Things to do for September 01, 2011

The Weekender

Grass Skirts, Soul Music and Good Bourbon

The weekend is a labor of love.

Thursday
Cocktails and Other Works of Art
GUILTY PLEASURE

Cocktails and Other Works of Art

The theme of this month’s cocktails-meets-art party is... drumroll, please: guilt. Sort of random, we guess. But under no circumstances should you let this weird theme stop you from indulging in pre–Labor Day cocktails, a good DJ and “pampering stations.” You’ve had a hard summer.

Sunday
Bourbon, the Perfect Anniversary Gift
YEARLING

Bourbon, the Perfect Anniversary Gift

The traditional first anniversary gift is paper. Unless, that is, you happen to live somewhere where bourbon is an acceptable substitute. (Good news: you do.) Chicago q unveils its own private label blend with $2 pours, $1 homemade cookies and apple-smoked lamb ribs—also perfectly appropriate gifts.

Sep 4-10, Chicago q, 1160 N Dearborn St (between Division and Elm), 312-642-1160

Pig Roast, Meet Dance Party
SOUL POWER

Pig Roast, Meet Dance Party

You’re a Labor Day party traditionalist. Musically speaking. So be glad that Longman & Eagle commandeers the next-door lot for cheap beers, hot pork and all the room you need to really get the most from the Isley Brothers.

Sep 4, 4-10pm, Longman & Eagle, 2657 N Kedzie Ave (at Mozart), 773-276-7110

And Now, a Labor Day Luau
LEI DOWN

And Now, a Labor Day Luau

Grass skirts, tiki torches, bamboo decor, starfish, flower leis... all in all, a pretty good way to reel in your summer. (Actually, not a bad way to start it, either.) All you need now is a potent rum punch. And at this party, you shall have it.

Sep 4, 7pm-2am, Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W Hubbard St (between State and Dearborn), 312-645-6000

Monday
Eating Hot Dogs for Fun and Profit
DOG EAT DOG

Eating Hot Dogs for Fun and Profit

Your intestinal fortitude. Your love of encased meats. These fine qualities shall be put to the test at this hot dog eating contest. Your entry fee gets you a beer and a T-shirt. Eating more hot dogs than anyone else gets you Bears tickets and the respect of a grateful nation.

Registration closes Sep 3, contest Sep 5, 3-3:05pm, $15, Bangers & Lace, 1670 W Division St (at Paulina), 773-252-6499

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