Calendar: early June

Available Tuesdays-Saturdays from 4:30-6pm, the new Happy Hour menu at Le Sud Mediterranean Kitchen in Roscoe Village features small plates, wines by the glass and cocktails, all priced at $6. Inaugural options include grilled asparagus with speck and aioli; Yukon potato chips with herbs and mustard; a choice of red, white or sparkling wine; and a Hibiscus Mule made with vodka, lime, hibiscus simple syrup, and ginger beer.

An antipasti of wood-grilled spicy shrimp and octopus, along with a pasta made with baked ziti and a traditional Bolognese sauce and an entree focused on a fire-roasted, 18-ounce bone-in ribeye are all featured on the Father’s Day (Friday, June 17-Sunday, June 19) specials at Bar Roma on north Clark Street. Homemade German chocolate cake with a toasted coconut pecan frosting is featured for dessert. The restaurant’s regular menu is also available.

El Che Steakhouse & Bar, the Argentinian-influenced steakhouse in the West Loop will be serving top tier South American wines from Brazos Imports at a five-course dinner ($125 per person) on June 16 at 6:30 pm. Brian Ravitsky, the owner and operator of Brazos Imports, will be on hand to provide commentary and tasting notes. Contact the restaurant for information and reservations.

The PorchFest Lakeview, an annual event sponsored by AARP Chicago in cooperation with the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Lakeview in June and August in Roscoe Village. Contact Eventbrite for dates, locations and event information.

Relax with a Bottomless Mimosa (1 1/2-hour limit) at lunch Wednesdays-Fridays 11 am-2 pm, and brunch Saturdays and Sundays 10am-1:45 pm at Bistronomic on north Wabash on the Gold Coast. Check out all of the restaurant’s special events, including a Bastille Day celebration (July 14th) on the restaurant’s website (

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