Things to do for August 05, 2010

The Weekender

Bottomless Brunch, Bathtub Gin and a Boozy Bus Tour

The weekend is crowd surfing.

Thursday
Beer and Frites Tasting at Frietkoten
BRUXELLES, SPOUTS

Beer and Frites Tasting at Frietkoten

Hot Belgian fries versus cold Belgian beer—a battle with no clear winner. To settle the debate, this ingenious happy hour tasting is pitting six delicious Belgian brews against paper cones filled with crispy frites alongside 20 kinds of dipping sauce. Trust us: you’ll want to see how this turns out.

Aug 5, 4:30pm, $15, Frietkoten at Chicago French Market, 131 N Clinton St, 312-575-0306

Speakeasy Throwback at Palmer House
EASY DOES IT

Speakeasy Throwback at Palmer House

When chefs from places like Lockwood, Sixteen, Girl & The Goat and Blackbird are tasked with creating one killer dish to pair with one ambitious cocktail, you know they’ll do some interesting things. When there’s also a Palmer House ballroom housing an ice-filled, claw-foot bathtub stuffed with booze, you know you will too.

Saturday
One Sixtyblue Dinner at Dietzler Farms
FIELD TRIPPING

One Sixtyblue Dinner at Dietzler Farms

Take one bus. Load it with appetizers and really good beer. Point it toward Lake Geneva. Hop on. Soon, you’ll be zipping through bucolic farmland and feasting on an open-air five-course extravaganza of wine, beer, braised short ribs and, of course, s’mores. No bus trip’s complete without s’mores.

Aug 7, 2-9pm, $150, bus leaves from One Sixtyblue, 1400 W Randolph St (at Ada), 312-850-0303

Art on Track
ON RAILS

Art on Track

When an eight-car train on the Orange Line becomes a mobile gallery/studio this Saturday—making frequent stops and filled with artists creating installations, photo galleries and performance pieces—the art critic in you may be amazed by what they produce. But it’s safe to say it won’t be your first surreal experience riding the CTA.

Aug 7, 5-10pm, $10, entrance on Adams/Wabash and Washington/Wells CTA platforms, tickets here

Basil Hayden's
Johnny Cakes at The Southern

HERE’S JOHNNY

Johnny Cakes at The Southern

The whiskey-friendly menu at this genial bourbon house lays on that ol’ Southern charm pretty thick. Johnny Cakes—basically griddled corn pancakes—come with a delicacy called chow-chow (a smoked-pickled relish) and pork shoulder that’s smoked over hickory wood and pecan shells. Your whiskey will be swept off its feet.

411: The Southern, 1840 W North Ave (between Wolcott and Honore), 773-342-1840
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Sunday
Tacos and Mimosa Brunch at Los Moles
MUCHO MIMOSA

Tacos and Mimosa Brunch at Los Moles

No matter what kind of tequila-soaked excess you get up to the night before, a solid plate of huevos rancheros can pull you through in the morning. But this new brunch adds blue corn pancakes, $10 bottomless mimosas and one of the city’s best Mexican chefs to oversee them all. We think you might live to see another Saturday night after all.

Sundays starting Aug 8, 10am-3pm, Los Moles, 3140 N Lincoln Ave (near Belmont), 773-935-9620

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