Things to do for August 26, 2010

The Weekender

Fig Leaf Bikinis, Three-Martini Brunch and Push-Up Contests

The weekend wants to get into the photo booth with you.

Thursday
Garden of Eden Party at NV Penthouse
SOME ENCHANTED EVES

Garden of Eden Party at NV Penthouse

Tonight you will be lured into a garden of earthly temptations, populated by dancing girls wearing fig leaf bikinis, and one six-foot white python. Please note: the garden is more like a penthouse lounge, so also expect temptation in the form of complimentary vodka for the first 90 minutes. You’ll make the right choice.

Taste of the Gold Coast
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

Taste of the Gold Coast

The Viagra Triangle can be a bit much some nights—lucky for you, this is one of those nights. Il Mulino, Tavern on Rush, McCormick & Schmick’s and RA Sushi (among others) turn Sutton Place into a blowout food fest. Goose Island is bringing the Belgian beer. You bring whatever Belgian you have handy.

Saturday
Big Ten Bar Crawl
PERFECT TEN

Big Ten Bar Crawl

This charity trawl through 11 River North bars (LaSalle Power Co., Epic, Theory, et al) with allegiances to Big Ten schools is a lot to tackle—especially since you’ll be facing off with your archrivals in push-ups contests and sub-eating contests. Which, of course, balance each other out.

Aug 28, 10am-8pm, $20, various locations, 773-340-0010, tickets here

Sunday
Beer-Soaked Brunch Speakeasy
BEYOND BLOODYS, PT. 1

Beer-Soaked Brunch Speakeasy

Imagine a secret society of beer connoisseurs who really like brunch, and you’ll begin to understand this four-course feast hosted by a onetime Top Chef contestant. Wash down miso-glazed pork belly, wild boar sausage and strawberry/peach bread pudding with four different New Holland brews. One rule: no mimosas.

Aug 29, 11am, $65, 4011 N Ravenswood Ave (at Irving Park), tickets here

The Three-Martini Brunch at Sable
BEYOND BLOODYS, PT. 2

The Three-Martini Brunch at Sable

Turns out, martinis aren’t just a weekday lunch thing anymore. Sable now offers a flight of variations on gin martinis (Tanqueray, Beefeater, Hendrick’s) to go with your smoked ham quiche. Which suddenly sounds very macho.

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