City Winery Chicago’s Summer 2015 Vinofile Party Recap

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City Winery kicked off June with yet another VinoFile Party. Although weather ended up keeping us indoors, we nevertheless celebrated the evening with style, using the lobby, winery, Barrel Room and the restaurant for an exclusive VinoFile bash. For our second VinoFile party of the year, we wanted to celebrate the arrival of our new VinoFile tiers – Silver and Gold. While all of our VinoFiles are aware of the perks of their membership, several members decided to up their membership to one of the new packages for one very good reason – WINE CLUB! Both Silver and Gold tiers introduce a first for City Winery Chicago – a chance for people to subscribe to our wines and take home bottles – including favorites that they’ve had here at City Winery, plus options that are exclusive to the wine club. Winemaker Robert Kowal was on hand to talk about his selections for the inaugural offering, plus what’s in store for the next chapter coming at the end of fall! Chef Andres Barrera and Pastry Chef Angelica Rangel were also on hand to charm the crowd (and receive credit for their own tasty offerings to the party)!
our lovely pasty chef Angelica Rangel

our lovely pasty chef Angelica Rangel

If you’re worried that you missed out, fear not – memberships are retroactive, so guests wanting to sign up for our new VinoFile tiers can still receive their Wine Club offerings. And those bummed about not being at this party can take heart – another will be coming in the fall and winter! If you’re curious about joining the VinoFile program – or interesting in upgrading to the wine club selections available in Silver or Gold – just click here for details!
 
We hope to see you at the next party – you bring a guest, and we’ll bring the wine!
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July 2015 Events at City Winery Chicago

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Summer is in full swing, and City Winery Chicago’s July calendar is chock-full of shows and events you don’t want to miss!

We’re starting off the month with a huge celebration of Bob Weir and 50 years of Grateful Dead with Weir World: 6 days full of shows and events coinciding with the Grateful Dead concerts at Soldier field. On 6/30, 7/1 and 7/2, come out and see Jonathan Wilson and friends for a show with music, interviews and insights.

On 7/3, 7/4 and 7/5, we will be hosting a LIVE stream from Soldier Field of all the Grateful Dead shows. So if you weren’t able to grab tickets for the show, come join to watch the whole thing from the comfort of our concert venue! All shows will start at 7PM.

We will also be hosting shows throughout the week around the Grateful Dead shows to keep the celebration going. Steve Kimock and Jerry Joseph will play on 7/3 and 7/4 at Noon, Matisyahu and Friends on 7/4 at midnight and Railroad Earth on 7/5 at midnight. And don’t forget about Joan Osborne’s brunch show at 12PM on 7/5. All tickets for these shows can be found on our website or HERE on this dedicated site.

Post Weir World, there are still plenty of great shows to see, starting with the Bacon Brothers with Freedy Johnson on 7/6! Outside of both of their highly successful careers, Kevin and Michael have decided to share their talent and pursue their love for music. This will definitely be a fun one, so don’t miss it!

Later that week, Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde will here on 7/9! We’re so excited to finally have her here after a reschedule back in March. Then, on 7/14, Paris Combo is here to perform songs of their fifth album, 5. The quintet plays a great mixture of jazz, French pop,cabaret, gypsy, Latino and Middle Eastern music. There’s something for everyone to love at this show.

Guitarist and songwriter Shuggie Otis will be at City Winery for a 10:30PM show on 7/17. And later that weekend, Ray Wylie Hubbard performs with The Grahams on 7/19. Hubbard is an Americana favorite, and will be playing tunes from both his past albums and The Ruffian’s Misfortune, which was out earlier this year.

Five-time Grammy winner Marty Stuart will be at City Winery with his Fabulous Superlatives on 7/22 along with Sam Lewis! This country star has been making music for more than four decades, and he’s still ready to put on a great show every night.

Legendary 70’s punk group X will be playing a three night stay at City Winery on 7/26, 7/27, & 7/28. All original members of the group will be playing the shows. And, like last time they were here, these shows will sell out.

Three-time Grammy winner Delbert McClinton will be rounding out the month with his show on 7/29. He’ll be here to play songs off his 28th (wow!) studio album, Blind, Crippled and Crazy, along a lifetime of other work. What great way to end the month.

As always, we have our wine events throughout the month as well. The first event for wine lovers new and old will be on 7/09. The Wines of South America Dinner with Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein will start at 7PM and feature a three-course dinner paired with wines from Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

City Winery Wine School will be hosting the first of their summer series events the following week on 7/15. This grapes class features Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir and Syrah.

To round out the month, City Winery will be hosting Stag’s Leap Wine Cellar dinner on 7/30. The three-course dinner will feature wines from the wine cellar in Napa Valley, and guidance from Chris Smarto of Stag’s Leap!

Don’t miss out on your chance to come out to any of the events City Winery has going on this July!

