Things to do for November 11, 2010

The Weekender

Endless Beer, Chagall Windows and Gratis Whiskey

The weekend has just dimmed the lights.

Thursday
Steak: It’s What’s for Thanksgiving
BRAND-NEW PERK

Steak: It’s What’s for Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, you’re thinking beyond the turkey—by flanking your game bird with assorted chops, ribs and filets from Robinson’s Prime Reserve. $65 gets you $100 of the same premium meats that presidents, royalty and rock stars have enjoyed. Which works out, considering your Thanksgiving guest list (we’re looking at you, Bush Senior).  

Spirit Sampling and Dinner at Nana
DISTILL LIFE

Spirit Sampling and Dinner at Nana

Always try before you buy—especially when it comes to whiskey. So sample Koval’s brand-new, made-in-Chicago whiskey line at this South Side boîte. Then stay for the launch of a new dinner series pairing three courses of whiskey-infused cuisine with whiskey-infused diners. We’re picking up on a theme...

Nov 11, gratis tasting 7-9pm, dinner 5-10pm, $50, Nana, 3267 S Halsted St, 312-929-2486

Sake and $2 Yakitori at Chizakaya
SAKE BOOM

Sake and $2 Yakitori at Chizakaya

It’s late and you’re hungry. Your day has been... challenging. Right now, you want something cheap and on a stick. Heart. Gizzard. Kobe. That kind of stuff. May we humbly guide you to this Lakeview izakaya. If a nice meatball-on-a-stick doesn’t work, there’s sake on special too.

Thursdays, 9pm-12:30am, Chizakaya, 3056 N Lincoln Ave, 773-697-4725

Friday
After-Dark Party at the Art Institute
A LOT OF CHAGALL

After-Dark Party at the Art Institute

The Chagall windows are back at the Art Institute. We don’t want to dissuade you from taking the day off to stare at them Ferris Bueller-style, but this party will have cocktails and appetizers as well. Never view art on an empty stomach.

Saturday
Pinot Days at Navy Pier
SIDEWAYS

Pinot Days at Navy Pier

You’ve long wanted to hit the California coast and really explore wine country. You should. But any event where 300 wine producers come to you—or at least to Navy Pier—is worth the shorter journey. It’s like going to France with more Bubba Gump Shrimp.

Nov 13, 1-5pm, $50, Navy Pier, Exhibit Hall B, 600 E Grand Ave, tickets here

Sunday
Bears Viewing at Mickey’s
CUTLERY

Bears Viewing at Mickey’s

Watching the Bears this season has been an exercise in... well, let’s leave it at that. It’s been an exercise. So now you need protein—in the form of a make-your-own omelet bar at this pre-Bears brunch. Carbs offered in the form of bottomless beer.

Monday
Porn and Chicken Dance Party
HARDCORE CLUCKING

Porn and Chicken Dance Party

There are things you never want to do when you’re on the dance floor of some sweaty disco cave in Wicker Park at 2am. Fortunately, eating free chicken wings and watching random stag films are not on that list. So we guess we’ll see you at Evil Olive on Mondays from now on.

Mondays, 11pm-4am, Evil Olive, 1551 W Division St, 773-235-9100

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