Lakeview: Do you want to snag tickets to potential postseason Cubs games at Wrigley Field? Well now is your chance! You have one week to register here. Register online before Tuesday at noon and you’ll be entered into a random drawing to purchase single tickets for a potential Wild Card game and National League Division Series. Registrants must complete an online form and submit a refundable $50 deposit. This deposit can be applied to the ticket purchase or can be refunded at the end of the postseason. Those selected in the drawing will be notified via email and can purchase up to 4 tickets for available games.
Lincoln Park: Aloha Poke has opened its latest Chicago outpost near DePaul University, at 818 W. Fullerton Ave. It’s their fifth location in the city since opening just last year. The company has announced it will be expanding to the West Coast, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Miami, and Washington D.C. as well. Aloha Poke’s bowls begin with a base of white rice, brown rice, or salad greens. Customers then top them with ahi tuna, salmon, or tofu. Bowls come in Little ($7.50), Big ($9.50), or Kahuna ($14.50). Hours are 10 am to 10 pm daily.
Bucktown and Wicker Park: The Chicago Architecture Foundation released its list of buildings that will be featured in its annual Open House Chicago event this October. Tours will be available across the city (and a few suburbs) the weekend of October 14. 107 new buildings have been added since last years event. Standouts include Half Acre Beer Co’s brewery and brew pub, The Robey hotel, The Robie House (which is normally only open for paid tours), and Garfield Park’s New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. Find the full list of buildings here.
Edgewater: Eric Barry is a writer and San Francisco native. Last week, he wrote a goodbye letter to Chicago that has gone viral (see full piece here). The piece is a diatribe on all the ways Chicago made Barry miserable and has elicited quite a response from Chicago residents. On Tuesday, R Public House (1508 W. Jarvis Ave.), threw a goodbye party for Barry. The all-day events menu consisted of cocktail weenies, a Frito burger, and plenty of $7 Lagunitas (you’ll get that joke if you read his article!).
Chicago Loop: White Castle is coming to the South Loop! The popular fast food chain debuts its newest Chicago location at 9 am on September 14. Located at 2140 S. Wabash, it will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The restaurant features a drive-through, as well as an interior that seats 50 guests. White Castle celebrates the opening by debuting a new burger: The 1921 Slider. For just $1.69, the beef burger is loaded with Lawry’s seasoned salt, tomato, lettuce, and onion. 1921 references the year the very first White Castle opened.
Oak Park: Back by popular demand, “Ella and Louis Together Again: A Celebration” returns to Oak Park this weekend! Following two sold-out shows in April, this concert celebrates the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Robin Watson and Billy Washington will serenade you with two nights of song! Performances are Saturday, September 16 at 8 pm and Sunday, September 17 at 3 pm. General admission tickets are $25 and groups of 8 or more can purchase tickets for $20 apiece. The show is at Open Door Theater; find more information here.
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