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)!
Click to enlarge

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

Friday, April 6, 2012

House of Walker Experience

It's scotch tasting season again and The Johnnie Walker House of Walker Experience is coming back with a vengeance! Well, not really, but that made it sound more exciting, right? This event takes place between April 11th through April 14th. Check out the site to see which time slots are available so you can get your Scotch on. I've been to a couple of these previously so I'm ready to attend something new, like the Jimmie Walker Experience! Maybe we'll get to play with Dy-No-Mite!!!

The Johnnie Walker House of Walker Experience
Wednesday, April 11 - Saturday, April 14
Location: SECRET 

Click HERE to RSVP!