Things to do for January 26, 2012

The Weekender

This Weekend: Wine, Mussels and the White Sox

Congratulations, you’re preapproved for the weekend.

Thursday
Five Course, Six Wines, One You
GRAND TASTE

Five Course, Six Wines, One You

When Randy Zweiban introduces a new menu, you want to know about it. You may also want to eat it. So start with some cava and duck meatballs before sitting down for five courses with wine pairings before finishing with the traditional cinnamon churros and sherry course.

Jan 26, 6pm, $70, Province, 161 N Jefferson St (between Lake and Randolph), 312-669-9900

Meet People Who Like People
SEIS SOMETHING

Meet People Who Like People

People Lounge has been around for six years. Impressive. But not quite as impressive as a party that starts with an hour of free rum and beer, followed by tapas, $4 drafts, $10 tequila flights and one rumba-tango-flamenco-funk band. Basically P-Funk meets the Gipsy Kings.

Jan 26, gratis reception 10-11pm, People Lounge, 1560 N Milwaukee Ave (near North), 773-227-9339

Friday
Tuman’s Gives You an Upgrade
FLEXING MUSSELS

Tuman’s Gives You an Upgrade

The former Tuman’s Alcohol Abuse Center seems to be coming up in the world. It just gave itself a makeover by polishing up the interior, trading in its shot-and-wings menu for Amish chicken, Belgian ale mussels and 28 drafts. This is your kind of rehab.

Now open, Tuman’s Tap & Grill, 2159 W Chicago Ave (at Leavitt), 773-782-1400, see the menu

The Best Way to Meet Southpaw
SOUTH SIDER

The Best Way to Meet Southpaw

Ozzie’s gone. Ventura is in. As for you: if you can start the season knowing you gave Southpaw—or at least Frank Thomas—a great big bear hug, things are going to be okay for the White Sox. The fan expo is your best chance for peace of mind.

Sunday
A Mystery Tour of Dive Bars
DIVE, DIVE, DIVE

A Mystery Tour of Dive Bars

There’s a time for housemade bitters and wasabi tinctures. Then there’s a time for piling into an old yellow school bus, putting a road pop in your hand and experiencing three of this town’s best old-man bars. That time is this Sunday. And when you get back to Lottie’s, it’s karaoke time.

Jan 29, 7pm (registration begins at 2pm), $15, Lottie’s Pub, 1925 W Cortland St (at Winchester), 773-489-0738

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