Things to do for August 07, 2008

The Weekender

The Weekend Starts Here

The weekend is your Olympic sport.

Friday
Spybar
FRIDAY SHAQ UP

Spybar

Television's fine, but you prefer celebrating the Olympiad with a real-live Olympian. This newly remodeled club plays host Friday to two-time gold medalist Shaquille O'Neal. You were expecting Mary Lou Retton?

411: 11pm, August 8, Spybar, 646 N. Franklin Ave (between Erie and Wells), 312-337-2191

Friday
I.D. Chicago Sample Sale
FRIDAY SALE-ING

I.D. Chicago Sample Sale

Halsted's modernist mecca starts its 40-percent-off sale Friday, so you'll want to beat Saturday's Market Days' sweaty masses from snagging that fiberglass rocker you had your eye on. In fact, you could probably charm your way to the discount now.

411: August 8-31, I.D. Chicago, 3337 N. Halsted St. (between Roscoe and Buckingham), 773-755-4343

Saturday
Discover Wine with Robert Mondavi
SATURDAY WINE

Discover Wine with Robert Mondavi

We usually avoid summer art fairs—we like our acquisitions facilitated by nice pinot at a gallery, not inexpensive beer from a tent. But with Ted Allen leading wine tastings this Saturday, we can make an exception.

411: 10am-6pm, August 9, Discover Wine with Robert Mondavi Tour at Gold Coast Art Fair, 676 N. LaSalle St (near Huron), 847-926-4300

Saturday
Chaos Theory Grand Opening Party
SATURDAY ICING

Chaos Theory Grand Opening Party

Michelle Garcia, that tatted-up pastry chef behind Bleeding Heart Bakery, requests your appearance at a launch party Saturday. From what we can tell, her latest sweets-related venture has punk spirit but a patisserie soul (even the mocha-butter crème Symphony Cake rocks).

411: 7pm, August 9, Chaos Theory, 2961 N. Lincoln Ave (between Wellington and George), 773-281-2353

Monday
Taste of the Nation
MONDAY LEVITSKI

Taste of the Nation

You have money. You have a palate. The only thing you need is time. So how convenient that the city's all-star chefs are gathered in one convenient location. Top Chef chefs Dale Levitski and Stephanie Izard will be on hand to help sate your appetite for life's finer things.

411: $150, 6pm, August 11, Sixteen, 401 N. Wabash Ave (between State and Wabash), 877-268-2783

Tuesday
Belgian Beer Dinner
TUESDAY BEER UP

Belgian Beer Dinner

Yes, everyone's very mad at the Belgians for that whole Anheuser-Busch takeover. So when you drink their delicious beer at this four-course dinner featuring Van Steenberge, a boutique Belgian brew, just smile, but don't make a big deal about it.

411: $49, 6:30pm, August 12, Brasserie Jo, 59 W. Hubbard St (between Clark and Dearborn), 312-595-0800

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