Things to do for July 10, 2008

The Weekender

The Weekend Starts Here

The weekend is an offer you can't refuse.

Thursday
L2O Opens its Tatami Room
THURSDAY PRIVATE DINING

L2O Opens its Tatami Room

Escalating Lincoln Park luxe, L2O introduces Japanese-inspired tatami private dining. You'll trade your shoes for slippers and be ushered to a screened sanctuary, where a kneeling, kimono-clad server will treat you to a 14-course kaiseki-style meal. Yes, we said kneeling.

411:  $225 per person, L2O, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West (at Belden), 773-868-0002

Thursday
The Pony Grand Opening
THURSDAY PONY SHOWING

The Pony Grand Opening

Lakeview watering hole The Pony makes its official bow with a party featuring specials and passed appetizers. Its hickory-planked interior is a nice upgrade to the Belmont scene, but the Clydesdale, a grilled cheese sandwich built for four, is the real must-see.

411: 7-10pm for appetizers, July 10, 1638 W. Belmont Ave (between Ashland and Paulina), 773-828-5055

Friday
S4 Sample Sale
FRIDAY SALE-ING

S4 Sample Sale

Summer dilemma: Buy more summer gear or stock up for fall? At this sample sale, save the calculating for big discounts (50 percent and more) on graphic tees from Milwaukee's Heavy Rotation, eco-friendly clothing from Spanish up-and-comer Skunkfunk and more.

411:  2-9pm, July 10-11, East Bank Storage Artists' Building, 4th Fl, 1200 W. 35th St (at Racine), 773-772-7972

Saturday
Chicago Cornhole Classic
SATURDAY TOSSING

Chicago Cornhole Classic

Tossing corn-filled bags into holes isn't Olympic-caliber yet, but we're thinking by, oh, 2016 it will be. Until then, the 2nd Annual Soldier Field Cornhole Classic's $5,000 in prize money will have to do.

411: $30-$100, July 12, competitions begin 10am, Soldier Field South Parking Lot, 1410 S. Museum Campus

Saturday
L.A.T.E. Ride
SATURDAY NIGHT RIDER

L.A.T.E. Ride

You've pulled all-nighters before, but this time, do it outside the club. The 20th Annual L.A.T.E. Ride features 10,000 cyclists geared up for an all-night, 25-mile trek through the city. Online registration ends today, but you can still register on site.

411: 11pm (biking begins 1:30am), July 12-13, party and registration at Buckingham Fountain, 500 S. Lake Shore Drive, 773-918-7433

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