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James Beard Eats Week

Friday, April 21– Monday, May 1

Join us for a Spanish spin on James Beard Eats Week! Inspired by James Beard’s recipes with clams from the West Coast where he grew up, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Executive Chef Matt Holmes will serve Razor Clams A La Plancha with garlic, shallots and nora pepper vinaigrette. Chef Holmes will also offer Spanish Vitello Tonnato with cured Ibérico pork loin, Spanish tuna, fried capers and parsley, a Spanish version of the Italian classic. We look forward to celebrating the James Beard Awards in Chicago for the third year in a row!

Paella Cooking Demo & Wine Dinner

Tuesday, May 30, 6:00pm-8:00pm


Executive Chef Matt Holmes will lead an interactive cooking class, demonstrating a how-to recipe for the classic rice dish, paella. Enjoy a five-course dinner menu including Bacalao Croquette, Iberico Chorizo and Shishito Pepper, Cana de Cabra with membrillo honey, Market Greens Salad, Tortilla Española with Sherry Aioli, Grilled Iberico Pork and Arroz Negra with monkfish, shrimp and clams, finishing with Natilla Flan with Saffron Caramel for dessert. Each course will be paired with Spanish wines. The event is $42 per guest + tax, gratuity not included.

Happy Hour At The Bar!

Monday–Friday, 4pm-6pm
Friday/Satrurday 10pm-Midnight

It’s official: We are 30 years old. We’re throwing it back to when we opened in 1985 with an old school Happy Hour menu, featuring select tapas at their original price! Enjoy $16 pitchers of our classic Red Sangria, $1 pintxos, spicy potatoes for $2.50, bacon-wrapped dates for $3.25 and more. Happy Hour is available in the bar area daily from 4pm–6pm, plus Friday/Saturday nights between 10pm and midnight. View the full menu here.


Join Us Aboard
Chicago’s First Lady Cruises



Heighten all of your senses! See the city, feel the breeze & enjoy a taste of Spain – compliments of Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!


Book your boat party by Memorial Day on Monday, May 29 and receive 15% off all food catering orders from Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

*Mention this offer at the time of booking.


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Contact: Alison Lowry

Every Monday:
Half-Priced Cocktail Menu!

Extend the weekend with a selection of half-priced cocktails at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! Enjoy a variety of craft cocktails from our list like the Mezcal Mule (Del Maguey Mezcal, ginger beer, lime, agave and chili powder), Sherry Tart (fino sherry, chambord, lemon and demerara syrup) and Pisco Sour (BarSol Pisco, lemon, Angostura bitters and egg whites), or choose from our take on the classics, including margaritas, mojitos and more.

Flamenco Dinner Show

Monday, May 15 at 7:00pm


On Monday, May 15, Chicago-based Flamenco ensemble El Payo will showcase the traditional music and dancing of Spain. Enjoy your favorite pintxos and tapas from our full dinner menu, sip on half-priced craft cocktails, and take in the troupe’s contemporary take on the classic art of Flamenco Dancing. Event cover is $15 per person + tax. Dinner and seating begins at 6pm and the show begins at 7 pm Please call 773-935-5000 for tickets.

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