Chicago’s Best Bar and Restaurant Pop-Ups

Now that indoor dining has returned to Chicago and hibernating establishments have begun to reopen their doors, bar and restaurant pop-ups have also begun to reemerge across the city. Follow along for a sampling of the best the city has to offer in Eater Chicago’s pop-up round up.

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March 18

Around Town: Limón y Sal, a pop-up that specializes in pozole de Jalisco from wife-and-husband team Mary Eder-McClure (Topolobampo, Galit) and Javier Garcia, on Wednesday launched a new March menu via Instagram. It features several pozole options, including a Catalpa Grove Farms pork pozole rojo and a vegetarian jackfruit and chayote pozole rojo, plus sides and a Paloma cocktail kit for two. March 17-21, Limón y Sal, Available online.

Lincoln Park: Athleisure brand Lululemon has launched a spring pop-up series at Fuel, the restaurant inside its massive Chicago flagship store. It’ll feature a different local chef every two weeks throughout the spring, including irreverent ‘90s-style sandwich spot Big Kids — a surprising bedfellow for a company known for wellness trends and yoga pants. On March 27, they’ll feature a Cuban sandwich, macaroni and cheese (pickled jalapeno, potato chip crust) and Tang-A-Rita cocktails (mezcal, tequila, TANG!). Tickets ($25-$35) and more details are available via Eventbrite. March 27, Fuel at Lululemon, 944 W. North Avenue.

Ukrainian Village/Logan Square: Super-popular bakery and Filipino restaurant Kasama will team up with the busy folks at Big Kids on March 25 (at Kasama) and April 1 (at Big Kids) for mysterious pop-up. Operators promise on Instagram that “things are gonna get weird…” but haven’t yet announced a theme or menu details. March 25, Kasama, 1001 N. Winchester Avenue; April 1, Big Kids, 2545 N. Kedzie Boulevard.

West Loop: Giống Giống (pronounced yum yum), a unique pop-up featuring Vietnamese cuisine with Guatemalan influences from a pair of pedigreed chefs is coming to the Ruin Daily, an all-day cafe and coffeehouse on Jefferson Street. Chefs Jeanette Tran (Smyth, Oriole) and David Holinger (Aya Pastry, Bakery at Fat Rice) with a menu that includes durian egg tarts, banh mi, Hanoi-style pho, and more. All profits from the pop-up will go to Brave Space Alliance. March 26-27; April 2-3; April 9-10, the Ruin Daily, 328 S. Jefferson Street.

West Loop: Laotian-American pop-up dinner series Sao Song will return this weekend, this time at El Che Steakhouse & Bar, according to an Instagram post. Chef Andy Sisomboune (Nico Osteria, Pacific Standard Time) founded Sao Song in 2008 and in the years since has popped up with the series all over the city. From noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, he’ll feature a $24 prix fixe meal with crispy chicken wings, kabocha squash laab, bamboo stew, and more, plus a few a la carte items and cocktails for two. March 20, El Che, 845 W. Washington Boulevard.