Things to do for June 30, 2011

The Weekender

This Weekend: Rum, Nudity and Freedom

The weekend just put sparklers in your champagne.

Thursday
Vietnamese Fast Food in Lakeview
BUN TIMES AHEAD

Vietnamese Fast Food in Lakeview

Saigon. City of ancient tradition. Of French influence. Of killer sandwiches. Let’s focus on that last bit—specifically, the ones served by this little spot: meatball, barbecue pork, pâté-and-eggs. Suddenly, your Fourth of July picnic looks like more of a melting pot.

Now open, Bun Mi Express, 3409 N Broadway St (at Roscoe), 773-661-2228

$10 Beer & Burgers at Blokes & Birds
BEERABLE

$10 Beer & Burgers at Blokes & Birds

British-American relations in 1776: problematic. But give the Brits credit—they’re still trying to make up for their dreadful behavior. For instance, this handsome English pub has a new Thursdays $10 burger, hand-cut fries and craft beer deal. Let’s hear it for diplomacy.

Thursdays, 5-10:30pm, $10, Blokes & Birds, 3343 N Clark St (between Roscoe and Buckingham), 773-472-5252

Friday
Lasers + Naked People = Art
BAREABLE

Lasers + Naked People = Art

The human form. You approve. You don’t even mind seeing it au naturel—so long as it’s done tastefully. By which we mean: lit by lasers. So direct your gaze to this monthlong slate of nude and seminude plays, burlesque and a dance performance/light show. Staring encouraged.

A Jamaican Rum Patio Party
JERKED AROUND

A Jamaican Rum Patio Party

Before you head into the long weekend, there’s one thing you need: a dance party filled with gratis rum cocktails, DJs and a complimentary buffet of spicy Jamaican specialties. And if there’s any time left after that, pick up some sparklers.

Jul 1, gratis rum 5-9pm, Volcano Room at the Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake St (between Ada and Loomis), 312-666-6775

Sunday
Rooftop Pre-Fourth Party at Epic
SKY ROCKETS

Rooftop Pre-Fourth Party at Epic

This weekend, patio barbecues are mandatory. It’s just not mandatory that you host one. Or that your patio be on ground level. So a rooftop bash at Epic—with $5 John Dalys, pretzel-bun burgers and bratwurst—will help keep our cherished national traditions alive another year.

Jul 3, 3-11pm, Epic Sky, 112 W Hubbard St (between LaSalle and Clark), 312-222-4940

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