Things to do for October 28, 2010

The Weekender

Avec’s Return, Pumpkin Cocktails and the Anti-Halloween

The weekend only gives out the good stuff.

Thursday
Goorin Party in Lakeview
HAT’S OFF

Goorin Party in Lakeview

So something good has come from this villainous, hat-stealing wind: an excuse to pop into Goorin’s Lakeview outpost and replace your cap. Don’t let the fact that they’re serving old-school cocktails and offering 30% off their new fall line distract you.

Basil Hayden's
The Rib Eye-Enhancing Powers of Bourbon Barrels

THE BLUEGRASS STEAK

The Rib Eye-Enhancing Powers of Bourbon Barrels

A 20-ounce dry-aged rib eye, like the one at Logan Square’s new British gastropub, stands on its own. But since the chef uses Kentucky Worcestershire sauce—mellowed in former bourbon oak casks—as a reduction, you may want to pair it with something from its native land. We suggest bourbon, but feel free to sing a little bluegrass.

411: Available at Owen & Engine, 2700 N Western Ave (at Schubert), 773-235-2930
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Shoe Shines and Pumpkin Cocktails
SHINED UP

Shoe Shines and Pumpkin Cocktails

Soon you’ll be bathed in zombie makeup and fake blood. At least your shoes will still look good. In addition to $5 cocktails like a Transylvania—vodka, Irish cream, pumpkin liqueur—you’ll get a free shoe shine from John Allan’s. Your Zombie Don Draper costume is complete.

Friday
Avec Returns
AVEC YOU

Avec Returns

You’ve been going through chorizo-stuffed Medjool date withdrawal. So first, the good news: Avec reopens tomorrow after nearly three months. Now, the better news: Chef Koren Grieveson has a few new tricks up her sleeve, like whole-roasted foie gras and housemade Nutella. Actually, those qualify as treats.

Reopening Oct 29 at 3:30pm, Avec, 615 W Randolph St, 312-377-2002

Saturday
LOKal Anniversary Cocktail Party
DRINK LOKALLY

LOKal Anniversary Cocktail Party

The Bucktown eatery celebrates a year serving dinner by... not serving dinner. Instead, you’ll find a DJ, an open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres like crab cakes with mimosa dressing. Which, of course, is the traditional one-year anniversary gift.

Oct 30, 8pm-midnight, $40, LOKal, 1904 W North Ave, 773-904-8113

Anti-Halloween Party at Hub
BOO BOOS

Anti-Halloween Party at Hub

Last week, we told you where to celebrate Halloween. Now, it’s only fair to tell you where not to celebrate. Hub’s offering $6 cocktails and half-price bottles of booze downstairs, yet there’s no costumes, no prizes and absolutely no Monster Mashing. (Okay, maybe a little.)

Oct 30, open until 3am, Hub 51, 51 W Hubbard St (at Dearborn), 312-828-0051

Sunday
Dim Sum in the Dark at Sunda
DIM THE LIGHTS

Dim Sum in the Dark at Sunda

On Halloween, strange things happen in the dark... so keep the footsie to a minimum as you share $8.88 plates of crab potstickers, shrimp dumplings and assorted maki rolls—which so few people give out on Halloween these days.

Oct 31, 5pm-midnight, Sunda, 110 W Illinois St, 312-644-0500

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