Things to do for May 13, 2010

The Weekender

Crab BLTs, Beach Parties and Stewardesses

You've advanced to the weekend in a sweep.

Thursday
Drinking Gratis Vodka in a Basement
VITAL SIGNS

Drinking Gratis Vodka in a Basement

Tonight, the Junior Networking Committee of Vital Bridges—that regular thrower of raucous fund-raisers—hunkers down for a night of gratis vodka (for the first two hours), thumping beats and giveaway dinners at Sunda, RL and Mercat. It feels so good to give... and receive.

Friday
Introducing the Soft Shell Crab BLT
SHELL GAME

Introducing the Soft Shell Crab BLT

A chef slaps some bacon on anything and you're supposed to go weak in the knees. Well, knees, get ready to buckle: meet the genius that is the Soft Shell Crab BLT—Branch 27's amalgamation of spicy mayo, tomato confit, crispy bacon and even crispier crustaceans. Your usual BLT might get jealous.

Now available, Branch 27, 1371 W Chicago Ave (at Noble), 312-850-2700

Prepare for Takeoff at Crescendo
UPRIGHT POSITIONS

Prepare for Takeoff at Crescendo

In an ode to one of your favorite pastimes—hanging out in first-class airport lounges—the River North lounge turns itself into a veritable fuselage hosting a private cocktail reception (gratis for the first 90 minutes), with Las Vegas and Mexico vacation raffles, and servers (naturally) dressed as stewardesses. We suggest you buckle up.

May 14, 10pm-4am, $20, Crescendo, 222 W Ontario St, 312-787-6060, for free admission before midnight RSVP here

Saturday
Stephanie Izard at Green City
GET YOUR GOAT

Stephanie Izard at Green City

Stephanie Izard's Girl & The Goat is so tantalizingly close to opening (i.e., June) you can almost taste it. In fact, you can. The chef will hand out samples—and chances to attend a private preview dinner—at Green City Market. Consider it an appetizer.

Sunday
Beach Party at Zella
GRILL, BABY, GRILL

Beach Party at Zella

It's damp. It's chilly. It's time to party. The folks at Zella satiate your longing for summer by hosting a patio party on Sunday with half off everything from burgers to mai tais. They'll have kiddie pools too—in case you want to make a splash.

May 16, 11am-2pm, Zella, 1983 N Clybourn Ave (at Racine), 773-549-2910

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