Things to do for September 18, 2008

The Weekender

The Weekend Starts Here

The weekend is bearing down.

Thursday
Ai Sushi First Anniversary Party
THURSDAY SUSHI

Ai Sushi First Anniversary Party

The first anniversary celebration of this River North sushi den happens this week. Forgo the usual paper gift in lieu of something better tasting, like the special four-course dinner. Order the optional sake pairings because we'd hate to miss one of your famous toasts.

411: $35-50, through Sept 19, 358 W. Ontario St (between Orleans and Kingsbury), 312-335-9888

Friday
Hart Davis Hart Fox Cellar Auction
FRIDAY LIQUIDATION

Hart Davis Hart Fox Cellar Auction

Proving yet again the safest harbor in rough economic waters is in Bordeaux, Hart Davis Hart begins a two-day auction from a single private cellar. You'll sleep better with a case of Lafite-Rothschild stuffed in your mattress.

411: 9am, Sept 19-20, Tru, 676 N. St Clare (between Erie and Huron), 312-573-5597, pre-register here

Friday
Berghoff Oktoberfest
FRIDAY FESTING

Berghoff Oktoberfest

The Chicago institution shows off what it does best during its annual Federal Plaza party, mainly serving a vast ocean of beer—in this case, its annual Oktoberfest brew. So show off what you do best: deftly balancing a brat in one hand while drinking it.

411: 11am-9pm, live entertainment begins at 5pm, Sept 19, Federal Plaza, Corner of S. Dearborn and W. Adams, 312-427-3170

Saturday
Chicagoland Whiffleball Championships
SATURDAY BAT SPEED

Chicagoland Whiffleball Championships

The Cubs and the Sox are doing pretty well right now, so your support is needed elsewhere. We suggest you head to Skokie as 24 teams—including grown men and women—square off in a battle of plastic bats, perforated balls and nerves of steel.

411: 9am-6pm, Sept 20, Niles West High School, 7800 Gross Point Rd (at Oakton), 847-929-7171

Sunday
Bears Bus, Buffet & Brews
SUNDAY BEARS

Bears Bus, Buffet & Brews

You scored the home opener tickets. The least someone else can do is handle pre-kickoff festivities. That's why Finley Mahony makes you breakfast and even shuttles you directly to Soldier Field. But they do insist you take charge of their Bloody Mary bar.

411: $50, 9am, Sept 21, Finley Mahony's, 3701 N. Broadway (at Waveland), 773-549-0226, reserve a bus by Sept 20

Monday
Dinner for Two at Kohan
MONDAY KOREAN

Dinner for Two at Kohan

This DIY Korean barbecue spot allows you to work your own kind of grilling magic on its short ribs, sea scallops and jumbo shrimp. And now you can show them off—it's offering an outstanding dinner-for-two deal on Monday evenings.

411: $35 for two, Mondays, 730 W. Maxwell St (between Halsted and Union), 312-421-6254

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