Tuesday, January 27, 2015

This Weekend

  • Opening Ceremonies: Polish Fest at Copernicus Center

    Festival season kicks off in a blaze of pierogies, potato pancakes, kielbasa, and plenty of imported Tyskie beer.

    Party starters: Live music ranges from polka groups to punk rock marching band Mucca Pazza (pictured).

    Sat-Sun Noon-5p. Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave., Jefferson Park (847-864-4000). $5.

    Nearby: China Star; Gale Street Inn; Taqueria La Estrella

  • Home Brew: Wicker Park Bucktown TAP Beer Fest

    Local brewers from neighborhood bars and restaurants pair specialty beers with live music at this first-ever event.

    Hood rats: From Bangers & Lace to Fatpour to Bar Bar Black Sheep, tour the neighborhood without leaving your stool.

    Sat 1-5p. Dolphin, 2200 N. Ashland Ave., Bucktown (773-384-2672). $35 here.

    Nearby: Webster’s Wine Bar & Grill; Danny’s; Hollywood Grill

  • Pinkies Up: Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour Chicago

    Sample more than 200 of the top-scoring selections picked by the expert winos from Wine Spectator magazine.

    Meet market: Meet and mingle with the winemakers over a light buffet of paired cheeses, fruits, and pastries.

    Fri 7-10p. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., River East (312-595-7437). $200 here.

    Nearby: Riva; Odyssey; Harry Caray’s Tavern

  • Street Riot: John Barleycorn Street Festival

    John Barleycorn blocks off the streets to bring in beer trucks and live bands at this three-day binge.

    Holiday treats: In addition to endless pours from the Miller Lite roadster, sangria and mint juleps form a drink trifecta.

    Fri-Sun. John Barleycorn, 1100 American Lane, Schaumburg (847-619-5540). $10-25.

    Nearby: Weber Grill; Chevys Fresh Mex; Champps Americana

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