Taco Joint

Day of the Dead Specials at Taco Joint 11.1-11.2

Taco Joint

Taco Joint

Doughnuts de los Muertos, Turkey Leg Taco and Mezcal Cocktail

Friday, November 1 – Saturday, November 2
In celebration of the upcoming Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, Taco Joint Urban Taqueria and Cantina in Lincoln Park and River North will offer “Dia de los Muertos” menu specials.  Available onNovember 1 and November 2, the specials include a Oaxacan-inspired Turkey Leg Taco, “Lil’ Blood” Mezcal Cocktail and “Doughnuts de los Muertos,” created in collaboration with Chicago’s Glazed & Infused (doughnuts will be available at Taco Joint’s Lincoln Park location only). The complete Dia de los Muertos menu specials are outlined below.

Day of the Dead Specials at Taco Joint
November 1-2 
Turkey Leg Carnitas Taco $3.50
Black Oaxacan mole, crispy sweet potato strings

“Lil’ Blood” Mezcal Cocktail $9
Tawny Port, El Buho Mezcal, Agave Loco Tequila, orange, ruby red grapefruit, citrus bitters, salt rim

Doughnuts de los Muertos* $3
Dark chocolate doughnut with Mexican chocolate custard, ancho chile glaze and traditional calavera decorations *available only at Taco Joint Lincoln Park

Taco Joint Lincoln Park
1969 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614

Taco Joint River North
158 W. Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60654
At first glance, the Mexican custom of Dia de los Muertos–or the Day of the Dead, may seem a lot like Halloween.  This popular and fascinating holiday is a time when people who have died are celebrated, remembered, and prayed for by friends and relatives.  These celebrations are a festive occasion, taking place on November 1st and 2nd–coinciding and often intermixing with the Catholic tradition of All Saint’s Day.  Many believe it is during this time that the souls of the departed return to visit their living relatives to eat, drink, and be merry–as if they were still living. Traditionally, families and friends gather around an ofrenda, or altar, dedicated to the deceased.  These altars are elaborately decorated with sugar skulls, candles, and a display of the deceased’s favorite foods and drinks.  In some parts of Mexico, families gather at grave sites to build their altars at headstones and celebrate the lives that once were.  It is common to find mariachi bands performing the favorite songs of the departed in these cemeteries, as well as a variety of street vendors selling food, candles, and trinkets to the families for their outdoor ofrendas.  Although the traditions and customs may vary by family or region, one fact remains: Dia de los Muertos is a time for love, remembrance, and family that will continue on for generations to come.


Untitled, Bacardi, and Peroni Present “An Unbridled Halloween” 10.31

Screen-Shot-2013-09-24-at-2.29.18-PMHalloween soiree like no other with performances that will amaze, amuse and astonish the senses

On Halloween night, once the sun has set and the jack-o-lanterns are lit, pin-up girls and pumpkins alike will go underground for a night full of tricks and treats. Untitled takes Unbridled, its weekly party featuring the freakiest, most titillating variete, to a whole new level to create the craziest Halloween event the city has to offer. Look to every corner of Untitled’s dimly lit rooms and mysterious pathways to find mesmerizing acts of ghoulish proportions, fascinating freakishness, and seductive circumstances.

For this special night, Unbridled welcomes the Dead Man’s Carnivalan outrageous vaudevillian, circus & burlesque troupe from Milwaukee, to join in the night’s tantalizing proceedings. Together with Unbridled’s bizarre cast of characters such asLady JackAmmunitionSolare, to name a few, one can expect over 20 performers creating an atmosphere of intrigue, sex, mystery, and fantasy that will engulf every room of Untitled. Guests may engage and interact with this eerie spectacle while sipping drink specials from sponsors Bacardi and Peroni, along with a variety of delicious complimentary passed appetizers.

Costumes for the night are not only encouraged, but expected. Join Untitled for an ‘Unbridled Halloween’ Thursday, October 31, 2013. Doors open at 8:00PM and will continue into the early hours of the morning. Pre-sale tickets are available now for $15 through http://unbridledhalloween.eventbrite.com/. Drink specials provided by Bacardi and Peroni will be available.

111 West Kinzie Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Thanksgiving Desserts Class at ZED451, 11.9

Thanksgiving Desserts Class at ZED451

“Confections with Kate” Explores Sweets for Your Feast

Saturday, November 9
2 p.m.
$20 per person

Executive Pastry Chef Kate Milashus’ next “Confections with Kate” dessert class will be held at ZED451 on Saturday, November 9 at 2 p.m. Milashus will discuss and demonstrate how to prepare Thanksgiving desserts from scratch, including an apple-pear crisp, chocolate pumpkin cupcakes and fresh cranberry tartlets. Class participants will each be welcomed with a Spiced Pumpkin Martini.

The fee to attend the class is $20 per person, which includes the demonstration, martini, dessert and a take-home treat. Please call ZED451 at 312-266-6691 for reservations. Class space is limited.

Kate’s classes are held the second Saturday of every month. On December 14, Milashus will highlight holiday cookies.

Milashus, a graduate of the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, has a passion for pastries. She has created decadent desserts for highly-acclaimed restaurants throughout Chicago. Initially brought on as Pastry Chef for ZED451, Milashus currently serves as the Corporate Pastry Chef for Tavistock Restaurant Group. In 2006, she was nominated for the prestigious Jean Banchet Award for Culinary Excellence as Rising Pastry Chef.

739 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654

Spook-Tacular Skinny Social

Bull & Bear
431 N. Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654


Wednesday October 31, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM CDT

Come celebrate Halloween with Skinny Socials at Bull & Bear as we launch their Skinny Socials Certified menu. You’ll have a Ghoul of a Good Time!

Halloween-costume attire is required! Enjoy a greeted cocktail and 3 drink tickets for Skinny Socials Certified featured cocktails. Stay for dinner and enjoy 15% off their new Skinny Socials Certified menu.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Bull & Bear
431 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Ticket Prices:
Tickets include 2 hours of cocktails and delicious high-nutrient based passed appetizers.
$15.00 before Oct. 24
$20.00 in advance
$30.00 at door (if available)

Click HERE to for more information on the event.

Pumpkin Carving Contest 10.21

Where: Timothy O’Toole’s Pub Chicago
622 N. Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-0700

When: Friday, October 21
7 p.m.

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub in Streeterville will kick-off the Halloween holiday with their sixth annual pumpkin carving contest on Friday, October 21. Beginning at 7 p.m., competing carvers may enjoy $10 pitchers of Miller Lite and $4.50 Absolut cocktails while preparing their ghostly gourd.  O’Toole’s will provide the pumpkins and carving materials, while carvers simply come with creative ideas. Prizes (and bragging rights) will be awarded to the top pumpkin creators. This event is free to attend.