LUSH: Back to Basics

May 26, 2011 at 11:58 pm (BYOB, class, Current Events, Geek, Our Favorite Things, Special Events, What we are eating, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , )

by Ms. Jessica Tessendorf

LUSH lingo leaving you a little bamboozled? Let’s get straight to the facts. An honest to
goodness list of everything your neighborhood LUSH can provide just for you.

1. FREE booze! If the lights are blinking, you’re drinking. 12-10, 7 days a week. Anything
we have opened is fair game.
2. FREE Scheduled tastings. 2-5 each and every Sunday afternoon. Check out the website
or call your local shop to see what the weekly theme is. Not a wine fan? 25% of our
scheduled tastings are either beer or spirits. We provide the topic, the booze, and some
tasting notes, you provide your face.
3. Personalized tastings. Pick a topic, or don’t. Have it blind, or not. Have some snacks
to pair, or drink your food. Set a date with Ms. Carrie ( at Roscoe Village, or Ms. Alica ( at West Town & University Village, get
some friends together, and have a more tailored tasting event. Read the rest of this entry »

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Snapshot: April Events at LUSH

March 31, 2010 at 7:05 pm (Current Events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

SPECIAL EVENTS, please come out and play: check website for full details, email, or call 312.666.6900 for more information.

Reservations still OPEN for the exceedingly exciting, tasty, damn arrogant bastards of brewing. STONE Brewing Company is coming to LUSH for a big kick off, launch event, Friday, April 2nd, 6-9pm. All the LUSH locations will be breaking out the bad boys. Bottles at Roscoe. Kegs at Halsted and West Town. Brewers and Stone folk all around. Brews…new and library collection pieces, maybe even a cellared 3L; delicious snacks; really cool stuff to buy. Roar. The Stones are coming. (Not rolling, mind you). $15 per person. RSVP strongly suggested. Email to get on the RSVP list. *Please indicate at which location you prefer to consume liquid arrogance*

Sunday, April 4th, 2-5pm:  Sundays with LUSH – Craft Brews. To properly initiate the impending Craft Brewers Conference that will take the city by storm this next week, LUSH is popping the tops on a wild array of craft beers. Brew-centric, indeed. And sudsy. Get set. Ready. Go…BEER! Beer beer beer. Brew, brew, brew, beer. Hops, malt, and quirky ingredients abound!

We are handpicking our spring favorites, as well as new releases from the brewers that are flitting into town this week. The warming trend leaves the Lushes parched with thirst, crawling from our dark little hole, and in need of seriously spritely, zippy brews. Spring saisons, of course, but hefe and maibock or just around the corner, and lightly spiced whites are still quite nice. Maybe a sour and a Basque cider to kick it up a notch. And, of course, a few solid standards of the Chicago local variety.

[LUSH West Town
1412 W. Chicago Ave]
Friday, April 16th, 6-8pm: North Shore Distillery ‘Spring’ Cocktails interactive seminar and tasting. Ms. Sonja will be shaking and slingin’ up a storm, and showing you the ropes of constructing tasty, classically inspired cocktails. Drink local booze. And, just for kicks, follow StillEthel on Twitter, too. She’s a fun broad. $15 per person. RSVP required; Drink, snacks, and hootenany included.

Wine 101 –
Wednesday, April 21st, 6:30-8pm

Learn the basics, LUSH style. Lush is teaching the secrets of good wine…learn the basics of wine and have fun doing it. We’ll break down the fancy labels, crazy grape names, how to taste a glass of wine, and provide you with obscure wine trivia to impress your swanky friends. Get illuminated! Lush will show you all the tricks and tips to making sure the bottle you buy is the bottle you’ve been dreaming of! Never again feel faint staring at a restaurant wine list or lost in the supermarket, wondering what will perfectly compliment your newest treasure from Lush. Be the superstar wine geek at your next dinner soiree appearance with a little tutorial in WINE 101.

Thursday, April 22nd, 6-9pm: Mr. Julian Van Winkle of Old Pappy Van Winkle, will be in town for whiskey fest, and at LUSH for a whiskey and cocktail dinner event, Thursday, April 22nd. 4 courses, 5 cocktails, $100 (NOT including tax or tip). LIMITED to 12 guests. Our tentative menu includes an appetizer of assorted ham, cheeses, olives, pickles and bread; shaved fennel salad; venison loin rubbed with coffee, salt and maple sugar along with sauteed greens and pureed root vegetable; chocolate layer cake with bittersweet chocolate pecan frosting. Each course will be paired with a specially crafted, heavy hittin’, classically inspired Van Winkle whiskey cocktail. Knee slappin’ good times are to be had. Bring a friend or two, and sidle up to experience whiskey week up close and personal.You can sign up NOW…call 312.666.6900 and chat with Rachel or Kelly, or email

Saturday, April 24th, 8am-6pm: Dark Lord Day Fieldtrip. Disclaimer: YOU must procure the golden, er purple, ticket. LUSH just gives you a ride. Brunch, beer and bloodys at LUSH Halsted before trekking down to Indiana for an all day beer extravaganza. Bring a chair and a cooler full of brews to knock back and trade while waiting in line. Good times. Rumor is, this beer will be seriously outrageous this year and the visiting breweries rockin’. Cost to be determined and will be non-refundable. We currently have started a waiting list. Reserve your seat now with Ms. Erin,, RSVP required. Round trip in style.

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Crab Boil: the aftermath

September 12, 2008 at 2:58 pm (Our Favorite Things, Special Events, What we're drinking) (, , , , , )

Splattered in crab juice and Tokaji, we were happy. Check out the photos of our lovely evening…waiting, waiting, waiting for the water to boil…and then, bashing crabs and eating ourselves silly!


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Menu of [delicious] Upcoming Events: UPDATED

August 14, 2008 at 7:47 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

Boy oh boy, have we got great things in store for our lovely Lushly customers! Check out the updates and new additions [in bold] to our calendar of events for the next two months:

August 20th: Jim Beam bourbon celebration and BBQ with Fred Noe, Booker’s son. FREE! 7-9 PM
August 23rd: Maryland-style Blue Crab Boil served family style with traditional sides and hand-selected pairings. Market Price, but between $50-100.
August 29th: Join Lush and Sonja from North Shore Distillery to sample their world-class, local spirits and their brand spankin’ new absinthe ‘Sirene’. FREE!
September 14th: Oysterbration. Buckets and buckets of ’em, with wine pairings to boot. Market price.
September 20th: PAX and Pig. A vertical of highly acclaimed wine with succulent swine. Price TBD.
September 26th: Sine Qua Non. Super super super rare vertical tasting. Do not miss this. Price TBD.
September 27th: Champagne and Fried Chicken. Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it–a miraculous pairing! Price TBD

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