Revolution Brewing Oktoberfest Party

When my husband received an early bird special email in his inbox for Revolution Brewing‘s Oktoberfest Party, we both agreed we had to go. So we invited a bunch of our friends from college to come and have a stein with us!

For $25, your ticket to the Oktoberfest Party buys you a commemorative glass stein and one fill up (that’s 33.4 ounces). What did you think was going to happen?!?

You guessed it–this light weight had the time of her life at last Friday night’s event. These were a few reasons why:

1. I was able to check “visit a local brewery” off of my to-do list.
2. I didn’t have to wait much in the super long line to get into the event (if you remember, it was chilly and raining).
3. When it was time to refill my stein (yes, after the first 33.4 ounces went down rather smoothly), the brewers were going around giving people free cans of Oktoberfest (please go to your favorite local grocery store and get some–it’s delicious!). Here is Revolution’s description of Oktoberfest:
 A classic German-style Oktoberfest beer that goes down smooth with a pleasant, toasty malt flavor. Hallertauer Mittelfruh hops  give the beer a crisp, balanced bitterness and a spicy, earthy aroma. Our head brewer Jim Cibak says our 2014 version is our most refined yet!
4. So many of our friends from college were there–it was amazing! (This is the most important reason!)
5. The people in #4 let me take as many group selfies as I wanted to. But even better than that GlitterGuts was there with a photo table with free prints! (All photo booth photos from the event are here.)
6. There was a rock band, food trucks outside as well as German fare inside, a touchdown toss, drunk tank, and more activities to enjoy.

When this event comes up next year, do yourself a favor and go. For now, just pick up some Oktoberfest and enjoy!

Revolution Brewing
3340 N Kedzie Ave
Avondale

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Week #46 – Little Goat

Well, maybe you thought my Restaurant Week was over, but I needed to go out with a bang. Hello, Little Goat.

For months, it was killing me that I had not yet been to the latest restaurant of one of my favorite chefs: Stephanie Izard. (More Top Chef love!) Girl & the Goat is one of the best restaurants in the city, not to mention both spots are THREE blocks from our place! So today was the day we finally went with our friends Brad and Sandra.

Nate and I walked in and there was a photo booth. Awesome. It was 9 a.m. and the wait was brief. Double awesome.

We sat down in a cozy booth in what truly is a hip diner. I loved the wallpaper, the retro lighting, that you could see the cooks in the kitchen…I loved it all.

Looking at the menu had me drooling (A whole section dedicated to potatoes? Yes, please!), and I opted for coffee, corned beef hash with poached eggs, and a cinnamon roll for the table. I’m still drooling thinking about it…

The hash was so cozy and filling, I could only make it through half. I tried some of Sandra’s apple pancakes, and they were so delicious with buttermilk butter and oatmeal crumble on top. And the boys ordered a French Toast dish with chicken and fresh strawberries on top of eggs. The perfect combo of sweet and savory. The cinnamon bun was the perfect end to my meal, leaving me so stuffed I had to take a nap after breakfast.

Will I go back? I want to go tomorrow!!! I need to now have lunch and dinner here, and then breakfast again. Oh, Nate, I think I just found our new go-to spot. Check it off the to do list!

Little Goat
820 West Randolph
West Loop

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Week #22 – Mah Jongg Event at the Chicago History Museum

Our friend Megs, who took me around the Chicago History Museum earlier this year, invited Nate and me to an event to play Mah Jongg…what the heck is that? After getting clarification that it’s a Chinese tile game that Jewish women began to play in the early part of the 20th century, I was in. Nate loves to beat me mercilessly at games, so I knew he’d particularly get a kick out of it. I especially wanted to go because the name of the event was “Memories, Martinis, and ‘Mahj”. How could I refuse?

By the time we arrived, the games were in full swing. You could tell the people playing were pretty serious, so I knew early on that I’d be a spectator at this event and not a participant. Not to mention the fact that there are 136 tiles with different Chinese symbols and numbers in the set, and there’s a guide book needed to play. (I now know why they offered an info session!) So we headed over to the photo booth (woo!) to start out the night.

The photo booth, which was a photographer taking photos, was fun because of the props. Nate was a great sport and dressed up in a tie, hat, and 50s glasses! The full-size photos were ready later in the evening, and were a great keepsake from the event.

After photos, we grabbed a cocktail. I believe mine was called the Red Dragon (cosmopolitan) and Nate got a Manhattan (I forget the name!). Very tasty! There was also a spread of Jewish appetizers, followed by sweets and tea and coffee.

We hung out for a while…mingling, chatting with our fellow partygoers, learning trivia about Jewish Chicago, reading the Mah Jongg memories in the scrapbook they were putting together at the event, and…waiting for the raffle. If there’s one thing I love more than photo booths, it’s raffles! I earned a raffle ticket for my “50s-style dress”, and was excited to possibly win some swag: mugs, tote bags, and even a new Mah Jongg set. Did I win? YES! What did I win? Free parking to return to the Museum, which I’m excited to use. I’d really like to bring my nieces and Nate’s nieces to the Museum to learn more about my great city.

The Chicago History Museum has a ton of really cool events happening all the time, so make sure to check them out!

Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark
Old Town

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