Monday: Eat. Drink. Do.

  • Grass Fed launches a new menu which includes this New York strip steak.
Grass Fed launches a new menu which includes this New York strip steak. (Lindsey Cavanaugh )
May 16, 2013|By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts



Centro Ristorante 6 W. Hubbard St. 312-988-7775

Step back to the future as Rosebud Restaurants revives this '90s supper club featuring its signature neoclassic Italian dishes—in shareable portions—such as double-stuffed ricotta ravioli ($17) and several veal and chicken entrees ($18-$24), which can be prepared vesuvio-, velasco-, oreganato- or cacciatore-style, plus a late night menu. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

'Night' and 'Day' Menus

Grass Fed 1721 N. Damen Ave. 773-342-6000

Spring has sprung in Wicker Park with new menus featuring large and small seasonal plates nightly—such as the grilled grass-fed New York strip steak ($23) with brown butter gnocchi, spring garlic, peas, trumpet royale mushrooms and chimichurri. The "Day" menu includes such daily brunch and lunch offerings as bread pudding French toast ($10) with berries and candied pecans. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; 5:30-10 p.m.


Release Party

Atlas Brewing Company 2747 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-295-1270

May the force of good beer be with you as Atlas and Begyle Brewing celebrate the release of two new collaborative beers during a "Star Wars"-themed bash featuring a costume contest with prizes and silent screenings of the films. Sample the It's a Trap! black abbey ale and That's No Moon Galactic wit for $7 per 13-ounce tulip glass. 7 p.m. No cover.


(Free!) Essay Fiesta

Book Cellar 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-293-2665

Hosts Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast aim to improve your Monday outlook as they present humorous and poignant true tales by solo performer Jen Bosworth ("Why Not Me") and local storytellers Monte LaMonte, Jim Stevens, Mary Pat Bohan and David Boyle. Freewill donations benefit literacy organization 826CHI. 7 p.m.

(Free!) Mental Graffiti

Cole's Bar 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-276-5802

New York City poet Bonafide Rojas ("When the City Sleeps," "Pelo Bueno") throws down at this monthly performance poetry night that also features a slam contest—where the audience-choice winner takes home $20 cash—and an open mic where you can sign up to share your own verse. 8 p.m. Donations accepted.


Commuting? Don't forget that now through October, the Red Line ends at Cermak-Chinatown.

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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