El Tapeo: This sleek, high-energy restaurant and lounge is now open at Chicagoland’s newest luxury hotel, Le Méridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center. Head west and, from the ninth floor of the hotel, enjoy city views and authentic Spanish cuisine by culinary artist and Chicago native chef Franco Diaz. 2100 Spring, Oak Brook, (630) 828-2033; Eltapeorestaurant.com
Mustard Seed Fair Trade: The warm season is all about paging through good summer novels — and what better way to showcase what you’ve read than with these adorable bookends from Mustard Seed Fair Trade. Opt for bicycle bookends made in India from hand-painted iron (left, $30) or adorable owl ends made from palewa stone ($44). Plus, your purchases will pay off — all profits are donated to local and global organizations that support women and children. 202 E. Westminster, Lake Forest, (847) 735-0211; Mustardseedfairtrade.com
The Hundred-Year House high tea: Join Rebecca Makkai, author of The Hundred-Year House (Viking Books, $26.95) for a high tea Aug. 14 (1 p.m.) at the historic Lake Forest Academy, where copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Tickets are $35; to register, call the Lake Forest Book Store, (847) 234-4420.
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