The following is a roundup of key happenings in the West Division entertainment and retail corridor in January. For more event news, visit www.facebook.com/DoDivision.
Caffe Streets – Hot Drinks & Eats Specials
1750 W Division
Division Street’s artisanal, multi-roaster coffee shop, Caffe Streets, seeks to provide a diverse array of customers with its high quality, personalized coffee experience. There’s no better time to stop by and take it all in than in January, when they are featuring a bunch of specialty drinks, including a hot drinking chocolate with a homemade marshmallow, a homemade peppermint latte, a homemade gingerbread latte (with fresh ginger, cinnamon, cloves and peppercorn), and a house chider (a combo of 100% natural cider and our homemade chai). They are also offering a Granny Smith Apple and cinnamon chip scone as well as a dark chocolate and hazelnut scone – both for $3.50.
Prasino – I HEART WICKER PARK — 22%-off for 60622 residents
1846 W Division
Division Street’s farm-to-table go-to is kicking off the New Year by honoring its Wicker Park neighbors. Throughout the month of January, all residents with a 60622 zip code will get 22% off their bill (at Prasino Wicker Park only). The deal is available from open until 4pm Mon-Fri; and residents must show proof of residency. If that’s not enough, Prasino Wicker Park is also offering Complimentary Aperitivos Mon-Fri (no residency proof necessary) available in the bar 4:00pm – 8:00 pm with purchase of wine, beer, or a cocktail.
Moonshine – Rose Bowl Party
Wednesday, January 1
1824 W Division
Wicker Park’s urban roadhouse, Moonshine, is an official Michigan State bar. So naturally it’ll be home base for the 100th Annual Rose Bowl, January 1st. Watch the Spartans take on the Stanford Cardinals on wall-to-wall high definition big screens and Moonshine’s state-of-the-art sound system. Enjoy $3.50 Coors Light served in 22 oz stadium cups, ½-off wings and select Sparty sandwiches – as well as one of the best New Year’s Day brunches in Wicker Park and Moonshine’s infamous DIY Bloody Bar. Doors open at 10 am and there is no cover charge. Call Moonshine at 773-862-8686 for more info or to make a brunch group reservation.
Alliance Bakery – Newly Remodeled Lounge Opens
1736 W Division
Now you can enjoy Alliance Bakery’s fine European pastries and desserts in its newly remodeled lounge. Division Street’s favorite bakery is featuring peppermint mocha and house-made hot chocolate all January long to warm you up! The new January pastry of the month is The Morning Roll – croissant dough with cinnamon and orange zest.
Division Ale House – Goose Island Beer Event
January 9, at 8 pm
1942 W. Division St.
Meet certified cicerone Rick Wildt from Chicago’s Goose Island Brewing Company and try hard-to-find beers including Big John Imperial Stout, which is brewed with cacao nibs; 2012 and 2013 bourbon barrel-aged Bourbon County Imperial Stout, and Kisetsu, an experimental Sake Saison brewed with Koju and Sake yeast to produce a hybrid beer (part of the brewery’s Fulton and Wood Limited Release Draft Series). Draft prices range from $8-$12. Resident DJs spin during the event (no cover) and the bar offers special beer-spiked specials from 4 p.m.-midnight.
Goose Island Beer Event Specials Include:
- Bourbon County Seven Bean Soup
- Spicy tomato broth spiked with 2013 Bourbon County Imperial Stout, seasonal vegetables, seven bean varieties – $2.99 cup/$4.99 bowl
- Kimchee Kisetsu Bratwurst
- Kimchee-stuffed pork bratwurst steamed in Kisetsu, choice of side – $6
- Big John Sliders
- Big John Imperial Stout-braised roast beef, grilled peppers and onions, toasted pretzel bun, roasted red pepper aioli, Swiss cheese – $9.95
- Chocolate Stout Cherry Pie
- 2012 Bourbon County Imperial Stout-infused sweet cherries, chocolate and whiskey whipped cream – $5.99
Joe’s Wine Cellar – The Original Wine Company Free Tasting
January 9, 6 pm to 8 pm
2108 W Division
Join Division Street’s favorite wine boutique on Thursday, January 9th for a FREE tasting with Don from the Original Wine Company. Don will be pouring the following:
Cotes du Rousillon, Carmine, 2009, France- dark cherry and chocolate tones, has a fruity finish
Rosum Joven Torro, 2010, Spain- tastes of spices, licorice, espresso and blackberry
Castellroig, Cava Brut, Spain – fine bubbles, aromas of white flowers and pear and apple. Fresh in mouth, light and easy drinking
SmallBar Division – My Word is My Bond Beer Dinner
January 16, 7 pm
2049 W Division
Join SmallBar Division in the long dark month of January as they partner up with one of their favorite local breweries for a low maintenance “Food Flight” beer dinner. Enjoy a flight of four beers from Tim Marshall and the Solemn Oath gang paired with small plates from Chef Justin White. The pairings will be presented in a “food flight” format. No hard start time. Food and beer will be presented together at one time for one fixed price. Enjoy it at your own pace. No speeches from chefs or brewers. Available all night until they sell out. The regular menu will also be available. The cost is $40 per person plus tip and tax. Reservations are encouraged via their website open table access. Groups of 5 or more must call 773-772-2727 to reserve a table