Things to do for August 18, 2011

The Weekender

Pool Partying, Crazy Ice Cream and Drive-In Movies

The weekend is your ejection seat from the week.

Thursday
Ice Cream and Gelato Fest
BRAIN FREEZE

Ice Cream and Gelato Fest

Nothing says “summer” like ice cream. Nothing says “crazy ice cream fest” like, oh, plum-and-blue-cheese ice cream sprinkled with bacon dust. Experience ice cream in all its glory at this gathering of the world’s best ice cream-ists. Brain freezes included with price of admission.

Aug 18-19, 6-9pm, $25, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, 1431 W Taylor St (between Loomis and Laflin), tickets here

Sawtooth’s Anniversary Bash
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Sawtooth’s Anniversary Bash

Tonight, you’re looking to go all out. To get dressed up, find an open bar and get some pre-weekend warm-up dancing in. But you also want filet mignon bruschetta, bacon-wrapped shrimp and Oreo cheesecake on a stick. Vietnamese spot Sawtooth’s first-anniversary party should cover your bases.

Aug 18, 6-9:30pm, $75, Sawtooth, 1350 W Randolph St (at Ada), 312-526-3320, RSVP here

Friday
Italian Cars and Double Features
AT THE DRIVE-IN

Italian Cars and Double Features

They’re small. Italian. Kind of cute. No, not Supreme Court Justices Alito and Scalia. (By the way: terrible guess.) Fiat, that classic Italiano roadster, reemerges with an all-day party culminating in alfresco double features. You’ll view those from, yes, a Fiat—which is considered a civil right in Italy.

Aug 19-21, noon-midnight, screenings at 8 and 10pm, 521 N Clark St (between Grand and Illinois), reserve a car here

Air & Water Wet Deck Party at the W
POOL, YOUR RESOURCE

Air & Water Wet Deck Party at the W

The water part of the Air & Water Show: always kind of a letdown. So you’ve committed to creating your own. The W Lakeshore’s seventh-floor DJ-fueled pool party will be offering goodies like complimentary binoculars to watch the sky... or to watch your neighbor’s precision lotion-applying techniques.

Saturday
Air & Water Viewing Bash at the Hancock
TOP FLIGHT

Air & Water Viewing Bash at the Hancock

With an open bar, a lavish buffet and the very best seats for the Air & Water Show—1,128 dizzying feet above street level—the Signature Room is obviously fully committed this weekend. Equally obvious: we snagged a few last-minute reservations. Don’t thank us—thank procrastination.

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