Things to do for May 18, 2011

The Weekender

Wine, Tiki Torches and Chicken-Fried Bacon

The weekend has Rahm on speed dial.

Thursday
Tokio Opens in Schaumburg
TURNING JAPANESE

Tokio Opens in Schaumburg

We know. Schaumburg. But you still occasionally find yourself there, knocking about among the umlauts of Swedish furniture on Saturday afternoons. Good to know that Lettuce Entertain You is debuting a sushi pub (using Stephanie Izard’s designers) filled with sashimi and yuzu margaritas to cap your travel adventure.

Opens May 19, Tokio Pub, 1900 E Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, 847-278-5181

Friday
Terrace at Trump Goes Tiki
TROPICAL VIEWS

Terrace at Trump Goes Tiki

Summer has to start sometime. Hope Friday’s good for you. Trump’s Terrace has stunning views, lobster claws, pork belly sliders and punch bowls of dark rum and tropical juices, all illuminated by the soft glow of bamboo tiki torches. Try to pace yourself.

Saturday
Beer & Bacon Fest at Fat Cat
SIZZLE TRICKS

Beer & Bacon Fest at Fat Cat

A fund-raiser with 23 different beers doesn’t need a lot of gimmickry. But if you’re tasting a robust Belgian, and a platter of bacon that happens to be chicken-fried... or caramel-dipped... or candied... or jalapeño’d... swings by, do the polite thing: eat as much as possible.

Wine Riot at Union Station
RIOT SQUAD

Wine Riot at Union Station

There’s just something about an old train station: the romance, the intrigue, the Amish. And let’s not forget the occasional mass congregation of wine vendors. This blockbuster event also offers DJs, photo booths and its own iPhone app—basically, all your usual wine-drinking paraphernalia.

May 21, 1-5pm and 7-11pm, $50, Great Hall at Union Station, 210 S Canal St, tickets here

Crawfish Boil at Wabash Tap
ON THE BOIL

Crawfish Boil at Wabash Tap

You don’t mind rolling up your sleeves on a Saturday afternoon. Good, because you’ve got eating to do. There are 400 pounds of crawdads for you to work on—and once they’re gone, that’s it. The $4 beer might take longer to finish off.

May 21, 2pm, $25, Wabash Tap, 1233 S Wabash Ave (between Roosevelt and 13th), 312-360-9488

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