B.Good times two
Featuring natural and locally produced dishes, fast-casual restaurant B.Good is opening its second Chicago-area location at Woodfield Gatherings in Schaumburg. Starting Thursday, diners will be able to nosh on seasonal salads, bowls, sandwiches such as the eggplant meatball sub, burgers, fries, sides, smoothies and more. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The other location opened at the end of October in Vernon Hills' Mellody Farm shopping center. B.Good is at 1721 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg, (224) 353-4080 or bgood.com.
Shake it up
Shake Shack -- known for its Angus beef burgers, chicken sandwiches, griddled flat-top dogs, frozen custard, crinkle-cut fries and more -- is opening its newest location at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in Oak Brook. The first 100 people in line will receive a custom Shake Shack beanie. The restaurant will donate 25 percent of proceeds from opening day to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. This location will be serving unique concretes such as the Pie Oh My (vanilla custard with a slice of Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie), Minted Magic (chocolate custard, minted marshmallow, chocolate truffle cookie dough and chocolate sprinkles) and Cookie Butter Blender (vanilla custard, cookie butter, chocolate toffee and chocolate sprinkles). Plus, enjoy brews from Half Acre, Old Style and Revolution Brewing. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Shake Shack is at 1950 Spring Road, Oak Brook, (630) 413-1017 or shakeshack.com.
Kona Grill recently added a bigger and better happy hour. Diners can now take advantage of $5 specials, from sushi rolls to a variety of starters, plus 20 craft cocktails and wines. The house margarita -- served frozen or on the rocks -- is only $1 from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Other specials include domestic draft beer for $2 and import and craft beer for $4. The new happy hour hours are 2 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 p.m. to close Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday. Kona Grill is at 940 Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire, (847) 955-1210, and 3051 Butterfield Road, Oak Brook, (630) 515-8395. konagrill.com.
Lights and Lagers
What better way to experience Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo than with the new Lights and Lagers event from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Sip on 3-ounce beer samples from breweries such as Ballast Point, Blue Moon, New Belgium, Noon Whistle, Pilsner Urquell, Revolution Brewery, Tangled Roots Brewing Co., Tenth and Blake, White Claw and more while enjoying a sneak peek of the new light show. Plus, enjoy music and the zoo's Animal Ambassadors. Tickets, which cost $35 for zoo members and designated drivers and $45 for nonmembers, include a commemorative tasting glass. Brookfield Zoo is at 8400 31st St., Brookfield, (708) 688-8000 or czs.org/lightsandlagers.
Burgers & Brews
Tokio Pub in Schaumburg recently introduced Burgers & Brews on Wednesdays. Combine any of the three burgers -- Sunrise, Eruption or the signature Ramen -- with any of eight beers for $12. Pairing suggestions include the Sunrise Burger (Angus beef, Asian barbecue sauce, crispy pork belly, white cheddar and fried egg on a brioche bun) with Solemn Oath Snaggle Tooth Bandana; the Eruption Burger (fried Fresno chili peppers, tobanjan, chili oil and arugula on a brioche bun) with Revolution Brewing Co. Fist City; and the Ramen Burger (Angus beef, soy "molasses," mizuna and scallion on a ramen noodle bun) with Noon Whistle Hop Prism Laser Yellow. Tokio Pub is at 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 278-5181 or tokiopub.com.
Learn to cook
If you haven't checked out cooking classes at the North American Pizza & Culinary Academy in Lisle, now might be the time. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, learn how to make holiday tamales, including how to make masa and steam and craft the fillings. The class is $82. Or consider the Winter Risotto Workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. Chef Cristiano Bassani, of Bapi Ristorante in Arlington Heights, will teach the class, which includes using the right rice, tools and technique. Participants will receive a bag of Viola Imports' Acquerello Carnaroli Rice to take home. Plan ahead for the family-friendly Gingerbread Decorating Party with Santa at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. It's $45. See the website for more options as cooking classes are held almost daily. North American Pizza & Culinary Academy is at 1970 University Lane, Lisle, (630) 395-9958 or pizzaculinaryacademy.com.
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