A live concert is the only place where you can demand that your favorite singer play your favorite song while staring directly into your eyes. Make the moment last forever with this Groupon.
- Klezmer Brunch
- When: Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Where: City Winery Concert Hall
- Door time: 10 a.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the brunch menu.
- $29 for brunch and concert for two (up to a $60 value)
- $59 for brunch and concert for four (up to a $120 value)
Performers and Dates
- Sunday, May 5: New Budapest Orpheum Society
- Sunday, May 19: Chicago Klezmer Ensemble
- Sunday, May 26: Tum Balalaika
- Sunday, June 2: Balkano
Tum Balalaika Klezmer Band performing at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival in 2009
It's not uncommon to enjoy brunch to the muted strains of classical music, but City Winery prefers to pair its omelets, bagels, and challah French toast with a spicier sonic buffet, such as this Russian tango by klezmer ensemble Tum Balalaika. The Chicago-based act is one of four klezmer bands gracing the Sunday stage at the City Winery Concert Hall in the coming weeks. Other groups whipping up a blend of gypsy reels, Eastern folk, and Yiddish foot-stompers include the New Budapest Orpheum Society, the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble, and Balkano.
Michael Dorf stood with his brother Josh, smiling over the barrel filled with wine from grapes they'd just crushed, fermented, and pressed. He claims that despite tastings and classes, he'd never begun to understand wine until this moment. As his understanding grew, he laid the foundations for City Winery: a full winery facility, restaurant, and concert venue inside urban Chicago. He now watches over more than 400 international wines and 20 house wines. Inside the winery, these wines—made from nine US and international varietals—age inside stainless steel tanks and American and French oak barrels. Here, staffers lead winemaking classes, letting visitors join the crushing and fermenting process, and showing them how make private barrels and fill custom juice boxes or bottles pasted with labels of their own design.
These monolithic tanks and barrels can be seen through floor-to-ceiling windows from most of the restaurant's rooms, where servers ferry Executive Chef Andres Barrera's dishes, each a blend of Italian, French, Spanish, and Middle-Eastern flavors. The culinary team crafts small and large plates of artisanal cheeses, seafood, and flatbreads—which they make using the winery's own wine lees as yeast. In the restaurant and Barrel Room tasting bar, staffers pour housemade wines piped fresh from the cellar through 14 taps, while visitors bask in the glow from hard wood and floor to ceiling windows. Patrons dine on a ground floor lit by soft blue lights and hanging lamps fashioned from old wine bottles, as well as a mezzanine level looking out on the city skyline. Private dining rooms gather guests around long communal tables, stretched between exposed brick walls. In the show venue, comedians, live musicians, and slapstick-prone stage crew members entertain audiences under the glow of tabletop candles.
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