LAKEVIEW — From the annual Belmont Bunny Hop to a Peeps diorama contest, Lakeview businesses have a slew of offerings for those who celebrate Easter and Passover.
Easter, the Christian holiday honoring Jesus’ resurrection, is April 9. Passover, a major Jewish holiday that celebrates the story of the Israelites escape from slavery, will be celebrated April 5-13.
Below are several ways to join in on the holiday fun in Lakeview. Is your business doing something not featured on the list? Email Jake@blockclubchi.org to potentially have it added.
Belmont Bunny Hop
10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 1
Lakeview’s Belmont Avenue commercial corridor
Families venture to businesses along Belmont Avenue, where they can shop and grab an Easter egg and sticker. The stickers are turned in for a raffle tickets to win a $100 gift card from the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce and a Squishmallow from Building Blocks Toy Store. The raffle drawing will happen 1 p.m. April 2. A list of participating businesses is on the chamber’s website. Families can also sign up for photo sessions with the Easter Bunny.
Peeps Diorama Contest
Deadline: 8 p.m. March 31
Candyality, 3737 N. Southport Ave.
People of all ages can compete in a diorama contest to see who can make the coolest Peeps candy setup using a shoebox. People are encouraged to draw inspiration from pop culture, current events, art, history and more.
All dioramas must be turned in by 8 p.m. March 31 to Candyality. They will be on display April 1-15 at Wintrust Bank-Roscoe Village, 3234 N. Damen Ave.
Winners will be notified by April 4 and can win a $100 Candyality gift card, a house-made popcorn sampler or a candy pack. Judging will be based on original concept, artful design and best use of Peeps.
Easter Dinner And Drinks At Cafe Tola
6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Cafe Tola, 3612 N. Southport Ave.
If Candyality hasn’t satisfied your fixing for Peeps, you can swing by Cafe Tola and order a lemonade decorated with a tower of multi-colored peeps sitting on a cotton candy cloud. For dinner, customers can order Easter-inspired empanadas with ham, sweet pecan potatoes, regular potatoes and deviled eggs.
Steingold’s Passover Catering Meals
Steingold’s Deli, 3737 N. Southport Ave.
Steingold’s is offering Passover meal kits available for pickup around the holiday. They’re cold when picked up and have instructions for reheating. They are not certified kosher.
Customers can order from braised lamb shanks, roasted asparagus, crispy fingerling potatoes, flourless chocolate cake, matzo crackers and edible seder platter. Or they can request the Passover Feast ($175), which serves four to six people with a combination of all dishes.
People can order online at Steingold’s website.
Passover Dinner At The Bagel
The Bagel, 3107 N. Broadway
The Bagel Restaurant and Deli is rolling out its traditional Passover dinner menu, available for dine-in only.
For $39.95 per person, diners will get their choice of appetizer plus a chopped egg and onion salad or chopped liver, gefilte fish with horseradish and golden chicken broth with a matzoh ball.
Entree choices include oven-roasted brisket of beef, roasted tender spring chicken, one-half fresh broiled wile Lake Superior whitefish and sweet-and-sour meatballs in a savory sauce.
Carrot-sweet potato and prune trzimmes, green beans and onions almondine and oven-baked matzoh dressing will also be served, according to the menu.
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