Things to do for September 11, 2008

The Weekender

The Weekend Starts Here

The weekend has moved you to first string.

Thursday
Tumi Store Opening
THURSDAY BAGGING IT

Tumi Store Opening

You never know when you'll have to make a quick getaway, so luggage purveyor Tumi soft-launches another convenient Michigan Avenue location today, not far from the one in Water Tower. Don't get too attached: A redesign of the shop is slated for early next year.

411: Tumi, 645 N. Michigan Ave (between Erie and Ontario), 312-787-3096

Thursday
Mista Pizza Opens
THURSDAY PIZZA

Mista Pizza Opens

Complete your Thin-Crust Pizzas of Chicago collection at this new spot hidden away in Lakeview. The chalkboard lists a mere six organically topped, finely crackery pies, and it's BYOB, so bring that Peroni you've been chilling.

411: Mista, 2931 N. Broadway (between Wellington and Oakdale), 773-698-6688

Friday
The Grand Bordeaux Wine Event
FRIDAY BORDEAUX

The Grand Bordeaux Wine Event

Right now, France is preparing to pluck its 2008 harvest. Your job is to start clearing some space on Chicago's shelves. This tasting should help—it introduces you to the much-anticipated 2005 vintage, plus appetizers from Devon Seafood Grill and Fleming's Steakhouse.

411: $40 in advance, $50 at the door, 6-8pm, Sept 12, Sam's Wine & Spirits, 1720 N. Marcey St (at Willow), 312-642-5097

Friday
Crescendo Re-Launch Party
FRIDAY BOTTLE REBOOT

Crescendo Re-Launch Party

You believe in second chances, so you're ready to give this re-launched bottle-service club another spin. Actually, since it closed last year within a month of opening, it's probably good you didn't stash your bottles in that $2,000 liquor storage cabinet after all.

411: $20 cover, Sept 12, Crescendo, 222 W. Ontario St (near Wells), 312-787-6060

Saturday
Brunch at Perennial
SATURDAY BRUNCH

Brunch at Perennial

Perennial has been your go-to date spot lately on hot summer nights. Continue that tradition on crisp fall mornings with their new brunch, launching this weekend. Cocktails like the rum-and-coffee-bean Hazelnut Brunch Daiquiri should help you pick up right where you left off.

411: 10am-2pm, Saturdays and Sundays, Perennial, 1800 N. Lincoln Ave (at Clark), 312-981-7070

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