You made it to Thursday. Well done. To celebrate, join Chicago wine power-brokers Hart Davis Hart as they break out an amazing array of 20 top-notch sparklers at their annual champagne showcase. Don't forget to toast yourself.
Things to do for August 14, 2008
The Weekend Starts Here
This weekend, strap yourself in and feel the Gs.
Bucktown Beer Pong Showdown
Ah, beer pong, sport of kings. And since the Olympics have stoked your competitive drive anyway, grab a buddy and head to Silver Cloud, which is launching a prestigious beer pong tourney. Cash prizes and beer beat gold medals any day.
For the first time ever, menswear is available at Beta Boutique's popular off-site sample sale, meaning you'll find brands like Adidas and True Religion at 40-90 percent off. Make some room, ladies...
Blues & Barbecue Festival
Pork makes you happy. The blues can make you sad. See which force is stronger when the two are brought together at Sheffield's beer garden. Of course, if you need a tie breaker, there are plenty of craft brews on hand...
Air & Water Show Afterparty
After taking in the aerial-and-aquatic splendor of Chicago's Air & Water Show, you could probably use a chaser. Slip into this Randolph Street lounge's evening benefit, whose DJ promises a different sort of sonic boom.
This monthly meta-fundraiser promises to sell out faster than usual: Among the star chefs coming are Paul Kahan and Brian Huston, providing the first sneak-peek taste of their Randolph Street Belgian spot, The Publican. Time for some charity work.