Cotton Candy Couture for An Evening of Eye Candy on Thursday, April 12th! Before I continue I must apologize for posting yet another event that deceptively reads like an invitation to a strip club. If you’re looking for candy-flavored edible g-strings (crack licorice?), you’re barking up the wrong tree. If you want to preview a new collection of colorful dresses while munching on sweet treats and candy-flavored cocktails, this is the event for you! As a special treat (awesome pun intended) guests will receive complimentary lash application treatments from Epoch Salon! Maybe they can give me the Anthony Davis special (see below)!
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Additional Info:
Guests are invited to bring any dresses or accessory (purse or shoes) that could be considered prom-worthy; these donations will benefit The Glass Slipper Project, a non-profit organization that provides free prom dresses and accessories to Chicagoland juniors and seniors.  One lucky donor will be selected to receive a complimentary “Original Edit” service, in which Cotton Candy Couture will re-work an old dress into something entirely new!*As an added bonus, Uber, the on-demand private driver service, will be offering guests 50% off rides from the event.
An Evening of Eye Candy
Thursday, April 12 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Candyality (Water Tower Place)
835 N. Michigan Ave | 7th Floor

RSVP to Katie Bina at kbina@skirtpr.com or 773-661-0700