For tickets to any of these shows follow this link: July Calendar

7/1 & 2 – A VERY SPECIAL EVENING OF MUSIC AND MUCH, MUCH MORE… FEATURING MUSICAL HOST JONATHAN WILSON AND FRIENDS
7/3,4,5 – FARE THEE WELL LIVE STREAM FROM SOLDIER FIELD
7/3 & 4 – STEVE KIMOCK & JERRY JOSEPH. Noon show.
7/3 – ALEX BLEEKER & THE FREAKS – PLAY DEAD W/ GUESTS
7/4 – MATISYAHU & FRIENDS
7/5 – JOAN OSBORNE – 12PM BRUNCH SHOW
7/5 – RAILROAD EARTH
7/6 – BACON BROTHERS
7/7 – AMY HELM & THE HANDSOME STRANGERS
7/8 – LEFTOVER CUTIES
7/9 – JOHNETTE NAPOLITANO OF CONCRETE BLONDE WITH SPECIAL GUEST LAURIE SARGENT
7/10 – PAT MCGEE – ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
7/12 – FRED EAGLESMITH WITH TIF GINN
7/14 – PARIS COMBO
7/15,16,17 – ERIC ROBERSON
7/17 – SHUGGIE OTIS. 10:30pm show
7/19 – RAY WYLIE HUBBARD WITH THE GRAHAMS
7/21 – KATE PIERSON OF THE B-52’S. Meet and Greet tickets available
7/22 – MARTY STUART AND THE FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES with SAM LEWIS
7/23 & 24 – SANDRA BERNHARD
7/26,27,28 – X
7/29 – DELBERT MCCLINTON
7/30 – LYNNE JORDAN & THE SHIVERS

City Winery Chicago Opens on the Riverwalk!

A view from the kitchen on the Riverwalk.

A view from the kitchen on the Riverwalk.

City Winery Chicago officially opened it’s Riverwalk location this past Friday, June 12. The newest City Winery location, on 11 W. Riverwalk South, is located on the newly renovated Marina Plaza between State and Dearborn streets.

The Riverwalk location will be open 11am-9pm daily (weather permitting), and has over 100 seats looking out over the Chicago River. There will also be an indoor space reserved for private parties. Also, anyone looking to stop by on their boat is welcome to dock in front with our friends at Downtown Docks and come ashore to wine and dine!

The Riverwalk menu features some of the most popular salads, sandwiches and soups from City Winery Chicago’s distinctive small-plates sharing-and-pairing concept menu, plus some new items unique to the Riverwalk, including family-friendly options. City Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk will feature six house-made wines – sourced from vineyards in California, Oregon, Washington, Argentina and Chile – on tap, in addition to bottles of bubbly, Goose Island beer and a selection of seasonal cocktails. City Winery Chicago has designated a “Riverwalk Red” (blend) that will be available all summer long.

One of our West Loop favorites, the Burrata, is now available at the Riverwalk!

One of our West Loop favorites, the Burrata, is now available at the Riverwalk!

The Marina Plaza that City Winery opened in is just a part of the revamp of the Riverwalk. The complete renovation of the Riverwalk, being done by the Chicago Department of Transportation, is planned to stretch the pedestrian walkway from Michigan Avenue to Lake Street.

Everyone at City Winery is really excited to bring a “best of” experience to everyone in the heart of downtown! For more information, check out our Riverwalk website here.

City Winery at the Riverwalk from afar.

City Winery at the Riverwalk from State Street bridge.

 

 

 

City Winery Chicago presents Help Rebuild Nepal Benefit 6.16

nepalTogether with Revolutions Per Minute, City Winery Chicago is hosting the Help Rebuild Nepal Benefit Concert to help those affected by the recent devastating earthquakes in Nepal. The event will feature local Chicago artists who are passionate about the cause, and will be with us to play a great show!

Artists performing include: Lynne Jordan, Wayne Baker Brooks, The Empty Pockets, Rick King’s Royal Hustle and Nicholas Barron.

Soulful songstress Lynne Jordan has been performing around Chicago and the world for more than a decade both as a solo performer and the front woman for The Shivers, a 12-piece band. Her voice and stage presence are not something you’ll want to miss.

Wayne Baker Brooks, the son of Lonnie Brooks, is a legendary blues guitarist from right here in Chicago. His work has been described as boundary-breaking blues, something that will definitely come across as he performs with his band at the benefit.

Another blues artist to look for at the benefit is @Rick King’s Royal Hustle. This group, founded by drummer Rick King, is a funk, blues and soul combo band that King founded after working with his first group, Lubriphonic.

If rootsy-Americana rock ‘n roll music with a touch of Motown soul is more your style, The Empty Pockets will be a highlight of the evening. This group of charismatic performers will grab your attention from beginning to end.

Last but not least is Nicholas Barron, a folk and blues musician who also has quite a knack for painting. Barron has had an incredible story to tell and art to see. There’s no better way to sample the best of both his talents by coming to see him at the benefit (and checking out his painting hanging in our dining room).

In order to see all of these amazing artists, and help give back to a community greatly in need, all you need to do is come see us 6.16 for the Help Nepal Benefit! Tickets are only $25 and net proceeds will benefit Revolutions Per Minute’s When Disaster Strikes Fund.

You can reserve your seats for the show at this link: tickets

 

 

Lucy Kaplansky & Richard Shindell at City Winery Chicago 6/12

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Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell have been singing together for 25 years. And they’ve talked about making a record together for just as long. In summer 2014 an extraordinarily successful Kickstarter campaign raised the initial goal of $40,000 in 24 hours, going on to ultimately reach over $85,000, to bring that desire to fruition under the band name “The Pine Hill Project.”

“Tomorrow You’re Going,” an Americana masterwork of great songs, gorgeous harmonies, and stunning production was released in March of this year. The album is at turns meditative, joyful, rollicking, and deeply moving, and a one of a kind musical event.

We are incredibly excited to have these two here at City Winery Chicago to experience what happens when they join forces. Their show on June 12 is sure to showcase all of their folk and Americana style, and this duo is definitely ready to share their music with you.

You can grab you tickets for the show here –> http://bit.ly/pinehillpro

Check out the pair one a One on One Cellar session at our sister venue, City Winery New York!